Grain-Free Pizza

 

Grain Free Pizza Base

I have played with several grain free pizza bases over the years. We have been using this recipe for a year now and I am ready to share it with you all.

In my experience grain free bases are a faff to make and never taste like pizza most of the time! Traditional pizza base is very simple; flour (gluten and grain rich!), olive oil, yeast, water, sugar and salt. To recreate this without gluten and adding nutrients (which I always have to do!) is a tough thing.

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I have really enjoyed my cauliflower crust however it was not nice cold and that is a must for lunchboxes! So I have been searching and playing for the right combination. I tried simply replacing the flour with a gluten free mix, but my need for nutrients was not being met! Then I decided that I actually wanted it grain free for the kids and my digestive needs. Thats when I turned to tapioca flour (see here for a great one to buy). Learning to use tapioca flour is an experience!!

The best starting point I found was in this book, Paleo Eats by Kelley Bejelly; (its a really great book)

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I then went about filling it with nutrition, namely making sure it contained the amount of protein in it necessary to nourish and fill up my kids. Here is the result;

Grain Free, Nutrient Rich, Pizza Base
Serves 5
A delicious grain free crust which is great for kids and works well for leftovers in their lunchboxes
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Prep Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup of water
  2. 2/3 cup of olive oil (I have also used coconut oil)
  3. 1tsp of dried herbs (I like an italian mix- you can use what you like or sun-dried tomato flakes)
  4. 2 tsp garlic or dried onion powder
  5. 2 tsp salt
  6. 3 cups of tapioca flour
  7. 1tbsp collagen hydrolysate (gelatin)
  8. 2 beaten eggs
  9. 1tsp nutritional yeast (optional)
  10. 3tbsp coconut flour
  11. 2 tbsp almond flour (optional)
  12. dash of kefir (water or milk) (optional, you can also add a dash of apple cider vinegar)
Instructions
  1. Add the water, oil, herbs and garlic powder to a saucepan and bring to the boil.
  2. Add the tapioca flour and it will instantly become a sticky mess (I mean dough)
  3. Ensure it is all mixed in and allow to cool for 10-15 mins
  4. Heat your oven to 200 centigrade.
  5. Add in remaining ingredients until it is a dough that can be kneaded. You may need to adjust the dry ingredients. Coconut flour expands so be careful if you add more. The gelatin helps to make it more doughy.
  6. I roll the dough out in between two pieces of baking paper. It is then easier to get really thin and then move to a baking sheet or pizza stone.
  7. Roll your dough out to a couple of mm. It is a nice thin and crispy pizza, any thicker and it is a bit too chewy.
  8. I have frozen the bases at this point
  9. Put pizza in the oven to 20-30 mins to pre cook (longer if you have cooked from frozen)
  10. Add toppings. I add passata, and whatever I fancy (the kids eat ham, pineapple and olives!) we like bacon, artichokes, olives and peppers!
  11. Add cheese if you like and put back in the oven for another 10-15 mins.
  12. Enjoy
Notes
  1. The gelatin, almond flour and eggs add a good nutrient content to the pizza base so it is not so starch heavy. The oil adds a good fat content. We always serve with a nice crisp and colourful salad and it is very filling.
Adapted from Paleo Eats, Kelley Bejelly
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How to Make Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Cauliflower pizza

 

I really wanted to try and make a cauliflower crust. At the time my Son was 7 months old so I wanted a Gluten free, nut free, egg free, grain free and dairy free version. I couldnt find one so I created one! (adapted from my Quinoa Flatbreads) We have had this a few times now and is a firm favourite in our house so now that he is 1 (so is tolerating nuts and egg) I don’t feel the need to change what works! It is a little time intensive (waiting for Chia, quinoa and flax to soak) but its only 30 mins!

Here it is!

Ingredients;

1 Whole Cauliflower

1/2 cup Quinoa

1/4 cup Chia seeds

1/4 cup Ground Flax

1 Cup water

1/2-1 cup Multi Purpose Gluten Free Flour (more for dusting)

1-2 tbs Nutritional Yeast

Salt and Pepper

(optional extras- herbs dried or fresh, paprika, turmeric, cumin)

Begin by mixing the Quinoa, Chia, Ground flax with the water and leaving it to soak until it becomes Gel like.

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Blitz cauliflower in the food processor till it resembles rice. You need to drain the water otherwise the dough is too sloppy and sticky. I find the easiest way to do this is using a nut bag.

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Mix the two together then add the nutritional yeast and generously season with salt and pepper. Add the flour bit by bit until it comes to a firm slightly sticky dough. Taste as you go and season as appropriate (add additional extras too). Make sure you use grease proof paper on your baking sheet and flour it really well as well as your hands. Press the dough out to the size you want ( I make smaller ones for the Kids) and make sure you flip the dough over to ensure it is not stuck to the paper and flour up!

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Bake at 180 for 15 mins, then flip the base over (hence why you want a lot of flour!) and bake the other side for 10-15 mins

When it is done add your tomato sauce (I just use simple passata) Our favourite toppings are;

Salami, peppers, goats cheese, red onion, olives, artichokes, asparagus (pictures show our peppers, onion asparagus and goats cheese combo for vegetarian night!)

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Return to the oven or grill for a further 10 mins until toppongs are done. Eat straigth away. The cauliflower really comes through when it gets cold! It can be reheated in the oven though if you have leftovers! It is a nutritionally dense meal so you will not want loads- serve with a simple salad! Great dinner for kids and adults alike (Even my husband loves it!)

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