Low Carb Pizza Crust: Perfect Chewy Crust that’s Easy

This low carb pizza crust is my current favorite. It’s doughy and chewy, has a really good “bready” texture, and you can make several at a time and store in the freezer or refrigerator. This recipe will make 6 individual sized pizza crusts or 2 large pizza crusts with about 2 net carbs per individual sized crust! This post originally published in Jan 2016 – it has been updated from the original.

To make this low carb pizza crust recipe you’ll need: mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, hemp seeds, garlic powder, baking powder, salt, eggs, and a nonstick silicone baking sheet or parchment paper.

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This low carb pizza crust is chewy and bready with a crispy crust. It's got just 1.4 net carbs per generous serving. Add your own toppings for low-carb pizza perfection! from Lowcarb-ology.com

I love pizza. I have loved it from the very first time I took a bite when I was about two. I am quite sure that there was an electrode that went off in my toddler brain that forced a pizza addiction that was to last forever. And, we have a tradition of getting pizza on Wednesday nights because it makes getting to church so much easier!

I started low carbing early in life. When I was about 12 my parents felt I was a little pudgy (I was a size 7 juniors) and decided the whole family should go on the Stillman diet. I don’t know if any of you are old enough to remember it but it came out about the same time as Atkins only it was both low-carb AND low-fat.  I was on it 14 days, lost 16 pounds and was down to a size 1 juniors on my 5’3″ muscular frame. It began a lifetime of struggling with anorexia and self-esteem. Everytime I got over a size 5 or up to 110 pounds I’d go back on a diet. Then I figured out if I just stopped eating there wouldn’t be a problem. Eventually I realized that I was killing myself and tried to eat better.  I shot up to 125 pounds and a size 5. I felt I could live with that.

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I maintained my weight at 125 pounds well into my 30s. Then I had 3 kids and my weight stabilized at about 139. I was 40 years old and I was pushing a size 7 and starting to get depressed about my weight, which really was/is a constant emotional struggle. It wasn’t until I blew out my thyroid with my 8th (and you can breathe a sigh of relief she is my last) my weight was higher than it had ever been, including pregnancies. Turns out I had 9 tumors and 2 cysts full of precancerous cells so out it came after six years of battling hypothyroidism. I thought once I got on the medications I would drop weight like crazy.

HA!

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I finally was able to stick with Atkins and force myself to eat regularly and I lost 3o of the 40 pounds I wanted to lose. About that time my medication stopped working efficiently and packed on those 30 pounds plus maybe 5. I think maybe it was because I was working out and my body fat/muscle ratio changed but who knows. At this writing I have lost 15 of those pounds and am slowly working my way back down with (hopefully) more realistic expectations and a healthier view of who I am.

So what does that have to do with pizza?

 

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I can have my beloved pizza any time I want!! The thing is all of the low carb pizza crust recipes that I tried weren’t quite right. Maybe they were crusty or maybe they were chewy but they never seemed to be both at the same time like real pizza. Until now. I figured out the secret was raw hemp seed for breadiness and a little baking powder for oomph.

Perfect.

I hope you’ll try my low carb pizza crust and let me know what you think.  Be sure to try a couple of different cooking times to get exactly the texture you want.

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I think Hemp seed tastes a lot like sunflower seed. It has 3 grams of carbs and 3 grams of fiber giving it a 0 net carb count. It works well in all kinds of low carb baked goods and is what makes this pizza dough so bready.


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Chewy Low Carb Pizza Crust Recipe

Just look at the perfect air bubbles in this low carb pizza crust. It's not tough or dry... just delicous. from lowcarb-ology.com

Chewy, low carb pizza crust is easy to make and very filling with just 1.4 net carbs per serving. from lowcarb-ology.com
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Chewy Low Carb Pizza Crust

If you've missed real, chewy, bready pizza crust you are in luck! This crust has the chewiness of a "real" pizza crust but only has 2 net carbs!
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 268kcal
Author Marye

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese , I used Kraft shelf stable Parmesan but fresh would probably work, too
  • 3/4 cup hemp seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder , or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 eggs , beaten

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350F.
  • Add silpat or parchment paper to a baking sheet.
  • Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and stir well.
  • Let sit for about 5 minutes.
  • Using a 1/4 cup measure make 6 mounds of cheese mixture on the baking sheet.
  • Pat down to about 1/4 inch thickness.
  • Bake for 20 minutes.
  • Let cool before removing from pans.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freeze for up to 3 months for longer storage.

Notes

 
To make pizza just add your ingredients to the top of the crust. Place on a heavy metal baking sheet (no silpat or parchment) and bake at 425 for 5 minutes or until the cheese bubbles and melts. Be sure to let it cool for a few minutes before you try to eat it. Those roof of the mouth blisters are killer!
 

Nutrition

Calories: 268kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 232mg | Potassium: 85mg | Vitamin A: 450IU | Calcium: 221mg | Iron: 4mg

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Last Updated 10/09/2019

62 Responses to “Low Carb Pizza Crust: Perfect Chewy Crust that’s Easy”

  1. Hubby is into a gluten-free diet so he would love it if I could make him a low-carb pizza base like this! And I have a silpat so all I need to do is get the ingredients! Yum!

    Reply
    • This really works! 🙂

  2. Oh wow, does this look delicious! I’m always looking for healthier pizza crust options and this will be the next one I try. Great use for hemp seeds!

    Reply
    • I love them so much!

  3. What a fantastic idea… this looks better than regular pizza crust too! 🙂 More pizza can not be eaten… I am definitely giving this a try. 🙂

    Reply
    • Let me know what you think.

  4. I an have my pizza and eat it too?!?! YESSSS!!

    Reply
    • 🙂 It’s so yummy.

  5. I LOVE that you used hemp seeds in this!! I adore them! Can’t wait to try!!

    Reply
    • 🙂 They really helped give it that bready texture.

  6. I’m a pizza fiend….I can’t wait to try this because I have a little extra “winter” weight that needs to scram. 🙂

    Reply
    • Don’t we all? LOL!

  7. I can’t wait to try this recipe, Marye. I love pizza but avoid it because of the carbs. Definitely putting this one on my menu this week.

    Reply
    • Let me know what you think Joanie. I like to make about 6 small crusts and then keep them in the fridge for when I need them.

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  9. I’ve never tried hemp seeds before. Are there any reported digestion problems, gas or cramping? I can be a little sensitive that way..

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    • Not that I have ever heard of. They are basically just fiber.

  10. Hi Marye, I’ve never used hemp seeds before and know nothing about them. Do you grind these up into a flour or use them whole in this recipe? Thank you!!

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    • They are hulled and already very small so just use them as they come out of the bag… Hemp Hearts are the only kind I’ve used.

  11. What is so special about the hemp seeds? Are the necessary?

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    • They help the crust to be chewy.

  12. I tried this recipe and all I can say is YUM! I love the hemp seed flavor. I made it also without the garlic powder and those came out great too! It has a nutty flavor and bread like consistency perfect for sandwich roll ups! This is the best bread and pizza base recipe I have tried yet and believe me, I have tried them all LOL.

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    • Yep. Hemp seed brings that bready texture. I love it!

  13. This recipe is amazing! Finally a crust that doesn’t disappoint with competing,
    un-pizza like flavors (I’m looking at you cauliflower and overpowering flax seed!!!) This has such a nice flavor like eating a good multi grain bread.. The texture is spot on! It has that little bit of crunch so lacking on a low carb diet. I am going to make a delicious turkey sandwich with it, then a nice tuna salad sandwich. etc. etc. Th

    Thank you so much for this simple, game changer of a recipe!

    Reply
    • Thanks Katherine!It’s the hemp seeds that make it more bready. 🙂

  14. Hi, you say the net carbs is 1.4. Is that per small crust or for what exactly? ty

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    • the whole thing

  15. Cannot wait to try this, thank you.

    Reply
    • 🙂 it’s so good. 🙂

    • Let me know what you think

  16. Hi Marye ,
    Me again .. I tried the pizza today , it is soo good and filling too !!!
    Thank you so much for sharing
    xo

    Reply
    • Thanke for letting me know, Sue. 🙂

  17. Hi Marye, I’m new to your site, and this is the first recipe I’ve tried, and it was THE BOMB! My husband loved it too! I can’t wait to try more. Thanks for sharing!

    -andi

    Reply
    • Aww thanks! I hope you’ll find more you like!

  18. Marye, have you tried a version chopping the hemp seeds a bit in a food processor? Wondered if that would have any advantages or just ruin something that works fine the way it is. Curious if you had tried it and liked or not liked what it did to the recipe.

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    • I have not tried it. I may try the next time. 🙂

    • Marye I wish there was a place to give this pizza crust a rating because it is FABULOUS !!!! 5 STARS PLUS.

      I have tried soooooo many of the low carb pizza crusts and this is heads and shoulders above anything else …..and EASIER to boot.

      You get the Low Carb Nobel Prize for this one. Really excellent. Love that you get a tender bready middle but the crust edge was a bit crunchy. And it doesn’t sog with the addition of the tomato sauce.

      I was worried that the hemp hearts would be a bit lumpy and would need to be ground a bit in a foot processor but NO…..perfect the way it is.

      THANK YOU !!!!

    • There is now – when you leave a comment you can also leave a 1 to 5 star rating. 🙂

  19. 5 stars
    Excellent. Hope you will be coming up with more hemp seed recipes…terrific ingredient.

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  20. 5 stars
    Last year my blood sugar and diabetes began to impact my vision. On several episodes I had severe blurry vision. At first I thought that perhaps it was the hours I spend working on the computer. I was kidding myself. One morning and I ended up at suburban Hospital ER in Maryland because of scary blurry vision. My blood sugar was nearly 450 when I tested it at home but had dropped to around 250 by the time I go to the ER. I had to go for several exams and after this scare in 2016 I knew I needed to change the way I eat. I gave up ALL foods that spiked my blood sugar. I was able to stop eating candy bars, cake without a problem. I substituted pasta with miracle noodles which are Delicious! The only food I continuously craved was pizza!
    After trying many recipes, I finally came across this one which works for me. It is both chewy, crunchy and I am very much a pizza snob. I can eat two slices of this pizza with only a modest impact on my blood sugar. IDISCLAIMER. Please remember, everyone processes food differently and what works for me may not work for you. You absolutely must make sure your blood sugar does not spike after eating this pizza. Remember, if you eat too much of almost anything, your blood sugar can spike. My limit is two slices to keep my sugar in check. In any case, love this recipe!!!!
    J Sclafani

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  21. 5 stars
    This was the best! I love how it’s solid – not delicate at all. And when I was busy taste testing it, I realized it makes the perfect cracker for dipping. I accidentally ate a whole pizza base. Oops! And best of all – my hubbie liked it.

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    • That’s great!

  22. 5 stars
    This is now my favorite pizza crust recipe. It is so easy and has an amazing flavor. WOW! I do not like the taste of flax and have experimented with cauliflower and a lot of different fathead doughs; this is the clear winner for taste and texture. Thank you!

    Reply
    • Awesome to hear Amy!

  23. This recipe looks delish! I am looking forward to trying it. My low carb diet is based on total carbs, not net carbs. Can you tell me what the total carbs are for each crust? Thank you!

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    • Just 2 total carbs. it’s the same

  24. 5 stars
    Oh WOW… This is great. I spread it out on my parchment paper like a flat bread, and it is AMAZING…. Thank you sooo much.

    Reply
    • 🙂 Im so glad you like it!

  25. 5 stars
    I have linked backed this awesome recipe…I love to use hemp hearts too, and wanted to share additional fun ideas for use of these little wonder seeds!

    Reply
    • Thank you!

  26. 4 stars
    Hi Marye, in the experimental stages did you ever blend (until smooth) the dough ingredients? I have one in the family that didn’t like the “bumpy” crust

    Reply
    • I didn’t have a bumpy crust that I noticed. Maybe I did blend until smooth?

  27. 5 stars
    Can you use ground hemp seeds instead of whole hemp seeds in this recipe?

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    • I use hemp hearts? They’re shelled. I guess you could grind them if you like.

  28. Is the Parmesan cheese essential? I don’t have any, but I have everything else.

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    • Kind of. You might be able to substitute some almond flour?

  29. 5 stars
    Love this recipe! I use 4” silicone pans to make 6 “breads”. Ideal for sandwiches!

    Reply
    • That’s awesome Lisa!

  30. So the cup and a half of mozzarella goes into the crust?

    Reply
    • yes

  31. Can the crusts be frozen?

    Reply
    • Yes they can. They texture changes a little.

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