This Cheesy Keto Spinach Calzone is as the name implies, both cheesy and spinach-y. The best calzone you’re ever going to eat while keto, this is as close to the real thing as you can get! Low carb, gluten free, and Vegetarian too!
I debated over whether calling this a keto spinach calzone or a keto spinach braid, but once I made and tasted it, calzone became the clear winner. Partly because how you assemble this cheesy keto spinach thingy isn’t important – so braiding is absolutely not necessary. I didn’t officially braid this anyway, but rather laid strips across it to appear braided, because it was frankly much easier.
While it was pretty with the strips, as an easier alternative you could simply press or roll out the dough, put the filling on one side, and then fold the other side over and crimp it, like you would a traditional calzone. It will not affect the flavor or outcome at all.
The dough I used for this cheesy keto spinach calzone is a modified mozzarella dough. The primary difference from mine and many others is the addition of psyllium husk powder. While you can make this without it, the psyllium adds a chewy, gummy texture to the finished product that accurately mimics real bread.
It was such a huge improvement over basic fathead dough that Mr. Hungry, who is not a huge fan of fathead dough usually, couldn’t believe it was made with mozzarella and was actually keto friendly.
It wouldn’t be a cheesy keto spinach calzone without a cheesy spinach filling, and we’ve got that in spades. Ricotta, Mozzarella, feta, spinach, garlic, onion, and nutmeg, with some egg to hold it together.
Once assembled, it’s brushed with an egg wash and sprinkled with poppy seeds and coarse salt for texture and flavor – though you could omit those without ill effect.
Delicious hot or cold, this keto spinach & cheese calzone doesn’t require anything to make it better.
If you’re a fan of marinara with your calzone (and I am) then you can absolutely serve this with a side of my easy keto marinara sauce.
Because this keto spinach calzone holds together so well, it is easy to cut into strips and serve as an appetizer (with or without marinara) or game day nosh. Bonus points if you’ve got leftovers, since it’s also the perfect easy keto lunch on the go!
I have made this several times in the last couple of weeks, and I’m making another one tonight to take to the beach with friends on Friday. I’ll have a couple of strips of this spinach calzone along with my Keto Paloma Cocktail, and I won’t even be sad for a second that everyone else is eating BBQ chicken sandwiches and drinking beer.