Buy It or Skip It? Costco Keto Bread

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Lolita Carrico
A certified nutritionist and self-taught chef with a love for entertaining and experimenting with food, Lolita Carrico created Ketology after struggling for years with her own hormonal changes and weight gain. After having two children, she found that managing her weight and moods became more and more of a struggle. After researching the ketogenic diet thoroughly and understanding the science and nutritional aspects, she began her keto journey in 2018. Within three months, she shed 25 pounds and her mood improved, focus sharpened and her energy was through the roof. Three years later, she has maintained a 55-pound weight loss and has learned to intuitively follow a balanced keto lifestyle without sacrificing a thing!

I’m a huge fan of Costco and love that they stock some of my favorite keto must-haves to keep my kitchen stocked with keto-friendly foods. Lately, some “keto” labeled items has crept onto the shelves and have piqued my curiosity — namely keto bread. Depending on where you live, the Costco Keto Bread will either be made by Franz or Galasso. My California-based Costco recently started stocking the Galasso brand, so I scooped it up to give it a test run.

Now, I won’t go too much into the science of if this bread is truly keto and more importantly, if it’s a healthy option. Yes, it comes in a 1g total carbs per slice – so technically, it’s keto-friendly. Thomas DeLauer who brilliantly explains the science behind ketosis and many of the foods we eat dove into it on his YouTube page – so take a watch for the nitty gritty on why you may want to skip the Franz keto bread or Galasso keto bread. But I’m here to give you my thoughts on taste and performance.

How the Costco Keto Bread (aka Franz Keto Bread or Galasso Keto Bread) Tastes and Performs

I love avocado toast and cream cheese and salmon on toast, so those were the first recipes on my list to try with the Costco keto bread. The bread toasts well and “feels” like regular bread and holds up well, however even with creamy avocado or a nice layer of cream cheese, the bread itself has a powdery, chalky taste that isn’t easily masked with toppings. So then I decided to try to make a breakfast sandwich by placing the Galasso keto bread in my skillet with the cooking eggs (which is a great hack for making a french toast like texture) and I thought this method would allow the egg to soak into the bread and get rid of some of the chalkiness. Alas, no…it still had the unappealing texture issue. We continued to use the Costco bread here and there since it comes in a two-pack, but will I buy it again? Likely not. I much prefer my homemade keto bread recipe which uses healthy ingredients and tastes great.

I have heard of the mythical keto bread Aldi carries which has gotten rave reviews however we don’t have any local Aldi’s – let me know if you’ve tried any of the above and your thoughts in the comments below!

UPDATED: I recently reviewed the Sola Keto Bread – read that review here for a better tasting, but still not 100% keto – bread alternative.

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  1. Update! They now have keto burger buns made by the same companies at Costco. I still had the same issue, very chalky and not worth it in my opinion.

  2. I bought the Galasso brand yesterday and toasted it for breakfast today. I actually didn?t mind the texture because I got that ?crunch? that I was craving. I will always have toast it because it is crumbly in its native form. Wouldn?t say I?m in love but it served my purpose and glad Costco stocks this.

    • Yes, it’s so nice to see more keto options at mainstream stores for sure. I actually also have recently been trying Sola’s keto bread and it is REALLY good. Review coming soon 🙂

  3. Bought this Keto white bread at my local Costco out of curiosity. I tried every preparation possible: plain, toasted, French toasted. The most disappointing bread I have ever purchased. Tasteless, chalky (turns to dust in one’s mouth), zero elasticity and falls apart when spreading toppings. Finally, before throwing the second of the two loaves in the trash, I decided to put a few pieces that I tore into small pieces outside on the top of the wall for the birds. Even they wouldn’t go near it!

  4. Bought this Keto white bread at my local Costco out of curiosity. I tried every preparation possible: plain, toasted, French toasted. The most disappointing bread I have ever purchased. Tasteless, chalky (turns to dust in one’s mouth), zero elasticity and falls apart when spreading toppings. Finally, before throwing the second of the two loaves in the trash, I decided to put a few pieces that I tore into small pieces outside on the top of the wall for the birds. Even they wouldn’t go near it!

  5. I’m from California and had only had the Galasso brand and I have to agree the texture is chalky and it falls apart very easily. I recently went to a Costco in Oregon and purchased the Franz brand expecting it to be the same thing and let me tell you my mind was blown. Franz blows Galasso out of the water in every way. Taste, texture and durability are all way better. Too bad I can’t seem to find it anywhere near me and its 3 times as expensive when buying from their website ?

  6. I’m from California and had only had the Galasso brand and I have to agree the texture is chalky and it falls apart very easily. I recently went to a Costco in Oregon and purchased the Franz brand expecting it to be the same thing and let me tell you my mind was blown. Franz blows Galasso out of the water in every way. Taste, texture and durability are all way better. Too bad I can’t seem to find it anywhere near me and its 3 times as expensive when buying from their website ?

  7. Try freezing it! It’ll last longer and prevent it from falling apart. Just pop it the toaster and its won’t get a chance to fall apart.

  8. Try freezing it! It’ll last longer and prevent it from falling apart. Just pop it the toaster and its won’t get a chance to fall apart.

      • Oh, that’s interesting. I did hear that some Costco’s started carrying the Sola bread…so maybe they changed vendors which would be a good move because the Sola bread is my favorite store-bought keto bread hands down. I will see what the scoop is at my local Costco this weekend!

  9. Try Artisan Bakers brand from Costco. They have a multi seed Keto bread that tastes so much better. Actually taste like bread. I like it a lot more. I tried the Franz Keto bread and I couldn’t even eat it.

    • Oh! I’ll check if we have that in our Costco! I recently tried the Chompie’s brand – which unfortunately is not available at Costco – but is hands down the best store bought / not homemade keto bread.

  10. Try Artisan Bakers brand from Costco. They have a multi seed Keto bread that tastes so much better. Actually taste like bread. I like it a lot more. I tried the Franz Keto bread and I couldn’t even eat it.

    • Oh! I’ll check if we have that in our Costco! I recently tried the Chompie’s brand – which unfortunately is not available at Costco – but is hands down the best store bought / not homemade keto bread.

  11. My husband and I have been enjoying the bread. When we first bought it, I toasted it and we did not enjoy it that way at all. We now keep it in the fridge, place it on the counter a few minutes prior to having some and enjoy! It’s actually pretty soft and tasty that way. We usually top it with the Costco peanut butter and we really like it that way. We are glad for this option. Thanks!

  12. So keto is not a list of ingredients it’s a metabolic state. Unless you have some evidence this bread has enough carbs to exceed your carb limit for the day (20-50g net as per Dr. Phinney and Volek) then it’s “keto.”

    As for taste I make french toast with it and it’s great. I didn’t enjoy it at all plain out of the bag, but my high protein french toast is amazing with sugar free syrup.

  13. Our Costco from Ohio has a Natural Ovens Bakery Keto Bread that counts out to 12 g of carn 12 g of fiber so 0 net carbs and tastes and feels like normal bread- my kids and husband all enjoy it (and my husband is a white bread Wonderbread kinda guy)… we are all amazed! ❤️👍

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