Quinoa Pizza Crust

For some reason, this post didn’t seem to publish yesterday, but I got lots of requests on the blog and instagram for this quinoa pizza crust recipe. Lucky for you, I had some extra time on my hands while I was at the airport yesterday, so I typed things up quickly. That’s right. I’m a people pleaser. So while I’m running around at SXSW, I’ll leave you with this new recipe…

This recipe is the perfect example of what happens when I “make do” with what I have on hand. I was still trying to follow the Tone It Up plan and was looking for an alternative type of pizza crust that would be meal-plan-approved. I thought maybe a socca pizza crust, made with chickpea flour (like this one) would be a good idea. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any chickpea flour at the grocery store, so I started brainstorming other ideas. I decided if it worked with chickpea flour, why not quinoa flour? And thus, a quinoa pizza crust was born.

What I love about this crust is that you can make it thin and crispy. Oh, and you can top it with anything your heart desires.

I apologize in advance for the less than stellar photography, but I was so excited to eat it, I didn’t set up my light box. You’ll forgive me, once you try this pizza crust. Keep in mind, you need quinoa flour, not just quinoa. I bought a bag of Bob’s Red Mill, and it was a little on the pricy side, but worth it, in my opinion. Plus, this recipe is vegan and gluten free.

quinoa pizza crust

Quinoa Pizza Crust

Serves 2

  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa flour*
  • 1/4 cup of oatmeal flour* (gluten-free oats, if that matters to you)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp italian spices (I use a blend of oregano, garlic, and crushed red pepper)
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

*Note: I didn’t have oat flour, per say, but I tossed about 1/3 cup rolled oats into my food processor until they turned to flour. I read that you can do the same thing with quinoa. But I haven’t actually tried it so I can’t say for sure.

Combine the quinoa flour and oat flour, then add in salt and spices. Add warm water and olive oil. Your mixture will be a little lumpy, and you may need to use your hands to mix it all. Spray a baking sheet or pizza stone with olive oil (or just coat it with a paper towel dipped in olive oil) and bake at 375 for about 10 minutes, or until the edges start to brown.

After that, you can top with your remaining ingredients. I used tomato sauce, peppers, onions, and nutritional yeast. Bake for another 10-15 minutes, depending on your toppings.

The crust itself didn’t have a super strong flavor (so I’d definitely add in those spices) but it was a great base for the rest of the ingredients. There are definitely lots of options for customizing here.

For other pizza crust options check these out:

What would you put on top of this quinoa crust?

 

Comments

  1. Amazing! Have so much fun in Austin!!
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  2. I’ve made pizza crust before with quinoa flour and it turned out amazing! I’ve also made chocolate cake with it!
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  3. Amazing. Thanks for sharing, Liz!
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  4. Mmmmm, I like anything “pizza” related! Happy Friday
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  5. I’ve never used quinoa flour before but it looks like it makes a perfect pizza crust. Great recipe!

  6. oh this looks really good!! I’m totally bookmarking the link to the two ingredient pizza crust too
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  7. Made this last night, turned out great! Thanks for sharing :)

  8. Made this last night, turned out great! Thanks for sharing :) I am also doing the 7DSD by Tone It Up! It’s hard to follow it exactly but with little substitutions like this, it’s much easier!

  9. I am loving this pizza crust. I’ve bought quinoa flour recently and have been experimenting using it in different things. On this pizza crust I’d have mushrooms, artichokes, olives and nutritional yeast cheese sauce. Yum!

  10. I am so, so glad that you shared this recipe. I have been looking forward to it! I would love to make this pizza crust and top it with TONS of roasted veggies :).
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  11. I have been meaning to pick up some quinoa, but just never got around to it… MUST change now that that I saw this recipe :)
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  12. That looks awesome! Not sure Ive ever seen quinoa flour over here! I’ll have to keep my eyes out for it!
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  13. This looks fantastic! I actually have some quinoa flour that has been sitting in my pantry mostly untouched, so this is the perfect use for it. I would top mine with pizza sauce, artichokes, roasted red peppers, and feta!
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  14. I cannot wait to try this :) I love when I can find ways to make pizza healthier. It’s definitely one of the foods I wish I could enjoy more often!

  15. Thanks for the heads-up on your Instagram! I’m now following you! This Quinoa Crust sounds interesting!!!! LOVE Quinoa!
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  16. Oh wow! I love how simple this is! And I heard the same thing about making your own quinoa flour…AFTER I paid SIX BUCKS for a package at TJ Maxx! Boo! Haha! I’ll definitely have to give this a try since I’m a pizza feign!

    I would top my crust with black olives (a pizza must IMHO), onions, bell peppers, sundried tomatoes…and while I’m on a bit of a Mediterranean kick, how about a little feta? Mmmm! :D
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  17. Looks like something I will have to make when visiting Mama Smart…since she has quinoa flour, and then I wouldn’t have to buy any. ;)

    Great idea, and it looks PERFECT. [Also, I love that there is no yeast/rising time. Who wants to wait when you are hungry???]
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  18. Jani WFPB says:

    This crust was great! I added 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed to add extra fiber and flavor. My picky 5 year old described the crust as “a spicy cookie.” The whole family loved the pizza. I loved that it was also healthy!

  19. So was it supposed to come out crumbly? I followed the directions but when I mixed everything it was still a tad dry. I added a bit more water but the crust never really came together. It stayed crumbly, even after I pre-cooked it, topped it, cooked again and then cut it into slices. It had a good taste but I was expecting it to be a bit more “together”. I am thinking of adding an egg to it next time to help bind it.

    • Hmm no it shouldn’t be crumbly. It’s not a chewy as traditional pizza crust, but it should slice nicely. I’m sure an egg would help bind it, or maybe a little traditional flour, if you’re not gluten free!

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