Gluten and Dairy Free Pizza Crust

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Pizza has always been one of my top favourite things to eat! But until recently, my type of pizza didn’t look like what you see above. I wanted my pizza to be piled high with pepperoni and lots of melted cheese (plus some garlic dipping sauce never hurt), and I looked forward to eating that pizza every weekend. This came to a halt when my holistic nutritionist told me that it looked like I probably had a dairy sensitivity, and that I should cut it out of my diet for a few months. A few MONTHS!? Months without PIZZA!?

Well as you can imagine I was sad thinking that I had lost my beloved pizza nights, but then Sasha introduced me to the vegan pizza that is made at Whole Foods, and it was SO good! In fact, it was so good that it took me a while to believe her that it was actually dairy free. It fully satisfied my pizza cravings, and soon became one of my regular dairy-free treats. BUT THEN… after taking a blood test, I found out that I was quite sensitive to dairy AND wheat, and I was advised to stay away from both of them for at least 6 months. This meant no more vegan pizza from Whole Foods, as they do not have a gluten free crust 😦

*womp, womp*

So for the past couple of months I had been looking for a new way to enjoy pizza, trying out cauliflower crust and gluten free pita bread; both were good, but didn’t fully satisfy my pizza cravings. I wasn’t feeling hopeful about finding an awesome gluten free substitution… but then I found THIS, my new love!

Therefore, the theme song for this pizza is We Found Love (In a Hopeless Place)

This crust recipe was inspired by a Joyous Health recipe (which she calls the “BEST CRUST EVER”), but I slightly altered it by making it dairy free and made some other substitutions and additions.

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup chickpea flour
  • 1 and 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 4 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 3 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • dash of sea salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup water

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Add all dry ingredients to a large bowl and mix together
  3. Add all wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly
  4. Spread a sheet of parchment paper over a cooking tray. Place dough on parchment paper and spread around with a spatula to desired thickness
  5. Bake for 20 minutes
  6. Remove from oven and top with whatever your heart desires!
  7. Return to oven and bake for 15 minutes

I love this crust because it is so flavorful, it is strong enough that you can actually pick up your slice, the ingredients (including the flours) are actually really good for you, and it tastes like actual pizza crust!

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The toppings that I added to this pizza were red onions, jalapeno peppers, roasted chickpeas, kale and garlic aioli. I usually use a pesto as the base, but this time I used some leftover spicy rosee sauce. It was delicious!

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If you give it a try, let me know what you topped yours with!

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