Many people grow up loving foods containing refined carbohydrates, and when it’s not a problem, we are delightfully oblivious to how many of the everyday food that we eat contain refined carbohydrate. When I was younger, I would often find myself feeling miserable after a high carbohydrate meal. Headaches, bloating, mood changes, and weight gain was my penance for high carbohydrate meals and snacks.
A few years ago I experimented with the Paleo diet and had great success. Then last year, I experimented with the Whole30 diet as a way of staying healthy during pregnancy. Both of these diets required me to decrease my carbohydrate intake and increase my lean meats and healthy fats ratios. Without refined carbs, sugar, grains, or rice, I felt great. Giving up carbs seemed like a huge sacrifice at the beginning but when I started to lose the bloating and I didn’t have headaches or mood swings after eating, I soon it was the right decision.
But, life gets in the way, and I slipped off of both eating plans after about six months. After having my baby in June, I once again found myself needing to adjust my way of eating. I had contemplated returning to Paleo or Whole30 but wanted to try something different.
Enter, the Ketogenic Diet. Very similar to both Paleo and Whole30, the Ketogenic Diet (or Keto as some call it) is a low-carb high-fat diet. The diet requires daily carbohydrates to be at or below 20 grams per day with moderate protein and high “healthy” fat. The one thing that I like the most about keto is that you can consume dairy unlike Paleo and Whole30. This was a HUGE selling point for me.
Pizza is my one of my favorite foods, and on other eating plans, I just couldn’t have it. The good news is there is a grain free Keto pizza dough that can be made at home and it’s delicious!
There is nothing quite like homemade pizza, and the crust you make in your kitchen is the freshest and most appetizing because you make it the way you like it! If veggie pizza is your favorite, you can be loaded the pizza with plenty of fresh garden vegetables. If you like the taste herbs in your crust, you can add them to the dough and enjoy the flavor it will convey.
The secret of making great grain free pizza is to experiment with a few different variations and try ingredients that you like. Adding spices, garlic, or cheese to your dough can impart a delightful layer of flavor to your final product.
Use fine almond flour to create a great base for your dough. Once you create your dough, be mindful of the toppings you choose to keep the pizza keto friendly. Some meats are bound with carbohydrate fillers, and there could even be sugar in pre-made pizza sauce, so make sure to read labels carefully, so your craft pizza crust will only be topped with keto approved ingredients that will improve the flavor and not add unwanted carbohydrates.
I hope you like this pizza. Me what variations you made to make your pizza one-of-a-kind.
- 1 ½ cups grated mozzarella cheese
- 2 tbsp cream cheese
- 1 large egg
- ½ tsp Italian Seasoned Salt
- ¾ cup fine almond flour
- Preheat oven to 425 F/ 220
- Place the grated mozzarella cheese into a bowl and add the cream cheese.
- Microwave on high for 1 minute. Mix well with a wooden spoon and microwave on high for 30 seconds. Mix well again.
- Add egg and stir well.
- Add salt and almond flour and mix until completely combined.
- Place the dough between two piece of parchment paper and roll the dough out until thin.
- Place dough on cookie sheet or pizza stone and remove top piece of parchment paper.
- Poke holes in the dough with a fork and bake for 12-15 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and add your ingredients on top.
- Place back in the oven for 5 minutes.