These are the tastiest keto low-carb croissants that are very easy to make and can be enjoyed on a low carb diet, or keto diet with just 3 g net carbs!
Low Carb Croissant Recipe
These low carb croissants have an amazing chewy and soft texture thanks to a few special ingredients to create this tasty keto dough!
Delicious and keto-friendly croissants are possible and are scrumptious, though I won't lie and tell you they taste exactly like real traditional croissants.
Using low-carb ingredients means texture does in fact change the true taste of the best French croissants, but that doesn't mean you won't love them anyway!
If you're on a weight loss diet for your health or medical conditions this year or you're just a health-conscious individual who wants to reduce added sugar and your daily carbohydrate absorption from processed foods, making your own beautiful pastries that resemble high carb favorites is how to make this sustainable and enjoyable.
Also having an clear understanding that alternative flours and keto-friendly ingredients means there will be a difference in baked products, that's just the way it is.
Considering they have just 3 grams of net carbs, it's a win in our book!
These will curb those croissant cravings for sure!
Carbs in Traditional Croissants
Real croissants and croissant dough are not something you will want to include if you're working on lowering your blood sugar levels and want to eliminate sugar cravings.
According to the app Cronometer, one medium sized about 57 grams or 4.5 inches plain croissant has 26.7 grams of carbs and 260 calories.
For most people who follow a keto diet, that amount of carbs is for the whole day, not just one food item!
Our keto croissants have 182 calories, 7 total carbs and 13 grams of protein! If you follow net carbs, there is 4 grams of dietary fiber so when you subtract that from the total carbs you get 3 g net carbs which is fantastic!
I'm not the first one to create this type of low carb dough but the original recipe was called Fat Head Pizza. The orginial fathead pizza dough was made using almond flour, cream cheese and mozzarella cheese, and it was genius!
My Easier Fat Head Dough Method
I also adapted the instructions with this dough to be much easier than typically made which requires melting of the cheese mixture then mixing in by hand the dry ingredients, which is tedious and tiring to be honest.
My method is much easier by adding all ingredients to a food processor then melting it for about a minute.
No hard work to mix the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients and then you just form the dough for either pizza, cinnamon rolls (I also have an air fryer roll recipe) or like crescent rolls for this recipe today.
The recipe card below has all the exact ingredients and instructions as well as the nutritional information.
Vital Wheat Gluten
Though vital wheat gluten isn't wheat flour and can be used in keto recipes on a ketogenic diet, if you have a gluten allergy, it's a no go.
If you don't have a gluten allergy, adding this ingredient is a great option to creating that flaky texture of traditional croissants. If I could use it, I certainly would have, but I have a very high gluten intolerance and that would make me very sick.
I am using whey protein powder which I've done in many recipes as a way to create a nice texture to many of my keto baked goods. If you decide to add some vital wheat gluten, use it to replace the whey protein powder of ¼ cup.
Do I need the yeast?
The dry yeast is optional and really for the taste only. I used instant yeast so you don't have to activate the yeast mixture in water with sugar before using.
Do I need the food processor?
You don't need the food processor, but for my easy fathead dough method, it just makes it a whole lot easier. If you don't have a food processor simply add the dry ingredients to a mixing bowl, stir together and set aside.
Add the mozzarella cheese and cream cheese in a large microwave-safe bowl and melt for 1-2 minutes, stir to combine well, then stir in as best you can the dry ingredients.
Other Keto Friendly Add In's
Besides the sugar free chocolate chips I used, you could also try a spoonful of Choczero Hazelnut Spread in the center of the dough making incredible stuffed keto chocolate croissants.
A spoonful of natural no sugar added peanut butter would also be another idea.
But honestly, I think a great way to enjoy these keto croissants is to just toast them up with a little butter and enjoy with your morning coffee or tea!
Best Keto Croissant Recipe
Best Low Carb Keto Croissant Recipe (Gluten Free)
- 6 ounces mozzarella cheese
- 2 ounces cream cheese
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup coconut flour
- ½ cup sunflower seed flour or almond flour
- ¼ cup whey protein powder unflavored
- ⅓ cup monk fruit with allulose or see notes above
- 2 teaspoon fast acting dry yeast
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ cup sugar free chocolate chips optional
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet pan with parchment paper.
- Place all ingredients into a food processor and process until combined and forms a dough.
- Place the dough into a microwavable bowl and microwave 1-2 minutes until soft. (See alternative above if you don't want to use the microwave.)
- Dough will be sticky. Place it onto a piece of parchment paper on a stable surface. Place another piece over the dough and use a rolling pin to flatten the dough and form a 12 inch circle. Spray a pizza cutter with olive oil cooking spray and cut the dough into 8 triangles.
- Press chocolate chips if using, into each triangle of dough then wet hands because dough is sticky then roll each one up to form a crescent shape. Place onto prepared baking sheet pan.
- Place sheet pan into the middle rack of your oven and bake 20-25 minutes until lightly golden brown.
- Once cool, store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 7 days or freeze for up to 2 months.