This tasty and keto crunchy breadcrumbs recipe with hemp hearts as a base is a perfectly healthy substitute for just about any high carb breadcrumb!
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Keto Crunchy Breadcrumbs
Ah, breadcrumbs. One of those things that many of us think are off limits. But I am here to tell you that you can not only have breadcrumbs but you can have the tastiest keto breadcrumbs on the planet!
There are some foods that just need that crunch. Things like casseroles and avocado fries, just to name a few.
I have had it on my list for a while to create a keto bread crumbs recipe, but I just hadn’t gotten around to it.
But that has all changed!
What can I use instead of breadcrumbs with the keto diet?
Simple. Toasted almond flour and these almond flour and hemp hearts based breadcrumbs. I will often use toasted almond flour when I want something of bread crumb consistency.
Check out How to Toast Almond Flour if you want to know more about that!
BUT, it doesn’t provide the crunch that sometimes I want.
I made some AMAZING keto crispy chips the other day and a lightbulb went off in my head when I tasted them.
First of all, the chips are crunchy and simply delicious. So I thought to myself “what if I modified this slightly, baked it as a sheet, and then crushed it up”? YES!
I did a few test rounds and got it perfect! The taste AND consistency hit the exact spot I was looking to hit!
How to make homemade breadcrumbs
Keto breadcrumbs, that is!
First, we gather up our ingredients: almond flour, hemp hearts, Italian Seasoning, and an egg.
Next, we throw it all in a food processor – super convenient, right?
It makes enough to fill 2 baking sheets. So we split it into 2 equal parts and roll them out between 2 sheets of parchment paper sprayed with your choice of a safe, keto spray (like Avocado oil spray).
Then it’s time to bake! They don’t take long and should come out looking golden and crispy. They don’t need to look pretty with nice edges since you are going to obliterate those edges anyway!
Lastly, you let them cool, break them up and stick them back into the (cleaned) food processor!
How long can I store keto breadcrumbs?
These should last quite a long time, but I never like to push the envelope on things. Store in an airtight container in your fridge for up to a week. I’ve stored them for longer and they were fine, but you never know!
Kitchen Essentials for making breadcrumbs
Baking sheets – you’ll either need 2 baking sheets or you can do this in 2 batches back to back.
Parchment paper – you’ll definitely want to use parchment paper and some oil to keep the dough from sticking!
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- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Spray 3 sheets of parchment paper with a safe oil such as Avocado oil.
- Add all ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend on low for 15-30 seconds.
- Separate dough into 2 equal parts.
- Roll out 1 part between 2 prepared pieces of parchment paper. Roll very thin.
- Remove top layer and slide bottom layer (with rolled dough) onto a baking sheet.
- Repeat the above process with 2 remaining pieces of parchment paper (reuse one sheet) and remaining dough.
- Place both baking sheets in the oven and bake for 11-13 minute or until golden brown.
- Let cool for 10 minutes on the counter.
- Break up the pieces and place in a clean food processor. Blend for 10-15 seconds.
- Store in the fridge in an airtight container!
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Serving Size:1/4 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 199 Total Fat: 18g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 15g Cholesterol: 23mg Sodium: 10mg Carbohydrates: 5g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 1g Protein: 7g