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5-Ingredient Keto Ham & Cheese Pockets

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These 5-ingredient keto breakfast pockets are filled with ham and melty cheese. They're easy to prepare, nut-free, grain-free and egg-free and can be prepared in under 30 minutes.

Just like my Keto Spanakopita, this recipe is adapted from Keto Morning Hot Pockets which went viral over the social media. If you can eat nuts, you can follow the original recipe that is made with almond flour - you will only need 4 ingredients: shredded mozzarella, almond flour, ham and cheese - that's it!

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Allergy information for 5-Ingredient Keto Ham & Cheese Pockets

✔  Gluten free
✔  Egg free
✔  Nut free
✔  Nightshade free
✔  Avocado free
✔  Coconut free
✔  Fish free
✔  Shellfish free

Nutritional values (per serving)

Net carbs4.2 grams
Protein31.7 grams
Fat31 grams
Calories426 kcal
Calories from carbs 4%, protein 30%, fat 66%
Total carbs8 gramsFiber3.9 gramsSugars1.7 gramsSaturated fat15.4 gramsSodium1,245 mg(54% RDA)Magnesium87 mg(22% RDA)Potassium476 mg(24% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 2 servings)

  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella (85 g/ 3 oz) - use low-moisture, part-skim, shredded mozzarella cheese; not fresh mozzarella.
  • 1 heaped tbsp cream cheese (30 g/ 1 oz)
  • 4 tbsp flax meal (28 g/ 1 oz)
  • 85 g quality ham (3 oz )
  • 85 g slices provolone cheese (3 oz) - you can use any cheese you like: cheddar, smoked mozzarella, etc.


  1. Prepare the dough: melt the shredded mozzarella and cream cheese in a microwave oven for 1 minute, checking half way through. 5-Ingredient Keto Ham & Cheese Pockets
  2. Add the flax meal. Stir until the dough is well-combined. 5-Ingredient Keto Ham & Cheese Pockets
  3. Roll the dough out between 2 sheets of parchment paper (I used a silicon mat and silicon rolling pin). 5-Ingredient Keto Ham & Cheese Pockets
  4. Add the ham and cheese slices. 5-Ingredient Keto Ham & Cheese Pockets
  5. Fold over like an envelope and seal the dough. 5-Ingredient Keto Ham & Cheese Pockets
  6. Poke some holes for releasing the steam while baking. Bake at 200 °C/ 400 °F for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and firm to the touch. 5-Ingredient Keto Ham & Cheese Pockets
  7. When done, remove from the oven and let it cool down for a few minutes. Cut in half and enjoy while still hot ... 5-Ingredient Keto Ham & Cheese Pockets ... or let it cool down and refrigerate for up to 3 days. 5-Ingredient Keto Ham & Cheese Pockets

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Mozzarella cheese (low moisture, for pizza)
2.4 g10.1 g8.4 g125 kcal
Cream cheese, soft (full-fat)
0.5 g1 g4 g35 kcal
Flax meal (flaxmeal), ground flaxseed
0.2 g2.6 g5.9 g75 kcal
Ham (highest quality)
0.2 g7.2 g1.4 g43 kcal
Cheese, provolone
0.9 g10.9 g11.3 g149 kcal
Total per serving
4.2 g31.7 g31 g426 kcal

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I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s when I decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods, and to start following a whole-foods-based ketogenic approach to food.

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Comments (85)

This recipe looks amazing! I was wondering if this recipe would freeze well?

It does! All of the pockets on my blog freeze well 😊

the silicon mat link above is different from the one in the pictures. the one in the picture seems better quality as in thicker, yes? would you give me the link for yours?

It depends where you live - I got this one in the UK. Here's a link to Amazon link It looks similar but I don't think it's the same. Both will work though!

My hotpocket came out perfect!  Instead of cream cheese, I used Sheeps yogurt. And instead of the Mozzeerella Cheese I used Sheep's Cheese because my current diet calls for no cows dairy. And since it was breakfast time, I replaced the ham with Scrambled eggs. So it was a breakfast pocket instead. It was delicious and the crust was golden brown and crunchy. I stared at the ingredients for half an hour b4 I made it bc I couldn't fathom how those 3 ingredients could make a crust. But the crust was the best part. Crunchy and perfect. Weeey better than a store bought frozen hotpoclet. Hands down! 6 stars!

Awww thank you so much for your kind words It's good to know that sheep cheese works instead of mozzarella!

Brilliant idea. My plan has same restrictions. What kind of sheep cheese did you use? Was it grated pecorino-Romano or a creamy sheep cheese spread type?

I think that a pecorino Romano type of cheese would be too hard and dry and the spreadable cheese won't work because it's too moist and won't provide the elasticity the dough needs. I think you'll have use hard cheese that has emmental-like texture.

This is my favorite recipe!  I use this dough for everything, much less fiddly than trying to get the egg in traditional fathead dough.

Thank you so much!

Would it be possible to use Almond flour instead the flax meal? I am new to being creative in the kitchen..? Thanks, Erica

Absolutely! You can use the original dough instead: Keto Morning Hot Pockets

Could you please let me know if the ham & cheese pockets and cabbage rolls can be frozen for future use.
I would like to keep some in the freezer for convenience
Thanks so much
Love love love your site the recipes are wonderful and the easy to follow instructions are just great.

Thank you Trish! Yes these can both be frozen and then reheated in the oven. I hope you enjoy!

Just to clarify, Martine, the freezing was done before the pockets were cooked or after?  You said "reheated", which means to me that it would be after, but someone used the same term on another blog and they actually meant that I should freeze the item before cooking.  Either way, this recipe may be an answer to prayer.

I do think that both will work but I do mean "after" here. I think you could even freeze the uncooked pockets and then bake them for a little longer.

I am ready to try the herb butter, really tired of that old bland butter, also good tips on using flax seeds.

Thank you Deborah, I hope you like it!

I didn't have the meal, just regular flax seed.   Put it in my food processor for about 3 minutes didn't do anything.  That being said,  it still turned out delicious!!!!  Quick and easy to make.  Recipe is a keeper!
Thank you so much for this recipe!

Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed! For the flax meal a coffee grinder or a powerful food processor will work best.

This recipe is DELICIOUS! I can eat these everyday!!
I added onions and salami...let me just say THANK YOU!!!!

Thank you Connie!

So wonderful! I actually used coconut flour and really loved the hint of sweet it added to the salty cheese. Definitely a keeper!! And very easy to make!

Thank you for sharing! Then only issue with coconut flour is that it is very absorbent so you may need to add extra moisture - one tablespoon of cream cheese is a good option 😊

Would it be possible to make a sweet version of this? Add cacao and stevia to the dough and fill with low-carb chia jam and cream? I saw that it's important to keep the moisture low so maybe that isn't possible?

Absolutely! Here are some recipes 😊
Keto Pumpkin Cheesecake Breakfast Pockets
Apple Pie Keto Hot Pockets

Thank you for this! It was delicious. I don't use parchment, because even though I use the low skim shredded mozzarella it sticks like glue to it. This morning I put it directly on my cookie sheet and it was fine. I filled mine with scrambled eggs and a little cheese. It was delicious!

Thank you for sharing Cyndy, that sound delicious!

No one asked about dairy free options.  This recipe looks great but is there a dairy free version?  What can be used instead of the cheese? Greatly appreciate you feed back.

Hi Sim, this dough is what I use as a dairy-free alternative: The Best Low-Carb & Keto Tortillas, Taco Shells & Nachos


I’m so in love with your hot pocket recipe ! I can’t wait to buy flaxseed meal to get started ! I first discover the Keto way of eating in June’s 2018 magazine! Please tell me how to get other recipes . I’m in desperate need of changing my eating habits to better my health . Thank you for sharing !

Thank you Judith! You can find hundreds of free keto recipes here: Recipes

Hi, can i know how you bake it? Because i bake on the parchment paper and it melt and stick on the paper. Thanks

Hi Natalie, I think you may be using the wrong type of mozzarella - this dough should not stick. You need to use low moisture, shredded mozzarella for pizza.

I am highly allergic to flax. Is there another meal i could use in replace of flax?

Absolutely! You can use the original recipe to make the dough: Keto Morning Hot Pockets (using almond flour)

Do you think the crust would hold up if you filled them with pizza toopings w pizza sauce?

Hi Jim, it's better to avoid excess moisture so if you can keep the moisture low, this should work too 😊

I made the Ham and Cheese version today and it was delicious and filling! My husband is now trying to eat low-carb and he said “this is a keeper”. We shared it, and neither of us have been hungry all day. My only mistake was that I should have left it on the parchment paper, when I transferred it to the baking badly stuck to the sheet. Lesson learned.

I'm glad you enjoyed, Dianne! Try using a silicone baking mat instead. You can roll the dough on it and bake it as well 😊

Dear Martina,
I really like this recipe but I have some troubles with "dough". This amount of mozzarella, cream cheese and flaxmeal isn't enough to make large enough dough to put cheese and ham and to close it like you do. What is the trick,please help.?

Could it be that the ham and cheese slices are bigger? You can always double the dough but don't forget to reflect that in the nutrition facts 😊

How easy is this? 😊
Can't wait to try this out as sandwiches/quesadillas are really the only things I really miss, will be perfect for me to bring to work!

Wow!  what a good idea for grilled sandwich lovers!  going to try it tonight!

Hey Martina,
First of all, I have to say; You're really doing a good job!!! Like someone said before, You truly deserve a worthy medal for your work! Your recepts are so tasteful. I'm really glad I found your blog. I bought your 4 weeks diet plan, and I learned a lot of eating "healthy".
And about your cheese pockets, I've tried them, really really tasty I have to control myself not to eat two servings lol. I've to try the other tasty ones. Wowwwww so good these pockets! And so easy to make. These are my favorites! Thank you so much!
Greetings from the Netherlands xxx

Thank you so much for your kind words, Fadilla! I really appreciate that!

What is a good substitute for flaxmeal? I prefer not to use it.

You can use almond flour just like in this recipe (just skip the cream cheese): Keto Morning Hot Pockets
If you have health concerns about flax, have a look at this post: Is Flaxseed Healthy? Safety Concerns, Benefits & Recommendations

Can this recipe be doubled or tripled?

Absolutely - it can be doubled or tripled! You could even make a large roll and slice it like keto Stromboli.

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