The Best Low-Carb Pepperoni Pizza

Is pizza off limits on a ketogenic diet? With a traditional crust, yes. However, you can still enjoy pepperoni pizza, with a few substitutions. As keto gains popularity, there are more and more options in stores for low carb pizza and pizza crust. Additionally, there are several easy recipes to make homemade pizza crust. The alternative crusts allow for delicious pizza, without the carbs.

In my opinion, the best part of the pizza is the toppings, and the crust is just a convenient way for me to get everything in one bite. That being said, the alternatives to traditional pizza crust in this article are delicious, and they allow me to completely satisfy my pepperoni pizza cravings that come along from time to time.

As keto and low-carb diets gain popularity, more and more companies are developing products that align with this way of eating. As a result, there are now several options for frozen pizzas or pizza crusts that are keto-friendly. Making homemade keto pizza crust is definitely still an option, but store-bought pizzas and crusts are more convenient, and they can help a low-carb diet feel more sustainable. There’s something that can’t replace the convenience of pulling a pizza out of the freezer and sticking it in the oven.

There are several great brands that sell keto-friendly pizza in grocery stores, and online. Real Good Foods and Quest are the two best options for frozen pizzas. Additionally, many companies sell low-carb pizza crusts, usually made of cauliflower. These are great when you want the feel of homemade pizza, without taking the time to make an entire crust from scratch. My top two brands for cauliflower crusts are Outer Aisle Gourmet and Cali’flour Foods.

Frozen Pizza

Real Good Foods has the best options for store-bought pre-prepared pizzas. They have delicious pizzas that are made with a chicken crust, and one that uses a cauliflower crust. Real Good Foods also has a few other products like enchiladas and chicken poppers, which are both delicious.

Their delicious pizza products are available online, but also in several stores in the nation. Among other retailers, they are available at most Walmart and Kroger stores. They have a store locator online to help.

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There are two servings in each of these pizzas. They come in three varieties, cheese, supreme, and pepperoni pizza.

Pepperoni Pizza

Macros for one serving:

260cal
16g fat
4g carb
25g protein

Three Cheese Pizza

Macros for one serving:

260cal
16g fat
4g carb
25g protein

Surpeme Pizza

Macros for one serving:

260cal
16g fat
4g carb
25g protein

Each of these pizzas is a single serving. They’re perfect for a quick snack and are delicious when cooked up in the air fryer, oven, or microwave. The personal pizzas come in three varieties, cheese, supreme, and pepperoni pizza.

Pepperoni Pizza

Macros for one pizza:

250cal
15g fat
4g carb
25g protein

Three Cheese Pizza

Macros for one pizza:

220cal
16g fat
4g carb
25g protein

Surpeme Pizza

Macros for one pizza:

250cal
15g fat
4g carb
25g protein

There are two servings of snack bites per container. Real Good Foods has mini pepperoni pizza snacks, as well as mini cheese pizza snacks. Both are delicious and great for snacking, or as part of a quick lunch. They remind me of healthy versions of pizza rolls!

Pepperoni Pizza Snack Bites

Macros for one serving (4 mini pizzas):

190cal
12g fat
4g carb
15g protein

Three Cheese Pizza

Macros for one serving (4 mini pizzas):

190cal
12g fat
4g carb
15g protein

This is the ultimate pizza night item. The cauliflower crust pizza is a perfect substitute for traditional frozen pizza. There are 4 servings per pizza and they are available in 4 varieties. This crust is different from most other crusts from Real Good Foods because it is made of cauliflower, instead of chicken crust. Therefore, the fat to protein ratio is more balanced.

Pepperoni Pizza

Macros for one serving:

310cal
21g fat
9g carb (6g net)
20g protein

Three Cheese Pizza

Macros for one serving:

290cal
18g fat
9g carb (6g net)
19g protein

Vegetable Pizza

Macros for one serving:

260cal
16g fat
9g carb (6g net)
17g protein

Margherita Pizza

Macros for one serving:

260cal
16g fat
9g carb (6g net)
17g protein

Quest Nutrition

Quest Nutrition makes thin crust pizza that may be the closest to traditional frozen pizza in terms of crust taste and texture. Half of the pepperoni pizza has 6 net carbs. However, there are also 18g of fiber. The keto diet is naturally low in fiber and consuming an entire pepperoni pizza with 36g of fiber may cause GI distress. That being said, Quest pizza is great for pizza night as an alternative to other high-carb options.

The frozen pizzas from Quest are available in pepperoni, cheese, and supreme. Each pizza has two servings. The pizzas are available online, or in many Target stores in the country.

Pepperoni Pizza

Macros for one serving:

340cal
21g fat
24g carb (6g net)
28g protein

Cheese Pizza

Macros for one serving:

330cal
21g fat
24g carb (6g net)
27g protein

Supreme Pizza

Macros for one serving:

260cal
17g fat
17g carb (5g net)
20g protein

Just the Crust

I enjoy purchasing pre-made keto pizza crust because I have the convenience of a crust, with the flexibility to add custom toppings and sauces. It’s the best of both worlds! The pre-made keto pizza crust options below are all cauliflower based, which are the most cumbersome to prepare at home. I enjoy the taste and convenience of these and I make sure to always keep a few in my freezer for pizza night.

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Cali’Flour Foods began with only cauliflower pizza crusts, but they have expanded to include crackers, flatbreads, and pasta. Several of their products are low carb, but many are not. Be sure to check the nutrition label to make sure you’re getting the low-carb option.

The low carb pizza crusts come in four varieties, Plain, Original Italian, Red Pepper, and Jalapeno. An entire pizza crust is just 3 net carbs!

Cali’Flour Foods also has a Lite Crust line that has the same carb count, but fewer calories.

Cali’Flour Foods can be found online or in several stores. Check out their store locator to find ones near you. 

Macros for one crust:

270cal
18g fat
6g carb (3g net)
24g protein

Cali'Lite Crust

Macros for one crust:

180cal
9g fat
6g carb (3g net)
5g protein

Outer Aisle Gourmet offers low carb cauliflower pizza crusts and sandwich thins. They are delicious and convenient. I prefer buying this instead of making my own cauliflower crust because I know they will be delicious every time and there’s not a major mess to clean up after.

You can purchase their crusts on their website, through Amazon, at Natural Grocers or Whole Foods.

The sandwich thins are versatile, and they are great for making mini pizzas. They’re reminiscent of the pizza Lunchables I used to have as a kid but way better.

Macros for one thin:

50cal
2.5g fat
2g carb (1g net)
4g protein

Macros for one crust:

120cal
6g fat
4g carb (3g net)
10g protein

Homemade

Low-carb pizza crusts are relatively easy to prepare from scratch, too! Making homemade pizza crust allows the flexibility to make the crust any size and flavor. The three keto pizza crust options in this article are fathead, chicken crust, and cauliflower. Each has a different flavor profile, carb count, and base ingredient list.

Fathead

The holy grail of homemade keto pizza, fathead dough is one of the most versatile base recipes that can be made into so many different things, including pizza. The dough is made from mozzarella cheese and almond flour, so it is filling, tasty, and way lower in carbs than traditional pizza crust.

Ingredients

  • 170g mozzarella cheese (shredded)
  • 85 almond flour
  • 2 tbsp cream cheese
  • 1 egg
  • Salt
  • Seasonings of choice (I like garlic powder and rosemary)

Directions

  • Mix cheese and almond flour in a microwave safe bowl
  • Add the cream cheese and microwave until melted, stir until combined
  • After the dough has cooled somewhat, add the egg, salt, and seasonings (if the dough is too hot, it will cook the egg!)
  • Place between two sheets of parchment paper and roll the dough into your desired pizza shape
  • Bake at 425F for 12-15 minutes on a pizza stone or cookie tray
  • Flip the crust and bake for an additional one to two minutes

The dough is simple to make, and from there you can add your favorite toppings that you would enjoy on a regular, high-carb pizza.

Although the crust is low carb, fathead dough does contain a lot of almond flour, so the carbs can add up.

Chicken Crust

Chicken crust pizza is nearly zero carbs, making it the ultimate keto pizza crust. The crust itself will be very high protein though, so be sure to add fatty cuts of meat on top, or have an extra source of fat on the side.

Ingredients

Directions

  • Drain the chicken and spread it on a baking sheet to bake for 10 minutes at 350.
  • Remove the chicken from the oven and change the oven to 500 degrees.
  • Mix the chicken, egg, and cheese in a bowl until well combined
  • Place the mixture on a silicone mat, or baking tray lined with parchment paper and spread thin so your pizza is 8-10 inches in diamete. Tip: Place parchment paper on top and roll out with a rolling pin to make this easier, then gently spread with a fork or spoon
  • Bake the crust for 8-10 minutes, remove and add toppings, then bake for an additional 5-10 minutes, depending on how cooked you want your toppings.

 

Eating Out

Crustless Pizza

If you’re stuck at a pizza joint with friends and are panicking about the menu, relax! There is a keto option at every pizza place. Check out my article on the ultimate fast food guide for ideas on how to eat keto at restaurants. Most pizza places also have wings, and if they are not breaded, or covered in a sugary sauce, this is my go-to.

If wings are not an option, or you’re seriously craving pizza, order one that’s loaded with tons of toppings, then skip the crust! Some pizza places will prepare the pizza without the crust, so you’re left with a delicious cheese crust layered with your favorite meats and veggies. If your pizza joint can’t make this happen, it’s easy to scrape the cheese and toppings off of the crust. The crust is the cheapest part of the pizza anyway, so you won’t be missing out.

Low Carb Crust

Several pizza restaurants are offering cauliflower crusts as an alternative to traditional crust. Unfortunately, most of these are still high in carbs. For example, just one slice of cauliflower pizza crust from Pie Five has 8g of carbs, that’s without sauce or toppings.

Most pizza places will have nutritional information online. If you find a cauliflower crust, check the nutrition facts to see if it is a low-carb option.

What To Avoid

With the rise in popularity of low-carb diets, there is no shortage of low-carb and low-calorie pizza crusts coming to market. Unfortunately, while there are plenty of companies that claim to have delicious pizza crusts that are low carb, several are not keto friendly. Be sure to check the ingredients of store bought pizza crusts. Many that claim to be made from cauliflower will also include other high-carb ingredients, like brown rice flour.

Caulipower

Caulipower offers cauliflower-based pizza crusts, tortillas, and baking mixes. The second ingredient in their pizza crusts is brown rice flour. Just ⅓ of the crust contains 25g of carbs, so it is not a good low-carb substitute for pizza crust.

Trader Joe's Cauliflower Pizza Crust

The cauliflower pizza crusts from trader joes contain corn flour, cornstarch, and potato starch. An entire pizza crust is 102g of carbs!

Green Giant Cauliflower Pizza Crust

A quarter of the pizza crust has 16g of carbs. While this is not ideal for keto, there are definitely worse options. However, I would avoid this crust because it contains rice flour, corn starch, and corn flour.

Gluten Free Pizza

Most gluten-free pizzas are not low carb, so they are not typically a good keto option.

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