Low Carb Pizza and Ranch– the Dynamic Duo

UPDATE on 7.23.08: I made this recipe again here, using coconut flour in place of the protein powder.

Quick update. I just had a blog-worthy lunch, and felt the recipe needed to be shared. It’s a healthy take on everyone’s favorite–PIZZA! What’s make a pizza a pizza? The crust, of course! I modified this recipe for an easy and delicious gluten-free low carb (almost no carb) crust. Many thanks to NancyElle at the low carb friends forum who came up with the amazing original recipe.

Simple Low-Carb Pizza Crust

Makes two to four servings

Ingredients:
2 cups whole or part-skim organic mozzarella cheese, shredded
2 large organic eggs
2 tablespoons golden flaxseed meal (optional)
2 tablespoons unflavored whey protein powder or coconut flour (optional)
1/2 teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder

Preparation:
Mix cheese, eggs, flax meal (if using), protein powder or coconut flour (if using), and baking powder. Spread with a spatula to 1/4″ thickness on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 30 minutes on 350 degrees, flipping halfway through the baking process. Remove from oven, slide off of parchment paper, and flip over again onto the pan so the crust cools with the pretty side up. Once crust is cooled, top with sauce, pre-cooked veggies or meats, and cheese. Broil on high for 2 minutes, or until cheese topping is melted and bubbly.

~8g net carbs, 974 calories per crust (made with coconut flour)

Now comes the fun part… toppings! Ranch makes everything better (try it on eggs, I kid you not), and it’s the star ingredient in this Bacon Chicken Ranch pizza. I had some homemade ranch sitting in the fridge (recipe coming soon!), and it really made a difference in the flavor. This half of the pizza pie is definitely my favorite. For you less adventurous types, I tossed sauteed red pepper and onions on the other half. It’ll make for some good cold pizza come breakfast time tomorrow!

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza

Makes two to four servings

Ingredients:
10 slices nitrate-free bacon, fried and crumbled
1 lb cooked organic chicken breast or thighs, chopped into chunks
organic cheddar, shredded
ranch dressing (check for carb count and additives)

Preparation:
Spread ranch over crust in a thin layer. Top with chunks of chicken and crumbled bacon. Sprinkle shredded cheese over everything. Broil until cheese melts, and drizzle ranch dressing over slices before serving. Leave the dressing off of leftovers.

Tips:
~Use chicken thighs for better flavor and value. If you’re buying organic, the cost savings can be huge.
~Cut up the chicken thighs and sautee them in the bacon grease conserved from frying, and season with a ranch seasoning packet or herbs to add another layer of flavor. It’s quick and easy!
~Look for nitrate-free bacon for a healthier option. Niman Ranch makes a delicious all natural product.


~1g net carbs per slice (plus toppings)

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  • monkeyPug

    This was awsome! Thank you so much! I’ve tried and tried to get a low carb, gluten free pizza crust to come out, and nothing has come even close. This was so good, I think we could even fool the carb munchers!
    Really, really fantastic!

  • Lauren

    So glad you enjoyed the pizza recipe, monkeypug! It has fooled many pizza-loving palates. Thanks for the feedback.

  • Nancy Ellyn

    Just saw this adaptation of my pizza crust recipe on your blog! Glad you are enjoying it!

  • Anonymous

    I tried this and yes, it was good. However it calls for so much cheese and then you put cheese on for the toppings…I used your "biscut" recipe as a pizza crust and it was simply amazing! I prefer it to this…I think that buscut recipe could be a great base for many things.

    ~Emm

  • Julie

    Ok dumb question probably but when u say the "protein powder or coconut powder" are optional, do u mean u can leave them both out entirely or to pick one of them to use only? BTW, this pizza looks delicious! Am definetely going to try it once I get the protein powder thing sorted out..lol. Do u recommend a certain protien powder?
    Also, looking fwd to ur ranch recipe, I have been trying to find a healthy version of that myself!

  • Anonymous

    Hey looking for your ranch dressing recipe and can't find it. Any way you have time to post it soon? Thanks

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  • Anonymous

    That was fantastic! Just had it for dinner! Didn't have any whey protein without flavor so used coconut flour and almond flour (didn't have flax meal either). Worked out fine, tasted great. It cooks really fast under the grill so watch it like a hawk. so cheesy and so good!

  • Lauren

    Anon, I'm glad to hear this worked for you with the substitutions. I bet it was especially tasty cooked on the grill! I'll have to try your method of cooking it.

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  • Kelly

    I love your recipes!. Do you know where I can find a low carb/grain free version of pizza rolls recipe?.

    • http://www.healthyindulgences.net/ Lauren B.

      Hi, Kelly! I don’t think I’ve seen a recipe for pizza rolls. If you find one, please do share it. :D

  • JonnyX_13

    How many net carbs is it per serving? It dosent say

    • http://www.healthyindulgences.net/ Lauren B.

      Hi, Jonny! Fixed it. I left out the count for protein powder since the carb count would vary depending on the brand you used. The nutrition info wouldn’t be too different from the counts for the coconut flour, though. ;)

  • Haleigh

    I have been meaning to comment for about 4 years, but I just wanted to say how much my family LOVES this recipe! My hubby doesn’t care for healthy stuff much, but this is his Favorite pizza! Thank you so much for this recipe!

  • Jeseta

    I was very nervous about making this as I was certain I’d screw it up but it turned out really well! I’m wondering if it would be better for me to make it a few hours in advance, that way all I have to do at dinnertime is top it and grill it. Cheese is very expensive where I live so this will be a once in awhile treat but I’m glad I have it in my recipe book now!

    • http://www.healthyindulgences.net/ Lauren Benning

      Jeseta, making it in advance sounds like a great idea! That would definitely be a time-saver. I’m so glad the recipe turned out well for you.