Craving pizza but without all the carbs? With this easy almond flour pizza crust, you can enjoy fresh homemade pizza that’s low carb and keto friendly.
You can make low carb pizza and bread sticks with coconut flour pizza dough. Or make the popular cauliflower crust (so easy with Trader Joe’s selling it now). But some folks prefer keto pizza crust made with only almond flour.
Why the need for almond flour? Well, if you’re like most people and love regular crust with wheat flour, you can probably eat two or three slices, no problem. With this pizza, you can do the same.
However, after you eat wheat flour, it can trigger several undesirable symptoms such as bloating, congestion, foggy brain, constipation, sluggishness, and other inflammatory symptoms.
And you don’t have to have Celiac Disease to experience the ill effects of wheat. Many people are sensitive to wheat without knowing it.
But if you ever experience any of the above symptoms after eating regular pizza or anything else with wheat flour, you’re likely at least wheat- or gluten-sensitive.
There’s nothing wrong with wheat in and of itself. Wheat allowed humanity to settle down in communities after millennia of nomadic hunting. The problem with wheat appears to be the modern processing of it.
Wheat-free almond flour pizza crust
Wheat isn’t the same food it was a couple generations ago. And it certainly was far more nutritious 10,000 years ago than today.
Ever since modern agricultural methods were devised, allowing manufacturers to produce way more wheat than before, wheat has become far less nutritious.
The wheat that’s in modern day supermarket products is mostly just endosperm. The endosperm is mostly starchy carbs.
In comparison, ancient wheat contains the bran and the germ. The former serves as the outer layer of the grain. It’s rich in fiber, antioxidants, B vitamins and minerals.
The germ is the inner layer of wheat. It contains healthy fats, B vitamins, beneficial plant compounds and vitamin E.
Reasons to eat grain free pizza crust
But when you go out to eat pizza at a restaurant, chances are slim that the crust will be an ancient grain variety. The crust will most likely be made from refined grains, stripped of the bran and germ.
Look, I’m actually not trying to sell you on eating ancient wheat like einkorn. Myself, I avoid all wheat. I just want you to be aware that wheat isn’t a dirty four-letter (er, uh, five-letter) word.
However, modern wheat take’s the lion’s share of the blame for the ever-increasing rates of obesity and diabetes. Refined wheat as Healthline says, is unhealthy because it’s not soaked, sprouted or fermented. Nor is it baked using slow rise yeast.
Consequently, the wheat in your pizza parlor pie is woefully deficient in amino acids. And, one reason why it causes negative symptoms is that it contains anti-nutrients.
Phytic acid and lectins are anti-nutrients which help protect the plant against insects. But when you don’t soak grains, you’re consuming these compounds which hinder your body’s ability to absorb nutrients.
More reasons to avoid wheat
Moreover, when you consume lots of anti-nutrients, the undigested food particles flood your bloodstream causing widespread inflammation. Your body recognizes these undigested food particles as invading pathogens.
Consequently, your body starts attacking itself. This is indicative of an auto-immune response or more seriously, an autoimmune disease.
I don’t want my family eating refined wheat and experiencing the health problems I had. That’s why I make alternatives to wheat. Now let’s get baking with almond flour pizza crust….
Ingredients for almond flour pizza crust
To make this alternative, you’ll need in addition to the flour, grated parm cheese, psyillium husk, baking powder, oregano, basil, garlic powder, eggs, water and olive oil. (See below for exact amounts.)
Now when’s the last time you’ve had pizza made with psyillium husk and eggs? The reason for the psyillium husk is it provides bulk to the crust. Without it, it would be rather flimsy.
Moreover, psyillium in many baking recipes provides a bready texture. It’s way healthier than modern wheat, and there’s a good reason why many people use the powder as laxative as it’s very high in fiber.
As for the eggs, they also serve as a bonding agent for the dough. However, if you’re looking for an almond flour pizza crust without eggs, you should try my egg-free Fat Head pizza dough.
Making this low carb pizza crust recipe with almond flour
Ready to make the crust for a keto pizza? Let’s get to it….
First, in a large bowl, combine the flour, cheese, psyillium baking powder, oregano, basil, and garlic powder. (photos 1-5)
Next, in a small bowl, combine the eggs and olive oil. (photos 6-8)
The third step is pouring the egg mix into the dry ingredients. Stir until the dough is formed. (photos 9 & 10)
After that, form the dough into a ball and roll out between two sheets of parchment paper. (photos 11 & 12)
Then, transfer to a pizza pan and remove the top paper. (photo 13)
Bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes until the crust is browned. (photo 14) Cool for up to 15 minutes.
But at this point, you’re not quite ready to enjoy the delicious almond flour pizza crust. You’ll first need to flip the crust on the pizza pan and remove the parchment paper. (photo 15)
Add the sauce and toppings now. (photos 16 & 17) I can’t stand to wait any longer to eat, so I just have the broiler ready to go and I throw the pizza in the broiler until it’s cooked to my well-done preference. (photo 18)
Or, if you have more patience then I have, you can just leave it in the oven, crank it up to 425 and cook an additional 5-10 minutes.
Enjoy this simple keto pizza recipe. And if you give the recipe a try, let us know what you think in the comment section below.
Almond Flour Pizza Crust (Low Carb Keto)
- In large bowl, combine almond flour, parmesan cheese, psyllium baking powder, oregano, basil, and garlic powder.
- In small bowl, combine eggs, water and olive oil.
- Pour egg mixture into dry ingredients stirring until a dough is formed. Add in additional water if needed.
- Form dough into a ball and roll out between two sheets of parchment paper. Transfer to a pizza pan and remove the top paper.
- Bake at 375°F for 20-25 minutes until the crust is browned. Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes.
- Flip crust over on pizza pan and remove the parchment paper. Add pizza sauce and toppings. Place under oven broiler until desired doneness. Or bake for an additional 5-10 minutes at 425°F until desired doneness is reached.
Note on Nutritional Information
Nutritional information for the recipe is provided as a courtesy and is approximate only. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site. Erythritol carbs are not included in carb counts as it has been shown not to impact blood sugar. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.