Monday, 1 September 2014

Almond PIZZA Crust and the Ultimate Low-Carb Pizza List

HELLO PIZZA LOVERS. I am excited to share this super simple pizza crust recipe with you guys. Okay? I am 100% sure that you've all already got your FAVOURITE low-carb pizza go-to (mine happens to actually be pizza bowls). But maybe you should try something new for once? Maybe? I mean, it is still pizza so it won't be that new.

Before we get started can we just stop to take a look at the keto pizza options? I mean for real. LOOK.

THE LIST

Who says this is the ultimate list? Well, I do. Obviously. I grabbed links off the first page of Google did hours of extensive research in order to find you all a plethora of keto pizza recipes to try. Ordered alphabetically, I've bolded the ones I've tried.


Note: this is certainly not an exhaustive list of all the low-carb pizza recipes out there, but this should get you started on a great and tasty adventure. If your favourite isn't listed, be sure to comment with a link and I'll get it up ASAP.
bacon and meatballs. yeah.
So if there are so many other recipes, why am I putting this up? Well, for one, why not add to the incredibly delicious list of pizza options? Two, because my recipe uses three simple ingredients, and not a lot of them. I was making a whipped jell-o pie the other day and thought, why haven't I tried using this crust for pizza? It holds up so well with pie, especially after resting for a few hours. So, I tried the same crust recipe and came up with this: 

Which, really, was quite delicious. But as you can see, the crust definitely didn't turn out. With the almond pie crust, it is best to let it chill if you're not baking it, or bake it and then let it chill, and then let it plus the pie filling chill, in order for it to hold together properly. 

To use the crust almost immediately, I'd need a better binding agent. Obviously, I didn't want to weigh this baby down with too many other ingredients, so cheese was out (besides, there are so many existing cheese recipes). I decided to try one egg. Woohoo! It turned out great.

This crust is ideal for thin crust lovers, though it doesn't get as crispy as that "real" hand-tossed, thin-crust pizza. I've had success making a ~8 inch pizza, and ~10 or so inch pizza with this crust, the smaller being a little thicker than the larger of course. 

Warning: If you're not a fan of almond flour, well, sorry (not sorry).

Ingredients

  • 1 c almond flour/ground almonds
  • 1/4 c butter, salted (or unsalted, then add salt to taste)
  • 1 large egg, whole
*Note: "Nutritional information" does not include any toppings. 
Nutritional information, per serving (#): 128 cals, 2g net carbs (3g carbs, 1g fiber), 12g fat, 3g protein
Nutritional information, whole batch: 1026 cals, 9g net carbs (20g carbs, 11g fiber), 99g fat, 26g protein


Ingredients
Calories
Net Carbs (g)
Carbs (g)
Fiber (g)
Fat (g)
Protein (g)
1 c almond flour
549
8
19
11
48
20
1/4 butter
407
0
0
0
46
0
1 large egg
70
1
1
0
5
6

Directions
Preheat your oven to 350F and prep a baking pan with parchment paper. You won't need to grease your pan. I used a springform base for my smaller pizza, and then just a large round cookie sheet for the larger one.
Melt 1/4 c butter (salted or unsalted). Add the butter to 1 c almond flour, a pinch or so of salt (if you used unsalted butter), and one large egg. Mix them all together with a fork until you get a disgusting looking mess in a bowl. Your batter should be awfully sticky/gooey, etc.
Drop all your batter on your pan lined with parchment paper and spread it out. Because it is so sticky, you can dampen your hands so the batter doesn't stick to you as much. Just don't add cups of water to the batter. 

Once you've got your batter spread to a desirable size, pop it in the oven for about 10 minutes, or until the crust has dried and the edges are browning. 


Add your desired toppings. 
1/4 c pizza sauce, 6 slices of bacon (chopped), 30g goat cheese, 1/2 c pizza mozzarella, 1/4c nacho cheese, 1 tbsp hot sauce
Bake your pizza on 350F for about 15 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Slice your pizza in 8-12 slices or whatever you want. Put it in your mouth and enjoy it.


Don't forget to let me know what your favourite low-carb pizza is, crust or no crust!
xo, Jennifer

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