Ketosis 101

What the Heck is Fathead Dough?

As you know by now, the ketogenic diet is a low-carb and high-fat diet. This means that you may have to cut out high-carb foods like pasta, bread, and pizza. Or does it?

The beauty of the ketogenic diet is that you can eat just about anything as long as it fits your macros. This means that you can still enjoy pizza, you just have to make some alterations to the recipe! Fathead dough is one of the most popular keto recipes out there and it is your secret to enjoying hot and delicious pizza as often as you like.

What Are the Benefits of Fathead Dough

Fathead dough is simply a type of homemade dough that fits into the keto diet. It is completely free from gluten and grains, plus it is high in fats with a moderate amount of protein. Not only that, but it is one of the most delicious pizza doughs you’ll ever enjoy. Why? Because it’s loaded with cheese!

The main ingredients in fathead dough are shredded cheese (mozzarella works best), almond flour, cream cheese, and egg. As you can see, these are all high-fat ingredients which makes them fit well into the keto diet. The almond flour and egg in particular are also good sources of protein, and the whole recipe has a decent amount of fiber as well to help cancel out some of the carbs.

Another great thing about fathead dough is that you can customize it according to your liking. Throw in some dried herbs or minced garlic to give it an Italian flair or add some spices and pan-fry it like naan to enjoy with your favorite keto-friendly Indian cuisine. You can also use it for sandwiches, burgers, and just about anything you would normally use bread for.

A Simple Recipe for Fathead Dough

Now that you have a better idea what fathead dough is, you’re ready to give it a try! The recipe is quite simple and it only uses easy-to-find ingredients – ones you may already have in your keto kitchen! So, without further ado, here is the recipe:

Servings: 4


  • 175g shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 85g almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
  • 1 large egg, whisked
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon dried herbs (your choice)


  1. Stir together the shredded cheese and almond flour in a microwave-safe bowl.
  2. Add the cream cheese then microwave on high for 1 minute.
  3. Stir well then cook for another 30 seconds on high before adding the egg, salt, and herbs.
  4. Mix gently then gather into a ball and sandwich between two pieces of parchment.
  5. Roll the dough out until it is as thick or thin as you like then prick with a fork.
  6. Remove the top layer of parchment and place the lower layer with the crust on a baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes at 425°F until browned.
  8. Remove from the oven and add your toppings then bake for another 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Nutrition: 200 calories, 16.4g fat, 10g protein, 4.4g carbs, 2.3g fiber, 1.2g net carbs

If you want to use coconut flour instead of almond flour in this recipe, simply replace it with ¼ cup of coconut flour. You can also feel free to throw in some seeds, herbs, or spices to customize the flavor of your fathead dough according to your recipe and according to your liking.

Other Ways to Use Fathead Dough

Though pizza is the most common way to use fathead dough, there are plenty of other applications as well. Using the simple recipe provided above, you can shape and cook the dough in different ways to make everything from bagels to calzones. Here are some fun and delicious ways to use fathead dough:

Fathead Bagels

Servings: 6


  • 1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 ½ cups almond flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • Pinch salt


  1. Combine the mozzarella cheese and cream cheese in a microwave-safe bowl and cook on high for 1 minute then stir and cook another 30 seconds.
  2. Spoon the mixture into a food processor and add the egg then blend smooth.
  3. Add the almond flour, baking powder, and salt then blend into a smooth, sticky dough.
  4. Wrap in plastic and chill for a few minutes while the oven preheats to 400°
  5. Divide the dough into six pieces and roll them into logs.
  6. Bring the two ends of each log together in a bagel shape and place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 12 minutes until just browned then cool completely.

Nutrition: 215 calories, 18.6g fat, 9.3g protein, 6.5g carbs, 2.6g fiber, 3.9g net carbs

Fathead Sandwich Rolls

Servings: 6


  • 1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 ½ cups almond flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • Pinch salt


  • Follow Steps 1 through 4 from the recipe above, chilling the wrapped dough for 10 minutes until it is not quite so sticky.
  • Place a new piece of plastic on the counter and dust with almond flour.
  • Work the dough into a ball by hand then wrap it in the floured plastic and chill for 15 minutes.
  • Cut the dough ball into four pieces and roll each piece into a ball.
  • Slice the dough balls in half to form the top and bottom buns then place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes at 425°F until the buns are golden brown.

Nutrition: 320 calories, 28g fat, 13.9g protein, 9.8g carbs, 3.8g fiber, 6g net carbs

Fathead Calzones

Simply take the recipe for fathead dough provided above and roll it out as you would for pizza crust. Cut out circles of dough using a cookie cutter and top with low-carb tomato sauce, shredded cheese, and whatever toppings you like. Fold it over and seal the edges then bake for 20 minutes at 350°F until browned. Enjoy!

And there you have it! Fathead dough is keto-friendly and delicious, so it is sure to become staple in your keto diet. Best of luck and enjoy it!

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