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The Best Keto Pizza – Gluten-Free, Low Carb and Protein-Packed!

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I’m officially pizza-obsessed. Hands up in the air if you’re a fellow pizza enthusiast! I’ve created paleo pizza recipes featuring butternut squash as the crust and low carb pizza made with Portobello mushroom caps as the crust. Definitely delicious and a great way to get more vegetables, but the crust doesn’t have the same crisp crunch and bready goodness of thin pizza crust. My challenge? To create the best keto pizza that’s by definition, a great choice for anyone wanting a low-carb option or a new gluten-free pizza crust idea. I officially nailed it!

Best Keto Pizza - Gluten-Free, Low Carb and Protein-Packed! with Green Peppers, Mushrooms and Pepperoni - recipe by Christy Brissette, media registered dietitian nutritionist in Toronto, 80 Twenty Nutrition

 

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Why Low Carb/Keto Pizza?

My fiancé is on a low carb diet in preparation for our wedding. He does really well on it because it gives him strict guidelines and requires him to stay away from his most tempting favorites: cookies, chocolate bars and other sugary treats and of course, bread.

He knows I prefer a more balanced approach (I built my business around the 80 twenty rule for a reason, right?!) but I can understand that this helps him get rid of sugar cravings, feel less hungry and eat less. I’m also a proponent of the “whatever works” school of nutrition. And what is the answer for one person isn’t going to be the best diet approach for someone else.

But back to the pizza!

Best Keto Pizza - Gluten-Free, Low Carb and Protein-Packed! with Green Peppers, Mushrooms and Pepperoni - recipe by Christy Brissette, media registered dietitian nutritionist in Toronto, 80 Twenty Nutrition

This pizza recipe isn’t just for ketogenic diets or low carb enthusiasts. If you’re gluten-free and you’ve ever tried to make gluten-free pizza dough, combining the various types of flours and getting the right texture and rise can be super frustrating. Heck, making pizza dough in general is a lot of work. Plus, why are the results not consistent when I do it? And who has time to wait for things to rise on a weeknight, am I right?

What I love about this recipe is it’s not a chemistry experiment like most bread and pizza-making. It’s consistently delicious and works out every time.
Best Keto Pizza - Gluten-Free, Low Carb and Protein-Packed! with Green Peppers, Mushrooms and Pepperoni - recipe by Christy Brissette, media registered dietitian nutritionist in Toronto, 80 Twenty Nutrition

I was a little hesitant to make a crust loaded with cheese and then put cheese on the cheese. That seems like a lot of fat to my dietitian brain. Don’t get me wrong, cheese is one of my favorite foods and I can’t get enough. But what about the calorie count on this pizza?

The great thing about this keto pizza is it fills you up fast so you can’t eat as much of it. I can eat 6 pieces of regular pizza no problem (don’t judge me, you know you do it too) and after 2 pieces of this keto pizza I’m comfortably full. I want to eat more because it’s so delicious, but I physically can’t. So overall, I probably eat fewer calories when I eat this keto pizza compared to the grain-based classic pie. And you will too!

Best Keto Pizza - Gluten-Free, Low Carb and Protein-Packed! with Green Peppers, Mushrooms and Pepperoni - recipe by Christy Brissette, media registered dietitian nutritionist in Toronto, 80 Twenty Nutrition

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How does this thin-crust pizza fill you up? It’s loaded with protein and fat, nutrients that keep you satisfied and satiated.

This is our new favorite recipe in our house. It’s on the rotation once a week and we so look forward to it!

Best Keto Pizza - Gluten-Free, Low Carb and Protein-Packed! with Green Peppers, Mushrooms and Pepperoni - recipe by Christy Brissette, media registered dietitian nutritionist in Toronto, 80 Twenty Nutrition

Which Comes First? Cheese or Toppings?

My fiancé is French Canadian and is adamant that part of his culture is putting toppings on pizza first and then covering them with cheese. I’ve had pizza like that before and remember hating it. I couldn’t see what was under there! What if there was some sneak attack pineapple or anchovies hiding beneath the cheesy goodness?

His argument for toppings first is the pepperoni stays moist instead of getting all dried out. Plus when you take a bite, the cheese doesn’t come sliding off of your slice, taking all of the toppings with it. The man has some valid points.

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Our favorite pizza toppings are pretty classic: green peppers, mushrooms and I’ve come to love pepperoni. Make sure you look for nitrate-free pepperoni or keep this vegetarian if you prefer.

The Best Keto Pizza – Gluten-Free, Low Carb and Protein-Packed!

Best Keto Pizza - Gluten-Free, Low Carb and Protein-Packed! with Green Peppers, Mushrooms and Pepperoni - recipe by Christy Brissette, media registered dietitian nutritionist in Toronto, 80 Twenty Nutrition

Ready to make your very own delicious pizza crust loaded with fragrant herbs, ooey gooey mozzarella cheese and topped with all your favorites? What are you waiting for?

Let me know what you think!

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The Best Keto Pizza - Gluten-Free, Low Carb and Protein-Packed!

This mouth-watering pizza is easy to make and so satisfying! It's gluten-free, keto diet-friendly, low carb and packed with filling protein. The crust and sauce are loaded with herbs for maximum deliciousness you'll love!
Servings 4
Calories 335 kcal
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese grated
  • 3/4 cups almond flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp dried herbs (1 tbsp each of dried rosemary, basil, thyme, oregano and garlic)
  • 1/2 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 green pepper sliced into strips
  • 4 mushrooms (cremini or button), sliced
  • 8 pepperoni slices nitrate-free (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). In a microwave-safe bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups of the cheese with the almond flour. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir until combined.
  • Add the egg and 2 tsp of each of the herbs. Stir to combine.
  • Lay out 2 large pieces of parchment paper and place your "dough" between them. Roll or press the dough to make your pizza.
  • Slide your parchment and pizza together onto a pizza stone or baking sheet. Bake for about 14 minutes or until golden.
  • Flip the pizza over. Stir the rest of your herbs (1 tsp each) into your sauce and spread it over your pizza crust. Add your toppings and then sprinkle with the remaining mozzarella.
  • Bake for 5 more minutes and enjoy!

Notes

Nutrition

Calories: 335kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 21gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 420mgPotassium: 265mgFiber: 5gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 1000IUVitamin C: 26.4mgCalcium: 550mgIron: 3.1mg
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