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.
3 Keto croissants.

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.
4.98 from 123 votes!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Course: Dough
Cuisine: Keto
Diet: Diabetic, Gluten Free
Recipe Category: Low Carb
Calories: 117kcal
Author: Megan Ellam
Servings: 12 serves (5 x 5 cm square)
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Equipment

Ingredients 

  • 250 g (2.5 cups) mozzarella grated
  • 60 g (2 oz) cream cheese
  • 2 large (2 large) eggs at room temperature
  • 1.5 tbsp (1.5 tbsp) baking powder
  • 150 g (1.3 cups) almond flour (See notes)
  • 1 tsp (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.

Video

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.
Try the fathead pastry with our Fathead Sausage Rolls, Fathead Bagels, or Fathead Pizza. All delicious!

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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83 responses to “Fat Head Dough Recipe | Fathead Pastry”

  1. Kara

    5 stars
    I have some almond flour on hand and this sounds like the perfect way to use it! Can’t wait to give it a try.

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Enjoy!

  2. Sharon

    5 stars
    This fathead dough comes out amazing every time! I love that I can use it for more than just pizza.

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Yay!

  3. Nancy

    5 stars
    I love recipes like this that give you several options. Plus anything with mozzarella and I can’t resists.

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Me either Nancy

  4. Cassy

    Hi just wondering if this would be suitable to make pies with?

    We’re just scored a pie machine and usually put leftovers into pies for weekends, but use the supermarket frozen pastry and I just have the leftovers… Thought I would try this?

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      It sure is Cassy

    2. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      You sure can

  5. Nina

    5 stars
    Pure genius recipe 👌 thank you! Made it numerous times as scrolls with cheese and bacon, as sugar cinnamon pin wheels, used the yeast version for bagels, lasagna etc. Amazing 👏 and super delicious 😋 😍 👍 Highly recommended together with other Megan’s creative receipts and amazing cookbooks! Love them 💕 ❤ 💓

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Thanks so much for your reviews Nina. You have no idea how much it is appreciated.

  6. Sabrina Minard

    The recipe on the video has different measurements compared to the recipe posted. I’m hesitant to make this and mess it up. Please let reply as to which is correct. Thank you.

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Use the recipe as listed it works perfectly.

  7. Ange

    Just wondering which flour gives the best end poroduct? Almond, flax, chia , coconut or seesame?
    TIA

  8. catherine

    anybody use this recipe to make pies

  9. Caron

    5 stars
    This. Was delicious. I left out the Xanthan gum and also baked it for 10 min before adding topping of baked cherry tomatoes salami cheese and rosemary and putting it back in the oven to melt the added cheese. Love melted cheese

    1. Megan

      I am so happy you enjoyed the recipe Caron. Your pizza also sounds amazing. Thanks so much for trying the recipe and also for taking the time to come back and give it a review.

  10. Neal

    Giving this a go for the first time now, Im trying to make twists to eat with a good quality olive oil. I think I might have rolled them too thick as it’s taking longer than expected in the oven and still looks doughy.

    I’ll roll it flat next time and see how it goes.

    Jury is still out on this batch, it might turn out fine.

  11. Kimberly May

    I noticed that the measurements you have for your fathead dough video are a bit different than the recipe that is printed. I used the one from the video for pizza and it got rave reviews from my husband. The only thing is that my dough never seems to get to the nonsticky stage like you show in the video. I mixed by hand once and w my stand mixer the other time. It doesn’t affect taste but I’d love to be able to handle it without it being so sticky. Any thoughts? I also don’t have the double baking powder just the regular one. Would that make a difference? Thanks!

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Hi Kimberly, I definitely think the double action baking powder is better, however the way to stop it being sticky is just to keep mixing it in the bowl until it becomes a dough and then shouldnt stick to your hands. I am actually heading into the kitchen to make some shortly soon. x

  12. Lyn

    Hi Megan,
    If substituting golden flax for the almond meal as you said you prefer the taste, is it an equal quantity?

  13. Kitty

    Would you pre bake for a quiche base?

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      I wouldnt use this for a quiche. I would use my Shortcrust Pastry recipe

  14. Jen

    Approximately how long will this keep in the freezer for. Am thinking of making a couple of batches as a go to.

  15. Anonymous

    It’s so yummy as pinwheels with a smattering of sugar free tomato sauce, mozzarella, mixed herbs, salami & ham. I put the 2 Tbs of baking powder in. Pure genius, Megan.

    1. Megan

      Thank you

  16. 5 stars
    This recipe is pure genius! I used it yesterday to make pizza dough, taking your advice and adding a bit of baking powder (I only added 1 tsp). It was delicious! I can’t wait to try it in other things. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe and linking to several other recipes that I can’t wait to try!

    1. Megan

      So glad it turned out well for you Rebecca. Thanks again.

  17. Kushigalu

    5 stars
    The recipe ingredients sounds very interesting for the dough. WOuld love to try this soon!

    1. Megan

      Let us know it how it goes.

  18. Narelle

    When you say cream cheese do you mean Philadelphia cream cheese

    1. Megan

      Yes any brand of cream cheese will do.

  19. Dominica K

    I’m thinking that it would be ok for sweet by just removing the garlic? or would you suggest other modifications?

    1. Megan

      You can also sprinkle the top with a little sweetener.

  20. Megan

    5 stars
    One of the most versatile staples in keto.

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