Enjoy these low carbohydrate and gluten free mini pizzas without adding up the calories.
My weekends have been full of travel the past few weeks. We have traveled to several states and taken a few flights to see numerous family members. Max survived a few flights along the way with only a few screams (ok well one flight happened to be full of screams) and met a lot of new faces.
All the travels have kept me out of the kitchen and unable to do any blog baking. Finally this past weekend I got to spend a few minutes testing out a recipe that I have been itching to try out for a while. I first heard about cloud bread about a year ago when some of my weight loss surgery patients mentioned it. The concept of a nearly carbohydrate bread that could be used for sandwiches, pizza, and more was very intriguing.
I decided to test out the cloud bread with one of my favorite meals, pizza of course. I came across a recipe for cloud bread over at Momables. Now lets be clear, the “cloud bread” doesn’t necessarily have a texture or taste that greatly resembles bread, but it does have the ability to hold lunch meat or serve as a bread base for meals such as pizza. The cloud bread is light in weight and quite airy – hence the name “cloud” bread. I better understood the name of the bread once I saw the texture and consistency of the bread.
For the best results I would stick to baking them in small rounds. I would assume if they are baked in too large of a size the center will not bake through. The recipe consists of only a few ingredients you likely already have stocked in your kitchen. The preparation is simple. The most time consuming step is beating the egg whites until they form a stiff white peak.
The bread is best served at room temperature or slightly warmed. Until the bread cools, it can crumble easily. While the bread was cooling I took special care when transferring the bread and as I made them into pizzas. Some of my patients recommend to make up a batch of the cloud bread and either refrigerate or freeze for later use. I may just do that!
I have created a few other lower carbohydrate pizza alternative such as Cauliflower Crust Pizza or Guiltless Pizza Soup, but this is one of my favorites. I can promise there will be future recipes with cloud bread!
- 3 eggs, separated
- 3 Tablespoons cream cheese (softened)
- ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1 Tablespoon honey or 2-3 drops liquid stevia (optional)
- Pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup pizza sauce
- basil leaves, 6-10 leaves
- 6 – 8 oz fresh mozzarella, slices (cut into fourths)
*Consider making the cloud bread ahead of time or freezing a batch of the cloud bread.