Think your staple comfort foods are off limits on the keto diet?
Here’s some good news for you: this mind-blowingly delicious keto fathead pizza recipe means you can enjoy the traditional pizza you loved as a kid. Except this time, you don’t need to stress over the high carbs or artificial ingredients.
With a total time of just 30 minutes (just 10 minutes prep time and 20 minutes in the oven), this low carb keto pizza serves a group of eight. You could tackle the whole thing yourself, but the three grams of net carbs per slice might catch up to you. Don’t worry, the carb count is low enough to keep you in ketosis — even with an extra slice.
How Do You Make a Keto Pizza Crust?
You’re probably wondering, “But how do you make a keto and low carb pizza crust??” It makes sense for the rest of the pizza; pepperoni, mozzarella cheese and all of your other favorite pizza toppings are naturally keto-friendly. But how do you make the crust?
You may have seen low carb pizza crusts that call for cauliflower or coconut flour, but for our fathead pizza dough you’ll use:
- Almond Flour
- Cream cheese
- Shredded mozzarella
- Psyllium husk
You will also need parchment paper and a pizza pan.
While you’ll enjoy devouring one of your favorite comfort foods, you’ll love this recipe even more for the nutrition facts. The combination of eggs, cheese and almonds make a protein-packed slice of pizza. Top with pepperoni, and you’re looking at more than 15 grams of protein and 14 grams total fat per slice.
With nutrients piled as high as the toppings, this is one gluten free comfort food you can feel good about.
Keep reading past the recipe for more information about this mouthwatering recipe!
Fathead Pizza: The Secret Low Carb Keto Pizza Recipe
Going keto or low carb doesn’t seem so hard the second you take a bite of this decadent fathead pizza, with only 3.3g of net carbs.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 8
- Category: Dinner
- Cuisine: Neapolitan
- 2 cups mozzarella cheese (crust)
- 3 tbsp cream cheese, softened (crust)
- 1 egg (crust)
- 3/4 cup almond flour (crust)
- 2 tsp psyllium husk (crust)
- 1 tbsp Italian seasoning (crust)
- 1/2 tsp salt (crust)
- 1/3 cup no-salt-added tomato sauce (sauce)
- 1/16 tsp salt (sauce)
- 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes (sauce)
- 1/4 tsp Italian seasoning (sauce)
- 1/8 tsp black pepper (sauce)
- 12 slices pepperoni (topping)
- 3/4 cup mozzarella (topping)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a microwave-safe bowl, melt mozzarella in 30 second increments until fully melted, stirring to avoid burning.
- To bowl of melted mozzarella, add all crust ingredients and, using hands, knead together until fully combined. Roll dough into a ball and flatten into ¼ inch circle on prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for 10 minutes, remove from oven, flip, and bake for another 2 minutes.
- While crust is baking, in a small bowl, mix the tomato sauce with the salt, red pepper flakes, Italian seasoning and black pepper..
- Remove crust from oven and top with sauce, cheese, and pepperoni.
- Return pizza to oven and bake for 5-7 minutes.
- Remove from oven, allow to cool for 5-10 minutes, cut, serve, and enjoy!
- Serving Size: 1 slice
- Calories: 202
- Fat: 14g
- Carbohydrates: 5.2g (Net Carbs: 3.3g)
- Protein: 15.1g
Keywords: keto fathead pizza
The Benefits of Baking with Almond Flour
Almond flour is an amazing low carb alternative to regular wheat flour. You’ll find almond flour in many Perfect Keto recipes including these low carb gingersnap cookies and low carb chocolate chip cookies.
Pro tip: Can’t find almond flour at your local grocer? Purchase almond meal instead, then simply grind it to a finer consistency using your food processor.
#1: Improves Heart Health
Almonds play a key role in keeping your heart healthy. In a study done by Aston University in Birmingham, research studied participants who consumed 50 grams of almonds daily for a month. Results showed that eating almonds increased the level of antioxidants in the bloodstream. The subjects showed improved blood flow, reduced blood pressure and increased level of antioxidants. [*].
#2: Improves Blood Sugar
Almond flour can also help regulate blood sugar. The Journal of Nutrition published a study where participants consumed meals of either almonds, potatoes, rice or bread. Researchers found that the blood sugar and insulin levels of participants decreased after eating the almonds, helping to regulate post-meal blood glucose levels[*].
#3: Increases Healthy Weight Loss
Almond flour is a great addition to any ketogenic diet because it can help with weight loss. A study published by the International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders studied the effects of almonds and complex carbs on subjects who were overweight.
The participants were divided into two groups — one group who consumed a low-calorie diet plus three ounces of almonds a day, and the other group who ate a low-calorie diet plus their choice of complex carbohydrates.
This study showed that the group who ate the almonds showed a 62% percent greater reduction in weight and a 56% greater reduction in fat mass compared to the complex carbohydrate group[*].
The Benefits of Incorporating Psyllium Husk
If you never heard of psyllium husk before now, don’t worry — you’re not alone. Psyllium husk is made from the seeds of the Plantago ovata plant. You’ll commonly find it in recipes as a replacement for gluten (in gluten free recipes) or eggs (in vegan baking), making it an ideal ingredient for those with food allergies. It’s an excellent source of dietary fiber, so throw it in your morning smoothie or chia pudding for an extra fiber boost.
Psyllium is a prebiotic — the food that probiotics need to thrive and grow in your gut. It also keeps your pipes (read: stools) running smoothly, making it a chosen ingredient for people with IBS or Crohn’s disease.
If you can’t find psyllium husk at your local health food store, you can easily find it on Amazon.
The Benefits of Eating Healthy Fats
No matter what you’ve been told, fat is a healthy component of any diet — and yes, that includes saturated fats. With the eggs, shredded mozzarella and cream cheese packed into this crust, you’re sure to get your share of healthy fats with only one gram total carbohydrates.
While nutrition data from the 1970s told us saturated fats are bad, new studies show that fats are not the real culprit[*]. A diet high in fats is what allows you to enter ketosis, using ketones for energy rather than glucose. In fact, a good rule of thumb is 60% of your calories (percent daily values) should come from fat, while 35% of calories should come from protein to stay in ketosis.
The eggs and cheese found in this pizza crust recipe are keto-friendly animal fats. Fats you should avoid include vegetable oils and trans fats.
Get Ready for a Low Carb Pizza Night
Who would’ve thought you could indulge in pizza that tastes just like your favorite childhood slice without all the artificial junk mixed in?
Roll-out your “fathead dough” on your baking sheet and bake ’til golden brown. After your pizza crust has cooked halfway through, grab your favorite pizza toppings.
The original recipe is smothered in tomato sauce, pepperoni and red pepper flakes, but you choose whichever toppings you wish. Just remember — this is a low carb recipe. Save the Hawaiian pizza (and the high-carb pineapple) for another pizza night, and stick to meat and veggies.
Indulge tonight guilt-free — this is one of the best low carb pizzas you’ve tried yet.