Low Carb Keto Pizza Base
Diet seems to be a buzzword nowadays: almost all of my friends are currently on a diet and most of my work mates started 2017 on a diet. This typically means that they eat a salad with grilled chicken for lunch and dinner and starve for breakfast. This is the reason why most diets fail: we mostly starve ourselves or deprive ourselves of everything that tastes good and we view it as a short-term ideal, rather than a life style change. As soon as we lose a few pounds, we are done and then the eating can begin again.
Keto changed all this for us and it turned into a life style rather than a diet, that is why I do not even call it a diet. However, since the world is still stuck on the old idea of diet, there are hardly any products for a low carb diet available in stores. Which is why I cook everything at home and do the advanced prep too.
This time I have played around with making pizza/flatbread bases in advance and freezing them for use on those days when you just do not feel like eating or when you work late. The recipe is the same as the base dough for empanadas. I spread the dough and baked them in smaller portions, allowed to cool and then froze in a big freezer safe container. They can be stored for at least 1 month and only need the addition of toppings to make a great dinner.
- 8 oz mozzarella cheese - grated (I use low moisture mozzarella block from Aldi)
- 4 tbsp coconut flour
- 3 tbsp almond flour
- 1 tbsp flax seed powder
- 1 tsp Spices (I use oregano and garlic powder)
- 1 egg
- 3 tbsp butter
- Melt the butter in the microwave or in a pot on the stove.
- Grate the mozzarella cheese and place it in the microwave at 20% power for about 2 minutes. After 2 minutes, check it and mix it with a spoon so it can melt evenly. Place in the microwave for a further 2 minutes at 20% power. This step may be different depending on the size of the microwave. I have a really big microwave and the cheese really does need the extra 2 minutes in there; if your microwave is smaller, you may only need 1 minute.
- Mix the cheese with a spoon and then add the flours, spices and the flax seed powder. Use a spoon to mix them together (this step can be done in a mixer too). Add the butter and egg and keep kneading the dough until combined.
- Add a teaspoon or two of water if the dough is not pliable enough.
- If the dough is starting to get crumbly and does not seem very elastic, add it in the microwave for a while longer, still at 20% (I usually need about 1 minute).
- Use a rolling pin and roll the base on a piece of parchment paper. Transfer the dough to a baking sheet together with the parchment paper.
- Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown.
- Let it cool down a bit and then you can add any toppings as you desire. The possibilities are unlimited. This recipe yields 2 large pizza/flatbread bases. half a base is usually enough for one adult for a meal.
- Do not serve immediately; the base will be soft. Let it cool down for about 5 minutes before serving.
- Number of Servings 2 (2 large pizza bases)
- Calories Per Serving 646
- Fat 51g
- Carbs 16g
- Fiber 12g
- Net Carbs 4g
- Protein 35g
- Fat 74%, Protein 23%, Net Carbs 3%