Years ago, when we said goodbye to wheat (and grains in general) one of the hardest dishes to ditch was pizza. There is just so much to love about pizza…
Delicious melted cheese, tangy tomato sauce, seasoned meats, all your favorite vegetables… and of course that crispy, chewy, golden crust!
Then there’s the nostalgia…
Few meals bring family and friends together in quite the same way as pizza. And that doesn’t always mean sitting around the table, minding your manners.
Pizza is almost synonymous with good times and fun. It’s what you eat when you sit down to watch the big game… or when the whole family gathers round for a movie.
But who are we kidding? Nobody needs an excuse to eat pizza.
Unfortunately, it can be one of the worst foods for your health.
So, we set out to create…
A Grain- and Gluten-Free Pizza Worth Every Bite!
Check out this short video to see just how easy it is to make…
Paleo Pizza: The Grain-Free Makeover of an American Classic
What was originally a fermented wheat round has become one of most gluten-dense breads you can eat. Of course, the refined grains in most commercial pizzas will also send your blood sugar levels soaring. And who can eat just one slice?
We spent years occasionally testing gluten-free crusts from stores and restaurants. I’m sorry to say that we were universally disappointed. Most could have easily passed for crumbly cardboard.
And while they didn’t contain gluten, their nutritional profile might be even WORSE for your health. In fact, rice flour, potato starch and tapioca starch – which comprise the majority of gluten-free pizza crusts – will spike your blood sugar more than almost all other foods!
We tried various versions of cauliflower crust. Don’t bother unless you like to eat your “pizza” with a spoon. Other gluten-free pizza crust recipes turned out more like fluffy bread… which sopped up the tomato sauce and became a soggy mess. And most of these recipes took longer to make and clean up than ordering delivery five-minutes before kickoff on Super Bowl Sunday!
We knew there had to be a better way… a better crust.
We knew these things to be true about pizza: it should be fast. It should be easy. And it should always be delicious. A good pizza crust should be both soft and crispy… and easy to hold in your hand.
By way of science, weeks of trial and error, and lots of pizza prayers, we came up with a formula that fits those needs – and then some!
This low-carb mix creates a crispy and chewy crust with just the right density. With the slightest bit of organic arrowroot flour, the crust puffs up like the classic NY-style slice we’ve all be missing.
And best of all, the dough doesn’t need to rest and rise for hours before rolling out the red sauce. In just five minutes, you can have your circular canvas ready! Mix up a quick marinara sauce or easy basil pesto, set up the assembly line of toppings, and voila!
Pizza night is back for the whole family!
Paleo Pizza: The Simple Step By Step
Preheat your oven to 425 F and let’s get to baking. You’ll just need one package of Paleo Pizza Crust Mix, one egg (or flax egg), 1/4 cup water and one tablespoon avocado oil or extra virgin olive oil. [NOTE: You can also add 2 tsp. active dry yeast and 2 tsp. sweetener to the water if you’d like to create a yeasty pizzeria flavor. Simply heat your water to 100 F, add the sweetener and yeast, let the yeast bubble, then proceed. This step is entirely optional.]
In a medium bowl, whisk the water, oil and egg (or flax egg), and optional ingredients, if using.
Add Paleo Pizza Mix and stir with a silicone spatula to form dough.
Place pizza dough on a piece of parchment paper.
Roll with a rolling pin…
or oil your hands and flatten out into a circle…
Transfer to pizza stone and bake until golden brown, about 12-14 minutes. While pizza crust bakes, get your toppings ready.
Add your toppings of choice…
Now carefully return to oven for desired amount of time. Remove from oven, let cool slightly and enjoy!
- 1 Paleo Pizza Crust Mix
- 1 egg or "flax egg"
- ¼ cup water
- 1 Tbsp. avocado oil or extra virgin olive oil
- Preheat oven to 425 F. Place a pizza stone in the oven to pre-heat (optional, but produces best results).
- In a medium bowl, whisk the water, oil and egg (or “flax egg”).
- Add Paleo Pizza Crust Mix. Stir with a silicone spatula to form dough.
- Place dough on a piece of parchment or on a pizza peel. Oil your hands and flatten the dough into a circle of desired thickness and diameter.
- Carefully transfer to the pre-heated pizza stone. Bake until golden brown (12-14 minutes).
- Remove from oven. Add toppings and return to oven for desired time.
- *NOTE: To create a “flax egg” combine 1 Tbsp. ground flax with 2½ Tbsp. water. Let stand 5 minutes.
Are you following a low carb or Paleo diet… and miss pizza? What are your thoughts about other gluten-free crusts you’ve tried? Let us hear from you in the comments below!