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Keto Lemon Bread

5 from 424 votes

Try this sweet keto lemon bread for a healthy breakfast treat or a sugar free dessert.

Keto Lemon Bread Recipe
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With bold lemon flavor, each bite MELTS in your mouth.

The classic lemon bread can be completely dairy free, gluten free, oil free, low carb, paleo, and vegan, with no coconut flour required.

Leftovers freeze well too! Just pull a few slices out of the freezer to enjoy any time you’re craving that iced Starbucks lemon loaf taste, without all the flour and sugar.

The recipe was adapted from my Keto Pumpkin Bread

Sugar Free Dessert Lemon Bread

Sugar Free Lemon Dessert

I first made the keto lemon bread when my parents came to visit a few months ago.

Although neither of them is on a keto diet, they are trying to watch how many white or refined carbs they consume. My mother’s favorite food is Oreo cookies, and my father could easily eat two cups of rice with dinner.

Enter this low carb lemon recipe that calls for almond flour instead of wheat flour.

It’s also free of corn syrup, guar gum, xanthan gum, buttermilk, palm oil, and soybean oil, which are all ingredients you’ll find in the Starbucks lemon loaf recipe.

We loved the recipe’s flavor and dense texture that reminded us of lemon pound cake.

You can also make Keto Lemon Bars

Low Carb Lemon Bread Recipe
Keto Baking

How To Make Keto Lemon Bread

Assemble the ingredients, and grease a 9×5 loaf pan or line it with parchment paper.

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine all of the gluten free lemon bread ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Stir until well mixed.

Smooth the batter into your prepared loaf pan. Bake the lemon cake bread on the oven’s center rack for one hour. After this time, it should be cooked through but still moist and dense, because low carb bread recipes have a denser and more fudgy texture than traditional lemon bread recipes.

If you leave the keto lemon loaf to cool completely before going around the sides of the baking pan with a knife and then popping it onto a plate, I found this protects against cracking or breaking in half.

For a glazed lemon bread, see the frosting recipe ideas below.

The dessert can be left out overnight, loosely covered in paper towels or a cloth. After that, store any remaining leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to five days. Or slice and freeze leftover almond flour lemon bread for a month or two.

Readers also like this Almond Flour Banana Bread

Low Carb Lemon Bread Ingredients

Keto Lemon Loaf Ingredients

Here’s what you need to make the recipe: lemon juice and lemon zest, almond flour, sweetener, baking powder, salt, eggs or flax eggs, and yogurt or coconut cream.

The lemon zest is important, because it adds a ton of lemon flavor, so do be sure to include it when making the lemon bread.

To make lemon zest, wash your lemon and use either a zester or grater to shred the lemon peel. Or peel the fruit with a vegetable peeler, then finely dice the skin with a sharp knife.

Almond flour is the only flour I’ve tried and recommend with this recipe. You can of course experiment with other flours at your own risk and with the knowledge that some of the measurements might need to be changed in order for the recipe to work.

For example, I imagine that trying to substitute coconut flour for almond meal would mean you’d at least need to add extra liquid to the recipe.

Plain yogurt or coconut cream add moisture to the keto lemon bread. Use an unsweetened yogurt for a sugar free recipe. Vegan yogurt works too.

For a lemon bread without yogurt, use an equal amount of either coconut cream or the thick part at the top of a can of coconut milk.

Keto Lemon Loaf Bread

Lemon Bread Frosting Ideas

You can enjoy this keto lemon bread unfrosted or with sugar free frosting, melted butter or coconut butter, packaged cream cheese or homemade Vegan Cream Cheese.

Or ice the sugar free lemon bread with half a cup of powdered sugar or powdered erythritol whisked into a glaze with one tablespoon milk of choice or lemon juice and an optional eighth of a teaspoon of pure vanilla extract.

Watch the keto lemon bread recipe video, above

Almond Flour Lemon Bread Recipe
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Keto Lemon Bread

This sweet keto lemon bread recipe makes a perfect healthy breakfast or sugar free dessert.
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Yield 10 – 12 slices
5 from 424 votes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups almond flour (for nut free, try this Vegan Lemon Bread)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sweetener (for sugar free, I like Lakanto)
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup plain yogurt or coconut cream
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3 eggs or flax eggs
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest

Instructions

  • Grease a 9×5 loaf pan or line it with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 325 F. Stir all ingredients until smooth. Pour into the pan. Bake for 50 minutes. I found that letting the keto lemon bread cool completely before going around the sides with a knife and popping out the loaf will ensure it doesn't break, because the recipe is super moist and soft! The lemon bread can be loosely covered and left out overnight. Or refrigerate leftovers up to 5 days, or slice and freeze for up to 2 months. Do be sure to include the lemon zest, as it adds so much of the lemon flavor.
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Notes

Leftover almond flour? Try this Keto Cheesecake.
 

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  1. Sue in Ottawa says

    This looks amazing but I am not a fan of sweeteners. Could I replace it with either maple syrup, raw cane sugar, brown sugar, etc. And how much would you recommend? Thanks so much!

    • CCK Media Team says

      We have made this multiple times, but if we remember correctly the yogurt in the video is trader joes unsweetened cashew.

  2. Patti R says

    5 stars
    This is amazing! Couldnt wait for it to cool completely. Yep, it cracked! But who cares it was delicious! I used lemon extract in the glaze, oh my! Thank you, I will be trying your muffins next!

  3. Maggie says

    I’m kind of freaking out because I just put it in the oven then when I watched the VIDEO – there are NO eggs added to the recipe and the batter looks way thicker! In other words – your video does not match your recipe which calls for THREE eggs!!
    I hope I didn’t waste my time, as my batter looked loose with 3 eggs.
    Please be careful – that’s quite a difference.

  4. Diane says

    Do you think I could use sour cream or softened butter instead of yogurt or coconut cream? I don’t have coconut cream and I’m not a yogurt eater. Even though you didn’t make it with sour cream or butter – just wondering. Thanks for your opinion. Recipe looks delish!!

  5. Laura Kennelly says

    5 stars
    Super good and easy. I took a few shortcuts. Mixed almond flour and baking powder plus dried ginger (Trader Joe’s packet) and the tea from a Macha tea bag (TJs again) as dry mix and then used the Vitamix to combine the Coconut Creme, one whole Meyer lemon, and three eggs. I added that to the dry mixture and did the rest as instructed. We do not eat sugar or sugar subs, but we didn’t miss them at all.
    Love it and can’t wait to fiddle around with the mixture again. First time using almond flour. Love it too. Signed, Happy Cook.

  6. MIR says

    I tried making this today and I found that it didn’t taste lemony enough and it wasn’t as yellow as yours. I will try to make it again and possibly add more lemon zest and lemon juice.

    • CCK Media Team says

      Hi! Just go to the nutrition facts link at the bottom of the recipe under the ingredients/instructions 🙂

  7. Audrey Brown says

    5 stars
    This is absolutely delicious! But I was very surprised to see that mine caved in very badly in the middle. I’ve made many almond flour breads before and never had that happen. Any ideas on what could be wrong?

  8. Barbara M says

    5 stars
    Love it! Not too sweet, the lemon is bright and refreshing. I used sour cream instead of yogurt, and I added a handful of blueberries. Perfect keto treat! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  9. Pat says

    5 stars
    Tried this today. I substituted mayonnaise for the yogurt. Used my convection oven
    at 325 for 40 min. It turned out beautiful. Will make the glaze to go it.

    • CCK Media Team says

      That sounds so interesting! Katie has made chocolate cake with mayonnaise and we love that one so we definitely want to try your idea now 🙂

    • CCK Media Team says

      We don’t see why not, as long as you don’t need it to be keto. If you experiment, be sure to report back!

  10. Marcy says

    5 stars
    made into muffins last night, used sour cream instead of yoghurt/coconut cream. made 11 muffins, took 24 minutes at 325 for my oven. had 2 for breakfast this morning with a little ‘frosting‘ using sour cream, erythritol, vanilla, and True Lemon – scrumptious!!! great recipe, thanks so much, can’t wait to make your keto brownie recipe!

  11. Andrea Yacyshyn says

    5 stars
    The flavour is really good. Mine didn’t rise like your picture but it’s really dense and fudgy like. Sort of collapsed but I will definitely make it again.

  12. Rob says

    Please confirm.
    The recipe calls for 1 TBSP of baking powder. Is that correct? I’ve never seen a recipe call for such a large amount. I’m looking forward to trying it.

    • CCK Media Team says

      We do not think it would work as written. You may be able to make it work by adding a lot more liquid to counter the dryness from the coconut flour, or if you sub some coconut flour but keep some of the almond, but we have not tried. If you experiment, be sure to report back!

  13. Lynnea says

    5 stars
    I typically have plain Greek yogurt on hand. Has anyone used that and, if so, does the recipe need any adjustments? Thank you!

  14. Gaddemon says

    5 stars
    Katie, this recipe is incredible!! I used lemon flavored yogurt and the bread turned out beautifully. I also had chocolate at home that I wanted to use so I chopped it and put it on top. Super delicious! Next time I’ll try it with coconut yogurt for a little bit of a coconut taste.

  15. Linda Freeman says

    5 stars
    My husband loves lemon products! He absolutely loved it, because he is also diabetic too. Made a great dessert for him as a snack in the evening.

  16. Tabatha says

    5 stars
    This is my favorite keto dessert! It’s delicious and easy, plus my husband and I agree that it doesn’t have the general odd texture most almond flour desserts have. I’m thinking it’s the yogurt added that helps. I make it often and have it in the fridge for a tasty treat when I want something sweet. If my husband gets his hands on it, it’s gone.

  17. Lee says

    5 stars
    I just made it today, I just pulled it out of the oven. I tried the batter (baker’s prerogative,) and it tasted fantastic, I used a 1/3 cup of sour cream and a 1/3 cup of buttermilk instead of the yogurt, and added another 1/2 cup of almond flour to absorb the extra liquid from the buttermilk.

  18. Rose says

    5 stars
    My dad was recently diagnosed with diabetes and loves orange flavored treats. I wanted to bake him something orange flavored that’s diabetic friendly and delicious. So I adapted this recipe by swapping the lemon for orange and making it into muffins. I got 11 muffins, like another commenter, and followed that commenter’s advice to bake at 325 for 24 minutes. I made the recommended icing, again swapping orange for lemon, and spread that on top of the muffins. They came out amazing! This is a great recipe! Thank you for delicious diabetic friendly recipes, Chocolate Covered Katie!

  19. Katie says

    5 stars
    I followed the advice of another comment and made this into 12 muffins! I increased the sweetener to 1/2 cup and topped them with powdered erythritol mixed with lemon juice and zest. Beautiful keto dessert!

  20. Teri Smith says

    hello, wanted to know about adding in other food options like adding zucchini for lemon zucchini bread or adding blueberries for lemon blueberry bread. Thoughts ???
    Can’t wait to try this out! Thank you

  21. Erica says

    5 stars
    Delicious! The texture makes me think of cheese cake! Will definitely make again and again! I omitted the glaze will try it next time. A must have recipe!! Easy to make too!
    Love it and Thank You!

  22. Connie says

    5 stars
    My husband and I loved this, I did increase the sugar to a 1/2 cup. I also used lite coconut cream. No glaze needed. We put a small amount of blueberry jelly on it!! Very moist

  23. L.A. says

    Hi! This looks like a great recipe! I’ve tried a few of the other CCK recipes and they’ve been delicious (love the coconut flour cookies!!!).

    Do you think I could use honey or maple syrup in this recipe?

    (I typically don’t eat sugar….it’s fine if your team doesn’t feel like honey/maple syrup would taste good….1/3 cup isn’t a lot of sugar for a whole loaf)

    • CCK Media Team says

      Hi! We haven’t ever used a liquid sweetener so honestly can’t say how the texture would turn out here. But be sure to report back if you experiment!

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