How to Bake the Perfect Paleo Pizza

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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 also tested dozens of recipes in an attempt to save pizza night…Paleo Pizza Crust - Wellness Bakeries

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.]

Getting the ingredients for Paleo pizza crust ready

In a medium bowl, whisk the water, oil and egg (or flax egg), and optional ingredients, if using.

whisking wet ingredients for Paleo pizza

Add Paleo Pizza Mix and stir with a silicone spatula to form dough.

Stir ingredients for Paleo pizza

Place pizza dough on a piece of parchment paper.

Roll Paleo pizza dough into a ball

Roll with a rolling pin…

Roll Paleo pizza dough with a rolling pin

or oil your hands and flatten out into a circle…

Flatten Paleo pizza dough

Transfer to pizza stone and bake until golden brown, about 12-14 minutes. While pizza crust bakes, get your toppings ready.

Toppings for Paleo pizza

Add your toppings of choice…

Add toppings to Paleo pizza crust

Now carefully return to oven for desired amount of time. Remove from oven, let cool slightly and enjoy!

Fresh and ready Paleo pizza

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Perfect Paleo Pizza
 
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Yield: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 Paleo Pizza Crust Mix
  • 1 egg or "flax egg"
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 Tbsp. avocado oil or extra virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 F. Place a pizza stone in the oven to pre-heat (optional, but produces best results).
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the water, oil and egg (or “flax egg”).
  3. Add Paleo Pizza Crust Mix. Stir with a silicone spatula to form dough.
  4. 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.
  5. Carefully transfer to the pre-heated pizza stone. Bake until golden brown (12-14 minutes).
  6. Remove from oven. Add toppings and return to oven for desired time.
  7. *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!

Homestyle Paleo pizza

Comments

    • Kelley says

      Hi Karyn,
      Thanks for your question.

      For the pesto pizza featured there is no cheese. The cheese on the pepperoni pizza is grass-fed raw mozzarella from US Wellness Meats. Of course, if you are strict Paleo and avoid all dairy, you can make your own homemade dairy-free cheeses using Paleo-friendly ingredients like cashews. A good resource is the book Artisan Vegan Cheese.

      Hope this helps!
      Kelley

  1. Joesy Fuda says

    that’s still 7 grams net carb and for only one slice. Who can eat only one slice??? 3 slices would be 21 grams net carb then add the carbs for topping like tomato sauce and carbs climb higher your might as well forget as you will be over your carb limit in a hurry. The Keto pizza has less carbs but then you have to use mozzarella cheese. But it’s a fantastic crust and all non Keto people, I have served it to, don’t know its made of cheeses and say it’s the best crust they ever had

    • Kelley says

      Hi Joesy,

      7 grams net carb per slice- a low carb Paleo pizza – that’s right! While we are believers in and advocates of Keto diets (and most of our products here at Wellness Bakeries do fit a keto profile), our Paleo pizza crust is low carb… but not keto. As for the “keto pizza” you elude to, I think you are referring to the old standard, Atkins-era “egg and cheese” crust. Many of our customers do not tolerate dairy (and/or avoid pasteurized dairy) and follow a Paleo lifestyle. This pizza is our version of a thin-crust NY-style pizza – made without grains, gluten or dairy, that can be enjoyed on a low carb diet. And having made many “cheese-egg” crust pizzas in my time, I’d challenge our crust to a taste test!

      Be Well,
      Kelley

    • Kelley says

      Hi Debbie,
      You sure can! The pizza stone is preferred as it really gets nice and hot and stays that way – which is great to get a crisp crust. Before I bought my pizza stone I used the reverse side (bottom) of a cast iron pan to achieve the same result. Just preheat your oven and your cast iron pan (upside down). Get your dough ready, place it on parchment, and make sure it is not larger in circumference than the bottom of your cast iron pan. When your oven and cast iron pan are preheated, carefully lay the prepared pizza dough (with the parchment) right onto the make-shift stone and bake. I love this trick because it really does work like a pizza stone – and most folks have a cast iron pan in their kitchen arsenal.

      Enjoy!
      Kelley

    • Kelley says

      Hello!
      If you’d like to purchase outside of the US, please send us an email to info AT wellnessbakeries DOT com with the items you’d like. We will reply with the shipping charges for those items.

      Be Well,
      Kelley

    • Kelley says

      Hi Wendy,
      Great! Please send an email to info AT wellnessbakeries DOT com with the quantity and your locality so we can provide you with a shipping quote.

      Best,
      Kelley

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