Why Keto Pizza the right way? Because who doesn’t like pizza? Even my late Father enjoyed a good pizza recipe. He would eat with a fork and a knife 🙂
The big problem is the number of carbs in a slice… 50g, 60g are not uncommon. Let’s look at keto pizza.
The carb costly ingredient is wheat flour of the pizza crust – a 12in pizza recipe will call for 1 to one and half cup of flour that’s 95 to 143g of carbohydrates – eating 2 slices will cost you a lot and I’m only talking about the pizza crust! Let’s look at alternatives.
Almond flour dough for Keto Pizza
It is a delicious and nutritious alternative to white flour dough. High-quality, gluten-free flour that is perfect for making dough. Here are some benefits of using almond flour dough: (all values are for 1 cup)
- High in protein (6.1g) and fiber (3g)
- Low in carbs and sugar (<6g)
- Low in calories (163)
- Fat: 14g (9 of which are monounsaturated)
- Vitamin E: 35% of the RDI.
- Manganese: 31% of the RDI.
- Magnesium: 19% of the RDI.
Easy to use and doesn’t come with strong flavors. So, almond flour dough is a go for our next keto pizza crust!
Coconuts have been used for their nutritional and medicinal properties for centuries. It is made from the dried and ground meat of the coconut.
High in fiber, protein, and healthy fats, and it has a low glycemic index. This flour is a good source of thiamin, niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, and manganese. The lauric acid in coconut flour has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties.
But its carbohydrate content is a bit too high for my Keto Pizza – check it here.
Cauliflower dough is a fantastic alternative to traditional wheat doughs for a variety of reasons. This dough is lower in carbs (16g) and calories than traditional doughs, making it a better option for those looking to cut down on their intake.
Additionally, cauliflower dough is gluten-free, making it a great choice for those with gluten sensitivities. A nice dough that is also incredibly versatile, working well for everything from Keto Pizza crusts to pies to calzones.
Best of all, cauliflower dough has a delicious, slightly nutty flavor that pairs well with a variety of toppings. Give cauliflower dough a try today and start enjoying all the amazing benefits it has to offer!
The two downsides compared to the almond based dough are 10g additional carbs and some do not like the taste and texture.
Low carb / Keto pizza toppings
There are endless possibilities for toppings on a low-carb pizza. Here are some of our favorites:
- Pepperoni – Type of salami that is made with pork, beef, and spices. The spices can vary, but most pepperoni has black pepper, red pepper, and garlic. It is usually smoked, which gives it its characteristic flavor and it comes with zero carbohydrate. Careful I found some with added sugar for “flavor”. It is a popular pizza topping in the United States, where it is thought to have been first introduced in the 1920s.
- Sausage – Typically made from ground meat, pork, beef, lamb, or turkey. Seasonings, such as salt, pepper, and herbs, are often added to the meat before it is ground. It mostly meat and fat thus comes with less than 2g of carbs – careful, some brands add sugar and/or soy.
- Bacon – One of the most popular foods in the world, and for good reason. It’s delicious! But did you know that bacon is also healthy for you? It’s true! Bacon is a great source of protein, and it’s also high in Omega-3 fatty acids. Perfect for your favorite recipe. Same as before, some brands add sugar and soy.
- Green peppers
- Onions – 1 cup chopped = 15g of carbs
- Black olives
- Pineapple – so good but 22g for one cup
- Canadian bacon
- Ground beef
- Cheeses: cream cheese, mozzarella cheese, cheddar, blue cheese, gorgonzola, Parmesan, asiago,etc
What is Fathead Pizza?
Fathead pizza is a low-carb, keto-friendly pizza that is made with a Fathead dough which is a dough that is made with almond flour, lots of mozzarella cheese, and egg.
This dough is a great alternative to traditional pizza dough because it has low net carbs and keto-friendly. Fathead pizza is a great way to enjoy a pizza without feeling guilty about eating carbs.
It does take more time to prepare, but you need to try it – recipe here.
Baking a Keto pizza the right way
Baking pizza is a classic way to cook up a pizza pie. It can be done in an oven, on the stovetop or better yet, in a pizza oven.
To make a pizza in an oven, you will need:
- A baking sheet ($20) line it with parchment paper or a pizza stone ($35) place it in the oven while it preheats.
- A rolling pin
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees, prepare your pizza with toppings and bake the pizza for 15-20 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown, and the cheese is melted.
450 degrees is a good temperature, but if you’re looking for the perfectly cooked pizza, you realize that a much higher temperature is better and wood fired if possible. The high temperature (700-900 degrees) generates the awesome taste and texture of an original Italian style pizza, and it cooks pizza in just 60 seconds!
Back in the day, I built one wood fired from a kit – for a total cost around $3,000 plus the base. It was larger than needed and it took 2-3 hours to reach the perfect temperature. The first time was a challenge, as I had to season it for days. But it worked perfectly, my friends’ favorite recipe, BBQ chicken and pesto sauce instead of BBQ sauce 🙂
As we moved to the countryside, we needed a new pizza oven, and I wasn’t ready to build one again. I found options from $149.99 up to $5,000. The low range ones are small with not too positive reviews, the high ends ones are, well, too expensive.
I picked an Ooni oven which is a great option @ $799 – 16 inches, multi-fuel (wood, charcoal and gas) and burst the temperature to 950 degrees in 15 minutes – 950 degrees, imagine the keto pizza crust you get at that temperature!
These Ooni ovens are made with quality materials and construction, so you can be sure they’ll last for years. Plus, they’re designed to provide even heat distribution, so your homemade pizza will come out perfectly every time.
There are several Ooni pizza ovens to choose from – 12 inches or 16 inches, propane, natural gas, and multi-fuel. I think they even have a 12 inches wood pellet one!
I got the “bundle” 🙂 Ooni Karu 16 Essentials Bundle with the cover, the peel and the propane gas burner.
Today, it’s using the peel, slide the low carb pizza off in the oven, cook it for about 60 seconds depending on the recipe, don’t forget to turn it regularly so the low carb pizza crust bakes evenly.
Enjoy and don’t forget to be creative like pizza sauce with Italian seasoning, pesto, and anything low carb.
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