Pizza tastes delicious.
With the combination of melted cheese, tomato, herbs, and toppings, it’s one of the tastiest foods around.
However, since it is usually full of oil, refined flour, and various additives, it is not something we should eat with any regularity.
On the positive side, there’s a way to have your
cake pizza and eat it: it’s called fathead pizza.
It’s one of my favorite recipes.
This article will explain why you should give it a try, and how to make it.
What is Fathead Pizza?
Fathead pizza is a recipe created by Tom Naughton, the man responsible for the Fat Head movie.
Just to point out: if you haven’t seen this movie before, it’s a great expose of poor nutritional policies.
However, I first heard about fathead pizza through this hugely popular recipe on Ditch the Carbs.
In short, fathead pizza is a low carb crust recipe that is suitable for LCHF and keto diets.
It’s also gluten-free and contains no grains or vegetable oils.
What’s great about this is that compared to traditional pizzas, anybody can eat it.
Even diabetics who are restricting carbohydrate, as well as individuals with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity can have a slice with no problems.
Given that it’s also delicious, this makes it an excellent healthy choice for anyone who loves pizza.
In my opinion, it tastes better than the real thing. And I’m not exaggerating.
Fathead Low Carb Pizza Recipe
As I love fathead pizza so much, I wanted to try to make my own recipe for it.
This recipe is based on the original recipe, but with a few additions I like, and with a bigger measure of ingredients for a larger pizza.
Unfortunately, I’m not a great photographer – so don’t expect too much!
Ingredients For the Low Carb Crust
- 250g / 2½ cups) mild cheddar cheese – or mozzarella if you prefer
- 125g / 1¼ cups almond flour
- 45g / 3 tablespoons cream cheese
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp mashed garlic
- Salt to taste
- 1 tsp dried Italian herbs (rosemary, basil, sage, thyme, oregano, marjoram)
- 113.5g / 1/4 LB Bacon
- 150g / 1½ cups mozzarella
- Tomato paste to taste
- 3oz / 85g sliced mushrooms
- 1 small onion
- Half of an orange bell pepper
How To Make Fathead Pizza
Making fathead pizza is relatively straightforward once you get the hang of it, but it can be a little tricky at first.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to making the crust:
- Firstly, put the grated cheese and cream cheese into a bowl and melt it in the oven (or microwave if you prefer).
- Once the cheese melts, mix it into a smooth, consistent mixture.
- After this, add the egg, almond flour, Italian herbs, garlic, and salt to the bowl. Mix everything together well.
- Grease a baking tray or pizza plate with some butter, coconut oil, or another fat which is suitable for cooking.
- Next, put the fathead dough onto the baking tray and flatten it out into a circular pizza shape. Place it in the (preheated) oven at a temperature of 220°C (425°F).
- After about 10 minutes, start checking the pizza crust. Once it becomes golden brown and slightly crispy, it’s ready. If it still feels a little soft and sticky to the touch, give it some more time.
- When it’s ready, flip the pizza crust over and put it back in the oven for a few more minutes.
- After this, take the pizza out and add the tomato paste, cheese, and the (pre-cooked) toppings.
- Finally, put it back in the oven until the cheese has melted; at this stage, it is ready to eat!
Here’s what my finished pizza looked like:
And here is a picture of a slice:
Maybe we should play spot the bacon? Because it’s quite hard to see any!
I guess it’s hiding underneath the cheese somewhere.
So, what does the nutritional profile of this pizza look like?
Let’s take a look at the calories, carbs, and nutrients in the fathead pizza crust.
Fathead Pizza Crust: Nutrition Facts
If you follow the recipe above, eight slices is probably about right.
Here is the nutrition data for one slice of the pizza crust.
The total nutritional content will depend on what toppings you want to use, so remember to factor in your additions.
Here is what one slice of Fathead Pizza looks like nutritionally:
As can be seen, one slice of Fathead Pizza provides 213 calories and only 4.6 grams of total carbohydrate – definite low carb territory.
The calories one slice provides are predominantly from fat, specifically monounsaturated and saturated fat.
Regarding the micronutrient content, the fathead pizza crust also offers some vitamins and minerals:
All in all, the number of micronutrients in one slice of fathead pizza is impressive.
Remember, this is pizza, which is usually junk food – but this one actually has some good stuff in it.
Also, bear in mind that this does not include whatever toppings you use.
Therefore, the finished pizza could be even more nutritious depending on what you choose to add.
Gluten Free Almond Flour vs. Wheat Flour
Why is almond flour a better choice than wheat flour?
First of all, it isn’t a refined carbohydrate – one of the worst ingredients for our health.
As fathead pizza dough uses almond flour rather than wheat, it’s gluten-free as well as low carb.
In other words, wheat flour has almost 95g digestible carbohydrate and almond flour only has 12g.
A huge difference.
Many people love pizza but try to avoid it due to the poor quality ingredients.
If this sounds like you, then you should definitely give this recipe a try.
To sum up: it’s low carb, gluten free, suitable for diabetics, and made from 100% natural foods.
So, when you feel like eating pizza – make it a fathead.
For more bread replacement ideas, see this list of low-carb “bread” recipes.