Fat Head Dough Recipe | Fathead Pastry

A great fat head dough recipe is always a good recipe to have up your sleeve. The gluten-free, grain-free, and fuss-free recipe is perfect every single time!
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Why We Love This Recipe

Quick and easy – fathead dough is so easy to make and quick. No wait time just make and bake in minutes!

Simple ingredients – all of the ingredients are basic, regular pantry and fridge items.

Low carb – at only 2g net carbs per serve, this is is perfect for a low carb diet. Make your own low carb pizza, keto sausage rolls or even keto flatbread in minutes.

Versatile – fathead is super versatile and can be used as a keto pastry, keto bread or even for keto wraps, croutons, crackers and so much more!

Various cooking methods – I have given instructions for cooking this in the microwave as well as in your Thermomix or Magimix.

Keto Fat Head Dough Ingredients

Scroll to the recipe card at the bottom for the quantity of each ingredient used and the full detailed recipe for our easy low carb fathead dough recipe! Keep reading for more details on the ingredients, substitutes and step-by-step instructions on how to make it.

Fat Head Dough Ingredients in bowls on a white table.

Almond meal (or almond flour) – you can use either flour or meal for this recipe. For a nut-free fathead dough without almond flour, you can use coconut flour. (See notes and FAQs)

Cream cheese – I use Philidelphia cream cheese if you do use a soft “milkier” cream cheese you may need to add a little more almond meal to the mixture if it is too sticky.

Mozzarella – I just buy the cheapest shredded mozzarella cheese from the supermarket. For me, that is either Coles or Woolworths brand. You can shred your own fresh mozzarella if preferred.

Eggs – use room temperature (for no eggy taste) free-range fresh eggs. I always use the large ones.

Baking powder – I always use and recommend double-acting baking powder. It helps to start a reaction in the dough when wet and then when heated.

Xanthan gum – is used to help ad gluten-like structure to the dough and be more flexible for rolling etc.

How To Make It

My approach to making fathead is a little different than most. The order of the ingredients and mixing is very important. I really do believe this is the best keto fathead dough recipe. Please take note of each step process and not veer from the order of mixing each ingredient.

mixed melted cheese in a glass bowl

Step 1. Place the mozzarella and cream cheese into a large microwave-safe bowl. Heat on high for 2 minutes. Stir until it is smooth or extend the time if needed.

foaming fat head dough cheese in pyrex bowl

Step 2. Add the eggs and baking powder. Stir well. The mixture will foam and puff up. Continue to mix so that the batter is all foamy.

fat head dough in pyrex bowl with yellow spatula

Step 3. Stir in the remaining ingredients and continue. Use a stiff spatula to really work the dough in the bowl until it is no longer sticky. I press the dough into the base of the bowl to ensure it is even and a real dough consistency is achieved. Once you can press it with your finger without any of it sticking it is ready to turn out and knead it.

Step 4. Transfer the dough to a silicone mat and knead into a smooth ball/ Roll between 2 sheets of baking paper to your desired shape and thickness. Use as per the recipe you are using it for instructions.

Fathead Dough Uses

When it comes to low carb recipes, I think a good dough is one of the essentials. Being able to make loads of fathead dough recipes into so many other things, like this fathead pizza crust recipe, is an added bonus.

Use the fat head pastry for anything from pie tops, pasta (yes you can use this for a keto lasagna pasta), flat bread, fathead pizza dough, rolls, keto calzones, low carb buns, Danish pastries and so much more. Anything you would usually do with pastry try it with fathead.

Can I make fathead dough with yeast? Yes, you can! I love yeasted fathead. All you need to do is activate 2 teaspoons of instant yeast with 1 teaspoon of inulin in 1 tablespoon of warm water. The yeast mixture will be thick and pastey and can be added to the dough when you add the baking powder and eggs.

Fathead pinwheels with blueberry jam on a blue plate with rose petals.

Keto Fathead Dough FAQs and Hot Tips

What can I substitute for Almond Meal?

You can make a fathead dough with coconut flour (use 50g). In fact almost any low carb flour can be used. You can also make it with flaxseed flour/meal (use 50g), chia flour (use 50g), or sesame flour . So, it is possible to have a nut-free fathead. This will also be great for nut-free lunch box meals that are still low carb.

Can I use cheddar in a Fat head Dough?

Absolutely! You can use cheddar or a combination of cheddar/mozzarella. Other cheeses like gouda, Emmental or Massadam would also be fine.

What does the baking powder do?

When you add baking powder, the mix will get foamy and require a little bit of extra effort to mix together. Adding the baking powder results in a puffier, slightly risen pastry. It is so damn good. I use Bobs Red Mill Baking Powder, which is both gluten free and aluminium free.

Can I freeze fathead dough?

You sure can! I have frozen it pre-rolled and in a ball. Defrost it in the fridge overnight and bring it to room temperature before rolling it to use in your recipe.

I followed the recipe, but my fat head dough is wet and sticky?

My guess is something is missing or you have not mixed it enough in the bowl first. Keep Mixing with a stiff spatula! The only moisture is from eggs so it should not be wet. If it does not “dry up” then add a little more almond meal to your dough.

More Recipes To Try

Keto fathead pastry is so versatile and honestly, I have used it in so many different recipes. Here are just a few of my favourite easy keto recipes to use fat head.

  1. Keto Wraps
  2. Fathead Pizza Crust Recipe
  3. Keto Cheese and Bacon Scroll
  4. Keto Garlic Star Bread
  5. Keto Vegemite and Cheese Scrolls

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Keto Fathead Dough

A staple in most keto households, Keto Fathead Dough is used for everything from a flat bread to a pastry substitute. This is one of the easiest recipes.
4.97 from 94 votes!
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 2 mins
Total Time: 7 mins
Course: Dough
Cuisine: Keto
Diet: Diabetic, Gluten Free
Recipe Category: Low Carb
Calories: 117kcal
Author: Megan Ellam
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Servings: 12 serves (5 x 5 cm square)
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Equipment

Ingredients

  • 250 g mozzarella grated
  • 60 g cream cheese
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1.5 tbsp baking powder
  • 150 g almond flour (See notes)
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum
  • pink Himalayan salt

Optional

  • Fresh herbs
  • Seeds, eg fennel seeds or caraway would be fabulous

Instructions

CONVENTIONAL METHOD

  • Place mozzarella and cream cheese into large microwave safe bowl. Heat on high for 2 minutes. (See notes) Stir to combine.
  • Add egg and baking powder. Stir well. Mixture should foam up and change the structure of the cheese. Stir in remaining ingredients and continue to stir until the dough forms (1-2 minutes).
  • Roll between 2 sheets of baking paper to your desired shape and thickness. Use as per recipe instructions.

THERMAL METHOD

  • Add cheese and cream cheese to mixer; Chop 5 sec/speed 5. Melt cheese 3 min/90°C/speed 3.
  • Add eggs and baking powder and mix 15 sec/speed 3.
  • Add remaining ingredients; mix 10 sec/speed 3. Knead 1 min/dough setting. Follow from Step 3 above.

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Notes

  1. You can make your own almond flour by milling almonds in your Thermomix® or Magimix for 10 seconds / speed 10.
  2. I use, and recommend, Bobs Red Mill Double Acting baking powder. 
  3. By no means am I claiming a truly original creation here, and there are many other online for you try to find your favourite version.
  4. This recipe is suitable to freeze cooked or uncooked.
  5. If you do not have a microwave, place cheese in a heat safe bowl over a simmering saucepan and stir until cheese has melted.

Your Own Notes

Nutrition

Serving: 1serve ( 1 x 5 x 5cm) | Calories: 117kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 123mg | Potassium: 23mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 190IU | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 0.5mg | Net Carbs: 2g
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    72 Comments

  • Agnieszka says:

    5 stars
    This keto dough recipe is life changing!!! So yum it’s hard to believe it’s low-carb!

  • Veronika says:

    5 stars
    I can’t believe this dough is made with almond flour! I get super excited every time I find a good gluten-free recipe so I’m excited to make this so I can bake up pizza rolls with it.

  • Jacqueline Debono says:

    5 stars
    This fat head dough recipe is an eye opener for me. I never realized it’s possible to use mozzarella to make keto dough. Can’t wait to try it!

  • Tristin says:

    5 stars
    Wow, what a great and versatile keto bread recipe! Going to try it next time with coconut flour.

  • Amy Liu Dong says:

    5 stars
    Wow! Absolutely looks delicious and yummy. Plus the dough is a keto-inspired recipe which makes this a great food to have. Loved it!

  • Silvia says:

    5 stars
    I don’t know how to thank you. This recipe is relatively easy to prepare and a great option for a low-carb diet which I’m trying to follow. Plus I love mozzarella cheese.

  • Heidy says:

    5 stars
    I found this dough was straightforward to make using your tips and your detailed recipe and instructions. We baked it up as small individual pizzas with fresh veggies and torn basil.

  • Elyem says:

    5 stars
    Great recipe for a low carb diet when you are hanging out for some pastry. Easy to follow and simple. It is also very filling when I used for a pasty – I could only eat half. Will try it as a pizza base next time and lwill experiment with some herbs.

  • Michelle says:

    I have a question. I really want to make this recipe but in my previous experiences making fathead dough it becomes difficult for my to mix as I have some hand and shoulder issues. Would it change anything if I use my stand mixer? I would hate to ruin it.

    • Megan Mad Creations Hub says:

      Hi Michelle it could work if you have a dough hook and a good mixer that is capable of kneading it.

  • Marlene Wilhelm says:

    No mention of kneading. Do you need to knead this dough before rolling out! Thanks

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