Low Carb Keto Pesto Pinwheels

Low Carb Keto Pesto Pinwheels

Full of summer flavors, keto pesto pinwheels are the perfect low carb appetizer or game time snack. Basil, garlic, and sundried tomato in a guilt-free, gluten-free swirl!

Not too long ago my daughter was watching a baking competition show on TV, and the challenge was palmiers. Now, palmiers are a form of puff pastry, layers and layers of butter folded in the dough to create incredible layers. They are rolled in the shape of a palm, elephant ear, or simply round like a cinnamon roll and sliced to bake.

On the show, they were filling them with all sorts of amazing flavors. However, my mind immediately went to, “Wouldn’t those be amazing with basil pesto and sun-dried tomato?”

Thus, this is where our keto pesto pinwheels began. While I haven’t tried to make a gluten-free puff pastry, I know I love a good fathead dough. Fathead dough is made of mozzarella cheese, cream cheese, and almond flour among a few other ingredients.

To me, it seemed the perfect choice for a tasty appetizer for a family gathering or even game day. Can I tell you something? I was right. They are pretty fabulous!

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Delicious low carb keto pesto pinwheels are the perfect choice for a snack or appetizers at your next party or family holiday gathering. #ketoappetizer #ketosnacks

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Keto pesto pinwheels: more fillings

There are so many options when it comes to creating a filling for an amazing dough!

First, do you choose sweet or savory? Second for me is okay, what all do I have around the house?

These baked treats make a fabulous snack or appetizer, or even lunch! What are your favorite fillings? Do you go Greek and fill it with feta, spinach, and garlic? Maybe a traditional salami and provolone? You could even make it a pizza roll with tomato sauce, pepperoni, and mozzarella!

It’s a fun way to get the kids involved in cooking because believe me, they will have opinions.

What?! Kids have strong opinions? Imagine that. Mine are strongly against spinach unless we call it dinosaur slime. And then it’s okay. Mmmm, tasty!

Today, however, I think we’ll stick with pesto and sundried tomatoes. It’s a classic combination and one it’s hard to go wrong with.

If you’d like to try your hand at making a super-simple, yet amazingly flavorful basil pesto, find my recipe here.

Flavorful parmesan, basil, garlic, and sun-dried tomatoes flavor these keto pesto pinwheels. Perfect for a low carb appetizer or gluten-free game day snack. #ketoappetizer #ketorecipes

 

To make easy keto pesto pinwheels you’ll need : 

Delicious parmesan, basil, garlic, and sun-dried tomatoes flavor these keto pesto pinwheels. Perfect for a low carb appetizer or gluten-free game day snack. #ketoappetizer #glutenfreeappetizer

Why kids should bake

These pinwheels are really not too difficult to make although they may look it at first glance. Like I said, enlist some kids to help out because they absolutely love the hands-on aspect of this bake. Baking is great for kids because they have to make a plan, follow directions, and in the end create something delicious for everyone!

Now, in the rare case the directions are not followed, they learn something from it, am I right? My daughter loves to go through the entire baking process and share her creations with the family. It’s a sense of accomplishment that I think leads to a greater work ethic in the future. But enough of my soapbox. On to the baking!

How to make keto pesto pinwheels

First off gather your ingredients and kitchen items. Second, put the mozzarella and cream cheese in a large microwave-safe bowl and melt it for 1-2 minutes. It should be just melted but not so much that it’s nearing the crisp and harden stage.

Third, add in the almond flour, powdered parmesan cheese, and baking powder, and use a mixer to combine it all into a dough.  Make sure you have a really large bowl to do this so small pieces don’t get spat out all around the room! Also, depending on the mozzarella you use, it can stick around the beaters.

Never fear, if the mixture does wind itself around the beaters too much just stop the machine, pull off the mozzarella mixture that’s causing the problem. Et voílà! Continue.

Next, keep mixing and add the eggs in one at a time. Then, form the mixture into a dough and place it between two pieces of parchment paper. If it is too sticky to handle, refrigerate it for 15 minutes. Another thing I like to do is spray the parchment paper with coconut or olive oil to prevent sticking.

Keto pesto pinwheels dough in a rectangle shape

Now, roll out the dough to make a large rectangle about 1/4 of an inch thick.

How to fill the dough

I like to use a pastry brush to brush the pesto over the dough or you could easily use a spoon if you don’t have the pastry brush.

Brushing the pesto on the fathead dough

Over the pesto, evenly sprinkle the chopped sundried tomatoes.

Keto pesto pinwheel dough with pesto and sun-dried tomatoes

Then use the parchment paper as a guide to help roll up the dough from the narrow end until it becomes a log. This is where you can get creative with your rolling too. You could roll it the long way from both sides inward to create the traditional elephant ears.

Rolling the keto pesto pinwheels

However you decide to roll it, try not to touch it too much because the warmer it gets, the more difficult it becomes to work with. Once rolled, carefully wrap in plastic wrap (cling film) and place in the freezer for about an hour. 

Why chill it? One, it needs to harden to be easier to slice. Two, when it’s chilled beforehand it holds its shape better when baked.

Slice and bake the pesto pinwheels

Next, unwrap the log and slice it into 1/2 inch slices. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. There should be about 20 pinwheels if you’ve rolled from the short end.

Keto pesto pinwheels, cut to bake

Put the pan (you may need to use 2 pans) in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit or until beautifully golden and the edges begin to brown. Be sure to let them cool for at least 15 minutes on the pan before you move them to cool completely on cooling racks.

They should have a gentle crunch and be full of flavor!

Tip: When re-heating use the oven or even warm them on a skillet on the stove. If you put them in the microwave they soften and lose the crunch. 

Bite out of a keto pesto pinwheel #ketorecipes #lowcarbappetizer

 

Best keto appetizers

It’s always a good idea to bring a snack or appetizer to family parties or any gathering that involves food. Personally, I want to be sure there’s something I can eat, but I also want something I think everyone else will enjoy too!

These keto pesto pinwheels definitely fit the bill. You may need to set a few aside for yourself because once your friends taste them they won’t last long! Give them a try with pesto and sun-dried tomatoes or let me know if you try another filling you love.

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Flavorful keto pesto pinwheels are a delicious low carb appetizer or gluten-free snack to take to any party or event. You can't go wrong with a fathead dough, basil, garlic, parmesan, and sundried tomatoes! #ketoappetizer #ketorecipes

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Printable Recipe

Keto Pesto Pinwheels

Full of summer flavors, keto pesto pinwheels are the perfect appetizer or game time snack! Basil, garlic, and sundried tomato in a gluten-free swirl.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Chill time1 hr
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American, Gluten-Free, Italian, Keto, Low Carb
Keyword: keto pesto pinwheels, low carb pesto pinwheels
Servings: 20
Calories: 84kcal
Author: Explorer Momma

Ingredients

  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (full fat works best)
  • 3 oz cream cheese
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups finely ground almond flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup powdered parmesan cheese

Fillings:

  • 1 cup pesto
  • 1/2 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes

Instructions

  • Melt the mozzarella and cream cheese for 1-2 minutes in a microwave safe bowl.
  • Add in the almond flour, powdered parmesan cheese, and baking powder and mix to combine into a dough. Continue mixing and add the eggs in one at a time.
  • Form the mixture into a dough and place it between two pieces of parchment paper. If it is too sticky to handle, refrigerate it for 15 minutes. Optional: spray the parchment paper with coconut or olive oil to prevent sticking.
  • Roll out the dough in a large rectangle about 1/4 of an inch thick. Use a pastry brush to brush the pesto over the dough. Over that, evenly sprinkle the chopped sundried tomatoes.
  • Use the parchment paper to help roll up the dough from the narrow end until it becomes a log. Wrap in plastic wrap (cling film) and place in the freezer for an hour.
  • Slice the log into 1/2 inch slices and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. There should be about 20 pinwheels.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit or until golden and the edges begin to brown. Let them cool for at least 15 minutes on the pan and then completely on cooling racks. They should have a gentle crunch.

Notes

Nutrition Facts

Servings 20.0
Amount Per Serving: 1
Calories 84
 
Total Fat 7 g  
Saturated Fat 2 g  
Monounsaturated Fat 1 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 28 mg  
Sodium 145 mg  
Potassium 62 mg  
Total Carbohydrate 2 g  
Dietary Fiber 0 g  
Sugars 1 g  
Protein 6 g
*Nutrition Facts per MyFitnessPal.com. For most accurate facts, calculate your own with the exact ingredients you use in the recipe.

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Please be aware I am not a medical specialist or nutritional professional. On this blog, I share recipes and what works for me. Please do not take anything on this blog as medical advice and always consult with your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program. I use MyFitnessPal.com to calculate nutrition facts as a courtesy to my readers, and I remove erythritol from the final carb count and net carb count because does not affect my own blood glucose levels.
 
 
This is as accurate as possible, but it’s best to independently calculate nutritional information on your own with the specific ingredients you use. I expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website.

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