Italian bread crumbs were a staple item in the pantry growing up. Breadcrumbs help retain moisture and as coatings or toppings in recipes.
The need for moisture and breadings doesn’t just go away because we’re cooking keto. What we need is a keto option that does the same thing. Here is me version of keto-friendly Italian bread crumbs.
Using Keto-Friendly Breadcrumbs
These are perfect to go with my Keto Stuffed Meatballs. Of course, you could also add these to any meatloaf or burger.
My Italian Keto Crumbs are great as a topping to any casserole. I like adding them to my Keto Tuna Bake. It’s like a tuna melt done casserole style. I also top my Cauliflower Cheese Casserole with them. It’s a keto take on mac and cheese.
Another great use for these Italian Keto Crumbs is as a coating for my Baked Parmesan-Crusted Zucchini Squash. This is a great side dish that uses up all that extra zucchini home gardeners always find themselves with.
Swap out the Italian seasoning for lemon pepper or even a Cajun or chili powder blend. Use any variation to whip up some tasty salmon patties. Wild-caught salmon is ideal for keto diets, and canned pink salmon is the most frugal way to get it. Fish patties can get very dry without breadcrumbs. These keto crumbs are an easy fix to that.
Links to above recipes are coming very soon!
Once you’ve made your keto crumbs, store them in a container in the fridge.
For those who would like to buy almond flour in bulk, I buy a 4-pack of Bob’s Red Mill Superfine Almond Flour on Amazon. This is the packaging with resealable bags. I tend to buy a lot of stuff in bulk. It’s generally more frugal. Plus, I’m a prepper at heart. Nothing I like better than to see a stocked pantry ready for any emergency.
Italian Keto Crumbs: Recipe
This recipe makes 2 cups worth of Italian Keto Crumbs. The total carbs look high, but that is for the entire recipe. Please keep in mind that no one is going to sit down and consume 2 cups of this. These keto-friendly “breadcrumbs” will be spread out as just one ingredient in whatever you are cooking.
Yields 2 cups
2 minPrep Time
2 minTotal Time
- Pork Rinds, 1 cup, ground
- Parmesan Cheese, 1/2 cup, ground
- Almond Flour ,1/4 cup, ground finely
- Italian Seasoning, 4 tablespoons
- Grind pork rinds in a food processor, blender, or crush by hand with a rolling pin between layers of plastic wrap.
- Mix all your ingredients in a bowl until thoroughly blended.
- Store in fridge.
Serving size used here is 1 tablespoon. However, many recipes call for larger amounts.
For ease of reference, a 1/2 cup of Italian Keto Crumbs contains
Net Carbs 3.1g Fat 13.2g Protein 15.4g Calories 191
Per Carb Manager.
Italian Keto Crumbs: Without Nuts
Not everyone tolerates nuts well. And, many people cannot do nuts at all without risking anaphylaxis! There’s really no need for that. A few adjustments, and a nut-free version is just as good as the version with nuts. Easy peasy. I will post the nut free version shortly. For now, it’s time for me to go eat!