Zucchini Pizza Bites {keto/low carb friendly}

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Satisfy your pizza cravings on Keto with these low-carb Zucchini Pizza Bites! Slices of zucchini get the pizza makeover with sauce, cheese, and your favorite toppings. This healthy snack is a great way to indulge while staying on track.

zucchini slices topped with mozzarella and pepperoni on a white rectangular plate on a brown wooden background

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How to Make a Keto-friendly Pizza with Zucchini

Pizza is one of my all-time favorite foods. However, since we started following a keto/low carb lifestyle, regular pizza isn’t in the eating plan. I’ve found several options that help satisfy my pizza cravings, like these zucchini pizza bites, Pizza Casserole, Pizza Chaffle, 90-Second Personal Pan Pizza, and Pizza Bowl with Cottage Cheese. They all taste different and quickly satisfy my cravings. They even make it possible to enjoy pizza night every night!

This recipe for Zucchini Pizza Bites is a fabulous alternative to traditional pizza that is super easy and quick to make. It packs all of those classic Italian flavors into a healthy bite! I love that you can mix it up by trying different toppings. As long as your toppings are keto friendly and fit on the zucchini rounds, you can get creative with the flavors! This recipe would also be great for getting kiddos to eat veggies. Since they taste like pizza, they’ll hardly realize they’re eating healthy!

Ingredients:

You only need a handful of budget-friendly ingredients to make these for this low-carb recipe. So simple, but so delicious! Here is what you will need:

  • Zucchini — For this recipe, I used two large zucchini. You want to avoid the small ones because they don’t give you as much room for the toppings. If you’re making these as a party snack or for a crowd, feel free to use more zucchini!
  • Low carb marinara sauce — The keywords here are “low carb.” Like ketchup, many marinara and pizza sauces are loaded with sugar, although you might not taste it. When you shop for a marinara sauce, read the ingredient lists carefully and pick one with low sugar and carb content. See the list below of several low-carb sauce options.
  • Shredded mozzarella — I went with mozzarella cheese for these zucchini pizza bites. It melts down nicely and gets ooey, gooey, and oh so delicious! Feel free to use another kind of shredded cheese (like an Italian blend) if you prefer.
  • Pepperoni — The pepperoni topping is optional but highly recommended! I used mini pepperoni, which you can find at most grocery stores. They are the perfect size for zucchini pizza bites. If you can’t find the mini version, chop up some regular pepperoni to add to your pizzas.
  • Italian seasoning — I love sprinkling Italian seasoning on my zucchini pizza bites. It ties the flavors together and makes the edges even more delicious.

Low Carb Marinara Sauce Options:

Rao’s Homemade Marinara Sauce – 6g carbs – 1g fiber = 5g net carbs per ½ cup
Rao’s Homemade Tomato Basil Sauce – 6g carbs – 1g fiber = 5g net carbs per ½ cup
Lucini Italia Organic Tuscan Tomato Sauce – 5g carbs – 1g fiber = 4g net carbs per ½ cup
Lucini Italia Organic Rustic Tomato Basil – 5g carbs – 1g fiber = 4g net carbs per ½ cup
Victoria Trading Company Marinara Sauce – 6g carbs – 1g fiber = 5g net carbs per 1/2 cup
ALDI Selected Premium Marinara – 7g carbs – 2g fiber = 5g net carbs per ½ cup
Mezzetta Family Recipes Marinara – 7g carbs – 1g fiber = 6g net carbs per ½ cup
Classico Tomato & Basil Pasta Sauce – 8g carbs – 2g fiber = 6g net carbs ½ cup

How to make Low-Carb Zucchini Pizza Bites:

Step 1: First, cut your zucchini into rounds. I like to keep them at least 1/4 inch thick, so they don’t fall apart.

Step 2: Lightly mist your zucchini rounds with cooking spray and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Step 3: Broil or grill the zucchini rounds (I used a grill pan set to medium-high) for 2 minutes on each side. Zucchini cooks quickly, so keep an eye on them!

Step 4: Place your cooked zucchini rounds onto a large lined baking sheet. I topped mine with small amounts of sauce, cheese, and pepperoni pieces.

Step 5: Broil on low for 1-3 minutes until the cheese is melted. Keep an eye on them, so they don’t get overcooked or burned! Once the cheese has melted, remove them from the oven and sprinkle Italian seasoning onto each zucchini pizza. Enjoy these little bites of heaven warm!

What other toppings can you put on Zucchini Pizza Bites?

Several pizza toppings work with the Ketogenic diet! I chose to keep my zucchini pizza bites simple with sauce, cheese, and pepperoni pieces. Feel free to add your favorite Keto toppings to your zucchini pizzas. I wouldn’t recommend getting too crazy, as the toppings can weigh down the cooked zucchini or slide off. Plus, you don’t have much room to throw on every kind of topping. Some other Keto toppings that would work well include crumbled Italian sausage, red peppers, basil, or even pesto. Get creative with it!

Can you make this recipe ahead of time?

These zucchini pizza bites are crowd-pleasing finger food, so they’re great to serve at a party or as an appetizer. If you want to make them ahead of time, place the baking sheet with your pizzas in the fridge and pop them in the oven to heat up before your guests arrive. Remove them from the oven once heated and the cheese is melty. If you’d prefer, you can assemble the pizzas through step 4 of the directions, pop the baking sheet into your refrigerator, and broil them right before you serve.

More Keto Appetizers:

If you love these Low-carb Zucchini Pizza Bites, you might love these other Keto and low-carb-friendly recipes!

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Zucchini Pizza Bites

This recipe for Zucchini Pizza Bites is a fabulous low-carb pizza alternative that is super easy and quick to make. It's a perfect keto snack.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time8 minutes
Total Time18 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Dinner
Cuisine: American
Author: Kasey Trenum

Ingredients

  • 2 large zucchini cut into 1/4-inch thick rounds
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup low carb marinara sauce
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup mini pepperoni pieces optional
  • Italian seasoning for sprinkling
  • salt and freshly cracked pepper

Instructions

  • Lightly mist both sides of zucchini rounds lightly with olive oil.
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Broil or grill the zucchini rounds (I used a grill pan set to medium-high) for 2 minutes on each side.
  • Place cooked zucchini rounds on a large lined baking sheet.
  • Top with small amounts of sauce, cheese, and pepperoni pieces. (Optional).
  • Broil on low for 1-3 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
  • Sprinkle with Italian seasoning and serve warm.

Notes

Low Carb Marinara Sauce Options:
  • Rao’s Homemade Marinara Sauce – 4g net carbs per ½ cup
  • Rao’s Homemade Tomato Basil Sauce – 3g net carbs per ½ cup
  • Lucini Italia Organic Tuscan Marinara Sauce – 3g net carbs per ½ cup
  • Lucini Italia Organic Rustic Tomato Basil – 3g net carbs per ½ cup
  • Mezzetta Napa Valley Homemade Sauce Marinara – 6g net carbs per ½ cup
  • ALDI Simply Selected Premium Marinara – 5g net carbs per ½ cup
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2 Comments

    1. This was as early recipe that I created so I do not have the nutritional info on it. I was not doing Keto at this time.

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