Welcome back to my blog for another keto product review! This week, we’re taking a look at my new favorite keto bread replacement. Now, I know I’ve shared a lot of “new favorites” on my blog recently. That’s not because I’ve been paid to say these things; I really do LOVE these products! Remember that all of these product reviews are my honest, unbiased opinions. I never use talking points, and I am not paid to share things I don’t like. I’ve been through the ringer with crappy products, so I want to help you find the diamonds in the rough so you can save your hard-earned cash for the items that really deserve the investment. Keep all of that in mind as you read through my reviews. 🙂
This bread replacement comes from Omega Buns, and they sent over a few different flavors offered from their website for me to try. I’m going to be honest, when I received these, I naively compared them to the famous Diet Doctor keto rolls. And in a way, they are, but it’s really important to note a huge difference. These don’t use almond flour; instead, they use flaxseed meal and chia seed meal as “flours” in these buns. This really cuts down on the amount of calories in each bun and also offers nutritional benefits in the form of Omega 3 fatty acids. Side note: if you’re struggling with appetite control, chia seeds are an excellent to help with that. Before I get too ahead of myself, let’s dive into this review.
Omega Bun description
As I mentioned above, Omega Buns are sort of like the hotter, younger sister of Diet Doctor rolls (DD rolls). My issues with making my own keto bread substitutes are that I struggle with ingredient consistency, environmental factors like humidity affecting my bake, and the inevitable user errors where I forget ingrredients or misjudge bake time. Too many times, I’ve pulled my rolls out of the oven, let them cool, and realized the inside was perhaps a little underbaked. DD rolls are notoriously a little “bouncy” in texture, and this is a result of the psyllium husk fiber and egg whites in the recipe. Also, the almond flour doesn’t do the best job at drying up the wet ingredients, so they almost always need to be sliced and toasted for good results.
Omega Buns really perfected the baking process on these by subbing out the almond flour for their other ingredients. I didn’t think these were too wet at any point. The flavor was nice and mild on all buns. Toasting them up a little bit helped the flavors to develop into that toasted bread taste that we all know and love. All around, these are better than DD rolls. And if you want to avoid the hassle and headache of perfecting your roll recipe (hello, those ingredients are expensive so I can’t afford to mess up like I have in the past) then you’re better off just buying these, which will be exactly right every single time you eat one.
An important thing to note about these is that they’re best kept in the freezer for long-term storage. Their website mentions this in the product description…
“Because our buns are made with no preservatives or artificial ingredients we strongly recommend refrigerating or freezing them. At room temperature, they will stay fresh for around 3-4 days, in the refrigerator for around 2 weeks and in the freezer around 6 months.”
No preservatives? Hallelujah! I really appreciate the attention to detail in the recipe development process here, because it’s always great to avoid unnecessary fillers when possible. I ate these sporadically over a period of about a month. I kept the unused packages in the freezer, and then when I wanted to use one, I just transferred it to the fridge and left it there. I tried to eat all 4 buns in each package in the span of a week.
Here’s the flavor breakdown:
- Sesame Seed
- Chia Seed
On the whole, all three flavors were very good (very similar in taste and versatility), but you’re going to need to take extra precautions to keep the chia seed ones from getting wet. You know how chia seeds absorb liquids and get that slimy texture? It can happen with the tops of these. It’s not off-putting, but it’s certainly different. All I’m saying is, be careful to keep them dry when you’re serving them!
Omega Bun as a company
From their website:
As family focused women, my daughter and I were each on a quest to improve the health of ourselves and those we love most. We never imagined it would lead us to create our own bakery!
This journey started after eliminating all grains and sugars from our diet. It was hard. I missed having bread to hold my grass-fed beef burger! So I went to my kitchen with the goal of creating a sandwich bun without all the unhealthy ingredients.
After several months of trial and error and stacks of dirty dishes, I perfected my recipe. I started sharing the buns with friends and family, and everyone loved them! My daughter suggested we market them and share them with the world. Thus the Omega Bun was born.
Our desire is that it will be the end of your search for a truly healthy and tasty bread alternative. We pray the Omega Bun will bless you and your family as it has ours.
If this feels familiar to you, that’s because it is. Omega Buns also sent over a tasty Banana Nut Muffin Mix that I reviewed a few weeks ago! You can check out my review on that product here: Omega Bun Zero Net Carb Banana Muffin Mix | FULL KETO PRODUCT REVIEW
When you should use Omega Buns
These, honestly, are the most versatile keto bread replacement I’ve found. I’ve tried many subs (I won’t mention the brand names here, but they’re some of the top-selling keto bread brands online) for traditional bread, and these really do work for almost any bread situation. Here’s a few ways I’ve used Omega Buns:
- Pulled pork sandwich
- Deli meat sandwich
- Avocado toast
- French toast
- Burger bun
- Cheesy garlic bread (open face)
- Grilled cheese
- Peanut butter and SF jelly
I found that the bread tasted great in every situation that I’ve used it. It holds up best if you pop it in the toaster for a little bit to crisp it up. On the lowest toaster setting, I run it through twice. This helps to make the texture more authentic to traditional buns, in my opinion.
RKF Product Score
The flavor of all the buns were very, very good. I would use these as a bread substitute in any recipe. They toast up well and did not taste bitter at all. Some bread replacements have a crumbly or hard sponge texture, but not these! They held up well and paired nicely in meals.
Lots of room for improvement here, but it would require the company to not use a home bakery and instead increase production scale. Omega buns are available on their website, Amazon, and at several small retailers (see here), but I would love to see them in more grocery chains. You’re also going to need to make sure you order these early in the week, because they only produce and ship on Mondays and Tuesdays to ensure the product keeps quality (since there aren’t any preservatives).
You absolutely do not need a bread substitute for keto, and in the long-term, I actually advise against it. It’s easy to become relient on products like this as a crutch to ditching the carbs. But if you’re having a particularly hard time stomaching bunless burgers or you just really need to eat a grilled cheese (no matter how many carbs the bread has), then these are a good sub for carby bread.
These are a little pricey, but it’s on par with other keto bread replacements. Flour is cheap, and these ingredients are not. Also, small batches may be driving up production costs here. A subscribe and save option will help you out on costs, and it will run you a little over $6 a bag (and about $1.50 per bun). By no means should you go broke because of bun replacements. I would love to see these closer to a $4/bag price point, which would put you at $1/bun. Also, the flat rate $9.99 shippinig it a little pricey, in my opinion, when you’re already spending a lot on these buns. Would love to see a price threshold which would allow for free shipping.
Really great ingredients in these. Organic quality across the board. Did not have a bad bun in the bunch.
I love the colors & fonts used by the company but I think the packaging on this could use a little love. I was a little worried about these bags tearing since they’re kind of thin (like traditional bread bags). I had a little bit of a hard time reading the label on the back. I like the colors & fonts and I think the website is super cute.
Bottom line: 7/10 Recommend
Want to try just one?
Omega Buns offers a sample on their website for just $3! You can grab one for yourself here: https://omegabun.com/product/omega-bun-sample/?v=7516fd43adaa
Here’s an affiliate link to the original 16ct pack on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3cj6OCt
Here’s their website: www.omegabun.com
So… what do you think? Have you tried these buns yet, or do you plan to order? Let me know in the comments below!
Until next time,