Keto Texas BBQ Pizza (gluten free)

Keto Texas BBQ Pizza (gluten free)One thing that I thought I’d probably only get to enjoy on cheat days was pizza. Sure, meat and cheese are keto staples. Dough? Not so much! However, leave it to the clever people of the internet to find a way to make a pizza base without using ANY grain whatsoever. I found the basis of this recipe on Pinterest and decided that we needed to use it to make our favourite pizza – Texas BBQ.

At first, I was really skeptical of making a pizza base out of cheese, after all, using baked cheese as a basis for a topping of cheese just sounded ridiculous! However, and I cannot overstate this enough – THIS DOUGH IS AMAZING!

Keto Texas BBQ Pizza BASEHusband and I both commented that if we were fed this without knowing that is was essentially a fake dough, neither of us would have known, we’d have just thought it was a really thin-based home-made pizza. Combined with the Texas BBQ toppings, it was a revelation! Here’s how we made it:

Keto Texas BBQ Pizza (gluten free)
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Recipe type: Keto
Cuisine: Low Carb
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A keto version of one of our favourite pizzas!
Ingredients
  • For the BASE
  • 190g grated mozzarella
  • 70g ground almonds
  • 2tbsp cream cheese
  • 1 egg
  • Pizza seasoning
  • Greaseproof paper and a baking tray
  • For the TOPPING
  • 100g grated mozzarella and cheddar mix
  • 3 rashers of streaky bacon
  • ¼ of a red onion, diced
  • Half a green bell pepper, sliced
  • Barbecue sauce of choice
  • Shredded chicken (roughly 1 small breast, roasted, was enough)
Instructions
  1. Line your banking tray with greaseproof paper
  2. Place the mozzarella and cream cheese and microwave in one minute increments until completely melted together
  3. Stir the almond flour, followed by the egg, into the melted cheese mixture
  4. Place the mixture in the middle of the greaseproof-lined tray and spread outwards with the back of a large spoon - the mixture will be very stretchy but will flatten out it you work it for a few seconds.
  5. Sprinkle pizza seasoning over your dough and poke it all over with a fork - this will stop it from bubbling up too much
  6. Bake at 220C for 12 minutes, checking half way through and poking any bubbled areas with a fork
  7. While your dough is baking, prep your toppings and fry off your streaky bacon
  8. Once the bacon is cooked, cut it into 1cm squares
  9. Take the dough out of the oven and spread with approx. 2tbsps of barbecue sauce
  10. Sprinkle the cheese over the top of the sauce, leaving a 1cm border around the edge of the dough
  11. Place the rest of the toppings evenly over the top of the pizza
  12. Bake for a further 5 minutes, or until cheese is fully melted
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ¼ Calories: 435 Fat: 33.7 Saturated fat: 11.5 Carbohydrates: 9.5 Sugar: 4.9 Sodium: 428.4mg Fiber: 2.5 Protein: 24.3

We actually doubled up and made two pizzas and had half a pizza each, which was by NO means a low calorie meal, and it gave up almost a full days worth of carbs in one meal, HOWEVER, it was still fewer carbs for half a huge pizza than it would be for one slice of one from a takeaway, which I call a win. This was such a tasty dupe for a meal we enjoy as a family and it’s just another thing that we don’t ave to completely sacrifice in order to eat a keto diet.

A small note about barbecue sauces – here in the UK, it still seems to be really tricky to find low sugar versions of anything. I know there’s a sugar free brand of barbecue sauce that’s popular in the States which can be bought via Amazon, but at £25-ish a bottle, it’s just not worth paying that. I tend to spend almost double the time food shopping when I’m devising a recipe because I’ll read every single label before I buy things, so the best thing I can advise you to do is to just find the barbecue sauce with the lowest carb value in the shops you already go to.

Hunting in specialist shops is just going to make your life more difficult, make cooking this way less sustainable and could ultimately just be off-putting. This Bart’s one was 23.3g carbs per 100g, which would be pretty high on any other day, but given the fact that we only used a couple of tablespoons as a base, it didn’t work out too badly.  Also, do be aware that many sauces aren’t gluten-free so if you’re using this recipe on that basis, make sure you check first.

This dough can also be used as a basis for a bunch of other things such as quiche, or even baked and chopped up like nachos which would really serve to satiate a craving if you’re missing crisps or nachos and need a snack.

What’s your favourite pizza topping? Let me know if you recreate this as I’d love to know what you thought!

Low Carb Tiramisu (recipe) – 3.2g carbs

Keto Tiramisu

When you’ve been on keto for a while, you often find that you have cravings for sweet food, or simply get sick of all of the savoury stuff you’ve been eating, and on really bad days even a sugar-free jelly just doesn’t cut the mustard. I also find that, apologies for the TMI, certain times of the month make the sugar cravings worse, and finding something on-plan that I can eat which will allow me to keep my head in the game is really important. I’ve seen a few different dessert options around the internet but one thing I’ve been wanting to try for ages is tiramisu. My husband doesn’t have anything caffeinated, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity to try a keto, de-caff tiramisu, but I promise it was nowhere near as boring as it sounds! It’s also completely grain and gluten free, which makes it ideal if you have other dietary restrictions. Here’s the recipe:

Low Carb Tiramisu (recipe)
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Recipe type: Dessert (low carb)
Cuisine: Italian
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A low-carb, keto-friendly tiramisu recipe which contains zero grains and can also be made without caffeine!
Ingredients
  • ​For the ladyfingers
  • 5 eggs, separated;
  • 140g cream cheese
  • ¼ tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3tbsp erythritol (or sweetener of your choice)
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  • For the filling(s):
  • 4 egg yolks;
  • 80ml whole milk
  • 230g mascarpone cheese
  • 240ml double cream;
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract;
  • 3tsp erythritol or sweetener of your choice
  • 120ml strong coffee or espresso;
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
Instructions
  1. ​Preheat oven to 150°C and line an 8x8 baking dish with parchment.
  2. Whip the egg whites and cream of tartar to meringue consistency
  3. In a separate bowl, beat together the egg yolks, cream cheese, vanilla, and sweetener
  4. Fold the yolk/cream cheese mixture into the egg whites
  5. Transfer to baking pan and bake for 30 minutes.
  6. Remove from the baking pan and leave to dry for a few hours - DO NOT REFRIGERATE!
  7. Making the zabaglione
  8. Constantly whisk egg yolks, sweetener, and milk in a saucepan over low-medium heat until "fluffy" and hot. Cool in fridge
  9. When cool, beat the yolk mixture together with the mascarpone.
  10. Whipped Cream
  11. Beat the cream with the vanilla (and sweetener, to taste, if desired) until stiff.
  12. Construction
  13. Split the "cake" into two layers. Cut into "ladyfinger" shapes if desired.
  14. Put one layer of the cake in your serving dish and generously brush/sprinkle/otherwise douse with coffee.
  15. Spread a layer of the zabaglione on the coffee-soaked cake;
  16. Spread a layer of whipped cream over this.
  17. Dust with cocoa powder.
  18. Another layer of the coffee-soaked cake
  19. Another layer of the zabaglione
  20. Another layer of the whipped cream
  21. Final dusting with cocoa powder.
  22. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving to allow to firm up and come together.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1/9 Calories: 339 Fat: 32.5g Carbohydrates: 3.2g Sugar: 2.4g Sodium: 63.4 Fiber: .3g Protein: 7.7g

I had absolutely no idea what to expect from this tiramisu, especially with the “cake” part because of the complete lack of flour or substitute grains, but it was genuinely delicious. I tried a bit of the cakey part while I was building and I’d be happy to eat it all by itself! Husband tried it and loved it too – it’s been years since he’s been able to eat tiramisu because all of the others contain caffeinated coffee, so his standards may have been lowered, but he went back for seconds AND had some on day 2, as well which is a pretty decent endorsement.

The whole thing does take a fair amount of prep and separate periods of baking and mixing, so it’s not something that can be whipped together really quickly but I would happily make this for a planned meal if we were having people over and I think it would be passable with non-keto eaters too. Husband and I both said we could barely tell the difference!

For me, being successful at staying on keto has been about willingness to try new things and experiment in the kitchen and this is one experiment that I’m not only thrilled to have done but also one that I’ll definitely be repeating in the future.