Keto Pizza Fathead Crust
Unless you are brand new to the ketogenic low carb lifestyle, you have probably heard of Fathead Pizza. In fact, just hearing the words Fat Head Pizza probably triggers mild drooling and hunger pangs in some people. It’s that good! Why is this fathead crust so good? Well… because it is made up of mostly fat – cheese to be precise. The mozzarella along with the almond flour yield a dense, crispy pizza crust packed full of flavor. And this keto crust actually looks like real pizza crust! Even the texture of low carb pizza crust is similar.
Before fathead pizza, most low carb folks were making pizza crust out of cauliflower. Cauliflower pizza crust is a pain to make. You have get most of the moisture out of the cauliflower in order to create the ideal texture. On top of that, cauliflower pizza crust doesn’t taste that great. Most keto recipes can still have that off-putting cauliflower flavor.
Fathead Pizza Crust History
Where did this delicious fat filled goodness of keto pizza dough originate? Who invented Fathead Pizza Crust? You can find different variations of it plastered all over the internet. Lots of people credit the fathead recipe to comedian Tom Naughton as the original creator.
Tom Naughton directed and starred in his low carb documentary movie Fathead which follows him around as he attempts to lose weight on a fast food diet and refute the Super Size Me documentary. In his documentary, Naughton consumes less than 100 grams of carbohydrates a day and more than 100 grams of fat a day! He ends up losing weight, increasing energy levels, and decreasing his LDL cholesterol.
Naughton originally posted about the fathead pizza crust on his website in June 2013. But, if you read his post you will learn that he, nor his “older brother’s oldest son”, developed this fat fueled pizza recipe. The older brother’s son just found the crust recipe on another site.
Deep in the comments, Naughton credits the true author of the Fathead Pizza Crust to Cooky’s Creations. Cooky is a low carb blogger and keto foodie who is the creative mastermind behind this fat filled pizza crust. She blogged about this recipe a whole year earlier and called it “Holy Grail Pizza Crust.” The name Fat Head Pizza Crust was adopted by Naughton’s fans when he posted the recipe on his site and his movie had gained so much popularity.
3 Reasons Why Keto Pizza Is Amazing
First, it’s the fat. Fat is where the flavor is and this crust is pretty much all cheese. This fathead crust is comprised of 70% fat per serving! When you are on a ketogenic diet, you naturally navigate towards fatty foods because that’s your main source of energy. Dietary fat breaks down into ketones. Fat is fuel. Pizza is fuel.
The second reason why this pizza crust is a favorite among keto dieters is the texture and consistency. The fathead crust is a perfect balance of chewy, bread-like texture in the middle and a crispy underside and outer crust. It is a pizza that you can eat with your hands and not with a fork. Unlike cauliflower crust pizza, that tends to have a soft underbelly and will break apart when you pick up a slice of pizza.
Lastly, fathead pizza doesn’t take very long to prepare. The ingredient list is fairly short and you can be eating keto pizza in no time. It’s a perfect quick keto pizza option for busy weeknights or weekend movie nights. One of our family traditions is to make pizzas and watch videos on Friday nights with the boys. Each kid gets to add their own toppings to their own mini fat head pizza.
Besides pizza crust, the fathead dough is actually a universal pastry dough in the keto community. We have used it as the breading for bagel dogs, breadsticks, hamburger buns, biscuits, cinnamon rolls, and crackers.
Because we love pizza and use the fat head dough for other low carb foods, we always double, triple….even quadruple the batch when we make it. The dough freezes nicely in a ball or you can roll in out into a thin crust first, flash freeze it, then wrap with plastic wrap for long term freezer storage.
You can see that it is easy to have fat head pizza at your disposal, so there’s no excuse not to have pizza night at least once or twice a week on the ketogenic diet!
Keto Pizza Sauce
If you are making a keto pizza recipe, you have to use a low carb pizza sauce. You can’t use any jar of pizza sauce on the shelf. Many of those are full of sugars and excess carbs. It’s important to look at the nutrition label on the back of marinara sauce to make sure it is the lowest carb possible. My favorite keto pizza sauce brands are Yo Mama and Rao’s. If you are on a budget, you may consider making your own! Keto pizza sauce is easy to make and this recipe uses crushed tomatoes and a few seasoning along with olive oil to give it that authentic flavor.
If you are using this keto dough to make pizza, you will need to keep it low carb with some keto approved pizza toppings. Luckily most pizza toppings are keto friendly. The only one you may have to stay away from is pineapple as pineapple is higher in sugar content. Here are some pizza toppings you may consider on your low carb pizza!
- ground beef
- bell pepper
- Canadian bacon
- artichoke hearts
- olive oil
Tips for Making Keto Pizza Crust
- Use a food processor – To make your keto dough, the fastest way to mix up all of the crust ingredient evenly is to use a food processor. It will combine all the ingredients in seconds for a uniform dough ball.
- Roll out dough between parchment paper – To keep your keto dough from sticking to the rolling pin, place the dough in between two sheets of parchment paper. This will give you an even thickness of crust and help you transfer the dough to your baking sheet or pizza stone. If you parchment paper slides around on the table too much, place a damp paper towel underneath the bottom parchment paper. This will keep the parchment paper from slipping and make it easy to roll out your keto pizza crust.
- Melting the mozzarella cheese – You have the option to melt your mozzarella cheese in the microwave at 60 second intervals until melted or you can melt the cheese on the stove top over low – medium heat in a non stick skillet.
No Cream Cheese Necessary
For the keto pizza recipe, you don’t need to add cream cheese to make the fathead dough. The texture and flavor is the same. The cream cheese in classic fathead dough recipes don’t add any purpose except they add calories and carbs! Yes, cream cheese as carbs so why add it in if it’s just not necessary?