Umami Zero Carb Count Cheesy Biscuits

These ultimate ( and I promise you they really are) umami zero carb count cheesy biscuits are totally moreish thanks to the secret umami ingredient!

closeup of a bowl of ultimate zero carb count cheesy biscuits  one has had a bite taken out of it to show the fluffy insides.

With just a few ingredients, in under 30 minutes, you can enjoy a delicious zero carb count cheesy biscuit that is sure to satisfy any savoury craving. The added Umami ingredient totally adds to the moreish quality of these cheesy biscuits but it is completely optional. Read below for more info on what Umami is and what I used in this recipe.

What is Umami

So first of all what do I mean when I say Umami?

The definition is that it is a category of taste in food that sits besides sweet, sour, salty, and bitter. So Umami is one of the five basic tastes that we can recognise.

It is best described as a savoury or “meaty” flavour and in Japanese, it translates to “a pleasant savoury taste.”

Cheese already has an Umami quality. However, to create that extra Umami depth For these zero carb count cheesy biscuits, I added Marmite to the dough.

Marmite is a savoury food spread made from yeast extract. It is a dark, thick spread made from concentrated yeast extract, which is a by-product of brewing beer. 

However, I know marmite is a real “Love it or hate it” ingredient and if you are in the hater camp then simply leave it out. Trust me these biscuits work just as well without it included but you may want to use a stronger cheese though so the flavour really comes through.

Why Use Almond Flour?

The main ingredient used in this recipe is my absolute favourite to bake with, Almond flour. By using almond flour instead of wheat flour basically means that for us, we don’t have to count the carbs. This small change can make a big difference in creating snacks that are accessible and don’t require the extra thought process or maths to readily enjoy.

The almond flour also helps to give these biscuits a soft nutty taste and fluffy texture which is great paired with cheese. One of my favourite Almond flour s to use is by NKD Living (affiliate link)

But back to the ultimate zero carb count cheesy biscuits…….

Serving suggestion for these umami zero carb count biscuits

These zero carb count cheesy biscuits really taste great on their own as a snack or as part of a lunch plate. However, if you are feeling super indulgent then you could also use them as a cheese biscuit on a cheese board and serve them with your favourite cheeses and chutney.

snack board of a stack of ultimate zero carb count cheesy biscuits  with extra cheese, chutney, cucumber, olives and tomatoes

Or why not try these dipped into a delicious hot bowl of soup like:


These cheesy biscuits bake with a slight crunch on the outside and are wonderfully soft and fluffy on the inside. They will soften more as time goes by but what’s brilliant is that the flavours will intensify as well.

Simply store in an airtight container for up to 4-5 days.

A pile of the ultimate zero carb cheese biscuits on a white board

What you will need for Umami Zero Carb Count Cheesy biscuits:

  • Ground almonds/ almond flour
    • Great gluten-free option
    • This flour adds a lovely nutty flavour and is a great no carb-count option for cakes and biscuits
  • Baking Powder
    • I use gluten free
    • Essential for adding air and lightness into your bakes
  • Eggs
    • A key component to any bake and should be free-range if you can
  • Butter
    • Helps to bind the ingredients
  • Cheese
    • Use any hard cheese you like
    • I used a mixture of Cheddar and Parmesan
  • Marmite
    • An optional ingredient but adds an umami flavour
    • A savoury food spread made from yeast extract 
  • Paprika
    • An intense powdered form of peppers
    • Adds colour and depth to the biscuits
  • Garlic Granules
    • An intense powdered form of garlic
    • A little goes a long way

Diabetes Note

These delicious biscuits are a zero carb count option for us! But as always you know best what ingredients to count for.

Carb Counting

The overall carb count for each individual biscuit is 0!!!

Umami Zero Carb Count Cheesy Biscuits

Umami Zero Carb Count Cheesy Biscuits

These ultimate zero carb count cheesy biscuits are totally moreish thanks to the secret umami ingredient

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  • 250 g ground almonds/almond flour

  • 2 tsp baking powder

  • 150 g hard cheese, grated

  • 1 tsp paprika

  • 1/2 tsp garlic granules

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 40 g butter, melted

  • 2 large eggs

  • 3 tsp marmite


  • Preheat oven to 200C / 180C fan
  • In a large bowl mix together all the dry ingredients, the almond flour, baking powder, paprika, garlic granules, salt and pepper.
  • In a separate bowl whisk the eggs, melted butter and marmite if you are using it.
  • Add the wet mixture to your dry and mix to combine into a soft dough
  • Using two shallow 12 hole tart tins, scoop out a spoon of the mixture. I used the round end of my tablespoon measuring spoon and lightly roll into a ball and place it in the hole.
    Each ball was approx 30g
    Repeat another 17 times
  • Then press each ball flat in the tin, so that it fills the circle.
  • Place the trays in the oven and bake for 15 minutes or until the biscuits have a light golden colour.
  • Leave them to cool in the tray.

Tips and Notes

  • If you don’t like marmite then simply omit it but maybe use a stronger cheese so the umami flavour still comes through.
  • Each ball weighed approx 30g
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 4-5 days.
  • Diabetes Note – Zero Carb Count biscuits! But as always you know best what ingredients to count for.

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