Love Costco’s croissants? You’re not alone. These flaky, buttery croissants are a popular offering in the big-box retailer’s bakery section. Unfortunately, at 330 calories per, these croissants don’t have a sensible place in most eating plans. Yes, Kirkland Signature croissants, we’re taking a hard look at you.
The Macros Look Pretty Bad Too
And as if their calorie count isn’t enough to send folks scrambling for alternatives, then the knowledge that Costco croissants pack a whopping 26 carbs and 17 fat grams, 10 of which derived from saturated fat, may. They’re nearly devoid of anything of nutritional worth, save a tiny little 2-gram helping of dietary fiber and 7 grams of protein. And because these croissants are laden with processed carbs, noshing on one gives you a quick pick-me-up of energy that rapidly cascades into a soul-sucking energy crash that leads you to eat more carbs (and sugar) just to keep going throughout the day.
Make Your Own
Luckily, there are some options for croissant lovers that do not involve putting unhealthy foods into the body. The most obvious choice is to make your own. An excellent recipe is this one:
- Shredded mozzarella cheese, 2.5 cups
- Cream cheese, 2 ounces
- Baking powder, 1 teaspoon
- Coconut flour, 1/3 cup
- Large egg
- Psyllium husk powder, 1 tablespoon
- Salt, 1 pinch
- Melted butter, 2 tablespoons
Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Add the two kinds of cheese to a large, microwave-safe bowl. Heat the cheese in intervals of 30 seconds each until the mozzarella and cream cheeses are combined and melted.
Transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl. Add the flour, psyllium husk powder, baking powder, salt, and egg. Beat on high until the ingredients form a well-mixed dough.
Place dough between two parchment paper sheets. Press the dough to around ¼-inch in thickness.
Cut the dough, creating four squares, then cut the squares into two triangles each.
Roll the triangles as you would Crescent rolls, from the thinnest end to the thickest, to form the shape of the croissant.
Place dough on a baking pan lightly greased with pan spray of your choice. Bake for around 15 to 20 minutes.
Use a pastry brush to apply butter to the tops of the croissants, and then serve while hot.
Keep leftover croissants fresh in zippered storage bags for a few days.
Each croissant yields 188 calories and just 2 net carbs.
Go for a Healthier Version
Croissants are tasty, sure. But if you can’t or don’t want to make your own lower-cal, lower-carb version, then you can always substitute other lower-cal, lower-carb bread-type products into your menu. For example, La Banderita low-carb tortilla shells are a good option for creating “wraps” for breakfast, lunch or dinner. There are also some excellent bread options on the market that may come closer to meeting your taste preferences and calorie/carb budget.