This buttery, flaky pastry from Austria stole the hearts of many. In my reality, croissant has always been associated with fancy European hotels and continental breakfast.
You can imagine yourself a royalty for a second as the view and the food are generally amazing. During those trips, you don’t really care if you gain a pound or two (or five). But is there a way to bring this atmosphere and related emotions to someone trying to eat clean? Is there such a thing as keto croissant?
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What to eat with croissants?
It’s not only the croissants itself is not keto, but also the things that accompany this bread.
The uncooked dough can be covering chocolate, praline, or almond paste and then bake into super sweat and super fat dessert. It can be mixed with raisins or dried apples. In the United States, we often use something sweet or savory as a topping or a filling: and it can be anything from jam to ham and cheese.
While the recipe might differ from country to country and from cook to cook, the basics are sugar, salt, yeast, milk, eggs, flour, and butter (or even lard).
There is a lot of sugar in croissants. And also, fats play an especially important role in baking as they heavily contribute to the flavor, color, and texture.
You can find croissants that use less butter, but they tend to be specialty products (reduced calories for weight loss, etc.) So it’s not surprising that these rolls are delicious, but also extremely high in fat and calories.
Is croissant healthy?
Given that classic croissants may use different ingredients, the verdict is the same: it’s not healthy by all means. And was even included in the list of the worst breads you can eat (even for those who can’t care less about keto).
These are, in most cases, high in carbs, sugars, bad fats, and don’t really have much of the healthy nutrients and vitamins.
How many carbs in a croissant?
Let’s take this branded plain croissant from Nutrient Database by the United States Department of Agriculture. It’s made of wheat flour, water, eggs, vegetable shortening, sugar, milk, yeast. And some hardly pronounced ingredients, e.g., polyglycerol esters (that can’t be good!).
1 croissant like that (it’s small and weighs 50g) has 170 calories, 4g of proteins, 8g of fats (4.5g of “bad” saturated fats). There are also 21g of carbs in one croissant (1g is coming from fiber).
Is croissant keto-friendly?
No, the classic croissant is not keto. And you should forget about it while following a ketogenic diet (unless you are using my recipe, but more on that later). It’s high in carbs. It’s high in BAD fats and cholesterol (not all fats are created equally).
And it’s getting so popular that many fast-food chains and large manufacturers add croissants into their ranges. Those filled with super-processed and genetically modified ingredients, growing even more unhealthy and carby.
How to make a keto croissant?
The trick is to substitute all unhealthy ingredients with more keto-friendly ones.
E.g., instead of wheat flour, you can opt-in for super fine coconut or almond flour.
Instead of insulinogenic cow milk, you can turn to full-fat coconut milk, etc.
For starters, you can check my recipe below and see if you’ll find that kind of croissant tempting.
Keto croissant recipe
Almond flour croissant
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