Fathead Flatbread

This flatbread looks super fancy, but really it’s a great weeknight dinner that’s ready in under 10 minutes if you meal prep the fathead bread part first.

It’s just a flatbread with Boursin garlic cheese spread, arugula, 2 fried eggs topped with melted muenster, and pickled onions. Pickled onions are also super easy to make for yourself, and last in the fridge for 3-4 weeks.

Fathead Flatbread Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups pre-shredded, low-moisture mozzarella (trust me, you don’t want to use the authentic wet stuff here)
  • 2 oz (4 tbsp) cream cheese
  • 1.5 cups almond flour
  • 2 tsp xantham gum (optional, but gives it that authentic chewy texture)
  • 2 eggs

Recipe:

Preheat the oven to 375F.

Combine dry ingredients, then add the 2 eggs and combine further until you have an even paste.

Melt the mozzarella and cream cheese together – you can use the microwave or do it stove top. You want the mozzarella very melty, so usually I err on the side of over melted and then let it cool just until I can touch it without burning myself.

Knead together the almond flour and mozzarella mixtures. This takes a LOT of elbow grease and you have to work quickly because the mozzarella gets harder to work with as it cools. Your goal should be to eliminate almost all of the marbling appearance so you have a homogenous mixture, but don’t worry if you can’t get it 100%.

Roll out the dough to “pizza crust” thickness (a little under 1/4″, and a bit smaller than a large cookie sheet) between two sheets of parchment paper. Transfer the dough, still on a parchment paper, to a cookie sheet.

Bake until browned on top, about 15 minutes.

Allow to cool, and then slice into 8 squares.

You can store these in the fridge for a few days, but they also freeze incredibly well. Just broil on low to reheat.

Macros:

Makes 8 flatbreads. Each is 300 cal / 3 net carb (8 total) / 25 fat / 15 protein

Fun modifications:

  • You can replace 1 cup of the mozzarella for another cheese, maybe cheddar or asiago?
  • This dough makes a great pizza dough, just add toppings before cooking instead of after.
  • Make bagels instead!
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Fathead Bagels

These bagels are definitely “As Good As The Real Thing Certified”… In fact, when we went off keto for vacation a few months back we had some regular bagels and were super depressed that they weren’t nearly as flavorful as our fathead bagels, for 10000x the carbs.

I can’t take credit for this recipe, there’s a million versions of it floating around the internet and I think the original recipe actually appeared on Reddit. But, I can add in my little tips and tricks to make sure it comes out as good as promised.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups pre-shredded, low-moisture, part-skim mozzarella (trust me, you don’t want to use the authentic wet stuff here)
  • 2 oz (4 tbsp) cream cheese
  • 1.5 cups almond flour
  • 2 tsp xantham gum (optional, but gives it that authentic chewy texture)
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 eggs
  • Optional toppings: I like Trader Joe’s “everything but the bagel” seasoning, but you can use any traditional bagel flavoring

Recipe:

Preheat the oven to 400F.

Combine dry ingredients, then add the 2 eggs and combine further until you have an even paste.

Melt the mozzarella and cream cheese together – you can use the microwave or do it stove top. You want the mozzarella very melty, so usually I err on the side of over melted and then let it cool just until I can touch it without burning myself.

Knead together the almond flour and mozzarella mixtures. This takes a LOT of elbow grease and you have to work quickly because the mozzarella gets harder to work with as it cools. Your goal should be to eliminate almost all of the marbling appearance so you have a homogenous mixture, but don’t worry if you can’t get it 100%.

Divide the dough into 6, roll into logs and then pinch the ends to form a bagel shape. It’s worth mentioning at this moment that this dough also makes incredible pizza dough.

Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet and press any toppings onto the top and bottom of the bagels.

Bake for 18 minutes, rotating front to back halfway through. If you have a convection oven, bake at 375 for 15 minutes.

You can store these in the fridge for a few days, but they also freeze incredibly well. I make a double or triple batch and freeze for easy dinners. Just microwave until soft enough to slice, and then broil on low to toast.

Macros:

Makes 6 bagels. With whole milk mozzarella, each bagel is 400 cal / 4.5 net carb (8 total) / 33 fat / 21 protein

Fun modifications:

  • You can replace 1 cup of the mozzarella for another cheese, maybe cheddar or asiago?
  • They don’t have to be bagel shaped, you can use this to make a delicious pizza or calzone crust, garlic knots, etc
  • I love to use these to make veggie sandwiches. The one pictured has melted Kerrygold garlic herb butter, sharp cheddar cheese, peppers, pickled onions, radish, tomato, cucumber, avocado, and sprouts

Bananaless Muffins

Continuing the theme of “keto __-less hacks” here are some banana muffins that contain… No actual banana! I was really suspicious of this banana extract (found next to the vanilla) based on the smell, but I found the pumpkin really helped balance it out and give it a delicious authentic texture!

This is another modification of my pumpkin spice muffins. The texture of them is perfect, so I figured we shouldn’t mess with success. Note that if you’re not keto, you can 100% replace the pumpkin with mashed banana for a delicious sweetener free, gluten free, or even vegan treat.

Ingredients:

For the muffins:

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (unsweetened)
  • 5 tbsp melted butter
    • (Vegan/DF: canned coconut cream)
  • 2 tbsp sour cream (optional)
  • 2 eggs
    • (Vegan/DF: 2tbsp psyllium husk mixed with 4tbsp hot water)
  • 1 tsp banana extract
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 2 tbsp flax meal
  • 1 tbsp ground psyllium husk (optional but reduces crumbliness)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Optional Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 24 Guittard bittersweet chocolate wafers, chopped (adds 15 cal / 1.5 net carb / 1 fat per muffin) – or sugar free chocolate chips
  • Stevia or pure monk fruit sweetener (but I promise, you don’t need it)

For the frosting:

  • 8oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • generous splash of vanilla
  • Vegan/DF: Whip 1 14oz can coconut cream (best if refrigerated overnight) with 2 tsp vanilla until it resembles whipped cream.


Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350F and grease a 12-muffin tin. Take out your cream cheese and butter (for the frosting) to soften.

Sift together dry ingredients in one bowl. In a separate bowl melt the butter, then stir in the pumpkin. Finally, add eggs and banana and stir. Combine wet and dry ingredients. Then stir in any extras.

Spoon into the muffin tins, and flatten tops since this batter does not rise. Bake for 25 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the frosting. Beat together all ingredients with a hand mixer until frosting consistency.

You can store these in the fridge for a week, but I recommend keeping the frosting separate and topping just as you are ready to eat.

Macros (recipe makes 12 servings):

Muffins: 185 cal | 3.5 net carb (8 total) | 16 fat | 6 protein
Frosting: 135 cal | 1 carb | 14 fat | 1 protein per serving

Pumpkin Spice Muffins

When I first made these muffins, my husband was literally swearing about their perfection as he ate them. Not gonna lie, some explicatives may have slipped out of my mouth too. The texture is authentic and the spice is delightful. These are a great ‘treat’ to pack for snacks at work, perhaps to accompany a cup of coffee?

Ingredients:
For the muffins:

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (unsweetened)
  • 5 tbsp melted butter
    • (Vegan/DF: canned coconut cream
  • 2 eggs
    • (Vegan/DF: 2tbsp psyllium husk mixed with 4tbsp hot water)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups blanched almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
    • (you can sub in protein powder for extra protein)
  • 2 tbsp flaxseed meal
  • 1 tbsp ground psyllium husk
    • (optional but reduces crumbliness)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp pumpkin spice

Note: Its not a mistake, there are no sweeteners in this recipe! But if you’re looking for a sweeter treat, feel free to add a few drops stevia or pure monk fruit.

For the frosting:

  • 8oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • generous splash of vanilla
  • Vegan/DF: Whip 1 14oz can coconut cream (best if refrigerated overnight) with 2 tsp vanilla until it resembles whipped cream.

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350F and grease a 12-muffin tin. Take out your cream cheese and butter (for the frosting) to soften.

Sift together dry ingredients in one bowl.
In a separate bowl melt the butter, then stir in the pumpkin. Finally, add eggs and vanilla and stir. Combine wet and dry ingredients.

Spoon into the muffin tins, and flatten tops since this batter does not rise. Bake for 25 minutes. 

Meanwhile, make the frosting. Beat together all ingredients with a hand mixer until frosting consistency.

Perfect inner texture.

You can store these in the fridge for a week, but I recommend keeping the frosting separate and topping just as you are ready to eat.

Macros (recipe makes 12 servings):
Muffins: 185 cal | 3.5 net carb (8 total) | 16 fat | 6 protein
Frosting: 135 cal | 1 carb | 14 fat | 1 protein per serving

Chocolate Muffins

I’m not sure whether these should be categorized as muffins, or brownies, or cupcakes, or crack… but whatever they are, they’re sure to satisfy any chocolate cravings!

Ingredients:
For the muffins:

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (unsweetened)
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
    • (Vegan/DF: canned coconut cream )
  • 3 tbsp (39g) melted cocoa/cacao butter
    • (or more butter or any other oil, but cocoa butter adds a great white chocolate flavor)
  • 2 eggs
    • (Vegan/DF: 2tbsp psyllium husk mixed with 4tbsp hot water)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups blanched almond flour
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp ground psyllium husk (for a cupcake texture)
    • Or 2 tbsp flax seed meal (for a fudgey texture)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Optional Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (56g) pecans, chopped
  • 24 chopped Guittard bittersweet baking wafers, or Lily’s chocolate chips
  • liquid stevia or pure monk fruit. I find these muffins have a lovely dark chocolate fudge flavor without any sweetener, but you are welcome to add to taste.

For the frosting:

  • 8oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • Splash heavy cream (about 2tbsp)
  • generous splash of vanilla
  • Vegan/DF: Whip 1 can coconut cream (best if refrigerated overnight) with 2 tsp vanilla until it resembles whipped cream.

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350F and grease a 12-muffin tin. Take out your cream cheese and butter to soften.

Sift together dry ingredients. Melt the butters, and then stir in the pumpkin. Finally, add eggs and vanilla and stir. Combine wet and dry ingredients.

Batter Will Be Thick

If desired, add chopped pecans and chocolate at this point. Or save the pecans to put on top, whatever you like.

Spoon into the muffin tins, and flatten tops since this batter does not rise. Bake for 25 minutes. (You can also make this in an 8×4 loaf pan by baking 50 minutes).

Meanwhile, make the frosting. Beat together all ingredients with a hand mixer until frosting consistency.

Perfect Inner Texture

You can store these in the fridge for a week, but I recommend keeping the frosting separate and topping just as you are ready to eat.

Macros (recipe makes 12 servings, no pecans or sweeteners):
Muffins, no chocolate chips: 179 cal | 2 net carb (6 total) | 15 fat | 6 protein
Muffins, with bittersweet wafers: 194 cal | 3 net carb (7.3 total) | 16 fat | 6 protein
Frosting: 135 cal | 1 carb | 14 fat | 1 protein per serving