Yes, You Can Still Have Bread on Keto with Fathead Dough!

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Keto is quite the diet. It’s difficult, yet easy; simple, yet complicated; effective, yet stubborn as heck at times. But one thing is clear: if followed correctly, you will lose weight doing Keto. Like, a lot of it. Plus, you get to eat bacon. Who can complain about a diet that lets you stuff your face with bacon, right?

Something that tends to be quite the challenge with Keto is a lack of carbs. Bread, in particular. The human body craves bread, baked goods, and all that yummy stuff like it’s going out of style. And Keto followers must deny yourself of it. Or do they?

Maybe not. Thanks to all those creative dieters out there, you’ve got fathead dough. And don’t be deceived by its name; this stuff isn’t going to make you stack on the pounds. Oh, the possibilities when it comes to fathead dough! It’s given hope to the breadless and joy to the carb-deprived. And best of all, it’s not complicated. Here’s a small look into what you can do with this Keto-approved fathead dough:

The Basics of Fathead Dough

First things first: you’ve got to make your dough, no matter what recipe you use (approximately 1/8th of this dough will net 2 carbs).  

  • 1 cup shredded cheese 
  • 1/2 cup almond flour (can also use coconut flour, but you’ll need less of it)
  • 2 Tbsp cream cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • pinch of salt

Mix shredded cheese, almond flour, and cream cheese in a bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minute. 

Stir, then microwave again for 30 seconds. Add the remaining ingredients (kneading with your hands may make it easier to incorporate everything together). 

Boom. You’ve got fathead dough. 

Fathead Dough Recipe Ideas


fathead dough pizza

What’s pizza without the crust? Well, basically just a cheesy marinara sauce. Not the same, not even a little. Keto followers shouldn’t have to say no to this Friday night staple, dang it. And they don’t have to anymore!

  1. Add ½ tsp garlic salt to your dough for some added flavor. Then roll out into a flat round, poke a few holes in it with a fork or toothpick, and put in the oven at 425 F for 10-12 minutes, flipping over halfway.  
  2. Now we get to the good stuff. Use a sugar-free tomato sauce (store-bought or homemade) and spread it over the cooked dough. Then pile on the cheese. Go ahead, add a little more—this is keto, remember? Toppings are next and can include pre-cooked meats like pepperoni, bacon, and sausage, as well as veggies. 
  3. Return to the oven and watch it closely, as you’ll need to take it out as soon as the cheese is melted and heated through. 

Something great about keto fathead pizza is that you’re satisfied faster than with traditional wheat-based pizza, all while keeping your carbs down and ketosis up. 

Cheesy Fathead Breadsticks

fathead dough breadsticks

You need breadsticks sometimes like you need air. Well, maybe not, but still, the occasional breadstick is oddly satisfying. And thanks for fathead dough, you have them available for when those cravings strike. 

  1. Add spices like garlic salt, Italian seasoning, or Mrs. Dash to your dough for some great flavor. Then roll it out to a 1/4 inch thick rectangle, sprinkle with a hefty amount of sharp cheddar cheese, and bake at 425 F for 10 minutes. Don’t overbake! 
  2. Once out of the oven, use a pizza cutter to cut your cooked dough into rectangles. Serve with warmed-up sugar-free marinara sauce. 

Fathead Empanadas

fathead empanadas

Mexican food can almost be seen as a basic necessity to some – it’s that good. And empanadas are right up there with food that’s incredible. Here’s how you can be keto and have your Mexican food, too. 

  1. Mix up some ground beef, onion, chopped garlic, a large spoonful of tomato paste, salt and pepper, shredded cheddar cheese, and any other kind of spice/filling you want to incorporate. 
  2. Make your fathead dough and roll into a 1/4 inch thick rectangle. Use the rim of a large cup to cut circles into the dough, then place the circles onto a baking sheet. Spoon the beef mixture onto the middle of each circle. Fold the circle over so that one end meets the other, and press firmly together to seal the filling inside dough pocket. Press the edges with a fork. 
  3. Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown. 


Thank goodness for fathead dough, right? 

And these recipes aren’t even close to the only ones you can use this dough for. There’s soft pretzels, bagel dogs, chicken pot pie—the list goes on! 

If you’re someone frustrated by keto, or just investigating the diet and think it’s too hard, hopefully now you know that it’s not quite the torture you may have imagined. If you’re about to die of carb-depravation, look no further than fathead dough. It’ll give you the occasional carb-like treat without the carbs while keeping you on the path to losing weight.