In a world of keto and low carb dieting, of course, we have the wherewithal to come up with ways to eat pizza without carb loading! Whether you’re looking for pizza crust alternatives, low carb pizza crusts, or other low carb pizza inspired dishes, we’ve got you covered.
Can You Eat Pizza on a Low Carb Diet?
YES, you can eat pizza on a low carb diet. But before you start anticipating the doughy, glutinous crusts of pizzas past, consider a new kind of delicious dream—low carb pizza that doesn’t leave you in a carbohydrate haze, quickly craving another carb-heavy meal after the inevitable crash.
Such a thing does exist and you do get to eat it on your low carb diet!
Let’s just review a few low carb basics, before we move on to the mouthwatering stuff. Remember that most low carb diets call for around a 40-50% fat, 40-50% protein, 10-20% carb split among your macros. This means that good carbohydrates, like good fibrous, above-ground veggies will come in handy when creating the perfect low carb pizza crust. But don’t count out different ways to create a more bread-like low carb pizza crust either!
What Is the Best Low Carb Pizza Crust?
The best low carb pizza crust comes down to a matter of taste and preference. We LOVE a nearly all-cauliflower pizza crust, but by now many people are searching for a good low carb pizza crust without cauliflower in it. Ultimately a great low carb pizza crust will fall in line with low carb approved foods and taste awesome!
Here is our list of favorite low carb pizza crust options, topping ideas, and even some full-on low carb pizza recipes, to boot.
Bread-Like Pizza Crust Options
- Cloud Bread Pizza Crust—Made of just cream cheese and eggs, this fluffy, easy low carb pizza crust will likely feel most familiar if you’re longing for the real deal.
- Almond Flour Pizza Crust—Almond flour is a common go-to for low carbers, as well as paleo and gluten-free dieters. Using it here can result in a crispy low carb pizza crust.
- Coconut Flour Pizza Crust—Coconut flour is a great alternative to almond flour that can produce a thick, chewy pizza crust that’s even lower in carbs!
- Chaffles—How about trying out a chaffle as your pizza crust? The cheese is already there, so just pile on the toppings, pop them under the broiler, and you’re good to go!
Vegetable Based Low Carb Pizza Crusts
- Zucchini Pizza Crust—Go for a straight-up zucchini pizza boat or shred and drain to use as a pizza crust mix-in.
- Eggplant Pizza Crust—Just slice and grill or bake to serve up under your favorite toppings!
- Portobello Mushroom Pizza Crust—Again, these serve as a super quick and easy low carb pizza crust, and they’re great for customization and eating on the go!
- Spinach Pizza Crust—A great way to get in your greens and try something totally new, like this chicken, feta, and walnut pizza with a spinach crust.
- Cauliflower Pizza Crust—Cauliflower pizza crust has been the number one pizza crust alternative go-to for several years and there are plenty of ways to create it yourself using just riced cauliflower and eggs with cheese and spices. However, you can also pick up a gluten-free cauliflower pizza crust at many grocery stores now.
- Broccoli Pizza Crust—Yep, even broccoli has made its way into our pizza dreams and is just as easy to pull together as a cauliflower pizza crust.
Meat Based Low Carb Pizza Crusts
- Ground Beef Pizza Crust—This would make a delicious, high-protein pizza crust perfect for topping with a Mexican cheese blend, green peppers, avocado, tomatoes, and cilantro.
- Ground Chicken Pizza Crust—Think a little sugar-free BBQ sauce for a meaty, low carb barbecue chicken pizza.
- BACON—That’s right, use woven bacon squares as a crispy low carb pizza crust under a pile of baked brussels sprouts, a few apples, and a little red wine vinegar for a whole new level of pizza goodness.
Crustless Low Carb Pizza Variations
- Pizza Omelets or Egg Cups—If you plan to skip the crust entirely, go for a carb-free egg base and just mix in some mozzarella, mini pepperonis, green peppers, and a few tomatoes!
- Bust out the skillet for a full-on pizza sans crust with this delicious and super quick crustless pizza recipe.
Find more great low carb recipes on our System Recipes page!
Which Low Carb Pizza Sauce Is Best?
Tomatoes are a good low carb vegetable—or fruit, depending on which camp you’re in—containing just 3 grams of carbs (per 100 grams of tomato). Which is great, since the traditional pizza we tend to crave is slathered in tomato-based sauce. The key for us is to make sure it’s a low carb pizza sauce.
The carbs in a store-bought pizza sauce generally come from added sugars that no one needs! So to keep your pizza sauce low carb, try cooking down your own fresh (or canned—try fire-roasted for a deeper flavor) tomatoes with your favorite pizza spices—think an Italian blend with oregano, basil, and parsley, along with onion and garlic powders, salt, and pepper. Just simmer together over low heat for about 10-15 minutes or until thickened. Voila—homemade low carb pizza sauce that’s full of rich, fresh flavor.
If you don’t have time for that and want to snag a jar of low carb pizza sauce from the store, just make sure to check the nutrition labels, especially for that added sugar!
Amazing Low Carb Pizza Toppings
Low carb and keto pizza toppings are truly easy to come by—most of the classics are actually compliant! If you need some inspiration, check out this list of over 30 yummy low carb pizza toppings that will work great in coordination with the pizza crusts and sauces we’ve introduced here.
Meat & Cheese Toppings
- Ground beef
- Ground chicken
- Grilled chicken
- Rotisserie chicken
- Sausage crumbles
- Canadian bacon
- Mozzarella cheese (fresh or shredded)
- Sharp or medium cheddar cheese
- Mexican blend cheese
- Provolone cheese
- Pepper jack cheese
- Blue cheese crumbles
- Red onions
- Grilled onions
- Artichoke hearts
- Iceberg lettuce
- Homemade pesto
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