Low Calorie Pepperoni Pizza
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If you’ll allow me to slightly exaggerate, I’ve made low calorie pizza a thousand different ways in my lifetime. Since the crust is the usually the first modification, cauliflower, ground chicken, low carb pitas and flatbreads, and even straight parmesan cheese have graced my table as pizza crust.
But none hold a flame to the pizza crust in this recipe. Largely because it’s a flour based crust that’s like real-deal thin and crispy pizza crust.
Top that crust with a pink sauce, turkey pepperoni, and your choice of toppings (read: pineapple, crushed red pepper, and jalapeño), and you have an amazingly delicious low calorie pizza with 135 calories per slice!
How to Make Low Calorie Pizza Crust
Okay, to be honest, the crust isn’t a terribly novel idea. It seems like almost everyone and their mama have tried a variation of 2-ingredient dough whether it’s in bagel, pretzel, or crust form.
And this crust uses the same combo of all purpose flour and fat free Greek yogurt. Though I’ll include a mixed variation of all purpose and almond flour below.
The real magic of this crust recipe is in the baking method. You’ll mix the dough, roll it out, and bake it in a super hot oven with oil brushed on top to get a crispy bottom and golden brown top before adding the toppings.
And unlike my orange cinnamon rolls, there’s no need for extra flour since the crust goes straight in the oven. If you’re intimidated by rolling out dough, I promise it’s super easy!
Low Calorie Pizza Toppings
This low calorie pizza crust is truly a blank canvas, but I’ve taken the liberty of showing you one of my favorite pizza topping combos of all time.
If you’ve never tried a pink sauce, you’re in for a treat! It’s a mixture of a tomato sauce and, in this case, a lower fat alfredo sauce. You’re left with a creamy, tangy sauce that goes perfectly with the saltiness of pepperoni and spice of jalapeño should you go that route.
For the cheese, I like using a mixture of mozzarella and parmesan. The mozzarella melts really well and creates that stringy cheese pull you’d expect from pizza. And the parmesan, especially the top layer, gives a slight crunch and crisp texture difference. Yum!
Feel free to add any veggies or other toppings you’d like. Keep in mind, however, the crust will be baked ahead of toppings going on. So if you use completely raw veggies, you might want to cook them a bit in advance or pull the crust out early to add the toppings.
Final Low Calorie Pizza Recipe Notes
You’ll find the full recipe card below, and the almond flour crust variation below that.
If you make this low calorie pizza and get creative with your toppings, I want to see it! Take a photo of your creation and tag me on Instagram @mason_woodruff. Or you can join my free Facebook group and share it with the Proton Party.
Low Calorie Pepperoni Pizza
A thin and crispy pizza crust topped with a pink sauce and turkey pepperoni.
Low Calorie Pizza Crust
- 1 1/4 C (150g) All Purpose Flour
- 2/3 C (150g) Fat Free Greek Yogurt
- 2 tsp (10g) Olive Oil
- 2-4 Tbsp (30-60g) Marinara or Pizza Sauce
- 2-4 Tbsp (30-60g) Light Alfredo Sauce
- 17 slices (30g) Turkey Pepperoni
- 1/4 C (28g) Shredded Mozzarella
- 1/4 C (28g) Shredded Parmesan
Preheat an oven to 500F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Mix the flour and Greek yogurt together to form a dough and transfer the dough to a sheet of parchment paper or nonstick surface.
Use a rolling pin to roll the dough into a large rectangle (about 12x8).
Brush the crust with olive oil and bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown on top. Reduce the heat to 350F after removing the pizza crust.
Mix the sauces together and coat the crust in sauce.
Add a layer of mozzarella, half the parmesan, the pepperoni, and any other toppings you'd like. Sprinkle the remaining parmesan over the top.
Bake for an additional 8-10 minutes or until the cheese is fully melted and the pepperoni begins to crisp.
Cut into 8 slices and enjoy!
- If you like light sauce, go with the smaller end of the sauces range. For lots of sauce, go with the higher ends.
- Nutrition facts do not include the pineapple or jalapeño.
- Macros for crust only (with olive oil brushed on): 750 calories, 18g protein, 115g carbs, and 18g fat
The Almond Flour Pizza Crust Alternative
I mentioned an almond flour crust above. It’s a larger crust that will reduce the carbs a bit and create a larger pizza. Here’s what I used:
- 3/4 C (90g) Almond Flour
- 3/4 C (90g) All Purpose Flour
- 3/4 C (168g) Fat Free Greek Yogurt
- 1 Tbsp (15g) Olive Oil
Follow the same steps and bake at 500F for 14-16 minutes. It won’t get as crisp as the all purpose only version, but it should definitely be crisp around the edges and golden brown on top.
More Pizza Recipes You Might Like
If you’re a fan of breakfast pizza, I think you’ll enjoy my everything bagel crescent roll pizza.
And if you’re looking for more alternative pizza crusts, my taco pizzas on black bean pizza crust might tickle your fancy.