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Low Carb Italian Gluten Free Breadsticks Recipe

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Our Low Carb Italian Gluten Free Breadsticks Recipe is a homemade marvel your whole family will love. Great gluten-free replacement for garlic olive garden breadsticks with just a few simple changes is ready for you to enjoy.

A tray of garlic bread sticks on a baking sheet.
Italian Fathead Homemade Breadsticks. Photo credit: Low Carb – No Carb.

Serve them with your favorite salads, next to one of the chosen soups or as a snack on the go.

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I know we all crave real bread from time to time. The bread we have been used to eating before our transformation to low carb lifestyle. And it is pretty normal.

I stop sometimes just by walking around the bakery. That smell of fresh-baked bread gets me every time. But this lasts for about a second until I realize what it contains and why my family and I have changed.

The benefits of the ways we eat are different, and I would never go back to ordinary eating habits. And therefore, I always make sure we have a replacement for healthy alternatives in our house.

So far, I have made a perfect farmer’s bread unrecognizable from a regular loaf. Developed various snacks just in case we need to nib on something crunchy and special. I also have already made an extensive collection of pastas to choose from.

Fathead Dough Garlic Breadsticks Olive Garden Style

Most of all, I have fallen in love with fathead dough, which I use in today’s recipe. It is so versatile you can make almost anything you can imagine. After lots of trial and error, I have developed my variation, which we all love and use with all my fathead recipes, especially as a gluten-free pizza crust.

Those soft and fluffy garlicky keto cheese sticks are so simple and extremely fluffy, almost like a real thing. Soft breadsticks on the inside with a crispy crunch from the outside. 

I have written quite a bit about what a fathead is and how to make it in our bacon fathead pizza recipe, in case you want to read more.

Easy Cheesy Keto Bread Sticks.
Fathead Breadsticks

Gluten-Free Flour Blend

As you might have realized, my blog is all about reducing carbohydrates, staying with a low-carb lifestyle and making sure all recipes are gluten-free.

This gives me the advantage to introduce you to a various gluten free flour blends that are not only gluten free, but also with carbs in mind. I use different flour replacements, xanthan gum, psyllium husk and more, which you can read more about in the article. 

Soft Gluten Free Breadsticks With Coconut Flour

Even though I have made simple three ingredients, only egg-free breadsticks already, I have never tried to make a fathead dough with coconut flour.

Reason? Still trying to figure it out. I hardly use coconut flour. My guess is that because, at the beginning of our journey, I made a few recipes with coconut flour, which could have been better. That made me stop using coconut flour almost entirely.

When I started experimenting with fathead dough, I used only almond flour.

But you can check the differences of almond flour vs. coconut flour.

Homemade Low Carb Bread Sticks
Low Carb Breadsticks

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And then magic happened. I was lucky enough to see that my dear friend Maya from Wholesomeyum has published her first book. And I tell you. It is filled with so many fabulous recipes that I will spend the next few months making quite a few of them. 

Like right now. Not tomorrow.

What struck me there were her lovely-looking Italian bread sticks made with fathead dough, including coconut flour. So here I went and said:” One more trial and then decide.”

How to Make Gluten-Free Breadsticks?

I have made some alterations to the recipe, mainly in the process of making this recipe and the sequence of it. Otherwise, everything else, including all ingredients, stays the same.

Tools to make Fathead Breadsticks:

Ingredients Needed:

*Exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below.

KETO ITALIAN CHEESE FATHEAD HOMEMADE BREAD STICKS RECIPE
Low Carb Italian Breadsticks

STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS ON MAKING THE BEST KETO ITALIAN BREADSTICKS

Keto Italian breadsticks recipe made with fathead dough and a mixture of herbs are a simple, easy, cheesy and fluffy replacement for your snack. Gluten-free and grain-free garlic bread sticks served with your favorite dips or just simply along with soup or as an appetizer with a meal. A perfect addition to your meal preps.

First Step: Prepare All Ingredients

Prepare all of the ingredients needed for making the best homemade gluten-free breadsticks. I always like to segregate all into small glass jars, but you can combine dry ingredients and wet ingredients into two separate glass containers.

Ingredients needed for gluten free breadsticks.
Ingredients needed for gluten free breadsticks.

Second Step: Mozzarella

Shred the mozzarella and place it into the nonstick pot. Heat it, and while mixing it slowly with a spatula, ensure all mozzarella is fully melted.

Be sure to use the prepackaged mozzarella cheese in this recipe. Fresh mozzarella contains too much water, and your breadsticks won’t turn out as they should.

Melting mozzarella in a pot.
Melting mozzarella in a pot.

Third Step: Cream Cheese and Butter

Once your mozzarella is soft, add butter and cream cheese and combine while still hot.

In this step, I switch off the heater and mix it thoroughly until I am satisfied with the dough.

If you still feel the mozzarella needs to be fully melted or combined, switch the heat to a low temperature and keep mixing.

Adding cream cheese into a dough.
Adding cream cheese into a dough.

Fourth Step: Other Ingredients

Switch off the heat and slowly, one by one, add all of the other ingredients. Mix best with a plastic spatula, combining all ingredients into a soft gluten-free dough. 

Mixing coconut flour in.
Mixing coconut flour in.

Fifth Step: Eggs

At this stage, add all of the eggs. You can mix them into fluffiness beforehand using a stand mixer if you wish, but this is also not necessary. I added them straight into the dough and kept mixing until all came together.

It might take a few minutes, but being patient is worth it. The better your fathead dough is mixed, the easier it will be for you to roll the long breadsticks.

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Garlic Low Carb Bread Sticks Recipe

Sixth Step: Shape and Form

Once all is combined, separate the fathead dough into eight pieces. Take each part and, with your hand, roll it into tiny buns. In this step, you can still work each of the buns into a smoother consistency for you to be able to roll the breadsticks easier. Once done, let the dough sit at room temperature for 15-30 minutes. You can chill the dough in the fridge for this time if it is too difficult to work with.

In the meantime, heat the oven to 218 Celsius or 350 Fahrenheit and prepare your baking sheet covered with parchment paper or a silicone sheet.

Roll each bun into a log and place it onto a prepared baking sheet.

Shaping Breadsticks
Shaping Breadsticks

Seventh Step: Season

When you split all the fathead dough into 8 logs, season it with extra Italian herbs and coarse salt. In addition, you can brush with melted butter for an extra touch. 

Bake the breadsticks for approximately 15 minutes or till golden brown and enjoy.

Fluffy Low Carb Bread Sticks
Fluffy Low Carb Bread Sticks

TIPS AND TRICKS TO MAKE GLUTEN FREE BREAD RECIPE

  • Seasonings – pick your favorite, and add freshly chopped herbs, dried tomatoes, nutritional yeast or seeds. 
  • Yeast – if you wish, you can add instant yeast or active dry yeast. 
  • Butter – can be replaced with extra virgin olive oil. 
Keto Fathead Breadsticks
Keto Italian Breadsticks

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

What Do I Serve Keto Breadsticks With?

  • Use your favorite dip as an appetizer
  • Add them as a side dish with your salad
  • Use them together with one of the soup recipes
  • They always go perfectly with our roasted tomato basil soup
  • Enjoy them for breakfast spread with butter
  • Have them as a snack on your movie night
  • Use them for your meal planning
  • They go perfectly with smoked cream cheese

Can I Replace Coconut Four in Fathead Dough?

Yes, you can. The best replacement here will be almond flour, but you must ensure you add much more. Coconut flour is very absorbent and dry; therefore, you need very little of it.

On the other hand, if you use almond flour or ground almonds, you must add much more. It is not a 1:1 substitution. Generally, a great place to start is using 4x as much almond flour as coconut flour.

Keto Cheese Sticks
Fathead Breadsticks

Can I Make the Fathead Dough and Freeze It Until Use?

I recommend baking it and then freezing rather than freezing the uncooked fathead dough.

Any dough involving cheese or cream cheese changes the consistency, and you might have difficulty shaping it once it is unfrozen.

It is much more convenient for you later as all you have to do is heat it and enjoy it.

Do Leftovers Breadsticks Need to Be Refrigerated?

Yes, they are heavy in dairy, so store them in an airtight container in the fridge.

Simple Healthy Breadsticks
Italian Breadsticks
Do These Freeze Well?

They do if you store them fully covered. Once you remove them from the freezer, let them soften and reheat in the oven for crispiness. If you warm them in the microwave, they will become very soft.

More Gluten-Free Bread Recipes

You are in luck if you’re looking for an additional assortment of gluten-free bread options. 

In addition to our beloved farmer’s bread, I invite you to discover the delightful flavors of brioche bread, delicious almond flour bread, and breakfast favorite sweet challah bread

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Freshly baked Keto Italian Breadsticks
Freshly baked Keto Italian Breadsticks

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Yield: 8

Low Carb Italian Gluten Free Breadsticks Recipe

Keto Fathead Breadsticks

Our Low Carb Italian Gluten Free Breadsticks Recipe is a homemade marvel your whole family will love. Great gluten-free replacement for garlic olive garden breadsticks with just a few simple changes is ready for you to enjoy.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Prepare all of the ingredients needed for making the best homemade gluten-free breadsticks.
  2. Shred the mozzarella and place it into the nonstick pot. Heat it, and while mixing it slowly with a spatula, ensure all mozzarella is fully melted.
  3. Once your mozzarella is soft, add butter and cream cheese and combine while still hot. In this step, I switch off the heater and mix it thoroughly until I am satisfied with the dough.
  4. Switch off the heat and slowly, one by one, add all of the other ingredients. Mix best with a plastic spatula, combining all ingredients into a soft gluten-free dough. 
  5. At this stage, add all of the eggs. I added them straight into the dough and kept mixing until all came together.
  6. Once all is combined, separate the fathead dough into eight pieces. Take each part and, with your hand, roll it into tiny buns. In this step, you can still work each of the buns into a smoother consistency for you to be able to roll the breadsticks easier. Once done, let the dough sit at room temperature for 15-30 minutes. You can chill the dough in the fridge for this time if it is too difficult to work with. In the meantime, heat the oven to 218 Celsius or 350 Fahrenheit and prepare your baking sheet covered with parchment paper or a silicone sheet. Roll each bun into a log and place it onto a prepared baking sheet.
  7. When you split all the fathead dough into 8 logs, season it with extra Italian herbs and coarse salt. In addition, you can brush with melted butter for an extra touch. Bake the breadsticks for approximately 15 minutes or till golden brown and enjoy.

Notes

  • Seasonings - pick your favorite, and add freshly chopped herbs, nutritional yeast or seeds. 
  • Yeast - if you wish, you can add instant yeast or active dry yeast. 
  • Butter - can be replaced with extra virgin olive oil. 

Nutrition Information

Yield

8

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 229Total Fat 16gCarbohydrates 4gFiber 3gProtein 15g

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First Published: November 9, 2019
Last Updated: October 19, 2023

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38 Comments on “Low Carb Italian Gluten Free Breadsticks Recipe”

  1. I just made these yesterday despite not having a non-stick pot and they are a big hit! You would not know they were not real bread. Having leftovers with chicken piccata tonight. Thanks for all of your great recipes! I went out and bought a non-stick pot today.

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    • Dear Coralie,

      Thanks a lot for checking that out. This recipe is not mine and I have taken the nutrition Facts directly. But now after a bit of research and my own calculation, it really depends on what type of Coconut Flour you use. Some of them are pretty high in Carbs for some reason. I have checked the one I use (100g-22 Carbs) and with the entire calculation in My fitness Pal that comes to a total of 4 grams of Carbs per stick with 3g of Dietary Fiber. Thanks for your comment and I am going to change that.
      Have a great day

      Reply
  2. Thank you, for this recipe, I can share this with my husband,
    as your recipe has no almond flour, very excited to go and make this recipe now..
    Thank you, for all of your wonderful recipes, that you put so much time into creating for us.Thank you, again.
    Linda

    Reply

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