You will LOVE ham and cheddar calzones!
A delicious low carb calzone recipe is an absolute must. You simply have to have this little gem tucked away for later when you just want something quick and tasty for lunch or dinner. This Italian meal has everything you could possibly want–perfectly cooked ham, yummy cheese, and a golden-brown pocket to put it all in. Think of the calzone as the first-ever Hot Pocket that keeps all of your favorite ingredients packed right in for easy consumption. And with our low carb calzone recipe, you can feel good about eating this dish without every worrying about the carbs inside- there are barely any!
Of course, the traditional calzone has way too many carbs if you’re trying to keep it keto. No worries, we know just what to do to make those macros match up with your dietary goals. First, let’s talk about the calzone itself — Almond flour, coconut flour, and whey protein work as the foundation for the dough. Xanthan gum makes sure to give it that similar texture you have with bread (but without those carbs!). While xanthan gum may be a new ingredient to your pantry, it is one that you definitely want to have on hand as it is used in a lot of keto baking. It is essentially a binder, holding all the ingredients together so that the low carb flours do not crumble when you pick up your final baked goods. Xanthan gum has no flavor and a little bit will go a long way- most recipes only use a fraction of a teaspoon! Of course, it is low carb so it is a great keto ingredient to use! You’ll love the taste and texture is so similar to the classic calzone meal, but you’ll have the peace of mind in knowing that you are treating your body well. Total win!
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Let’s not forget about all that flavor. It’s true that this meal is totally customizable, but the actual recipe keeps it simple with ham and cheese. Can you really go wrong with that type of combo? We think not! But if you feel like stuffing your calzone with shredded chicken, scrambled eggs or just a blend of cheeses, you can totally do that too. Who doesn’t love a good three cheese calzone?! Dip it in some low carb marinara and it will be just like your favorite pizza shop dish.
To make this low carb calzone, you should expect about fifteen minutes of prep time followed by thirty minutes of cook time. Not too shabby for a delicious meal like this! You can easily enjoy this for lunch, dinner, or even make it ahead for meals throughout the week. The calzones reheat really well. Pop them in the toaster for a few minutes and it will taste totally fresh, as if you just took it out of the oven!
Keto-friendly recipes like this are great to have on hand for any occasion. Make yours today and fall in love with all of its deliciousness!
- 2 1/4 cups almond flour
- 1/3 cup plain whey protein powder
- 1/3 cup coconut flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 3/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
- 1/3 cup butter (melted)
- 3 large eggs
- 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 1/2 cups diced ham
- 1 egg yolk (whisked)
- Preheat the oven to 325°F and line a baking sheet with parchment.
- Combine the almond flour, protein powder, coconut flour, baking powder, garlic powder, and xanthan gum in a large bowl.
- Stir well then whisk in the melted butter and eggs until it comes together in a dough.
- Divide the dough into two pieces and sandwich each piece between two pieces of parchment.
- Roll each dough piece into a 12-inch circle then remove the top pieces of parchment.
- Top half of each dough circle with shredded cheese and ham, leaving a ¾-inch border.
- Fold the dough circles over the fillings and pinch the edges together, crimping them to seal.
- Place the calzones on the parchment-lined baking sheet and brush with egg yolk.
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until the calzones are golden brown then cut in quarters to serve.
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