Pizza is possible on a ketogenic diet. Pull up this keto margherita pizza recipe the next time you’re craving a slice.
Recipes Within the Recipe
Before you begin, please note that there are sub-recipes involved in making this pizza.
As you’re probably aware, many of the components of pizza aren’t keto. That means you have to do a little work to get your ingredients in line with your diet.
While cheese is basically a staple for some keto dieters, others strategically avoid dairy in all forms because they feel better.
I avoid it myself, and always strive to provide dairy-free options for my like-minded keto friends.
For this pizza recipe, I recommend cashew cheese. Note that this requires an overnight soak, so this is not a recipe you can throw together at the last minute.
Now that you’ve got the cheese settled, it’s time to think about the pizza sauce. Again, it’s best if you can make it yourself.
Store-bought brands are designed with shelf life and finicky palates in mind, which means you may be buying sugar and other ingredients you didn’t bargain for.
This keto pizza sauce is ready in 10 minutes and it’s perfectly delicious.
Finally, you’ve got the crust. An almond flour crust is going to be the best bet for keto. You lose the carbs from the grain and gain some healthy fat and vitamins.
The crust isn’t difficult and takes about 20 minutes to bake. I recommend including nutritional yeast, as its cheesy flavor enhances the crust.
Is It Worth The Effort?
I think that’s the wrong question. A better question might be “How badly do you want to remain in ketosis?” because regular pizza won’t keep you there.
A slice of the “normal” stuff has around 30 grams of carbohydrates. That’s more carbs than many people should have in a day on keto, and it’s just one slice!
You may be wondering about thin-crust pizzas, and if they’re any better. Sort of.
They do have fewer carbs, but probably more than you’d want on keto. Most also have a grain-based crust, which is not part of a paleo-based keto diet.
So I’ll admit it’s a lot more work than dialing a phone number and opening a box, but if you want pizza and you want to stay in ketosis, this homemade pie is your best bet.
Keeping Track of Carbs
There’s a lot of talk of macros and carbs on keto. Keeping track of the particulars of everything you eat can feel like a lot of work.
But at the same time, you want to make sure you’re doing right by your diet.
Try out my one-question keto calculator. Just answer the question, and you’ll learn how much protein, carbs, and fat you should be eating each day.
Or if you’re looking to fine-tune your diet and get better results, there is a more detailed version that takes into account your exercise habits and body fat percentage.
Pull up this keto margherita pizza recipe the next time you’re craving a slice.
- Put together the pizza base.
- Top with the pizza sauce and cashew cheese.
- Place back in the oven at 450 F (230 C) for 5-10 minutes until the cheese is browned.
- Top with basil leaves and a few drizzles of olive oil.
All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.
Net Carbs: 4 g
- Calories: 207
- Sugar: 2 g
- Fat: 18 g
- Carbohydrates: 7 g
- Fiber: 3 g
- Protein: 7 g