Mouthwatering. So satisfying. All your favorite pizza flavors, layered on top of a crunchy, cheesy, keto crust. Best pizza ever?
- 2 Cups Mozzarella Cheese
- 3 Tbsp Cream Cheese, softened
- 1 Egg
- 3/4 Cup Almond Flour
- 2 tsp Psyllium Husk
- 1 Tbsp Italian Seasoning
- 1/2 tsp Himalayan or Sea Salt
- 1/3 cup No-Salt-Added Tomato Sauce
- 1/16 tsp Himalayan or Sea Salt
- 1/8 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
- 1/4 tsp Italian Seasoning
- 1/8 tsp Black Pepper
- 3/4 Cup Mozzarella Cheese
- Meats and Veggies To Your LIking
Carbs: 5.2g (3.3g net)
Health Benefits of Fathead Pizza
While you’ll enjoy devouring one of your favorite foods, you’ll love this recipe even more for the nutrition facts. The combination of eggs, cheese, and almonds make a protein-packed slice of pizza. Top with pepperoni, and you’re looking at more than 15 grams of protein and 14 grams of total fat per slice.
With nutrients piled as high as the toppings, this is one gluten-free comfort food you can feel good about.
Benefits of Baking With Almond Flour
This fathead pizza crust is made with two incredible ingredients: almond flour, which you’ll learn about here; and psyllium crust, which you’ll learn about below. Using these ingredients instead of regular white flour cuts down on carbs while sneaking in quite a few health benefits.
Almond flour is a low-carb alternative to regular wheat flour. If you can’t find almond flour at your local grocer, purchase almond meal instead. Then, simply grind it to a finer consistency using your food processor. Read on to discover other reasons for using almond flour.
#1: May Improve Heart Health
Almonds play a key role in keeping your heart healthy. In a study done by Aston University in Birmingham, researchers monitored participants who consumed 50 grams of almonds daily for a month. Results showed that eating almonds increased the level of antioxidants in their bloodstream. The subjects showed improved blood flow, reduced blood pressure, and increased antioxidant levels[*].
#2: May Improve Blood Sugar
Almond flour can also help regulate your blood sugar. The Journal of Nutrition published a study where participants consumed meals of either almonds, potatoes, rice, or bread. Researchers found that the blood sugar and insulin levels of participants decreased after eating the almonds, helping to regulate post-meal blood glucose levels[*].
#3: It Could Increase Weight Loss
Almond flour is a great addition to any ketogenic diet because it can help with weight loss. A study published by the International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders studied the effects of almonds and complex carbs on overweight people.
The participants were divided into two groups — one group who consumed a low-calorie diet plus three ounces of almonds a day, and the other group who ate a low-calorie diet plus their choice of complex carbohydrates.
This study showed that the group who ate the almonds showed a 62% percent greater reduction in weight and a 56% greater reduction in fat mass compared to the complex carbohydrate group[*].
Benefits of Incorporating Psyllium Husk
If you’ve never heard of psyllium husk, don’t worry — you’re not alone. Psyllium husk is made from the seeds of the Plantago ovata plant. You’ll commonly find it in keto recipes as a replacement for gluten in gluten-free recipes or eggs in vegan baking. This makes it an ideal ingredient for those with food allergies. It’s an excellent source of dietary fiber, so throw it in your morning smoothie or chia pudding for an extra fiber boost.
Psyllium is a prebiotic — the food that probiotics need to thrive and grow in your gut. It also keeps your pipes (read: stools) running smoothly, making it a chosen ingredient for people with IBS or Crohn’s disease[*].
If you can’t find psyllium husk at your local health food store, you can easily find it on Amazon.
Benefits of Eating Healthy Fats
No matter what you’ve been told, fat is a healthy component of any diet — and yes, that includes saturated fats. With the eggs, shredded mozzarella, and cream cheese packed into this crust, you’re sure to get your share of healthy fats with only one gram total carbohydrates.
While nutrition data from the 1970s told you saturated fats are bad, new studies show that fats are not the real culprit[*]. A diet high in fats is what allows you to enter ketosis, using ketones for energy rather than glucose.
In fact, a good rule of thumb is 60% of your calories (percent daily values) should come from fat, while 35% of calories should come from protein to stay in ketosis.