High Protein Chocolate Stuffed Crust Chocolate Chip Pizza
It may sound cheesy, but I think it’s my life’s mission to make more high protein pizzas than any human before me. So far we have the everything bagel crescent roll breakfast pizza, 6 pita pizzas, low calorie pepperoni pizza, and even low carb pizza bites. But if you’re a fan of pizza buffets like myself, you know that no pizza smorgasbord is complete without a chocolate chip pizza.
There are several different kinds of chocolate chip pizzas to choose from, but my favorite is the one with the buttery, gooey, chocolatey center. And that’s what we’re looking at today. Well, except for one minor change. I decided to stuff the crust with a high protein chocolate frosting just for funzies. The finished product is a perfect mix of gooey, almost cooked cake-like center with chocolate chips and slightly sweet pizza crust.
High Protein Chocolate Chip Pizza Ingredients
You’ll see the return of the infamous ultimate chocolate protein frosting in the crust stuffing. In case you’re wondering, you can substitute any low-cal liquid for the fat-free evaporated milk. I’ve just tried every other liquid and things like Greek yogurt or fat-free cream cheese, and the evaporated milk turns out the best. If you substitute a liquid, add it slowly as you may not need as much.
The most time consuming and slightly difficult portion of this recipe is making the dough. The biggest tip I can give is to add water as slowly as possible. I ruined at least three batches by adding too much liquid. I found the best way to go about adding water was to simply wet the spoon I was using to mix the dough every few stirs.
Depending on the protein you use, your dough should still be a bit powdery/grainy when it’s ready. Don’t worry, it doesn’t stay dry/grainy after it’s cooked. I’m probably overcomplicating things – just remember to add water slowly. Once it’s overhydrated, it’s hard to go back.
Sugar Free Cake Mix
Outside of the dough, the only other noteworthy ingredient might be the cake mix. If you have trouble finding sugar-free cake mix, you could use regular yellow cake mix. Since you’re only using one serving, the difference will be slight.
I mention it in the recipe, but if you can handle a few added calories, I recommend adding an extra serving of butter and omitting the apple sauce. This will give your topping that true buttery chocolate flavor.
You can use any protein you’d like, and you can use either vanilla or chocolate depending on your preference. I used Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey for this recipe.
- 2/3 C (80g) All Purpose Flour
- 1 2/3 scoop (50g) Protein Powder, vanilla
- 1 large Egg
- 1/4 tsp Baking Powder
- 3-5 tsp Water, added slowly as needed
Chocolate Filling for Crust
- 2 servings (60mL) Fat-Free Evaporated Milk
- 1 scoop (30g) Protein Powder, vanilla or chocolate
- 1 Tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 1 Tbsp Stevia or 0-Cal Sweetener
Chocolate Chip Topping
- 1 Tbsp (14g) Light Butter
- 1 Tbsp (15g) Unsweetened Apple Sauce
- 1 serving (45g) Sugar Free Yellow Cake Mix
- 1 scoop (30g) Protein Powder, vanilla
- 20 g Sprite Zero or Low-Cal Liquid
- 1 servings (14g) Mini Chocolate Chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a small bowl, mix dough ingredients together. Add 1/2 tsp water or wet your mixing spoon 3-4 times until you can form a ball of dough with your hands. This may take a few minutes and some elbow grease. Use a rolling pin or the backside of a spatula to form a 10" circle on the baking sheet with the finished dough. (It may help to spray your rolling pin with nonstick cooking spray.)
- Mix the chocolate filling (same as the ultimate protein frosting recipe) and line the outer rim of your pizza dough with the filling. Roll the edges, fully enclosing the chocolate filling.
- Mix together the butter, apple sauce, protein powder, and cake mix in a small bowl, adding Sprite Zero or diet soda at the end. (If you're not too concerned with fat/calorie content, use 2 Tbsp light butter and omit apple sauce.)This should form a very thick but spreadable "batter" to add to the top of your dough. (Don't cover the rolled portion - or crust - of the dough.)
- Add chocolate chips to the top and bake for 10-12 minutes on the center rack.
Each slice has 5 Smart Points
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 265Total Fat: 4gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 25g
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