This might sound weird, but I can’t even remember the last time I had a breadstick.
It would have been before I was diagnosed with Diabetes so… it’s been several decades. But even when I was eating the standard American Diabetes Association recommended amount of carbs, I always steered clear of restaurant bread. Who wants to waste all your carbs on the bread? “Save it for the meal”, was my motto.
But what if you didn’t have to pass on the bread?
Today I decided to try my hand at making a low carb soft breadstick that could compete with anything that might come free at the Olive Garden. Because, well… because we deserve it! Why can’t low carb dieters enjoy restaurant style breadsticks every now and then? It only seems fair.
In order to compete with white flour breadsticks, I decided to bring out the big guns: Carbalose Low-Carb White Flour.
The origins of Carbalose are somewhat murky. According to their website: “Carbalose is made through a unique process and contains enzyme-modified wheat, as well as plant fiber, wheat protein and some unique conditioners, enzymes and emulsifiers.” I can’t really parse that, but I can tell you that one 1/4 cup serving has just 5g net carbs. That’s about 1/4 of what normal white flour has, so I decided to try it out for these breadsticks.
And I’m so glad I did!
I mixed up a basic yeast bread dough using a combination of Carbalose and Vital Wheat Gluten in place of white flour. It barely rose, but for soft breadsticks, it didn’t need to. I rolled the dough into 7 x 1 inch tubes and baked them up for 15 minutes in a 350 degree oven. And voilà! Soon I had a batch of soft low carb breadsticks with only 4g net carbs each. And they taste amazing. Just as good as normal old high carb breadsticks.
So watch your back Olive Garden. I’m coming for ya!
Soft Low Carb Breadsticks
These low carb soft breadsticks are made from real yeast bread dough. They are just as good as anything you could get at a restaurant, but these breadsticks have got just 4g net carbs each.
- Prep Time: 25
- Cook Time: 30
- Total Time: 55 minutes
- Yield: 16 breadsticks 1x
- Category: Bread
- Method: Baked
- Cuisine: American
1 cup warm water, divided
2 1/4 teaspoons (1 envelope) active dry yeast
2 teaspoons sugar*
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup vital wheat gluten
1/4 cup Swerve or equivalent granulated sweetener
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and cover two large cookie sheets with parchment paper.
2. Mix together 1/2 cup warm water, sugar, and yeast in a large bowl. Cover with a towel and allow it to rest for 10 minutes. It should become foamy with small bubbles on top.
3. Add remaining 1/2 cup water, 1/4 cup cream, 1/4 cup melted butter, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 cup vital wheat gluten, 1/4 cup sweetener and 3 cups Carbalose to the bowl and mix well until a dough forms.
4. You should be able to knead the dough at this point. But if it’s too dry, then add a little water, and if it’s too wet, then you can add a little more Carbalose.
5. Knead dough for 8 minutes until smooth and elastic.
6. Form the dough into a large ball and cut the dough in half, and then half again. Keep going until you have 16 equal sized pieces of dough.
7. Roll each piece of dough into a ball and then roll it with your fingers on the countertop until it’s 7″ long and 3/4″ wide in the middle. It will taper at the ends. Place the tubes of dough on the parchment covered cookie sheets. They will contract as they sit on the cookie sheet until they are about 6″ long.
8. Brush 1 tablespoon melted butter over all the breadsticks and sprinkle sesame seeds on top.
9. Bake each cookie sheet separately for 14 – 17 minutes until breadstick edges are just beginning to brown and bottoms are a medium brown.
10. Cool on the cookie sheet for 20 minutes and then move to a cooling rack.
* The sugar is converted to alcohol and carbon dioxide in the fermentation process, so the carbohydrates are cancelled out.
- Serving Size: 1 breadstick
- Calories: 114
- Fat: 7
- Carbohydrates: 10
- Fiber: 6
- Protein: 7
Keywords: Low Carb Breadsticks, Keto Breadsticks, Low Carb Soft Breadsticks, Keto Soft Breadsticks
If you liked these low carb breadsticks, then you might like my recipes for Farmer’s Yeast Bread, Beer Bread or Yeast Bread Ciabatta.
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