Keto Pizza v2.0

One of the most difficult aspects of a keto/low-carb diet for me is: pizza. It there is real pizza in the room, it will call to me like the ring calls to Frodo in Lord of the Rings. Previously, I made a baseline pizza crust that was pretty damned good and worked extremely well as a starting point, but I knew it could be made better. After tons of feedback, trial and error, and discovery of ingredients, I’ve come to the next iteration of this pizza crust and let me say this: it’s effing good.

Still not perfect, but holy great balls of fire is it freakin’ good.

So what’s different?

One of the major changes to the crust is the replacement oif coconut flour and addition of lupin flour. I’m not exactly sure how I wasn’t aware of lupin flour until I made the the amazing keto pasta, but it has been a game changer for baked goods. However, it’s not a replacement for the other nut flours – this bean flour can best be described as ‘winner of the best supporting actor’ award when added to recipes. In just the right proportions, it adds great fluffiness, the right amount of water absorption, and nullifies some of the other nut flour flavors.

The other major change is the addition of gelatin. Yes, you read that correctly: gelatin. I was struggling with maintaining moisture in the dough and making it nice and soft. On a complete whim, I decided to add konjac powder – and it worked shockingly well. However, considering konjac powder (glucomannan powder) is not as readily available, I tried it with gelatin and it worked just as well, it not better. Key lesson: don’t skip the gelatin. otherwise, your crust will be rather dry and will have the consistency of day old fresh bread rather than the crunchy suppleness of a good pizza crust.

Pizza Crust Dry Ingredients - Black Tie Kitchen
The required dry ingredients for the amazing pizza crust – Black Tie Kitchen

Seems like a lot of stuff…

Compared to a traditional pizza dough, yes, it’s a few more ingredients. However, we aren’t jumping through a bunch of hoops to make something that tastes meh (I’m looking at you cauliflower crust pizza). We merely need to bloom our yeast, throw our ingredients into a food processor, then lay out the dough to rise. Once we make it, trust me: it’s absolutely worth the wait.

The perfect pizza shape - Black Tie Kitchen
This is the perfect pizza shape. Note the well in the center and that the crust is not flat or folded over – Black Tie Kitchen

Can I substitute for coconut flour?

Do not substitute a thing. I hate to say it, but this recipe is akin to a perfectly tuned piano. I know it’s not perfect and as a community, I think we can come together and improve on it. However, replacing flours will throw off all the proportions of water, oil, salt, rise time, etc. If you’re allergic to almond flour, I hate to say it, but this recipe is not viable for you. I hope to make a nut free version someday, but we need to figure out what this one requires first!

Using a scale to measure lupin flour - Black Tie Kitchen
Using a scale is crucial for amazing repeatable pizza crust – Black Tie Kitchen

Wheat gluten? Seriously?

Yes, wheat gluten. If you choose not to eat wheat gluten due to how your body reacts to it, allergies, etc, more power to you. I’ve tried to use xanthan gum, but it simply does not work. Maybe once we have the perfect recipe we can start tweaking it to replace the gluten, but as of this point in time, I haven’t been able to find a substitute.

Before you tell me that wheat gluten is bad for me: sure, it might be, but different bodies react different. BUT, the alternative is me eating an entire ‘real’ pizza that will wreck my diet and me feel like complete crap afterwards due to the carb overload, to which I will subsequently kick myself for eating the entire pizza and sliding back on my goals. This is the replacement for that. Given the choice between eating an entire ‘real’ pizza (with gluten) or a low carb version (with gluten), I’ll take the low-carb keto pizza every time and not feel guilty for it in the slightest.

Checking the temperature of the sugar water - Black Tie Kitchen
Checking the temperature of the sugar water – Black Tie Kitchen

That pizza looks small…

This entire pizza might look small, but don’t be fooled – it serves two. It’s so high in fiber and protein that it will fill you up and keep you full for a long long time. How do I know? Because I ate an entire pizza and didn’t eat for a day – and I eat a lot. I find it best to make two smaller pizzas out of the dough – one for now, another for later. Half a pizza per person – trust me.

Adding cheese to pizza crust - Black Tie Kitchen
Adding cheese to the amazing crust – Black Tie Kitchen

Why not make half the recipe for 1 personal pizza?

The reason we make the entire recipe and split it into two is because of the yeast. The entire dough only requires 1/4 tsp of yeast (1g). One of the problems with the previous baseline recipe is that it was too ‘yeasty’ – but it’s not easy to get 1/8 tsp or 1/2 a gram of yeast. So, we double it and split it into two. Also – who doesn’t like more pizza?

Can this be frozen?

Abso-freakin-lutely. This works really well frozen! You can put toppings on it before or after and it will work. Of course, it will take a bit longer to cook, so simply keep an eye on it to prevent it from burning!

Instant Yeast - Black Tie Kitchen
Instant Yeast – Black Tie Kitchen

Does the dough need to rise?

Yes! Allowing the dough to rest allows the yeast to do it’s thing leading to the best keto pizza dough. The rising time will depend on the yeast your are using but while using instant yeast, I found the best rise came from 3 hours of allowing it to rest in 80-85 degrees Fahrenheit. I know that’s a long time to wait, but I think it’s worth it. I haven’t tried letting it rise longer, but it’s possible it might work even better!

What’s the key to the crust?

There are a few keys to the crust: the first is to make sure you use gelatin. This will keep the crust moist, but also chewy. You also want to make sure you make your almond flour as fine as possible to make the texture less grainy. The third tip is to make the crust by shaping it with your finger tips instead of rolling it out. If you leave the crust flat or fold it over, it will burn and make you very very sad.

Not in the mood for pizza?

If you’re not in the mood for pizza, but still want some Italian, how about some Keto Pasta? Or, maybe even some Chicken Parmesan!

The perfect pizza crust - Black Tie Kitchen

Keto Pizza v2.0

Yield: 1 pizza (4 servings)
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Additional Time: 3 minutes 30 seconds
Total Time: 30 minutes 30 seconds

This is the second version of the keto pizza crust and it is amazing!

Ingredients

Instructions

Preparing the Yeast

Read the instructions on your yeast and follow the instructions for best results. These are the instructions on how I prepare my yeast.

  1. In a decent sized cup, weigh out the required sugar.
  2. Heat some water until it is a few degrees hotter than your intended temperature range.
  3. Add hot water into the cup with sugar until you have roughly 50ml (or grams, since water is 1:1 gram to milliliter equivalent). Stir to dissolve the sugar.
  4. Using an instant read thermometer, continually check for when the water temperature falls within the range of ideal temperature on your yeast. For my yeast, it was 108°-110°F (42°-43°C). Once within range, add the yeast and stir to ensure the yeast is all in the water. Set aside for 10 minutes.
  5. In the meantime, into a food processor, combine the almond flour, wheat gluten, lupin flour, salt, and gelatin. NOTE: If your almond flour is not super fine, run it through the food processor a few times to get it there. It will help reduce any graininess texture in the final crust.
  6. Blend the mixture until it is evenly mixed.
  7. Measure out 30g of extra virgin olive oil into the food processor.
  8. Once the yeast has bloomed for 10 minutes (it should have a lot of foam), add it into the dry ingredients.
  9. Add small amounts from the 170ml of cold water into the cup with the yeast and swirl it around to get all the yeast. Then add the water to the dry ingredients. Doing this multiple times will ensure you get the maximum yeast transfer!
  10. Cap and run the food processor on low or 'Dough' setting until the dough forms a loose ball. This should take 45 seconds to a minute max. Do not over process! The friction creates heat and will impact the dough - too much processing will also make the gluten too stiff!
  11. Remove the dough from the food processor onto a cutting board.
  12. Lightly coat a large bowl or quart container with olive oil.
  13. Using your hands, knead the dough until it feels consistent, then roll into a ball. If you decide to split the dough, this is the perfect time to do so
  14. Place the dough into the oiled container.
  15. Cover the dough with a tea towel or a paper towel and place in a dark warm area, ideally between 80-85°F (26-29°C) for 1.5-3 hours.

To Cook

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F/232°C.
  2. On a baking tray, add parchment paper, then place your dough.
  3. Flatten out your dough using your fingertips, working from the middle outwards. Ideally, you want to make a well in the center with a raised rim on the outside for the crust.
  4. Place your desired toppings onto the pizza.
  5. Place the pizza into the oven for 10-12 minutes or until desired cooking level. (cooking time will vary depending on size)
  6. Remove and let cool - it will be guava lava hot!
  7. Cut and enjoy!

Notes

  • You can freeze the pizza dough in the pie shape for a later date! Simply use a ziploc bag.
  • After the dough has risen, you can keep it in the fridge for a few days with no issue.
  • You dont have to use a food processor: a stand mixer or hands work just as well, but take longer!

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Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1/4 pie
Amount Per Serving Calories 480Total Fat 34.25gCarbohydrates 15.25gNet Carbohydrates 7.5gFiber 7.75gSugar 0gProtein 33.5g

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This Post Has 57 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    Wow! Just made this recipe today – taste like the real thing!
    Thank you for not only for your recipes but your entertaining videos.

  2. Lois

    Hi Dennis, thank you for all your hard work and creativity! I had just enough lupin flour leftover to try this 2.0 recipe and I was very impressed with the results. I used the gelatin, although I am one of those keto geeks with a whole big container of powder glucomannan on hand. The crust was soft, thick and chewy, but I was hoping for a little crispness. I baked the recipe into 1 large pie, used a large pizza stone in a convection oven set to 450, preheated the stone for 1 hr, and since I love well-done pizza, allowed the cheese to get very well-browned and crust itself approached blackness. Bottom of crust had beautiful dark brown, almost black, oven marks, but there was no crunch when biting into crust. Believe me when I say that this is hands down the best keto pizza recipe ever, but I would like to try it with glucomannan…how much did you use? Best, Lois

    1. Dennis

      Hmm, that’s weird that it didnt get any crunch. I basically did a 1:1 with the konjac powder. I wonder if the stone had an impact

      1. JudytheBaker

        Hi Dennis, I got your Lupin flour. Just need to buy the konjac. So glad I went to your website to see the proportion. So just sub the 14gr gelatin with konjac?

        Would love to find a small bottle. I don’t know what else to make with it. I don’t have a pasta roller.

        Thanks!!! Judy

        1. Dennis

          The konjac works 1:1 with the gelatin! Konjac powder will be required for my next recipe – it’s also what can be used to make shirataki noodles!

    2. John

      Awesome recipe. I did try to replicate the lack of crispiness in the crust that Lois had by baking some of it on the parchment and baking pan with the pizza steel (just an old upside down baking pan). That did result in a subpar bottom crust. The pizza bottom on the parchment lined pan without steel was nice and crispy. I think maybe the parchment and hot stone/steel created some steam? My favorite pizza recipe keto was through Milk Street.I believe the dough sat in the fridge for 1-2 days before using… I plan on trying that next time just for the heck of it to see if it results in better flavor. Granted, this recipe crust had fantastic flavor already!

      1. John

        That should’ve been favorite pizza recipe pre-keto!

      2. Deana

        I did leave my dough in the fridge for 24 hours, It wasn’t really the cold ferment that you get with sourdough. It was delicious, it didn’t smell much different than yesterday though.

    3. Allison

      Bummer. I was hoping I could get that thin crust pizza experience with the crunch or crispness. I don’t think I will get the ingredients to try, if others didn’t get the crispness to the crust.

      1. Dennis

        You can roll it thin and parbake it for 3-5 minutes. If you have a pizza stone or simply want to reheat it the next day in a cast iron skillet, it will definitely get crisp!

  3. Greg

    Love the recipe! It works great as calzone dough as well, although you’ll need to bake it around 20 minutes.

    1. Dennis

      That’s awesome! It’s definitely a good stepping stone into a foray of dishes that have been hampered by decent bread-like-doughs. I’m excited to see what the community does with it (like your calzones!)

  4. Jane Saliba Carneiro

    Hi, Dennis! I love pizza too, but I’m trying to keep on a keto diet. I’ve tried your first recipe, and liked it a lot! And I know you said to do not substitute a thing, but I can´t find lupin flour in Brazil. So, I was thinking of using eggplant flour to substitute lupin flour. I’ve read that lupin flour is bitter. Doesn’t the dough get a little bitter? Eggplant flour is also bitter, but makes a wonderful dough!

    1. Dennis

      Hello! That’s unfortunate you cant get any lupin flour – it’s a really interesting ingredient. As far as eggplant flour – I can’t say – it’s something Ive never even seen, but will have to investigate! I’d try with the eggplant flour and see how it comes out. When you mix the dough, just make sure you have the right consistency – not too wet, not too dry.

      Lupin flour is interesting in that each brand is very different. Some are almost inedible in terms of bitterness, while others are pretty good. There are also different lupin beans: white vs yellow, which is something that isnt widely known.

  5. Eric Stevens

    Hi Dennis! I am NOT a fan of almond flour in any baked good. So I was apprehensive in trying this recipe. My typical go to “chicken crust” stopped doing it for me recently, and I came across this recipe after days of searching. It smelled blissfully wonderful as I kneaded it; nothing like the scent of yeast! I froze it, pulled it out today, and nervously baked a cheese pizza. And HOLY CRAP, it is SO GOOD! Not a hint of almond flour, chewy, and even the color of a wheat flour crust. Very well done; take a black tie bow sir. Will most definitely make this again.

    1. Dennis

      Awesome! I’m glad you liked it! It’s not perfect, but it’s a giant leap in the right direction (imo)!

  6. Daniel Wall

    Made it tonight. It is a real pizza and anyone who is eating it who didn’t know it was low carb would just be curious what flour was used. That is an amazing compliment.

    1. Dennis

      That’s awesome! It’s not the final stop, but this recipe is a jump in the right direction =)

  7. Deanna

    The taste was really good, texture was good.. but my dough didn’t rise :sadface: I imagine it would’ve been spectacular if it did.. any guesses as to why this would happen? Yeast properly activated and proofed; I’m also a very seasoned baker & cook…

    1. Dennis

      Hmm that’s odd. Was it maybe too cool out?

  8. Nikki

    Hey there,
    First off, thanks for your awesome recipes!! I am a very rare breed, as I am a keto vegetarian and needless to say I cannot have gelatin. So, was wondering if I could use Agar? I have heard that it is a 1:1 ratio for gelatin…..thoughts?

    1. Dennis

      Not sure about agar, but you can use the same amount of konjac (glucomannan) powder!

      1. Anonymous

        Hey Dennis!
        Thanks for replying so quickly. I just wanted to touch base and let everyone know that may be in the same situation I am that the Agar worked beautifully! This is hands down the best keto pizza out there!

  9. Carol Nain

    I love the recipe. I am subscribing to your channel. I learned about you from your podcast with Steve from Serious Keto.
    I did freeze the second pizza and I am wondering about the baking directions for that?
    Thank you kindly!

    1. Dennis

      Thanks Carol! For the frozen pizza, just cook as you would normally. If you didnt put toppings before you froze it, you can parbake it for 3-5 minutes, then add the toppings and continue baking! Glad to have you over from Steve’s channel =)

  10. Sarah

    My husband and I ate pizza at least weekly before we decided to try and cut out the carbs again and we have so much more hope for success than we did when we first tried keto several years ago.
    We’ve been talking about our pizza plans for days in advance. We agreed that while it lacked a bit of the chew and crispness of a standard pizza, it was so satisfying as a bread product . . . Really our first non carbalose adventure. . . It’s such a relief to find recipes that make us think this is doable for the long term.

    1. Dennis

      It’s definitely do-able long term if it’s what you want to do! One neat trick is to parbake the dough four 3-5 minutes before placing the toppings and finish baking! This gives it a bit more crisp – and if you use a pizza steel, even better!

  11. Deana

    Crispy and delicious!!! So much better than fathead! Loved it. It is very filling, next time I’ll divide the dough. I love having leftover pizza… it’s almost unheard of in my house.

  12. Deana

    I did leave my dough in the fridge for 24 hours, It wasn’t really the cold ferment that you get with sourdough. It was delicious, it didn’t smell much different than yesterday though.

  13. Deana

    This just in… my Partner ate the leftover pizza that I made the other day and gave me rave reviews!!! He said “You could have told me this pizza was from the north end (Boston) and I would have believed you!” He excitedly told me how he reheated it in the air fryer and how it was bubbly and crisp. He said that he’d rather eat this dough “no matter what it’s made of, instead of frozen pizza”. I told him that I added some ground cricket’s for extra protein 😉. I’m going to make a bunch of dough and freeze it, for when he’s in the mood for pizza. Oh, he is a skinny guy not on a low carb diet.

  14. Aya Hauberk

    Dear Dennis, thank you so much for all your hard work! It was absolutely fabulous! I loved that segment “questions from the future.” My vice is pancakes…fluffy, diner style pancakes. Is that something you think you would ever tackle? Just throwing it out there.

    1. Dennis

      I’ve done pancakes (but havent posted the recipe for some odd reason!). I do plan on revisiting pancakes in the near future, but in the meantime, here is the video!: https://youtu.be/meVfI2Z2JKk

  15. Nick

    I don’t recall seeing you add oil to the dough in the food processor yet the recipe says to do so. Are we supposed to or just use it to coat the container the dough rises in. Perhaps adding or not adding the oil to the dough effects the crust?

    1. Dennis

      You need to add oil to the dough AND some into the container to prevent it from sticking and drying out too much. It was the part of the video where i placed the food processor onto the scale!

      1. Anonymous

        Thanks, The first time I made this I threw everything into the food processor and it came out a wet mess instead of dough. This time I followed your instructions to a T and it came out perfectly! You are a Low Carb rockstar! Thank you as you are consistently great with every recipie I’ve tried so far!

        1. Dennis

          Thanks! The pizza recipe is typically pretty hardy (unlike the pasta, which can be very finicky)

  16. Phil Mason

    When I started Keto last July, I gave myself an out – a cheat meal but with conditions – you can have pizza. However it has to be from your all-time favorite pizza place. For me, this is back in my college town – 3 hours away. A place I had not been in many years. I’ve been there 3 times this year.

    Yesterday I made this recipe. New to yeast, new to the food processor to be honest (pro tip – put the blade in before adding ingredients). I followed the ingredients exactly except the gelatin packet I bought only had 10g (will use full amount next time). I went the non-hero route, splitting the dough in half and freezing one for later. When baking, I did the crust by itself for 8 minutes, then put sauce and toppings on and baked for another 8 minutes.

    Let me just say that the crust is amazing, hands down better than all the other keto crusts I’ve tried. Far superior to my previous favorite pizza ‘cracker’ made with pork rinds. I found this pizza didn’t affect my blood sugar or ketone levels, didn’t make me feel bloated, and didn’t prevent me from doing my typical 5 mile walk after my last meal of the day. It felt and handled like pizza should.

    It’s a game-changer, paradigm-shifter, whatever you want to call it. But there is a problem. As another favorite YouTube chef from down under says, “F&$k Jar Sauce”… so my request, Dennis– in my best Doc Brown imitation… no no no no no… your pizza crust turns out fine, Dennis. Its the sauce. Something has to be done about the sauce!

  17. Anonymous

    Made it tonight, and it was absolutely delicious. What I like most is that it doesn’t have that gummy texture you get with xanthan gum. You definitely get the keto pizza award for satisfying our taste buds and imaginations with you creative storytelling.

  18. Carlos Virgilio

    I think our friend from Brazil must refer to chickpea flour.
    If you don’t know it, I highly recommend it. Chickpea flour is used to make the exquisite Italian farinata.
    Regarding your recipe I send you my sincere congratulations, it works wonderfully! I send you a fraternal hug from Argentine.

    1. Dennis

      Thanks! The problem with chickpea flour is that it’s not low-carb 🙁

  19. Sean

    Excellent recipe Dennis! I knew when I was kneading the dough that it just had the “it” factor for both feel and smell (I’ve been dough master at a couple different places I’ve worked). I preheated a pizza steel at 450 and then sat the constructed pizza with parchment paper underneath directly back on the steel and baked as instructed.

    Delicious and met my expectations. I had many of the ingredients on hand but will use your links going forward to reward your efforts. It was a bit more sour than I expected which is fine, reminding me of sourdough (using Bob’s Vital Wheat Gluten, CostCo Almond Flour and Anthony’s Lupin Flour). No issues with uneven cooking, burning and not even a hint of weird coconut or cauliflower flavor, because it has NONE (and has no place in a piece of pizza IMO). It might have been a tad on the dry side but certainly not a deal breaker considering the high fiber and protein content and lack of carbs. What heck did I even just say? Aren’t we talking about pizza here? Yeah, eat your greasy carby pizza world. You get the pizza but I get the chicks.

    Anyway, 12 minutes and about 5 minutes to cool and I had the best (and cheapest) slice of KETO pizza to date. I tried following your rule to only eat 2 pieces but ate 3. Now I’m rubbing my considerably less round belly than I had when I started strict KETO 6 months ago. Now I have a solid at home pizza recipe to add to my cookbook. I eat gluten free when eating pizza out and it doesn’t throw me too out of whack.

    1. Dennis

      Glad you enjoyed it! Here’s to working towards 3.0 and an even better pizza!

  20. Deana

    Today I made crunchy garlic bread sticks and cinnamon and swerve brown sugar crunchy sticks. I mean crunchy, like pretzel crunchy! With the dough divided in two. For the sweet sticks I rolled the dough very thin, I covered it in butter sprinkled sweetener and cinnamon and cut them into bite size pieces. I used the same method for the savory part, except I brushed olive oil on it then sprinkled cheese and granulated garlic. These were amazing! Thank you for this dough recipe, Dennis. It’s so versatile.

  21. Andrew

    For those who don’t have a scale to measure metric, you can get by with 1 1/3 cup almond flour, 2/3 cup wheat gluten, 1/3 cup lupin flour, gelatin is 2 packages of 1/4 oz each. Is that about right?

    1. Dennis

      That’s about right. However, I highly highly highly recommend a scale. The ozeri one on Amazon is about ~$11 USD and is incredible. Low-carb/Keto baking is super finicky down to the gram and volume measurements are unreliable!

    2. Anonymous

      Do you think adding baking soda to the dry ingredients would produce a better crust?

      1. Dennis

        better crust in terms of what aspect? Baking powder is usually added to get things to rise – which we wont need because of the yeast. I dont believe baking soda/baking powder add anything in terms of crispiness

  22. Anonymous

    Has anyone used coconut sugar to start the yeast? We don’t have any regular sugar in the house.

    1. Dennis

      As long as it has some sort of sugar that the yeast can eat, it will be good! Coconut sugar at the end of the day is still actually sugar, so it will work!

  23. Azhara

    Hi Dennis,
    Loving your recipes and enthusiasm for pizza journeys!
    One thing I noticed that 1/4 of the pizza is 480 calories. I just made a pizza using normal tipo 00 flour (160g) with 100g mozzarella and tomato sauce and it came to 790 calories for the whole pizza?
    I think 480 for a 1/4 pizza is a lot no? That would mean a pizza is 2000 cals nearly!
    I do not mean to be a spoil sport but just confused at this!

    1. Dennis

      Yeah – it’s not a light calorie pizza. However, it’s not that higher calorie than a regular pizza. That quarter pizza can also be stretched thinner to make bigger slices!

  24. Sanjay Patel

    I made this recipe as is, following all the instructions and pressing the dough out onto a 12″ nonstick pizza pan, topped it with sauce / toppings / cheese. Pizza came out well when looked at the top, but the bottom was very soft instead of crispy (droopy when you pick up a slice). Any ideas on what I could do to get a hard bottom crust?

    Flavor was on point though, so excellent job there!

    1. Dennis

      I would parbake it for 5 minutes before adding toppings. Not having maximum airflow underneath means you have to give it some time to rid the moisture!

  25. Lisa

    Hi Dennis,
    Your videos are so hilarious! Thank you for all your hard work. I wonder if Keto.luna’s keto flour would work with your recipe. I have really enjoyed some of her quick breads and am planning to try some of her more difficult recipes. Also curious if one of the paneer bread recipes from Vernaz (Steve made pan crackers with paneer) might be something to try. I am certain you will crack the code. Can’t wait for the ice cream part 2.
    Thanks so much,
    Lisa

    1. Dennis

      Thanks Lisa! I need to play around with Keto Luna’s recipes – havent gotten around to it, but there might be aspects that can be incorporated!

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