We’ve tried almost every low-carb pizza there is and have developed several delicious recipes of our own, but this Keto Cauliflower Pizza Crust recipe is our official favorite. It’s low carb, low in calories, and tastes delicious. Try all of our keto pizza recipes and let us know which one is your favorite replacement.
- Low-Carb Deep Dish Pizza
- The Original Zero-Carb Pizza Crust
- Domino’s Style Keto Pizza
- Fathead Pizza Crust & Meal Prep
Our First Keto Pizza Experiment
Pizza falls somewhere between the theory of relativity and the moon landing on the scale of human accomplishment. It is the embodiment of perfection and not so coincidentally, it is one of the first foods we keto-fied.
With our sights set on the goal of making a keto pizza we wouldn’t be ashamed of actually calling “pizza”, we began researching the options.
There are two main options you have when embarking on a keto pizza journey. In the right corner, you’ve got Fathead Pizza and in the left corner Cauliflower Pizza! I know what you’re thinking… one is named “fathead” and one is named “cauliflower”. You might think our Fathead Pizza dough is going to win, but after testing both recipes we declared the Cauliflower crust the true winner.
Low Carb Pizza Crust-Off Video
We have a video on our YouTube Channel that walks you through the steps for creating both of the low-carb pizzas we are analyzing today. If you’re more of a visual learner this might be your jam, or should I say crust?
What is keto pizza made of?
This pizza is made with a mixture of cauliflower, cheese, and egg but there are a variety of ways you can make a delicious crust that’s low in carbs. Depending on how you like your pizza, whether that’s crispy, thick, or deep dish, you can find a recipe to fit your needs.
Most keto crusts are made out ingredients that can replace wheat flour and some binders like cheese or egg.
- Coconut Flour
- Almond Flour
- Flax meal
- Store-Bought Keto Pizza Options
Blaze pizza offers a gluten-free keto crust made with casein protein powder which is a great fast food option if you have a pizza craving.
Gluten-Free Pizza Crust
This cauliflower crust isn’t just a great keto option, but it’s also totally gluten-free. If you have company coming over for a pizza party, make up a couple crusts for people who can’t have gluten. This kind gesture can go a long way when your gluten-free guests aren’t forced to just eat salad all night and don’t have to worry about bringing their own specialty pizza.
Add Italian Seasoning
Some people may be sensitive to the taste of cauliflower or egg in their pizza crust, especially if they’re new to the keto diet. A simple way to cover up the flavor of hidden veggies is with Italian seasonings.
Sprinkle some into your dough before rolling it out into a crust and they will bake right into every slice.
Is Pizza Sauce Keto?
Most “pizza sauce” options at your grocery store are going to contain plenty of added ingredients including added sugar and harmful vegetable oils. Tomatoes contain enough natural sugar as it is, so avoid these generic pizza sauce brands that are highly processed and opt for homemade or trusted keto brands.
Crushed Tomatoes in a can offer a simple and wholesome alternative to store-bought pizza sauce. It’s free from added sugars and oils and relatively low-carb, 3g net carbs per quarter cup. Add Italian seasonings to make it taste more like marinara.
Rao’s Tomato Marinara is a low-carb sauce you can find at most grocery stores in the health food section. For only 2g of carbs per quarter cup, it’s your best pizza sauce option up for purchase.
Simple homemade pesto is our personal favorite pizza sauce since it’s very low-carb and much higher in fat. It’s a tasty switch up from classic tomato marinara. You can thank us later!
Many people prefer a creamy pizza sauce which is a great option when you’re making keto pizza. Use a low-carb alfredo sauce as pizza sauce and pair with toppings like grilled chicken, chives, and caramelized onions.
Cooking the Cauliflower Crust
This crust has a few more steps than most keto pizza recipes, but we think the end result is worth it. The extra time spent making this dough results in a better texture and less calories than most keto pizzas, which means you can eat more, right?
To turn your head of cauliflower into rice, pulse it in a food processor then heat it in the microwave. Heating it, draws out the moisture so you can squeeze out all the excess water using a kitchen towel. Once you add the remaining ingredients you have a moldable pizza dough and can start rolling.
Parchment Paper is Important
We highly recommend using parchment paper when rolling out your cauliflower crust. The dough will most likely stick to your rolling pin and since we can’t use flour, parchment paper does the trick. Simply lay the paper over your ball of dough and start rolling. You’ll also want to roll out the dough on top of a non-stick pizza pan or cover a pan with parchment paper as well. These tips ensure a smooth crust and less stress in the kitchen.
You’ll then bake the crust on its own for about 10 minutes so it can turn slightly golden brown and crisp up before adding your toppings.
Low-Carb Pizza Toppings
You’ve rolled your dough and you’ve prepared your sauce, but now it’s time for the most important part – toppings. Get crazy and creative with your toppings, just remember to count all the carbs. Here are a few great options.
- Bell Peppers
Cauliflower Crust is the Winner
As much as you may want to throw caution to the wind when pizza night rolls around, it’s nice to have a healthy pizza crust once in a while. Both of us opt for this lower calorie, veggie filled cauliflower pizza crust most of the time. We definitely recommend that you give all of our pizza crusts a try and let us know which one you prefer!
Keto Pizza - Fathead and Cauliflower Crusts
- 1 1/2 cup Shredded mozzarella cheese
- 2 oz Cream Cheese
- 1 large Egg
- 3/4 cup Almond Flour
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Combine mozzarella cheese and cream cheese in a bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. Take out of microwave and mix. Microwave for another 30 seconds and mix again.
- Add almond flour and egg to the melted mixture. Mix all the ingredients together with a fork until they combine and begin to cool. Then knead by hand and form into a pizza crust on a nonstick pan. (We like to place parchment paper over the crust and roll with a rolling pin. It can be tough to shape by hand.)
- Bake for 12-14 minutes at 425 degrees. Remove from the oven, add desired toppings and bake for an additional 5-7 minutes.
Keto Pizza - Fathead and Cauliflower Crusts
- 1 Head cauliflower
- 1 egg large
- 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Place cauliflower in a food processor and pulse until it forms a powder. Some lumps are ok.
- Microwave cauliflower powder for 3-4 minutes. Place the hot cauliflower in a dish towel and squeeze out all of the water. Place the dry cauliflower in a mixing bowl.
- Add mozzarella and Parmesan cheese to the cauliflower. Lightly mix.
- Add the egg and continue to mix until loosely combined. Once it starts to stay together, use your hands to knead the dough. Place dough on a nonstick baking sheet and form the shape you want.
- Bake at 450 degrees for 8-11 minutes.
- Remove from oven, add desired toppings and bake for an additional 5-7 minutes.