gluten free pizza crust

Gluten Free Pizza Crust

POSTED ON 3.5.2021

Try this gluten free pizza crust for your next homemade pizza night. It definitely holds up to the taste + texture test!

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!

gluten free pizza crust recipe

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.

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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.

gluten free pizza crust recipe

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!

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gluten free pizza crust

Gluten Free Pizza Crust Recipe


  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 3 hours
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 200 minutes
  • Yield: 2 crusts 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

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.


Ingredients

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  • 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

Instructions

  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.

Notes

  • 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.
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: italian

Keywords: quinoa pizza

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About Jen Hansard

Mom of 2, ran across the Grand Canyon and lover of smoothies, coffee & tacos. I transformed my family's health with a plant-based diet. I also found myself again along the way.

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  1. Erin says:

    This is our family’s go-to crust, ever since we had it in the cleanse. It is simple, and has the texture of real pizza crust.

  2. Jen says:

    Can this crust be made ahead of time and then put in the freezer to later be thawed before adding toppings and baking?

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Hi Jen! Yes, you can totally make ahead and freeze. Just be sure to thaw completely before baking with toppings.

  3. 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.

  4. 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. 🙂

  5. 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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