Aldi has made a splash over the years with certain keto friendly, low net carb products. The discount grocery store’s most well-known keto product is probably their L’Oven Fresh Keto Friendly Zero Net Carbs Bread. Its initial appearance a few years ago as a limited-time special in Aldi stores prompted a buying frenzy among customers seeking low-carbohydrate alternatives to regular bread. Eventually, Aldi was able to find a manufacturer who could supply the keto friendly bread year round.
Since then, I’ve tried a few other keto products from Aldi, including keto friendly buns and keto ice cream. Most recently, I spotted some keto friendly baking mix at Aldi and decided to give it a try.
Baker’s Corner Keto Friendly All-Purpose Baking Mix cost $4.99 for a 16-ounce package at the time of publication, which comes out to about 31 cents per ounce. That price looks to be competitive based on other brands of keto friendly pancake or baking mixes I found at Walmart, which started around 40 cents per ounce at the time of publication.
This Aldi keto friendly baking mix is a Regular Buy or core range product, which means you should be able to find it at Aldi all year. It’s stocked among the baking supplies such as flour, sugar, and baking mixes.
The mix is kosher and is certified keto. It contains no added sugar, but the front of the package states this is “not a low calorie food.”
Ingredients are modified wheat starch, palm oil, wheat gluten, oat fiber, wheat protein isolate, dried egg white, leavening (sodium bicarbonate, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate), buttermilk powder, salt, natural flavor, whole milk powder, and cultured buttermilk.
If you’re watching out for allergens, this contains wheat, egg, and milk.
One 1/4-cup serving (36 grams) has 110 calories, 8 grams of total fat (10% DV), 5 grams of saturated fat (25% DV), no cholesterol, 430 mg of sodium (19% DV), 17 grams of total carbohydrates (6% DV), 15 grams of dietary fiber (54% DV), no added sugars, and 7 grams of protein.
Keto friendly products like this typically contain a large amount of fiber, which is a type of carbohydrate the body does not absorb. In the case of this particular mix, a lot of the fiber comes from the oat fiber listed in the ingredients.
The idea is that when most or all of the carbohydrates in a food are from fiber, they will just pass through the body. You’ll see keto dieters use a term called net carbs. You calculate the net carbs of a food by subtracting the number of grams of dietary fiber from the number of grams of total carbohydrates.
In the case of this keto friendly baking mix, to calculate the net carbs, you subtract the 15 grams of dietary fiber from the 17 grams of total carbohydrates to get 2 grams of net carbs. Whether you consider this a true keto food or not depends on your preferences and whether you believe bread products can really be keto.
There are about 12 servings per package, and the package for this mix includes recipes for keto friendly biscuits (drop style) and keto friendly pancakes. There is just enough mix in one package to make one batch of biscuits and one batch of pancakes. My family made and tried both, and, frankly, we found them both to be on the dry side. I haven’t tried other keto friendly baking mixes, but having tried Aldi keto friendly bread, I can see how dryness might be a problem for keto friendly products because of the high fiber content.
The biscuits were not only dry — which I can accept because a lot of drop biscuits are dry — but they also had a taste that was almost sour. We buttered them up and added jam, but they were still underwhelming. Also, this was not necessarily a problem, but the biscuits don’t get golden brown in the oven like traditional biscuits usually do. If you try baking them for a few minutes longer than the instructions indicate, in hopes of browning them a little, it won’t really work. I tried it and got minimal browning. So don’t overbake them.
The pancakes were also dry and a bit crumbly. We’ve tried other pancake mixes that contained oats but were not keto friendly, such as Aunt Maple’s Protein Pancake and Waffle Mix from Aldi, and we liked that. These keto pancakes are another story, though.
We also thought both the pancakes and biscuits had little flavor other than a flour-like taste, and we ended up making eggs for breakfast instead. If you’re on a strict keto diet and are craving pancakes or biscuits, these will work. Just be aware that they are going to be a different experience compared to traditional pancakes and biscuits.
With that said, the recipes for the biscuits and pancakes are posted below.
Keto Friendly Biscuits
- 1 1/4 cups Keto Friendly Baking Mix
- 1/2 cup water
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Combine Keto Friendly Baking Mix and water in a bowl using a wooden spoon or hand mixer. Mix until batter comes together, but do not overmix.
Scoop portion sizes of about 2 tablespoons and place them onto a parchment paper-lined baking tray or directly onto a Teflon-treated pan, about three inches apart from one another. You can fit approximately 16-20 biscuits on a standard baking sheet.
Place in the oven and bake for 12 minutes. Remove and let cool before serving.
Keto Friendly Pancakes:
- 2 cups Keto Friendly Baking Mix
- 1 cup water
- 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
- 1 large egg
Preheat a griddle to 375 degrees.
Combine all ingredients in a bowl using a wooden spoon or stand mixer with a paddle attachment. Mix until batter comes together, but do not overmix.
Pour approximately 1/3 cup of batter onto the griddle.
Cook for about 1 minute and 15 seconds, or until the batter gets bubbly over most of the surface. Flip the pancake and cook the other side for another 1 minute and 15 seconds. Remove from the griddle and serve with your favorite toppings.
Baker’s Corner Keto Friendly All-Purpose Baking Mix includes directions for making biscuits and pancakes. There’s enough mix in one package to make one batch of each. We made both the biscuits and pancakes and, while they check off the keto friendly box with just 2 net carbs per serving, we found them to be dry and crumbly. We also thought the flavor was a bit off, especially with the biscuits. If you’re desperate for keto friendly pancakes and biscuits, these will work in a pinch, but no one in our household was very fond of them.