Have you tried FatHead Dough? Here's what you need to know about this useful low carb, keto, gluten free, and high fat recipe!
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The movie itself doesn't actually mention this dough, it became popular on the blog that followed the film. But I recommend watching it though: it's a tongue-in-cheek response to Super Size Me, and although they acknowledge it was made on a shoe-string budget, it's a great combination of science and humor. It does, however, involve scenes of fast food (he starts at “cutting down” to 100g carbs per day, but ends the movie eating much less than that, and hardly any junk food at all). So if you don't want that visual temptation at this stage in your low carb diet, perhaps stay away for now!
The FatHead version of the pizza dough was inspired by a “Holy Grail of Low Carb Pizza Crust” recipe by Cooky's Creations from 2012 – but whether this author was inspired by someone else or it was an original concept is hard to discover!
One thing to note is that, as the name suggests, it is very high in fat. So please make sure that this fits in with your way of eating before deciding whether to try it or not.
The dough is gluten free, LCHF, and keto-friendly – and very versatile. FatHead dough is also very filling, which is very useful! So here's the basic FatHead dough recipe, or you can scroll down for a printable recipe card.
How to Make FatHead Dough
It starts with melting shredded mozzarella and cream cheese together in the microwave.
It only takes a minute or two – so quick!
Next, add almond flour and a beaten egg. Stir well to mix. Do NOT be alarmed if it looks like this:
Once the dough is cool enough to handle, knead it with your hands to get it smooth. If it is still too sticky, add some extra almond flour, and knead again.
The dough being too sticky is one of the most common problems that I've heard with this recipe – but luckily it's easy to fix! The reason for this variation is usually due to the moisture in the different brands of mozzarella – and whether it is pre-shredded.
By the way, you can also make a nut-free version of fathead dough – by using coconut flour instead! Check out this recipe for a fathead pizza crust from Wholesome Yum.
Although it makes a great pizza base, there are so many other ways to use it!
See below for my recipes that use FatHead dough – and more will be added over the next few weeks!
As you can see, it's definitely a useful recipe to know!
- 1½ cups shredded mozzarella
- 1 cup almond flour
- 2 tbs cream cheese
- 1 egg, beaten
- Place the mozzarella and cream cheese in a medium size microwaveable bowl.
- Microwave for 1 minute, stir and then another cook for another 30 seconds.
- Stir in the beaten egg and almond flour.
- Let the dough cool slightly, then knead until smooth. Add a little extra almond flour if the dough is too sticky, then knead again.
4g net carbs per serving (one quarter of the recipe)
For information on how to cook, please see one of the specific recipes.
Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size A quarter of the recipe
Amount Per ServingCalories 325 Total Fat 27g Saturated Fat 8g Cholesterol 82mg Sodium 302mg Carbohydrates 7g Net Carbohydrates 4g Fiber 3g Sugar 2g Protein 17g