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
- 1 1/2 cups quinoa flour
- 1/4 cup of oat flour*
- 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 (you might need up to 2/3 cup of water but start small!)
- 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 and shredded mozzarella cheese. 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.
What would you put on top of this quinoa crust?