French Baguette

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French Baguette: A Low-Carb Twist on a Classic Favorite

The French baguette is an iconic bread loved for its crispy crust and soft, airy interior. However, traditional baguettes are typically high in carbohydrates, making them a no-go for those following low-carb or ketogenic diets. That's where this low-carb French Baguette comes to the rescue. Let's explore this unique creation and its low-carb benefits.

A Bread with a Twist

The traditional French baguette is a long, thin loaf made from wheat flour, water, yeast, and salt. Its unique preparation involves a process of fermentation and a hot oven, resulting in a distinct crust and crumb structure. It's a beloved staple in French cuisine and is enjoyed worldwide.

However, for individuals looking to reduce their carbohydrate intake or avoid gluten, the traditional baguette poses challenges. That's where this low-carb adaptation steps in. It aims to capture the essence of a baguette's texture and flavor while significantly reducing the carb content.

Low-Carb Benefits:

  • Reduced Carbohydrates: The primary benefit of this low-carb French Baguette is its significantly lower carbohydrate content compared to a traditional baguette. The use of almond flour, coconut flour, and flax meal as substitutes for wheat flour results in a bread that's much lower in carbs, making it suitable for low-carb and ketogenic diets.
  • Healthy Fats: Almond flour and coconut flour contribute healthy fats to the bread, particularly monounsaturated fats and medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) from coconuts. These fats can provide a sense of satiety and may support overall health.
  • Dietary Fiber: Flax meal, a key ingredient in this recipe, is rich in dietary fiber. Fiber promotes digestive health, helps regulate blood sugar levels, and can contribute to a feeling of fullness.
  • Gluten-Free: Traditional baguettes contain gluten, a protein that can be problematic for individuals with gluten sensitivities or celiac disease. This low-carb version is gluten-free, making it suitable for those with gluten-related dietary restrictions.
  • Lower Glycemic Impact: The use of coconut sugar as a sweetener in the recipe adds a touch of sweetness without causing rapid spikes in blood sugar levels. This can be beneficial for individuals monitoring their glycemic response.

Just like traditional baguettes, this low-carb version can be customized to your taste. You can add herbs, spices, or seeds to create different flavors and textures.

The shape of a baguette naturally encourages portion control. Slicing it into smaller servings helps manage portion sizes.

This low-carb French Baguette is relatively easy to prepare, making it accessible for home cooks who want to enjoy a taste of France without the excess carbs.


French Baguette

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Yield: 6 servings
Category: Snack
Cuisine: Mediterranean


  • 1 cup (240 ml) of lukewarm water
  • 2 teaspoons (5 g) of active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon (5 g) of coconut sugar
  • 1 cup (120 g) of almond flour
  • 1/3 cup (37 g) of coconut flour
  • 3 Tablespoons (21 g) of flax meal
  • 1 teaspoon (5 g) of salt
  • 3 large egg whites, lightly whisked
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) of apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1 ml) of olive oil, for spraying


                  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a baking tray with parchment paper and set aside.
                  2. In a small bowl, combine the lukewarm water, yeast, and coconut sugar. Set aside for 10 minutes.
                  3. In a separate large bowl, combine the almond flour, coconut flour, flax meal, and salt.
                  4. Add the whisked egg whites and apple cider vinegar to the bowl and stir to combine.
                  5. Add the yeast mixture to the bowl and use a wooden spoon to combine. With clean hands, knead the dough for 2 minutes. The dough should be wet at first but will become soft and slightly sticky as it is kneaded.
                  6. Form the dough into a ball and then roll it into a long cylinder shape. Place the dough on the prepared baking tray and lightly spray with olive oil. Use a serrated knife to make 8 shallow cuts across the top of the dough.
                  7. Place the baking tray in the oven and bake for 45 to 50 minutes until the baguette is golden and crusty.
                  8. Remove the baking tray from the oven and place the baguette on a wire rack to cool completely before slicing.
                  9. Store leftovers in a sealed container for 2 to 3 days.

                                                                          Nutrition: (Estimated and based on per-serving amounts.)

                                                                          • Calories: 148
                                                                          • Fat: 11 g
                                                                          • Total Carbs: 8 g
                                                                          • Fiber: 5 g
                                                                          • Sugar: 2 g
                                                                          • Net Carbs: 3 g
                                                                          • Protein: 6 g

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