7 Delicious Low-Carb Pizza Recipes


Any way you slice it, pizza holds a special place in our hearts. All that bubbling sauce, gooey mozzarella, chewy crust, salty pepperoni… are we making you hungry yet? If you prefer to live a low-carb lifestyle because you’re gluten-free or because you’re following the paleo diet, or you are following a carb cycling meal plan, your ‘za options may be limited. But there are plenty of ways to enjoy a finger-licking-good slice without the 40 or so grams of carbs in a normal serving of pizza. From veggie crusts to inventive personal pies made from mushrooms, we’ve got you covered with these seven low-carb pizza crusts. Top ‘til you drop or keep it simple — we invite you to blaze your own trail to pizza perfection using these healthy and flavorful crusts.

 Low-Carb-Pizza_Butternut Squash Crust

1. Incredible Squash Pizza (Butternut Squash Crust)
Give grain-free pizza a tasty (and nutrient-packed!) face-lift with this butternut squash-based crust. Though the sweet and creamy winter vegetable takes some time to roast, it’s low in fat and high in fiber. Top this pretty pie with a green sauce made from cashews and spinach for more antioxidants and a boost of magnesium.  Photo and Recipe: Sophie / Wholehearted Eats

 Low-Carb-Pizza_Cauliflower Crust Pizza

2. Roasted Vegetable Pizza (Cauliflower Crust)
Don’t run away just yet, cauliflower haters! This cheesy flatbread-like crust tastes nothing like vegetables. Plus, it’s faster and easier to make than it appears since blending and cooking the cauliflower takes less than five minutes. Make sure to squeeze as much water as possible out of the cooked cauliflower so your crust will be as sturdy as possible. Photo and Recipe: Serena / Domesticate Me


3. Rustic Pizza Stuffed Mushrooms (Mushroom Crust)
Skip making your own crust and build your pizza on a ‘shroom instead! Portobello mushrooms make a hearty base for personal pies that can hold whatever you please. This recipe suggests baking them in an oven, but you can also take the pizza party outside and grill them. Photo and Recipe: Julie / Willow Bird Baking


4. Healthy Pizza Bites (Zucchini Crust)
Need a healthy pizza fix — stat? These zucchini bites take roughly 10 minutes to make and clock in at 125 calories for four “pieces.” Just make sure to let them cool before scarfing them down! Photo and Recipe: Georgia / The Comfort of Cooking


5. Buffalo Chicken Pizza (Spaghetti Squash Crust)
Though roasting the squash and baking the crust is more time-intensive than picking up the phone and ordering delivery, spaghetti squash is lower in calories and carbs than regular pizza dough. This recipe puts a healthy spin on buffalo chicken pizza with a light avocado yogurt drizzle. Photo and Recipe: Chris / Shared Appetite

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6. Flax Meal Pizza (Flax and Parmesan Crust)
An excellent source of fiber, protein and omega-3s, the flax meal in this low-carb crust makes it a triple threat! Top it with chopped sausage, broccoli and cheese for a classic yet healthy pie. Each slice (one quarter of a pie) has a whopping 24 grams of protein. Photo and Recipe: Mellissa / I Breathe I’m Hungry


7. Ketogenic Pizza (Bacon Weave Crust)
Though it’s a major calorie bomb, this bacon-only lattice crust is a bold way to indulge in pizza if you’re following a ketogenic diet, a high-fat and low-carb diet used to treat epilepsy. Don’t bake the lattice crust all the way through the first time, since it will cook more when you put it back in the oven to bake the toppings. Photo and Recipe:Sean / Freerange Human


Spaghetti Squash
Photo by Renee Blair

Chickpea Tomato Sauce
Top your pie with this sauce that’s fortified with iron-rich chickpeas. It’s a pro choice if you’re looking to add protein to a vegetarian ‘za. Easy to make in under 15 minutes, this savory recipe’s about to become your go-to for both pizza and pasta! Photo and Recipe: Renee Blair / Life By DailyBurn 

Originally posted March 6, 2014. 

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