Gluten Free Pizza Crust

This Gluten Free Pizza Crust is my favorite to use for a pizza base. It’s hearty, flavorful and sturdy enough to be loaded up with toppings. It’s also great as a flatbread or naan replacement alongside your favorite curry, soup or stew, and more. Need I say more? Or did I have you at curry? 🙂

Gluten Free Pizza Crust Recipe

I love pizza. I love it with a passion. Yet I never feel that great after ordering take out of DiGornio’s, and decided there had to be a better way. Most gluten-free crusts back then tasted gross and still hurt my stomach. Gluten sensitivity is a real thing!

When I did my first 21-day plant-based whole foods cleanse, I learned a lot about plant-based proteins and seeds. Quinoa was one that came up again, and again. And then again: in a pizza. I was amazing at how hearty and delicious a quinoa crust could be. It literally was what I dreamed about and now I had a way to make it myself!

Now, I get to share this Gluten Free Pizza Crust Recipe with you. It’s been tweaked and perfected over the years. I hope you make it and play with the toppings. Because you really can take this pizza crust in soooo many different directions!

How to make gluten-free pizza crust

To make this Gluten Free Pizza Crust Recipe, you need to plan ahead. Soaking a very important part of the process. It takes between 3-8 hours for the quinoa to soak and soften. If using warm water, it’s quicker. I like to soak them in the morning so it’s ready when dinner rolls around. Follow along with the recipe card below to make this pizza crust.

Gluten Free Pizza Crust Recipe
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Gluten Free Pizza Crust Recipe

  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 3 hours
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 200 minutes
  • Yield: 2 crusts 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: italian
  • Diet: Vegan


Probably the easiest and best gluten-free pizza crust recipe out there. This quinoa crust is sturdy enough to be loaded up with toppings and also makes a great flatbread or naan replacement alongside your favorite curry, soup or stew, and more.



1 1/2 cups dry quinoa, soaked 3-8 hours in water
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 garlic clove
1/4 cup avocado oil


  1. Drain the pre-soaked quinoa with a fine-mesh sieve and place into the jar of a blender. Add the remaining ingredients, except for the avocado oil, plus 1/4 cup water, and blend until smooth. Add a little more water, if needed, to facilitate blending. Allow the batter to stand for 10-15 minutes while oven preheats.
  2. Preheat oven to 450°F. Have ready a 10-inch or two, 8-inch metal cake pans or a well-seasoned cast iron skillet. Place the pan(s) in the oven to preheat for at least 10 minutes. Add the avocado oil and allow to heat for an additional 5 minutes.
  3. Pour the batter into the preheated pan(s), carefully tilting so the batter runs to the edge of the pan. Use the back of a spoon, if needed, to ensure the batter is even.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes, or until the edges are golden and the center looks set or dry. Remove pan from oven and carefully flip the crust over and bake for another 5-10 minutes.
  5. Transfer the crust to a cooling rack if not using immediately, and allow to cool completely. Crust can be made 1-2 days in advance and kept refrigerated in an airtight container or resealable bag.
  6. To bake, preheat oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place crust on lined baking sheet and add toppings. Bake for 10-15 minutes and allow to cool slightly before cutting into wedges.


  • Crust is best the same day it is made. If made ahead, reheat crust in a 425°F oven for 5 minutes before adding toppings. Bake as directed in the recipe instructions.

Keywords: quinoa pizza

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By: Jen Hansard | Updated: 8.5.2020 | COMMENTS: 6


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  1. Cherie says:

    Do you think I can use millet instead? I don’t feel good with quinoa.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Cherie, it’s definitely worth a try. While we haven’t tried millet in this recipe, we love the idea, because millet is another great option when looking for a gluten-free grain.

  2. Terry Clark says:

    Thank you for a gluten-free pizza crust option. I am sensitive to gluten (not full on celiac) and try avoid it. Does it make a difference if I soak the quinoa for 3 hrs versus the 8 hours?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hi Terry! I don’t think it makes a huge difference but if you are soaking it for less time, def use warm water. 🙂

  3. Olivia says:

    This seems like the same crust recipe that’s used in one of the Fresh Start plans, right? If so… it’s SOOO good! Thanks for sharing it here.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      You’re right, Olivia! This pizza crust recipe is from our 21-day cleanse called Fresh Start: Spring Flavors. What? Pizza during a cleanse?! That’s how we rawk. 😉

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