This low carb Almond Flour Pizza Crust is thin, crispy, and simple to prepare with just 7 ingredients, under 30 minutes, only 4 net carbs per slice, ready to enjoy immediately or freeze for later!

Healthy homemade pizza is also excellent in rotation with this low carb cauliflower pizza crust or cheese cauliflower breadsticks!

Hand pulling a slice of almond flour pizza crust topped with cheese.

Nutritious almond flour works wonders in sweet bakes, but after a week of craving pizza, I put it to work in creating tasty almond flour pizza crust. Whether you want to avoid ‘empty calories,’ boost protein, or need a gluten free or low carb option, this crust is thin and crispy without tasting overwhelmingly nutty!

With no kneading or resting period, it is also super simple and quick to prepare. Just combine the ingredients, roll it out, pre bake, top it with all your favorite toppings, bake for a few more minutes, and then tuck into a healthy homemade pizza!

Want to explore more alternative healthy pizza crust options? You might like this sweet potato crust or oatmeal pizza crust!

Why Make Healthy Pizza Crust?

  • Pantry friendly: Made with just 7 pantry friendly ingredients.
  • Diet friendly: This pizza dough with almond flour is gluten free, grain free, vegetarian, low carb, keto, paleo and can optionally be prepared egg free (aka vegan!).
  • Nutritious: The combination of almond flour and egg provides tons of plant based protein, heart healthy fats, and several vitamins and minerals. 
  • Flavor: Almond flour doesn’t taste overwhelmingly nutty once seasoned and baked. Instead, this low carb pizza crust is truly delicious! Use a little yeast for extra ‘bread’ flavor. 
  • Quick & simple: Ready in under 30 minutes from scratch and simple enough to get the entire family involved!
  • Crispy texture: Par baking will make sure the pizza isn’t too soggy/ floppy (so you can eat it by hand) and provide an impressive, crisp texture, somewhere between cracker and bread.
  • Freezer friendly: Meal prep this paleo pizza crust up to 3 months in advance, ready for when the cravings hit.
Low carb pizza crust with almond flour with cheese and sliced.

Ingredients for Almond Flour Pizza Crust

  • Almond flour: Use fine or superfine almond flour (blanched finely ground almonds) and not almond meal (ground almonds with the skin on); otherwise, it will be grainy.
  • Baking soda: This will help provide the correct texture to the keto pizza crust recipe.
  • Eggs: Eggs work as a binder to help make the dough easier to handle. For an egg free (vegan) version, you could try using 2 chia seed egg or learn how to make a flax egg instead. However, the crust will be less crispy and harder (more fiddly) to roll out.
  • Oil: Use a neutral, high quality cooking oil for moisture and subtle flavor. I used extra virgin olive oil, but avocado oil or coconut oil would also work.
  • Seasonings: I used a simple combination of onion powder, garlic powder, and sea salt.

If you want to further flavor the dough, you could experiment with adding 1-2 teaspoons of dried herbs like oregano, basil, thyme, or Italian seasonings. For heat, you could add a small pinch of red pepper flakes.

  • Dry active yeast: This is 100% optional but will provide a bit of the classic, yeasty ‘bread’ flavor to the almond flour pizza dough to help mimic regular pizza crust.

Additionally, if you want a slightly ‘chewier’ dough more reminiscent of regular wheat based dough, you could experiment with adding a small amount of xanthan gum (about ½ teaspoon). This helps to mimic the stretchy quality of gluten dough.

  • Toppings: Read below for tons of topping inspiration. I simply used 2 cups of freshly grated mozzarella and a simple marinara sauce. Use a sugar free sauce if you would like.

Keep reading below (after the recipe how-to) for more information on any add-ins and recipe variations!

Almond flour, oil, onion and garlic powders, baking soda, eggs, and yeast.

How to Make Low Carb Pizza

Prepare the Crust

  • Combine the dry ingredients: First, preheat the oven to 400F/205C and cut out 2 pieces of parchment paper (the size of your baking sheet). Then, in a large mixing bowl, combine the almond flour, seasonings, baking soda, and whisk well. Then, add the oil and mix once more.
  • Form the pizza dough: In a small bowl, whisk the eggs well. Then, add them to the other ingredients. Mix well with a spatula until a dough forms.
  • Shape the pizza: Form the dough into a ball and place it on one sheet of the cut parchment paper, then gently flatten. Place the second sheet of parchment paper over that and use a rolling pin to roll out the almond flour pizza dough until around 11-inches (28cm) in diameter, making sure to form a slight lip at the edges (to hold the toppings).
  • Par bake the crust: Transfer the almond pizza crust (on the parchment paper) to the oven and bake for 12 minutes on the middle rack, until golden brown.

I found this to be the perfect thickness, so the thin crust pizza dough isn’t too floppy or too thick, and the nutty flavor is very subtle. However, feel free to experiment anywhere between 10-12 inches (25-30cm).

At this point, you can either save/freeze the prebaked pizza crust for later OR now add the toppings and continue baking.

Make Pizza

  • Add the sauce and cheese: Start by spreading a thin layer of your favorite pizza sauce (I use marinara) over the gluten free pizza crust. Then, top with cheese (I used 2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese). At this point, add any other toppings of your choosing (read below section for inspiration).
  • Finish baking the pizza: Return the pizza to the oven for 4-5 minutes or until the cheese is bubbling. Finally, remove the pizza from the oven and allow it to rest for a few minutes before slicing and serving!

Optionally broil it for a more golden topping. However, it’s best to cover the edges with foil then, as almond flour burns quickly.

Healthy Homemade Pizza Topping Options

  • Other cheese: Feel free to increase the flavor with additional cheese such as a strong cheddar, sprinkle of goat cheese, parmesan, feta, etc.
  • Vegetables (raw/as bought): Olives, sweetcorn (canned or frozen and thawed), spinach/kale, arugula, sun-dried tomatoes (just a few).
  • Vegetables (pre-cooked): Mushroom slices, eggplant, root vegetables (potato, sweet potato, butternut squash, pumpkin, etc.), broccoli (blanched), asparagus (blanched), bell pepper, onion, zucchini (grilled or roasted).

It’s always best to pre-cook any ‘wet’ vegetables to remove excess water. Otherwise, the pizza will become soggy.

  • Meat: Pepperoni, chicken pieces, bacon, sausage, or meatballs. I recommend pre-cooking any meats added to the pizza unless it’s ‘prepared’ already (ham, pancetta, etc.)
  • Basil: To top the pizza with when serving. Just a few fresh basil leaves should be enough.
  • Spice: Add a pinch of red pepper flakes or a drizzle of chili oil before serving. Adjust the amount to taste.
  • Pesto: Add a small swirl or dollop of your favorite pesto to the top of the pizza.  
  • Dessert Pizza: Omit the savory spices from the almond flour pizza dough. Then, bake for the full time (the par bake time plus extra 4-5 mins), allow to cool slightly, and then top with your toppings of choice (i.e., fruit and yogurt, mascarpone, or homemade healthier Nutella).

Tips for Best Results

  • For the most authentic flavor: While yeast won’t make almond flour pizza dough rise, it will still provide it with that classic yeasty, ‘bread’ flavor like regular wheat based pizza.
  • Working with the dough: This gluten free dough is stickier than regular pizza dough, so make sure to use parchment paper when rolling it out for the best results.
  • Don’t add too much cheese: It will weigh down the crust and leave it soggy with oils/grease.
  • Less is more: If you overload this thin pizza crust with toppings, it may become difficult to handle and more ‘floppy’.
  • Be careful not to overbake: If you prebake the crust for too long, it may become more crisp like a cracker.
  • Ovens may vary: Keep an eye on it the first time baking, as all ovens vary, and almond flour is prone to burning quickly. If yours darkens quickly, it can help to move it to a lower rack and possibly cook it for longer. 

FAQs

Does yeast work with almond flour?

No, yeast won’t work with almond flour. However, it will still add that yeasty ‘bread’ flavor, which can help this pizza dough with almond flour taste more like regular pizza dough.

Why does almond flour not rise?

Almond flour is simply made with blanched and ground almonds and lacks the gluten in wheat flour necessary to rise in the way wheat does. Instead, baking soda and egg create the crisp but flexible texture of this almond flour pizza crust.

Can I make almond flour pizza crust vegan?

You could experiment with egg replacer, though the crust may not be as sturdy/crisp.

How many carbs are in thin crust pizza with almond flour?

There are 4g Net Carbs per slice of this almond flour pizza crust, which is a whopping 9-10x fewer carbs than an equal sized piece of a wheat based pizza.

What can I use for a low carb pizza sauce?

The best low carb pizza sauce would be a sugar free homemade tomato sauce.

Can you freeze almond flour pizza crust to use later?

Absolutely! I recommend pre baking the crust (without any toppings), and then you can freeze it for up to three months. Follow the storage instructions for the complete method.

Hand holding almond flour pizza slice.

How to Serve Healthy Pizza Recipe?

You can enjoy a few slices of this healthy homemade pizza alone or alongside:

Healthy almond flour pizza is also a great addition to your game day/ Super Bowl snacks, alongside burgers (like these healthy turkey burgers or healthy black bean burgers), tacos, dips, and crackers/crudites!

How to Meal Prep Thin Crust Pizza Dough?

Make ahead: The best way to ‘meal prep’ the low carb pizza base is by shaping and pre-baking the crust (untopped), then freezing. Flash freeze the pizza to begin, then tightly wrap in two layers of plastic wrap for up to 3 months.

When you want to bake the pizza, allow it to thaw on the counter for 2 hours, top, and bake as usual. For crispier results, bake it for a few minutes first before adding the toppings and continuing the baking process.

How to Store Leftovers?

Storing: Once topped and baked, any leftovers will store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2 days.  

Freeze: I prefer to freeze the pre-baked, empty crust. However, you can also freeze the leftover baked pizza slices for three months.

Reheat: I prefer to reheat the pizza in the oven at 400F/205C for the best results.  

More Almond Flour Recipes to Try

Almond flour pizza topped with pizza sauce and cheese.
almond flour pizza crust recipe topped with cheese and marinara

Almond Flour Pizza Crust

This low carb Almond Flour Pizza Crust is thin, crispy, and simple to prepare with just 7 ingredients, under 30 minutes, and 4 net carbs per slice, ready to enjoy immediately or freeze for later!
5 from 2 votes
Servings 8 slices
Calories 272
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes

Ingredients 
 

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and prep 2 pieces of parchment paper the size of a baking sheet.
  • In a large bowl, add almond flour, garlic powder, onion powder, yeast, baking soda and salt. Whisk well. Add olive oil.
  • In another small bowl, whisk the eggs and add to the bowl with flour and oil. Mix well with spatula until pizza dough forms.
  • Transfer the dough onto parchment paper, form a ball, flatten a bit and cover with another piece of parchment paper. Using a rolling pin, roll out into a round pizza crust about 11 inch (28 cm) diameter. I found this was a perfect thickness but you can make it a bit thinner 12 inch (30 cm) or thicker 10 inch (25 cm). Using your hands, shape the edges so there is a bit of "a lip".
  • Transfer the crust on a piece of parchment paper onto baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown on a middle rack. Your pre-baked crust is ready.
  • To make pizza, spread thin layer of favorite pizza sauce (I used marinara) and sprinkle with favorite toppings ( I used 2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese). I recommend not to overload your pizza, so it doesn't become soggy. High water content veggies like mushrooms, zucchini and overall any veggies are best to be pre-cooked (skillet or air fryer), so they do not make crust soggy and come out cooked (we do not bake pizza for long).
  • Return pizza to the oven and bake for another 4 minutes or until cheese is bubbly on a middle rack. You can broil it (like I did) but I recommend to cover the edges with foil as almond flour burns fast!
  • Allow pizza to set for a few minutes, cut into 8 slices and enjoy!

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Notes

  • Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container up to 2 days. You can also refrigerate prebaked pizza crust wrapped in plastic wrap for 3 days and add toppings after.
  • Freeze: Freeze leftover pizza slices in an airtight container or a resealable Ziploc bag for up to 3 months. If you would like to freeze the crust, I highly recommend to freeze the prebaked pizza crust (vs. the uncooked) wrapped in a plastic wrap for 3 months. Thaw on a counter for 2 hours, the add toppings and bake.
  • Almond meal is not the same as almond flour. Please use almond flour.
  • Vegan pizza: You can use 2 chia seed egg or 2 flax egg, however pizza crust will be less crispy and slightly harder to roll.
  • Ovens vary greatly: I have 2 ovens – one in the house and another one in the studio, and both bake so differently. Watch your crust after 30 minutes as almond flour burns quickly. I prefer to bake on a middle rack in my studio oven as it runs quite hot. If you see your almond flour goodies come out pale and take longer to cook, you could bake on lower rack and for longer time.
  • For the most authentic flavor: While yeast won’t make almond flour pizza dough rise, it will still provide it with that classic yeasty, ‘bread’ flavor like regular wheat based pizza.
  • Working with the dough: This gluten free dough is stickier than regular pizza dough, so make sure to use parchment paper when rolling it out for the best results.
  • Don’t add too much cheese/toppings: It will weigh down the crust and leave it soggy with oils/grease. Overloading with toppings will make it difficult to handle and ‘floppy’.
See recipe post for more tips and FAQs.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 272kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 231mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 1g
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Author: Olena Osipov
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  1. 5 stars
    I have been a long-time fan of your recipes, for years! I just made tonight and really loved it. I will be making again.

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