This low-carb pizza dough is made primarily of mozzarella cheese and almond flour, and it produces a very convincing pizza dough.
One of the best things to happen to low-carb and keto eating is Fathead Pizza Dough. Made with just 4 ingredients, this crispy, yet chewy pizza dough alternative is ready in just 20 minutes.
The original recipe comes from the Fathead movie, a 2009 documentary that aimed to debunk the myth about the connection of a high fat diet, increased cholesterol, and heart disease.
That myth has since been successfully refuted, and you shouldn’t be worried about eating this pizza dough. It comes out so close to regular flour pizza dough that you’ll be shocked.
In my opinion, the dough has a noticeably different texture, but in the end, it allows me to still eat pizza and I can’t be mad at it for that! In fact, if you didn’t know what you were eating, you likely wouldn’t even question if it was low-carb. The chewy, crispy, bread-like texture is pretty darn close to the real thing.
Fathead Pizza Dough [2 Ways]
Since making this dough a number of times, I’ve come to some conclusions. There are two different versions of this dough that you can make.
One version requires you to melt the mozzarella and form a dough that can then be rolled out with a rolling pin. The other version does not require you to melt the cheese first.
I don’t have a major preference for one over the other. They both have their pros. So I”m going to give you both methods here and you can decide which one you want to use. Or try them both, and then decide.
The more popular way to make this low-carb dough is to melt the cheese and form an actual dough.
Here are the steps to follow for this version:
- Melt the mozzarella cheese and cream cheese together in a bowl. You can do this easily in the microwave. Stir it together before starting. Cream cheese has a way of exploding in the microwave when it’s on its own. Microwave for a total of 90 seconds, in 30 second intervals, stirring in between.
- Add the flour and egg. Stir it all together. Then knead it either by hand or in a food processor or stand mixer with the dough paddle. It takes about 3 minutes of kneading by hand to incorporate all the ingredients.
- Roll out the dough and put it on a baking sheet with a parchment paper lining. Do not use tin foil. It will stick.
- Bake. Then add toppings and bake until the toppings are hot and bubbly.
When I started out making this dough, I only ever used this method, because it’s faster and easier. The end result is only slightly different. I’d say it’s more chewy and slightly more airy than the other version, which is more dense and “bready”.
- Stir the cheese, eggs, and almond flour together in bowl until well combined. You can also use a food processor to do this.
- Press the cheese mixture in an even layer on a baking pan lined with parchment paper.
- Bake on 350°F for 20 minutes or until it’s lightly golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and top with sauce, cheese, and toppings, then bake until the toppings are hot and bubbly.
Coconut vs Almond Flour
There are also two versions you can make with different types of flour. The two main flours you can use are coconut flour and almond flour.
I prefer using almond flour because the taste is more mild. However, almond flour is a lot more expensive and you have to use quite a bit more of it in the recipe.
Coconut flour has a stronger taste of coconut, which doesn’t pair quite so well with pizza ingredients, but it’s not subtle. However, coconut flour is much cheaper and you use a lot less. Plus, it’s a great alternative if you have a nut allergy.
Here are the ratios for each type of flour:
- 3/4 cup almond flour, 1 1/2 cup mozzarella, 2 tbsp cream cheese, 1 egg
- 1/3 cup coconut flour, 1 1/2 cup mozzarella, 2 tbsp cream cheese, 2 eggs
How Many Carbs Are in Fathead Pizza Dough
There is a slight difference in calories and carbs depending on which recipe you use. The recipe we’ve added to the bottom of this post is using almond flour.
The total recipe (1 pizza crust) has 1150 calories, 24 grams total carbs, 9 grams of fiber, and 93 grams of fat. That’s 15 grams of net carbs in the entire recipe.
There are 4 servings in the recipe. So each serving is 285 calories, 6 grams total carbs, 2 grams of fiber, and 23 grams of fat. That’s just 4 net carbs per serving.
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Keto Pizza Dough Recipe
- 1 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 2 tbsp cream cheese
- 1 egg beaten
- 3/4 cup almond flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Combine the mozzarella cheese and cream cheese together in a bowl. Stir to incorporate the two ingredients together. Microwave for a total of 90 seconds, in 30 second intervals, stirring in between.
- Beat the egg, then add it to the bowl, along with the almond flour. Stir it all together. Knead the dough either by hand or in a food processor or stand mixer with the dough paddle, until the dough is uniform and all the ingredients have been well blended together.
- Roll out the dough. It can be as thick or thin as you like. Put it on a baking sheet with a parchment paper lining, or on a pizza stone. Poke the dough 5-6 times with a fork or knife, so bubbles don't form in the dough.
- Bake for 8 minutes, or until the dough becomes slightly golden on top. Remove it from the oven. Add your preferred toppings and bake until the toppings are hot and bubbly.
- If you don’t want to use the microwave, you can heat the cheese with a double broiler pan on the stove top. Add the cheese to a glass mixing bowl and set it on top of a sauce pan with simmer water. Stir until combined.
- The dough will be quite sticky and may stick to your hands and the rolling pin. You can add a bit of olive oil to keep it from sticking.
- The original recipe does not call for baking powder. You can leave it out with no repercussions.
- If you’re using a baking sheet, do not line it with tin foil. It will stick.