If you are following a low carbohydrate diet, one of the foods you may miss eating is pizza. Low carb diets typically forbid you from eating breads, and that includes traditional pizza crust, which is normally made with wheat flour. Almond flour can come to the rescue though, and allow you to make a hearty pizza crust that is loaded with flavor. Almond flour holds up well when baked in the oven, ensuring you will not have soggy pizza. Besides being low in carbohydrates, almond flour is also rather dense, ensuring a full, satisfied feeling after consuming just a couple of slices of pizza made with this low carb pizza crust.
Things You'll Need
- Large mixing bowl
- 2 cups almond flour
- 1 cup Grated or shredded Parmesan cheese
- Large spoon
- 1 tsp. sea salt or regular salt
- 1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 2 eggs
- Small bowl
- Parchment paper
- Large baking or cooking sheet
Prior to making your crust, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Pour 2 cups of almond flour into a large mixing bowl.
Add 1 cup of grated Parmesan cheese to the almond flour. Mix well with your hands.
Sprinkle 1 tsp. of sea salt into the almond and cheese mixture. Regular salt will work here in a pinch, but sea salt will add a bit more flavor to the crust. Stir the mixture well.
Pour 1 tsp. of extra virgin olive oil into the mixing bowl. Stir the mixture again with your hands or a large spoon.
Crack two large eggs into a small bowl. Whisk the eggs briefly with a whisk or a fork. Add the eggs to the other ingredients. You want to crack the eggs into a smaller bowl before combining them with the other ingredients in case any small bits of eggshell remain in the eggs. It is much easier to find and pick out the bits of eggshell much while the eggs are still in the small bowl.
Pour the eggs into the large mixing bowl with the other ingredients. Combine all the ingredients well by stirring with a large spoon. Divide the dough into two balls.
Place a large piece of parchment paper on your counter top. Drizzle some olive oil onto you hands to help prevent the dough from sticking to them while you press it into shape.
Set one of the dough balls onto the parchment paper. Press down on the dough and gently flatten it down into an oval shape this is between 1/2 inch and 1/4 inch thick. Repeat the process with the second dough ball.
Pick up the parchment paper with both crusts on it and set it on large baking sheet.
Bake the crusts, without toppings for 15 minutes.
Remove the crusts from the oven after 15 minutes. Add any sauce, cheese, and toppings you prefer. Any meat toppings should already be cooked before going on the pizza. Place the pizzas back into the oven and bake for another 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for two minutes before eating.
Tips & Warnings
- Be careful what type of sauce you add to your pizza, as many pre-made tomato sauces contain a lot of sugar. Sugar is high in carbohydrates, and can wreck your diet.
- Photo Credit Almond nut image by amlet from Fotolia.com
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