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Keto Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Keto Cinnamon Swirl Bread is rich, light and fluffy and reminiscent of cinnamon rolls. Enjoy this beautiful sweet bread recipe for breakfast or snack!

Loaf of low carb cinnamon bread with slices taken out

If you’re a lover of cinnamon rolls or coffee cake, you’re going to adore this cinnamon swirl bread!

It has that buttery richness and moistness you get in coffee cake with the powerful cinnamon thread weaving throughout it like you get from cinnamon rolls, and is made even more enticing with a simple glaze.

I based this Keto Cinnamon Swirl Bread off of the Keto Lemon Poppy Seed Bread I posted earlier this year. 

The recipe is very similar, but replaced the lemon poppy seed flavor with a big bold cinnamon swirl!

The end result is a magically moist cake-like quick bread with an explosion of cinnamon and the most delightful crispy top.

An easy sugar-free glaze is optional but always recommended for aesthetics and for those of you who love a little frosting on your treats. 

Recipe Highlights:

Grain-free, sugar-free, low-carb, dairy-free, and fun to prepare! The texture of this moist cinnamon quick bread is just so perfect.

Many keto recipes for low carb cinnamon bread call for sour cream, cream cheese, or butter, but we’re taking a different approach by making this almond flour bread dairy-free.

The end result is a sweet treat the whole family can enjoy, regardless of whether or not everyone is on a low carb diet.

Top down photo of keto cinnamon swirl bread with three slices laying on top of each other and a blue striped napkin

Keto Cinnamon Swirl Bread Ingredients:

In order to keep the recipe keto friendly and low-carb, we must use low-carb flour and zero carb sweetener. Here’s what we do to make this magic happen!

Almond Flour & Coconut Flour: Our low-carb flours of choice. While almond flour does contain some carbohydrate, it is lower in carbohydrate than a flour made from grains like wheat flour, rice flour, oat flour, etc. The reason I use almond flour in my keto treats is I find it produces the best texture.

While coconut flour alone works in many applications, it just doesn’t have quite the texture I love for baked goods. We do use a touch of coconut flour in this recipe to help keep the bread held together nicely, but the primary flour needed is fine almond flour.

Sugar-Free Sweetener: Using a sugar-free sweetener such as monk fruit, erythritol or xylitol adds zero calories to the bread, and makes it nice and sweet while adding zero net carbs.

Choose your favorite granulated sweetener for this recipe! My personal preferences are Lakanto and Swerve.

You can use less sweetener depending on your taste buds. The way the recipe is written, the bread has a similar sweetness to cake.

Baking Powder, Baking Soda, and Sea Salt: Both baking powder and baking soda are used as leavening agents in this recipe to help the bread rise and also keep the slices held together.

You can use 2 teaspoons of baking powder and omit the baking soda if you’d like for a very soft consistency. I like the baking soda because it generates a crispy top, which I find irresistible.

You can add 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to neutralize the baking soda if you’d like. The sea salt brings out all of the flavors in the bread for a rich buttery cinnamon delight.

Full-Fat Canned Coconut Milk: The fat portion of the recipe, which brings moisture and generates that tender crumb! Full-fat canned coconut milk is a marvelous ingredient for dairy-free baking. It contains that rich buttery flavor that you get from actual butter but is perfect for those who are lactose intolerant.

Not to mention, it has a natural sweetness to it to boost the tastiness of any dish. Don’t replace it with any other non-dairy milk or with coconut milk from a carton, as they will not have enough fat content to make the bread work out.

If you aren’t dairy-free, you can go with 1 stick of melted butter and ¾ cup of buttermilk, heavy cream, or whole milk to replace the coconut milk.

You can also use 1/4 cup of melted coconut oil, avocado oil, olive oil or canola oil and 3/4 cup of full-fat canned coconut milk if you like baking with coconut oil.

Eggs: Because this bread is grain-free and doesn’t contain starches to keep it held together, it requires more eggs than your typical bread. Don’t overthink it, just enjoy the cracking!

Vanilla Extract: Adding warmth and depth of flavor to the bread, vanilla extract brings luxury to any quick bread. If you don’t have it on hand, no worries – you can skip it and the bread will still be delicious.

Cinnamon Sugar Swirl: A simple combination of sugar-free sweetener and ground cinnamon is what makes the delectable cinnamon swirl. If you have a brown sugar substitute on hand, feel free to use that instead of regular granulated sugar-free sweetener.

Loaf of low-carb cinnamon swirl bread sitting on a white surface with a slice taken off

Sweetener Options:

If you don’t follow a low-carb diet and are fine with added sugar, you can easily replace the sugar-free sweetener with granulated cane sugar or coconut sugar. Coconut sugar is lower glycemic than cane sugar and is less refined, although it will make the bread a brown color. 

How to Make Cinnamon Roll Bread:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a bread loaf pan with parchment paper.

In a small bowl, stir together the sugar-free sweetener and cinnamon for the cinnamon swirl mixture. Set aside until ready to use.

Whisk together the eggs, full-fat coconut milk, and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl and mix until well-combined. You can also use a stand mixer or a hand mixer if you prefer. Note: If your coconut milk is separated (this happens when canned coconut milk is cold), heat it in the microwave for 20 to 40 seconds until it is nice and creamy.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the almond flour, coconut flour, sugar-free sweetener, baking powder, and sea salt.

Pour the flour mixture into the bowl with the wet ingredients and mix until combined into a thick batter. Note: if the batter appears too thin, add an additional 2 tablespoons of coconut flour to thicken it up.

Transfer half of the bread batter to the parchment-lined prepared loaf pan and spread it into an even layer.

Sprinkle the majority of the cinnamon-sugar mixture over the batter, leaving just 1 to 2 tablespoons for the top of the bread.

Pour the remaining batter on top and use a rubber spatula or a spoon to gently spread it over the top of the cinnamon and sugar layer. Sprinkle the remaining cinnamon mixture on top.

Use a butter knife to make a large “S” shape down the length of the batter to create a swirl. You want this to be nice and big and flowy rather than making too many small swirls or the bread won’t have that iconic swirl look to it.

Butter knife making a large S shape in the bread batter to create swirl

Bake on the center rack of the preheated oven for 50 to 60 minutes (I do 50), or until the bread is golden brown and tests clean. You’ll love the sweet smell coming from the oven!

Allow the bread to cool for at least 20 minutes before slicing and serving (if you can allow it to cool completely, it will be easier to cut).

How to Store Cinnamon Keto Bread:

You can keep the bread at room temperature for up to 5 days as long as you don’t live in a very humid area. If you have leftovers, store the bread in an airtight container in the refrigerator. You can also freeze the bread! Simply slice what’s remaining of the loaf into slices and place them in a zip lock bag. Freeze for up to 2 months.

horizontal photo of cinnamon bread

Nutritional Info:

This recipe yields 9 slices of bread with 9 net carbs per slice. Whether or not this low carb bread recipe is suitable for you depends on how much carb you consume in a day.

A strict keto diet for those who don’t exercise typically calls for 30 grams or less of net carbohydrates per day, in which case this keto bread recipe may not be a good fit.

For those who simply follow a low-carb diet or a sugar-free diet, this particular recipe for sweet cinnamon swirl will not affect blood sugar.

For the best tasting result, heat up a slice of this almond flour cinnamon bread and enjoy with a smear of butter when the craving hits

That’s it! Everything you need to make moist, delicious cinnamon swirl bread for a sugar-free treat. A keto breakfast of champions.

Get your cinnamon roll fix without all the work in the form of this low carb cinnamon swirl loaf!

More Keto Bread Recipes:

Loaf of low-carb cinnamon swirl bread sitting on a white surface with a slice taken off

Keto Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Yield: 1 Loaf
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Keto Cinnamon Swirl Bread is rich, light and fluffy and reminiscent of cinnamon rolls or coffee cake. Enjoy this low carb cinnamon bread recipe for breakfast or snack!

Ingredients

Cinnamon Swirl:

Low-Carb Quick Bread:

Optional Glaze:

Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a loaf pan with parchment paper.

    2. In a small bowl, stir together the sugar-free sweetener and cinnamon for the cinnamon swirl mixture. Set aside until ready to use.

    Stir together the sugar-free sweetener and cinnamon to make the cinnamon swirl mixture

    3. Whisk together the eggs, full-fat coconut milk, and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl and mix until well-combined. You can also use a stand mixer or a hand mixer if you prefer. Note: If your coconut milk is separated (this happens when canned coconut milk is cold), heat it in the microwave for 20 to 40 seconds until it is nice and creamy.

    Egg mixture in a mixing bowl

    4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the almond flour, coconut flour, sugar-free sweetener, baking powder, and sea salt.

    dry ingredients in a mixing bowl

    5. Pour the flour mixture into the bowl with the wet ingredients and mix until combined into a thick batter.

    Mixing bowl with wet ingredients and dry ingredients poured in

    6. Transfer half of the bread batter to the parchment-lined bread pan and spread it into an even layer.

    Half of the bread batter in a loaf pan

    7. Sprinkle the majority of the cinnamon-sugar mixture over the batter, leaving just 1 to 2 tablespoons for the top of the bread.

    Cinnamon bread batter with cinnamon swirl layer on top

    8. Pour the remaining batter on top and use a rubber spatula or a spoon to gently spread it over the top of the cinnamon and sugar layer. Sprinkle the remaining cinnamon mixture on top.

    Loaf pan with the cinnamon swirl bread batter and cinnamon sugar inside

    9. Use a butter knife to draw a large S shape down the length of the batter. Give the loaf pan a little shake to allow the batter to come back together.

    butter knife drawing an S shape in the batter to create swirl

    10. Bake on the center rack of the preheated oven for 50 to 60 minutes (I do 50), or until the bread is golden brown and tests clean. Allow the bread to cool for at least 20 minutes before slicing and serving (if you can allow it to cool completely, it will be easier to cut).

    horizontal photo of cinnamon bread

    To make the optional glaze, stir the sugar-free powdered sugar and water together in a bowl until it reaches your desired consistency. Drizzle over the bread, and enjoy!

Notes

*If the batter seems to thin, add another 2 tablespoons of coconut flour and mix well. The batter should be able to easily hold the cinnamon sugar layer without it falling into the batter.

Replace the sugar-free sweetener with regular granulated cane sugar or coconut sugar for a non low-carb version of this recipe.

Use 1/2 cup of melted butter plus 3/4 cup buttermilk or heavy cream in place of the full-fat canned coconut milk

Nutrition Information
Yield 9 Serving Size 1 Slice (of 9)
Amount Per Serving Calories 261Total Fat 18gCarbohydrates 12gNet Carbohydrates 9gFiber 3gSugar 3gProtein 11g
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Keto Cinnamon Swirl Bread - grain-free, sugar-free, dairy-free made with almond flour! A low-carb treat that tastes like cinnamon rolls but is so easy to make!

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Katrin

Thursday 12th of May 2022

Hi Julia, I assume the baking soda gets added in with all dry ingredients in step 4? I just can't find it in your instructions 🤷🏼

Julia

Thursday 12th of May 2022

Hi Katrin! Yes, that's correct! My apologies for the confusion :)

Karen

Wednesday 23rd of March 2022

This recipe sounds great and I'd love to try it but I'm perplexed by and concerned about the net carb count as I try to eat no more than 20 grams per day. Do you know what accounts for the majority of the carbs in this bread? The ingredients are similar to other recipes that I make which have a much lower carb count (3-5 net carbs) so I don't understand why this should have that many more net carbs.

Julia

Wednesday 23rd of March 2022

Hi Karen!

The carb count comes almost entirely from the almond flour. While almond flour is grain-free and contains far fewer carbs than a grain flour, it does still contain carbohydrates. I use MyFitnessPal.com to calculate nutrition facts, so it could be that varying brands of almond flour contain varying carbs as well. It's tough to say. I always err on the side of accounting for more carbs because I would hate to mess up anyone's health goals. That said, if you would like to calculate the bread based on the exact ingredients (brands, etc) you'd be using, My Fitness Pal is great for that! I hope this helps! xoxoxo :D

Lucy

Saturday 26th of February 2022

What can be used instead of eggs?

Julia

Saturday 26th of February 2022

Hi Lucy,

I haven't tested the recipe with an egg replacer so I can't say for sure what would work. IN my experience, egg replacers like flax eggs don't work out very well in grain-free recipes that are meant to be fluffy. The eggs are pretty paramount in this recipe because there are no starches to keep it held together otherwise. In recipes using starchy flours, egg replacements are easy but in grain-free recipes like this where you want the bread to be nice and fluffy, it's difficult to replace the eggs with something else. Nevertheless, let me know if you try it with a replacement and let me know how it turns out! xo

Gary

Thursday 24th of February 2022

I probably missed it, but what do you use for the icing drizzled on top? Thanks!

Julia

Saturday 26th of February 2022

Hi Gary!

My apologies for neglecting to include the glaze. I just added it to the recipe card. I just do 1 cup of sugar-free confectioners sweetener (I use Lakanto or Swerve) with 2 to 3 tablespoons of water. You can also use melted butter instead of water if you do dairy. Hope you enjoy!! xoxo

Lucy

Saturday 26th of February 2022

@Gary,

Cindy

Thursday 24th of February 2022

Hi there! Can you omit the coconut flour (allergies) or replace it with additional almond flour?

Julia

Thursday 24th of February 2022

Hi Cindy!

Yes, absolutely. I haven't tested this recipe yet with that replacement, but I would start with an additional 1/2 cup of almond flour and see where that lands me. If need be, you can add more. Also, if you do starches, you could replace the coconut flour with 1/2 cup tapioca flour or arrowroot flour. This would add more carbohydrate to the bread but would make the texture divine! xoxoxo

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