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!
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!
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.
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!
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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!
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.How do you like your #pizza? Cheese on top or toppings on top? Click To Tweet
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!
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!