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Keto Calzone Recipe

Hot pockets filled with pizza sauce, mozzarella and meat? Yes please!

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When I was about 10 years old and my mom went shopping, especially somewhere like Costco, my 3 siblings and myself would hover around the deep freezer like hawks and pick off the ‘good stuff’ one by one.

The ‘good stuff’ of course was the giant double chocolate, lemon poppyseed and blueberry muffins, mini pizzas and then, of course, the pizza pockets.

No idea how they could afford all that stuff and we would eat it all up in a matter of days. I swear I spent a better part of my childhood rummaging into ‘the deep’ in search of a lonely frozen half muffin or stray box of pizza pockets.

I hadn’t touched a pizza pocket in years and years, since I discovered how terrible they were for you.

This Keto Calzone recipe will make you forget those pizza pockets ever existed!

These beauties are made with an almond flour dough and packed with pizza sauce, mozzarella and anything else you may want like ham, pepperoni, peppers or mushrooms.

They can even be made dairy free if you like, just omit the cheese from the center; the dough is dairy free!

I hope you love this Keto Calzone recipe as much as my family and I do!

Two keto calzone halves on a wooden cutting board with one bite taken out of one half.

What you’ll need

You won’t need a whole lot to make these Keto Calzones!

The dough is made with almond flour, xanthan gum, garlic powder, spicy spaghetti seasoning, water and olive oil.

I like to fill my Keto Calzone with pizza sauce, mozzarella and teeny tiny cubes of pepperoni, just like the pepperoni pizza pockets used to have when I was a kid!

Keto Calzone Recipe

Heat your oven to 375° and line a baking sheet with a non stick baking mat.

Shred the mozzarella and dice up the meat and/or veggies you have chosen, then combine in a bowl with the mozza and mix.

In a medium bowl combine the almond flour, xanthan gum, garlic powder and spicy spaghetti. Give it a whisk then add the water and olive oil.

Knead the dough until the almond flour has been completely worked in, then divide into four.

Lay a piece of wax paper down on your work station and plop one of the balls of dough in the center. Place another piece of wax over top then roll the dough out into a circle.

Dough rolled out into an uneven circle with a perfect circle cut into it.

Remove the paper and cut the dough into a perfect circle. You can patch the dough, re-roll and cut again into a perfect circle. It should be between 6-7″ in diameter.

Dough circle perfectly cut out using a fondant cutter.

If the wax paper sticks to dough, the wax paper can be sprayed with avocado or olive oil spray.

Once the circle is ready, spread about 1 tbsp pizza sauce around the circle; leave about 1/2″ from the edge all the way around.

Dough circle covered in pizza sauce.

Place about 1/3 cup of the meat/cheese mix onto half of the circle, make sure it doesn’t go past the pizza sauce or past the half way onto the other side of the circle; you’re going to fold this little dude in half.

circle of dough covered in pizza sauce, meat cubes and mozzarella.

Once it’s all ready to go, fold the wax paper with the empty side of the circle right over so that the edges perfectly match.

Wax paper is folded over so that the calzone is folded in half.

Pinch the edges together, remove the top wax paper and fold up the dough edge, just once, to form a solid crust.

Keto Calzone is complete!

Place onto the prepared baking sheet and repeat with the other three.

Four keto calzones on a baking sheet, ready to be placed inside the oven for baking.

Bake at 375° for 13-15 minutes until the edges start to brown.

Serve hot and enjoy!

Baking sheet with three calzones and one wooden cutting board with one keto calzone.

Watch the whole thing go down:

Keto Calzone Flavour Options

There are so many delicious ingredients you can stuff into these Keto Calzones.

My favourite combo is pizza sauce, mozzarella and pepperoni.

What’s your favourite flavour of pizza? Try it all chopped up inside these yummy pockets of love!

Or you could try one of these combos:

  • Vegetarian – pizza sauce, mozzarella, feta and mushrooms, peppers.
  • Pesto Chicken – pizza sauce, mozzarella, chicken cubed and tossed in pesto and feta cheese.
  • Ham and Pineapple – pizza sauce, mozzarella, ham and pineapple
  • BBQ Chicken – Low Carb BBQ Sauce, mozzarella, chicken cubes and peppers.
  • Meatlovers – pizza sauce, mozzarella, ham, bacon and pepperoni.
  • Butter Chicken – fill the Keto Calzone with leftover Keto Butter Chicken and tomato and/or red onion.

Homemade Sugar Free Pizza Sauce

Have you ever made your own pizza sauce?

I used to always buy Rao’s pizza sauce not only because it is delicious, but because it is a good low carb choice. But at over $6 a jar, pizza night began to get a lot more expensive.

So I started to make my own. This Homemade Sugar Free Pizza Sauce takes 5 minutes to make and all you’ll need are some spices, tomato paste and water!

Four keto calzones spread out over a wooden cutting board.

What to pair with a Keto Calzone

When I make these little pockets of love, I like to pair them with a salad or fry. Here are my favourites:

How to store Keto Calzones

Have leftovers?

You can store these in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. To reheat them, simply microwave for a couple of minutes or reheat them in the oven at 350°, covered in tin foil, until the internal temperature reaches 165°.

They also freeze really well! If you want to have a quick meal option, make a double patch and freeze them once they are cool.

Here’s how to freeze them:

Spread the calzones evenly throughout a baking sheet with a non stick baking mat, parchment or wax paper. Make sure none are touching.

Once they have been frozen completely, they can be packed into a freezer ziploc bag and stored in the freezer for up to 4 months.

If you plan on keeping them in the freezer that long, I recommend wrapping each Keto Calzone in a layer of tin foil before packing into a ziploc; this will help to prevent freezer burn.

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Stack of keto calzones with a half calzone cut in half to show the meat and cheese inside.
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Keto Calzone Recipe

Make your own low carb pizza pockets with this delicious Keto Calzone recipe! Load them up with your favourite pizza toppings and take them for lunch to-go!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Canadian, Low Carb
Keyword keto calzone, low carb pizza pockets
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 calzones
Calories 286
Author Aleta

Ingredients

Calzone Dough

Calzone Filling

  • ¼ cup pizza sauce
  • 1 ¼ cup mozzarella
  • 80 grams thick sliced pepperoni sausage
  • see post above for other filling ideas

Instructions

Equipment Needed

Directions

  • Heat oven to 375° and line a baking sheet with a non stick baking mat.
  • Shred the mozzarella and dice up the meat and/or veggies into small cubes, then combine with the mozza and mix well.
  • In a medium bowl combine the almond flour, xanthan gum, garlic powder and spicy spaghetti. Whisk until fully mixed then add the water and olive oil.
  • Knead the dough until the almond flour has been completely worked in, then divide into four.
  • Place one of the balls of dough into the center of a piece of wax paper. Cover with another piece of wax then roll the dough out into a circle.
  • Remove the paper and cut the dough into a perfect circle. You can patch the dough, re-roll and cut again into a perfect circle. It should be between 6-7″ in diameter.
  • If the wax paper sticks to dough, the wax paper can be sprayed with avocado or olive oil spray.
  • Spread 1 tbsp Pizza Sauce around the circle; leave about 1/2" from the edge all the way around.
  • Place 1/3 cup of the meat/cheese mix onto half of the circle; make sure it doesn’t spread past the pizza sauce onto the outer edge and only cover half of the circle.
  • Fold the wax paper with the empty side of the circle right over so that the edges of the calzone perfectly match. Pinch the edges together, remove the top wax paper and fold up the dough edge, just once, to form a solid crust.
  • Remove the bottom wax paper to free the calzone and place onto the prepared baking sheet. Continue with the other three.
  • Bake at 375° for 13-15 minutes until the edges start to brown.
  • Serve hot and enjoy!

Notes

Nutrition Facts
Nutrition facts are an estimate only! The ingredients you choose could have different nutritional values than the ingredients I have used.  
Deduct fibre from total carbs to get 3.2 g net carbs per calzone shell. (without added fillings)  

Nutrition

Serving: 1calzone shell | Calories: 286kcal | Carbohydrates: 7.7g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 26g | Sodium: 58mg | Fiber: 4.5g

27 Comments

  1. Angela S. Harris

    Can I make this with coconut flour? My husband is allergic to almonds.

    • Hey Angela! I’m sorry to say that I have never made them with coconut flour, and coconut flour cannot be directly replaced with almond flour. I wish I could be more helpful!

  2. Angela Harris

    Ok


  3. Keto Calzone?!? It almost sounds like an oxymoron! This calzone looks absolutely drool worthy and your step-by-step instructions make it look so easy. Can’t wait to try next time my keto friends come over!

  4. Nicolas Hortense

    Beutiful!! Love the step by step photos and I love the surprise inside!!

  5. Gloria | Homemade & Yummy


    I love a great sandwich, and this looks like one for sure. I would love to have this for dinner any night of the week. I think my family would really enjoy this as well.


  6. I’ve never tried making homemade calzones but you make it look so easy! I am dying to try these out next week. Adding to my meal plan!


  7. This looks amazing! I love how the crust isn’t made with processed flours. It is definitely a great meal for the whole family!


  8. Aaah! Love the recipe for the calzones, but even more so – the sugar free pizza sauce. I’m a huge fan of Raos, too – but it’s more like $9 a jar here, so… yeah. Thanks for a great recipe!


  9. Every time I eat a calzone I think of Parks and Rec. They made so much fun if Ben for loving them—but seriously they are so good!! What a great recipe, can’t wait to dig into one!

  10. Karyl Henry


    I love that you’re making your own pizza pockets! You are so right that the frozen grocery store ones are not good for you at all. I don’t follow the Keto lifestyle but I have a couple of friends who do and they’re always looking for new dishes…I’m for sure sharing this with them

  11. Oh man, I LOVE pizza pockets, haha! Are there any non-nut flours that you think would work well with this? Chickpea flour, perhaps?


  12. I could eat a couple of these easily. One of the fun way to eat pizza. It looks so absolutely delicious.

  13. These sound delicious and I love all of the flavor options you include at the end of the post. My personal favorite is a garlic sauce with cheese and mushrooms.

  14. I haven’t had a calzone in FOREVER! These look so good. Huge bonus that they are healthy. Will definitely be trying these. 😀

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