The keto diet is one of the most popular diets in the world. Followers of the keto diet aim to induce what's called ketosis by reducing their carbohydrate consumption significantly — typically to just 5–10% of their diet. This sends their bodies into a state of ketosis, where the body burns fat for energy, enabling them to lose weight and enjoy a healthier lifestyle.
However, with many popular food choices in the U.S. containing high amounts of carbs, going on a keto diet may limit your options somewhat. Nonetheless, keto-friendly recipes for many popular foods exist so that you don’t have to worry too much about not being able to have your favorite meals while on diet.
In this post, we review a couple of the top keto pizza crust recipes that you can make if you want to continue enjoying your favorite pie while on a diet – as well as one recipe alternative (spoiler: it's KBosh's gluten-free crusts).
1. Wholesome Yum’s Fathead Pizza Crust Recipe
The Fathead pizza crust gets its name from the 2009 documentary Fat Head, which documented comedian Tom Naughton’s weight loss journey. Today, it is popular amongst individuals on keto or low-carb diets and a search for the “best keto pizza crust recipe” yields countless results for different variations.
This recipe by Wholesome Yum is one of the most popular Fathead pizza crust recipes online. The main difference between fathead dough and regular pizza crusts is that the former uses a low-carb flour like almond or coconut flour in place of regular flour. It is also held together with keto-friendly binders like mozzarella, cream cheese, and eggs, which give it a chewy texture.
A Fathead crust made with almond flour using Wholesome Yum’s recipe would contain 144 calories and 3g of net carbs, whereas one made with coconut flour would contain 117 calories and 4g of net carbs. The low calorie and carbohydrate content makes this recipe a top contender for individuals on a keto diet.
2. Katie Lee Biegel’s Cauliflower Pizza Crust
Another popular style of keto pizza crust is the cauliflower pizza crust, which doesn’t use flour altogether. Unlike Fathead pizza crusts, cauliflower pizza crusts produce pizzas that tend to have thinner, more crispy crusts. This makes them ideal for light meals at times when you don’t want to feel bloated or overly full.
A great recipe for cauliflower pizza crusts is this recipe by Katie Lee Biegel, which was featured on the Food Network.
Similarly to Fathead pizza crust recipes, this cauliflower pizza crust uses cheese and eggs as a binder to hold the riced cauliflower together. You can also add various herbs to the crust to add flavor and fragrance to it. When making this recipe, ensure that you squeeze all the moisture out of the cauliflower to ensure that the crust holds its structure when baked.
Cauliflower is a great base ingredient for pizza crusts because of its high fiber content and low calories. However, it takes around 20 minutes to make the pizza crust and around 30 minutes to cook it, so you should set aside about an hour to make this recipe.
KBosh Keto Crusts: An Alternative to Making Your Own
While making your own keto pizza crusts can be a fun and rewarding activity, it is often a time-consuming, tiring process. Both of the recipes provided above require a considerable amount of prep time, not including the amount of time that it takes to clean up after you’re done making them. This makes them less suitable if you’re a busy individual and don’t necessarily have the time to cook each meal from scratch.
If you want to reap all the benefits of a keto pizza crust but don’t want the hassle of making it, consider KBosh keto crusts, a great alternative to handmade pizza crusts.
Simply top them out of the bag with your favorite keto-friendly toppings (see link for some healthier ideas from our blog) and toss them in the over and you’ll have ready-to-eat pizzas in under 15 minutes. KBosh’s crusts are also gluten-free and made with zero preservatives or added sugar, so you don’t need to worry about the usual suspects that make store-bought pizza crusts unhealthy.
There are 9 different base veggie ingredients for you to choose from, including cauliflower, zucchini and broccoli. While the nutritional information for each crust varies depending on the base ingredient, you can rest assured that you won’t be breaking your diet since most crusts contain between 1g to 3g of net carbs and 105 to 120 calories.