There’s a lot of hype around the Blaze Keto Crust pizza. According to the Blaze Pizza press release, they are the first national chain to offer a true keto pizza crust.
They might be correct. I have tried three different fast food cauliflower crust pizzas and they all have close to 60 net carbohydrates in them. Minsky’s, Pie 5 Pizza, and Pizza Studio. Minsky’s for example lists one slice of their cauliflower crust pizza as having 21 net carbohydrates.
Most other fast food cauliflower crust pizzas are gluten free, not keto friendly.
NBA basketball star and ketogenic diet enthusiast LeBron James is one of the investors of the Blaze Pizza chain. Forbes.com rated Blaze Pizza as Fastest-Growing Restaurant Chain ever.
Those on the Ketogenic Diet strive to keep their daily carb intake to 30 grams or less a day. There’s a lot of interest in low carb restaurants and fast food options. Even those not on a keto diet are starting to come around to the fact that excess sugar and carbohydrates are harmful to health.
Read on to find out if Keto Blaze Pizza is worth the hype.
The crust alone has 6 net grams of carbohydrates. However, no one just eats the crust. Three slices with toppings has approximately 15 grams of net carbohydrates.
Cauliflower, low moisture whole milk mozzarella cheese, flaxseed, whey & casein protein, eggs. yeast, salt, enzymes, spices, and cultured brown rice.
Six slices contain:
50 grams of total fat
1 gram of trans fat
1690 mg of sodium
190 mg cholesterol
25 grams of total carbohydrates
10 grams of fiber
9 grams of sugar
83 grams of protein
Keto crust with spicy red sauce, mozzarella cheese, bacon, cherry tomatoes, mushroom, and spinach.
Half a pizza (three slices) has just 15 grams of net carbohydrates, but over 40 grams of protein. If you’re not concerned about the extra protein It could fit nicely into a keto diet meal plan.
I don’t see any reason to order cauliflower crust over the keto Crust unless just you’re just trying to eat gluten-free. With 84 net grams of carbs, diabetes, and obesity are going to be more of a threat than gluten.
I walked into the Blaze Pizza restaurant in Olathe, Kansas and was greeted by a friendly young man. He was nice enough to answer a few questions and show me some Keto Crust packaging so I could take some pictures.
The three young employees that were working were very friendly and receptive to my keto questions. The customer service was excellent and the available ingredients were plentiful and looked fresh.
I asked to see the packaging of the crust for a detailed ingredient list and here is how it looked:
Notice the Keto crust is sourced from Venice Bakery out of Torrance, California. Blaze markets their pizza as an 11″ pizza, but the packaging lists it as 10″. The next time I go to Blaze for a keto pizza I’ll take a ruler and measure it.
It was time to order and we decided on two keto crust pizzas.
The standard keto pizza comes with spicy red sauce, mozzarella cheese, bacon, cherry tomatoes, mushroom, and spinach.
We ordered two 11 inch pizzas, one with garlic pesto sauce and the other with spicy red sauce. They don’t charge anything extra for additional ingredients, so you can load up your pizza however you like it.
Honestly, I think the fire roasting is a bit of marketing hype. The fire is produced by natural gas because there was no wood smoke or smoke flavor embedded into the pizza.
Give Blaze credit though, the girl cooking the pizza kept a close eye on it and turned it every few minutes so the flames could lick around the outside on the entire pizza.
I have had smoked pizza cooked on a pizza stone in a charcoal grill and trust me, it’s amazing. The Blaze fire roasting is not as good.
Maybe I am being unfair to compare a traditional pizza crust to keto crust.
The price seems a little high:
Two 11″ keto pizzas, side salads and Pellegrino Sparkling Waters costs approximately $33.
Blaze Keto Pizza would fall into the Dirty Keto category.
Not a lot of healthy fats or vegetables and with 3 slices containing over 40 grams of protein it could throw your keto macro-nutrient ratio out of whack. But what I always say is a hot dog is still better than a honey bun.
One strategy would be to do intermittent fasting with OMAD and eat a Blaze Keto Pizza as your one and only meal for the day
America has an infatuation with pizza.
Americans on average eat approximately 350 slices of pizza per second. It’s also big money, pizza is a $30 billion per year industry. There are pizza joints on every street corner with approximately 61,269 pizzerias in the United States.
So how did the Keto Blaze Pizza taste?
Not the best. Taste is very subjective, but neither my wife nor myself thought is was very tasty. Maybe it was the flax-seed and brown rice in the crust? The crust was not good.
The red sauce was better than the pesto, but the taste was a little bland. Some salt and pepper might have made it taste better.
My expectations were probably too high for Blaze Pizza
I am not trying to knock Blaze pizza, it is fairly keto friendly (little high in protein) and it wasn’t bad, but just don’t think it’s going to be as good as regular pizza. The cauliflower crust pizza you can make at home is better and cheaper, just not as convenient.
Will I go again?
Probably, but I won’t get the pesto sauce and my expectations won’t be as high. But honestly, I think I will make my own cauliflower keto crust pizza’s from now on. Keto Connect has a good cauliflower crust and a fat head dough keto crust pizza recipe.