Low-carb, gluten-free Cloud Bread has been blowing up on food blogs and social media since the beginning of the year. It's especially huge on Pinterest, which declared it one of the top trends of 2016, and on Instagram, where there are more than 3,000 images with the hashtag, #cloudbread. These fluffy golden discs are sandwich-ready, though not nearly as sturdy as your standard slices. Clever cooks add herbs to make them savory or turn the Clouds into heavenly pizza crust. For those craving bread alternatives, Cloud Bread has definitely become the go-to, but — surprise! — it's been around for quite a while.

Cloud Bread photo by Kristy Bernardo
Photo by Kristy Bernardo

One reason for the rising interest in this creation might have something to do with the fun, shareable name, which evolved from the silly sounding Oopsie Rolls. Before Oopsie Rolls, the original recipe, Diet Revolution Rolls, first surfaced in 1972. When talking about revolutionary diets, you don't have to dig too deep to find the connection to the low-carb lifestyle introduced in the 1960s by the late Dr. Robert Atkins and embraced by Americans in the 1970s and beyond. The Diet Revolution Rolls appeared in Dr. Atkin's mega-bestseller, Diet Revolution Cookbook.

There have been tweaks made over the decades, with cream cheese now taking the place of cottage cheese, and the plant-derived sugar replacement Stevia standing in for saccharin. But the methods for making it are similar: Eggs are separated and whites whipped to stiff peaks, cream of tartar used to firm the whipped whites and increase the volume. The yolks are gently folded in and cream cheese is added. Pillow-y piles are spooned onto parchment lined sheet pans and baked. The result is something that's closer to a souffle than actual bread, but the cloud-like texture is close enough for those avoiding carbs and gluten.

Kristy Bernardo, who writes a blog called Wicked Noodle, was among the first to upload Cloud Bread to Allrecipes. She said she likes to top one slice with peanut butter and bananas or toast it and slather with jam or top it with with her favorite lunch meat and classic fillings. For those reasons and more, Cloud Bread's a big hit with Mom bloggers including Momables and The Big Apple Mama.

Cloud Bread with peanut butter photo by Kristy Bernardo
Photo by Kristy Bernardo

Looking for more bread alternatives? There are dozens of gluten-free bread recipes on the site, as well as a low-carb flatbread made with almond flour.

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