This gluten free pizza crust recipe not only makes the perfect base for pizza night, it also makes a great gluten free flatbread option alongside your favorite curry, soup, stew, and more. I’ve tried several gluten free crusts in the past and this is hands down my fav version… I hope it becomes a staple at your house too!
What makes pizza crust gluten free?
Typical pizza crust contains water, sugar, yeast, oil, flour, and salt. It needs time for the yeast to activate, as well as for the dough itself to rise. While there are recipes for gluten free pizza crust that still use yeast + sugar, my recipe keeps the ingredient list simple in a different way. Soaked quinoa is the base of this crust. I then add in Italian seasoning, fresh garlic, and salt for a tasty base, though feel free to add in your own spice mixture. Avocado (or olive) oil comes in for baking, and that’s it! While my crust does take time, just like regular pizza crust, it is super simple to make, as well as incredibly delicious.
How to make gluten free pizza crust
If you’re ready to make this gluten free pizza crust recipe, then you need to plan ahead. Soaking is a very important part of the process. It takes between 3-8 hours for the quinoa to soak as well as soften. If you use warm water, then it’s quicker. I like to soak them in the morning so it’s ready when dinner rolls around. A cast iron skillet gives me the best results when baking this crust, though another kind of pan works too. I find that the cast iron helps shape the crust into a circle, as well as gives it the perfect crispy finish. Finally, avocado oil works best for this recipe, as it has a higher heat point. Olive oil can work in a pinch, as well as coconut oil, though the coconut oil will add a different flavor to the finished crust.
Plant based pizza toppings
Now that you’ve got the inside scoop on the best gluten free pizza crust recipe around, what other plant based, whole food options are there for the sauce, cheese, and toppings?! While a classic tomato sauce is great, I love using pesto for my pizza sauce. Pesto packs a punch through fresh herbs.
Don’t feel shy about loading up that crust with veggies! Kale chips provide a great crunch as does roasted broccoli. Arugula adds a pop of freshness, radishes a little tang. Fresh bell peppers are a classic, while a spicier pepper can add a burst of energy. What I’m trying to say is, don’t hold back! Toppings are your time to shine.
I love to finish off my pizza with crushed red pepper, and my vegan cheese sprinkle, found in Thrive Winter. This cheese sprinkle reminds me of Parmesan, in both flavor and texture.
Favorite pizza recipes
Need some inspo on how to top this gluten free pizza crust? Here are some of my fav pizza recipes:
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 around with the toppings. You really can take this pizza crust in soooo many different directions!Print
More plant based meals
Looking for a few more plant based options for dinner? I’ve got you covered! Check out these delicious recipes below:
- Chipotle veggie bowl
- Vegetarian ramen
- Vegan taco salad
- Chickpea tacos
- Black bean burgers
- Vegan lettuce wraps
If you’re ready to take the guess work out of eating more plants, then you should check out my meal planner, Rawk the Year. It will take your meals to the next level, as well as provide you with all the tools you need to be successful in eating healthier, fresher meals.