A low carb Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Bread that does the original justice! Enjoy this naturally sweet and healthy treat for your holiday brunch or breakfast. This post is sponsored by the California Raisins Marketing Board.
Many moons ago I was asked by a long time reader to try my hand at creating a low carb, gluten-free cinnamon raisin bread. I replied happily that I would give it a go but that recipe creation kept getting pushed to the back burner by other ideas and projects. I will admit, part of my hesitation was that I didn’t really think I could do cinnamon raisin bread justice. I thought I’d essentially be creating a quick bread flavoured with cinnamon and studded with raisins. That would be good unto itself but it wouldn’t have all the chewy, bready texture one desires of a true cinnamon raisin bread. So I just kept the request in mind and mulled it over and let it keep slipping back as I created other recipes. But the request niggled and naggled at me for ages and I always felt that I was doing my reader a disservice by not managing to fulfill her cinnamon raisin dreams.
And then two things happened that spurred me on. The first was that I discovered the joys of psyllium husk powder. Yes, yes, I know it’s been on the low carb circuit for ages and I am late to the party. Not an unusual occurrence, really. As with anything, we tend to get into our comfort zones in cooking and baking and psyllium husk was outside of my comfort zone. I was perfectly happy with my repertoire of almond flour and coconut flour and things of that ilk, and figured I was pretty good at working with those ingredients. But I procured some psyllium husk powder one day and decided to play around with it. I made Judy Barnes Baker’s recipe for flatbread with a few minor changes and made my Caramel Bacon Monkey Bread with Maria Emmerich’s dough recipe. It’s a very interesting ingredient with lots of potential. It gives things the chewiness of a conventional yeast bread and you can also get a nice crust. But it can also make things overly moist and chewy so there is a fine line to be tread there. I’ve been quietly experimenting behind the scenes to try to get it right for my purposes. I found a recipe for Paleo Dinner Rolls from Low Carb Ella and found that with some modifications, it made really great loaf bread.
The second thing that happened was that California Raisins asked me to come up with a healthy low carb holiday recipe that included raisins. My mind went instantly to my old promise to create cinnamon raisin bread. So many people love to have a loaf of cinnamon raisin bread on the holiday table and it can be sorely missed on a low carb diet. I felt with my newfound ability to create a chewy, bread-like texture, I might be able to pull off a really great low carb cinnamon raisin swirl bread. I think raisins are a great natural and nutritious source of sweetness. I can’t eat a handful on their own anymore but I love to work them into low carb recipes to give it an added feeling of being a real treat while still being nutritious. And the holidays are the perfect time to treat ourselves while still keeping our overall dietary needs in mind. Done right, you can enjoy some of your favourites without consequence. That is always my goal in creating and recreating recipes for this blog. Controlled indulgence, if you will!
I really loved this bread and I hope you and yours enjoy this #sweetnaturally Low Carb Cinnamon Raisin bread over the holidays. For more information about all-natural, no-sugar added California raisins, please visit www.loveyourraisins.com, or get social with us at www.facebook.com/californiaraisins, www.pinterest.com/calraisins, or www.twitter.com/caraisins.
I worked together with the California Raisin Marketing Board to create this recipe and was compensated for my time. The opinions below are mine and mine alone and do not represent those of the California Raisin Marketing Board.
Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Bread
- 1 tbsp Swerve Sweetener
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 6 tbsp psyllium husk powder
- 1/4 cup California raisins, chopped fine
- 2 tbsp Swerve Sweetener
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 cups egg whites (liquid egg whites work well but you can also measure out whites from regular eggs. It will be 8 to 12 whites, depending on the size)
- 4 tbsp melted butter, divided
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 3/4 cup hot water (almost boiling)
- Preheat oven to 350F and grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan. Grease 2 large pieces of parchment paper.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the sweetener and cinnamon. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the coconut flour, almond flour, psyllium husk powder, chopped raisins, sweetener, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
- Add egg whites, 3 tbsp of the melted butter and the apple cider vinegar. Stir to combine. Slowly stir in hot water until dough expands.
- Turn dough out onto one of the pieces of greased parchment and pat into a rough rectangle. Top with other piece of parchment and roll out to about 8x 12 inches. Brush with about half of the remaining melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon filling. Roll up tightly and place seam-side-down in prepared loaf pan.
- Brush with remaining butter. Bake 60 to 70 minutes, until golden brown and firm to the touch. Remove from oven and tent with foil. Let cool in pan (this will help keep it from deflating). Once cool, transfer it to a cutting board or serving plate.
Serves 12. Each serving has 12.36 g of carbs and 6.02 g of fiber. Total NET CARBS = 6.3 g.
Food energy: 132kcal Saturated fatty acids: 3.27g Total fat: 6.58g Calories from fat: 59 Cholesterol: 10mg Carbohydrate: 12.36g Total dietary fiber: 6.02g Protein: 6.28g Sodium: 283mg