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Easy and Delicious Gluten-Free Pizza Crust (Yeast-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Vegan)

 

A lot of my recipes these days often begin with, "It had been a long time since I ate..." Lately, much of my recipe creation has revolved around old favourites that I'm healthifying and making new again. For me, this is a creative challenge and after twelve years spent creating recipes, I have far more wins than losses so perhaps I'm also getting bolder in my experiments. Either way, it had been a long time since I had homemade gluten-free pizza.

You can find many gluten-free pizza crust recipe options online but too often without the gluten, they include egg or dairy, or both. I wanted a simple-to-make crust that was free of those common allergens, with a bonus of being vegan-friendly for those who follow that lifestyle. Now, perhaps my next challenge may be to make a paleo-friendly pizza crust without eggs or dairy but I fear it may end up being just a thin slice of cabbage with pizza toppings! (Jokes, jokes!)

Best Gluten Free Pizza

The greatest challenge with all ready-made gluten-free pizza crusts, and even the ones you can get in restaurants (yay for that indulgent option!) is that they are largely a mix of a variety of starches and gums to lend the crust that typical light, gooey, stick together consistency we've come to know and love with thin crust pizza. Including things like tapioca or arrowroot starch in gluten-free baking is fairly standard. But optimally you have just one and it makes up a portion of the finished recipe.

Common Starches and Binders Found in Ready Made Gluten-Free Flour Blends

  • Tapioca Starch
  • Arrowroot starch
  • Potato starch
  • Potato flour
  • Corn starch
  • Guar gum
  • Xantham gum
Another ingredient that is common in store-bought mixes or ready-made crusts is sugar. A lot of sugar. Sugar is a tough thing to escape in many baked goods as it helps the yeast to activate and rise. I made a similar crust to this one that used yeast and didn't notice a huge difference in the consistency of the crust and so in my final recipe, I ditched the yeast. This helps make it quicker to go from flour to finished pizza and requires way less baking skills and accuracy (both of which I am not the best at).

Psyllium Is My Secret Ingredient

Gluten-Free Pizza Dough

To reduce the need for the crust to be a starch fest, and to avoid using any gums which can be irritating to the digestive tract, I use a little powdered psyllium. You may recognize this ingredient from a few of my baked goods, and the Banana Berry Oatmazing muffin from the UnDiet Cookbook. I love it in baking as it holds liquid, bulks and binds – a triple threat in the gluten-free baking world. And of course, psyllium is a great thing to have on hand for those days when you're feeling a little, ahem, back-logged.

Tip: Batch Prep The Flour

As this recipe doesn't have any rising time, it can be done quickly, which is nice. To make it even quicker and easier, batch prep the flour mix. Let's say you triple the below recipe so that you have the ability to quickly get a pizza into the oven, the ratio of mix to liquid is as follows.

  1. Combine 2, 3, or 4 times the called for dry ingredients (chickpea flour, brown rice flour, arrowroot flour, sea salt, coconut sugar.
  2. Store in an airtight container
  3. When ready to bake, use the following guide to get baking fast.
  • 2 1/4  cups + 1 1/2 Tbsp dry pizza flour mix
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 cups of water 
As you get comfortable with this recipe, your favourite toppings and all the other fun that comes with pizza night, feel free to modify. Please know that I can only comment or support your cooking adventures when the recipe is followed as I've created it. I encourage creativity and experiments, but I can't guarantee what your results will be.
Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free Pizza Crust

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Yield: 2-4 servings

An extremely easy and delicious gluten-free pizza crust recipe that is also egg-free, dairy-free, yeast-free and vegan.

Ingredients
  • 1⁄2 cup chickpea flour
  • 3⁄4 cup brown rice flour
  • 1 cup arrowroot flour/starch
  • 1 1⁄2 teaspoons ground psyllium husk
  • 1 teaspoon ground sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground coconut sugar (optional*)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 cup warm water

Make It Like So
  1. Preheat oven to 450° and if using a baking stone, place it inside the oven.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together flours, psyllium, and arrowroot starch. Add salt and sugar and mix well.
  3. Once flours are mixed, add in the olive oil and warm water and mix throughly with a spatula.
  4. If making two pizzas (which is recommended in a home oven and with standard cookie sheets), split dough into two balls.
  5. Sprinkle a sheet of parchment paper with flour, and plop one ball of dough on top. Sprinkle with more flour so it's not too sticky to touch. Add another sheet of parchment over top and roll out the dough to about ¼ inch thick.
  6. Do the same with the second ball of dough.
  7. If you've had a pizza stone in the oven, using a second cookie sheet, mindfully transfer pizza crust on parchment onto pizza stone. I like to trim the extra parchment off from my pizza to avoid burning paper at this high temperature. If using a regular baking sheet transfer to the oven. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or once the edges start to brown slightly.
  8. Remove your first crust from oven, slip the second one in. While the second one is baking, add your toppings and bake for another 8-10 minutes, or until toppings are ready.
  9. Repeat with second pizza.

Of course, pizza isn't pizza without the toppings. Though I wish I could tell you that I also make all my own tomato paste from scratch, I don't. I buy organic in glass containers. I'll take a small jar of tomato paste and mix in some olive oil and my choice of herbs and spices – usually keeping it simple with oregano and basil. I also love pizza with a pesto base instead of tomato sauce.

Gluten-Free Pizza Crust Recipe

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Please let me know when you try this pizza! You can tag me on Instagram @meghantelpner, or post a comment below and share what you topped your gluten-free pizza with.

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5 Responses to “Easy and Delicious Gluten-Free Pizza Crust (Yeast-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Vegan)”

  1. Cathy said… April 17, 2019
    Do you have a favorite substitution for chickpea flour? Sadly I am reactive to it 😫
    • Hi Cathy! In terms of this specific recipe I'm not sure, as I tested it with chickpea flour. However, in general, you could try subbing chickpea flour with another bean flour or almond flour.
  2. Joanne said… April 18, 2019
    Hi Meghan, Can’t wait to try this! I’m on a pizza kick at the moment. Could the brown rice flour be subbed for buckwheat do you think?
    • Hi Joanne! It took me awhile to get a crust that I really love, and this one is it! I haven't made this with buckwheat but you could try it and let me know how it goes.
  3. Disha said… April 24, 2019
    Aaah! This is the best pizza crust ever! Mostly because it is as instant as it can get and doesn’t require much prepping! Thanks Meghan for this wonderful recipe! I tried it yesterday, just that 1 cup of water seemed a little too much so i had to add an extra half a cup of flours (combination of chickpea and brown rice). But that biscuit crust was just fantastic! Thanks once again!!

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