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Review: Zero Carb SmartBuns

Keto Kine Grinds Review: SmartBuns

After I started keto, I was reading a ton of blogs, and since Facebook is the internet overlord of all, I started getting tons of low-carb product ads. And for good reason: I bought stuff, including SmartBuns.

The Smart Baking Company makes SmartBuns and SmartCakes. And since one of my most frequent Bored While Waiting For Mr. Destruction To Fall Asleep search topics was bread, this ad was of great interest to me, so I bought some cakes and buns.

I’d read at least twenty keto bread recipes, but the most popular mention seemed to be based on fathead, so I made some, and they turned out pretty cool. They looked nice, and they smelled like bread. And hey, they taste really good! Here’s one I used to make a hot pastrami sandwich last week:

The downside? They’re dense AF, and halfway through I was starting to think I should stop. But as my grandma used to say, I’m a hardhead Buddha-head, and I wanted to eat that frickin’ pastrami, dang it.

Anyway, the next day I still wanted MOAR PASTRAMI, so it was time to try a SmartBun.

Inside a SmartBun

This one is still a little frozen, as I’d only microwaved it a little, but it looked a bit like those wheat buns they used to give in school lunch. It smelled good, and it had good give when I pressed down on it.

You’ll have to excuse the filter I put on it. I only just recently found my Canon’s battery, so all of my photos so far have been taken with my phone, and this one was taken in really poor lighting. And if you’re wondering why I took a pic with so many bites missing, it’s because I wanted you to be able to see the entire inside of the bun. I’m that thorough. It’s not that I was eating so fast that I forgot to take a photo.


Really, though, it’s nice and soft, it stays together (a friend told me this was her problem with gluten-free buns), and it’s tasty. I love it! It’s around $1.60 per bun not including shipping, but that’s really not bad. And you know what? It sure as heck beats baking your own. And I really can’t complain about a bun that has zero carbs and tastes good.

I’ll be reviewing the cakes separately later this week.

Crystal is a 38-year-old wife and mom to three. She is a freelance editor for independent fiction authors and the co-author of the Yum-Yum Bento Box cookbooks. She lives in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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