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Best Gluten-free Pizza Crust Ever!

Dear joyous readers!

My lovely client Karen came in for a session this week and we got chatting about our mutual love of pizza. She told me about this pizza crust from the Wheat Belly website. I decided to make it with some modifications as I always change up recipes to make them more joyous. It was seriously the best gluten-free pizza crust I've ever had. In fact, it was so delicious it almost didn't even need toppings! Walker (my hubs) loved it too. Thanks Karen!!

7 Reasons this is the Best Pizza Crust Ever: 

  1. The base of this crust is ground almonds which means a source of satiating protein, good fats and very low on the glycemic index.  So you won't be reaching for a piece of pie after eating this pizza.
  2. Almonds are full of antioxidant rich vitamin E and stress-busting magnesium.
  3. FULL of flavour. The original recipe called for onion powder, since I don't use onion powder (always use fresh raw onions) I just added in more organic garlic powder.
  4. Fiber-rich. The almonds are a great source of fiber, as is the garbanzo flour (chick pea) and the flaxseeds. Since I had a mixture of chia and flax in my freezer, that's what I used. Fiber fills up your belly so you stay fuller longer. It also adds some nice bulk to your stools so you have joyous bowel movements. And of course fiber slows the release of glucose into the bloodstream.
  5. It was a pick-up-and-eat crust!
  6. I loved it as much as I love the cauliflower crust pizza.
  7. It doesn't make you bloated!

Here's my version of this joyous-approved pizza crust. I hope you try it out and love it as much as I did. It makes a 12-inch pizza crust so if you have a family to feed, I would suggest making 2. We had enough for two people plus lunch the next day.

Mains + Sides
Ingredients
  • 1 3/4 cups ground almonds
  • 1/2 cup garbanzo bean (chickpea) flour
  • 1 cup shredded hard goat cheese
  • 4 tablespoons ground flaxseed*
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 tsp dried rosemary
  • Dash of sea salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup water
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In food processor or food chopper, pulse or chop goat cheese until becomes granular size. Add ground almonds, flour, flaxseed, garlic powder and salt. Blend together. Remove and place in a large bowl and combine remaining ingredients: eggs, oil and water, mix thoroughly.
  3. Spread large sheet of parchment paper over a cookie sheet. Place dough on parchment paper and spread around with a spatula. Or place dough onto a pizza stone and spread out to desired thickness.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and top with whatever you like! Kale pesto, pizza sauce, chopped peppers, spinach.
  6. Bake for an additional 15 minutes.

Notes

*I've made this pizza many times and forgotten to add the flax, so if you don't have this ingredient don't worry, it will still work!

Be sure to share your food photos with me on twitter or instagram, just tag me @joyoushealth. I love seeing how many people are eating joyously!! – woohoo!

Joy

50 Comments
Bronwyn   •   March 19, 2014

This looks fantastic! Is this the type of recipe where you could use an egg substitute, i.e. chia or flax eggs?

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Joy McCarthy   •   May 2, 2014

Yes definitely. I haven't tried it without eggs yet, but I'm sure it would work.


Bronwyn   •   March 19, 2014

This looks delicious! Is this the type of recipe where you could use an egg substitute, i.e. chia or flax eggs?

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Elaine   •   March 19, 2014

Yummy! Always looking for healthier pizza - thanks for sharing!

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Joy McCarthy   •   May 2, 2014

My pleasure! Enjoy!


Ashley   •   March 21, 2014

I'd love to try this, what can I replace 2 cups ground almonds with? I have allergies :-)

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Joy McCarthy   •   May 2, 2014

I would suggest you ground up another type of nut and use that to replace with the almonds.


Bea   •   March 23, 2014

This recipe sounds and looks delicious! Will definitely make it this week. Just curious - is there a particular reason why you stay away from onion powder? If for health reasons - would love to know why! :)

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Joy McCarthy   •   March 26, 2014

No not at all! I just prefer fresh onions :)


Samantha   •   April 9, 2014

Hi, Joy! I just discovered your website and am very excited about it! This recipe looks great but I have a 12 year old with a dairy intolerance. Is goat cheese ok to eat or is there a substitute? Thanks!

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Joy McCarthy   •   April 10, 2014

Some people who cannot tolerate cow's milk dairy can eat goat milk products just fine because the fat globules in goat are easier to digest, the casein protein is different than cow's (the majority of children who react to casein in cow milk are reacting to Alpha s1 Casein -- they are up to 90% LESS in goat) and there's much less lactose. Plus goat's milk is naturally homogenized. Hope that helps! I should write a blog post about this :)


John   •   April 24, 2014

haha a gluten free pizza is a great idea. Never even thought of trying it but i'll try it!

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Joy McCarthy   •   May 2, 2014

Let me know what you think!


Tara   •   May 3, 2014

Can I use shredded parm cheese or does it need to be granulated?

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Joy McCarthy   •   May 5, 2014

Yes totally!


Marlo   •   May 4, 2014

Hi Joy, what if I can't consume dairy, can I just omit that? Please let me know. Thank you very much!

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Joy McCarthy   •   May 5, 2014

Yes but you will have to put something else in, in place of the goat cheese. You could do a vegan cheese like daiya?


Megan S   •   December 29, 2014

This pizza crust was amazing. I tried to attach a picture, but could not figure out how but it was so good. We put spinach, goat cheese, tomato, and chicken as the toppings. The crust had a bit of almond taste, but not in a bad way, a nice flavour! It tasted like a cheesy almond bread. I will definitely make this multiple times!

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Kate McDonald Walker   •   December 30, 2014

That's awesome, Megan! Glad to hear it was a success! Kate - Joyous Health Team


Brittany   •   January 26, 2015

We LOVE pizza night and crave this constantly now!

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Jen   •   February 23, 2015

Hi joy, I have been looking forever for a yummy pizza crust and want to try your recipe. How do I make this without goat cheese? I have a dairy allergy. Jen

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Kate McDonald Walker   •   February 24, 2015

Hi Jen, Personally, I like sliced avocado as a "cheese" substitute on dairy-free pizzas because it still has a creamy texture. Kate - Joyous Health Team

Joy McCarthy   •   February 24, 2015

Hi Jen! Just to add to Kate's comment, there is 1 cup of shredded goat cheese in this recipe so if you are going to sub it with something vegan/non-dairy then "daiya" cheese would be your best bet. They sell it at health food stores. Avocado could be added on top afterwards like Kate suggested but after it's been cooked otherwise it will be kinda slimey.


Myra   •   March 24, 2015

If I don't have garbanzo flour, can I just use almond flour or do you need another substitute? If so, what can be used in place of the garbanzo flour?

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Kate McDonald Walker   •   March 24, 2015

Hi Myra, We've actually got a whole handy chart on flour substitutions, since the ratio of flour you'll need will depend on the flours you're swapping, up here on the blog: http://www.joyoushealth.com/blog/2015/01/12/flour-substitution-chart/ Please keep in mind that flour swapping is more of an art than an exact science, so we can't guarantee that every flour will work as well for every recipe as the original flour suggested. Kate - Joyous Health Team


Lise Theriault   •   January 25, 2016

Hi Joy, Is it possible to make the crust and freeze it for later use? Thanks!

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Stephanie   •   April 8, 2016

Curious why you won't use onion powder but will garlic powder when garlic could be finely grated on a grasp for use here?

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Joy McCarthy   •   April 9, 2016

You can totally use onion powder if you want. I just like to top it with fresh onions. I put garlic powder in the crust because it mixes well with all the dry ingredients for a more balanced flavour. I often roast garlic or slice it super fine and use it as a topping. This recipe is one that you can easily change up, so feel free to use fresh garlic in the crust if you like -- have fun!


Petunia Evans   •   May 27, 2016

My sister has a gluten allergy, which means I have to be more creative in cooking her food. The pizza looks delicious, but my mouth is watering just hearing about this crust. I'm glad to hear that it is flavorful, as well as gluten free. I can't wait to try this recipe for my sister and I, thanks!

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Heather Allen   •   May 27, 2016

We hope you both enjoy it, Petunia! Heather- Joyous Health team


Emily Fox   •   September 21, 2016

How many people does the recipe serve? One individual pizza?

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Heather Allen   •   September 21, 2016

Hi Emily! It makes a 12-inch pizza crust so if you have a family to feed, I would suggest making 2.Enjoy! Heather- Joyous Health Team


Stephanie M.   •   February 2, 2017

This crust recipe sounds amazing! Has anyone tried to use the left-over almond pulp/grit from making almond milk to make crust? I'm trying to use up the grit but not sure if it'll work like this!

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Rachel   •   February 2, 2017

Hey Stephanie! We haven't tried it ourselves, but I don't see why not? :) Just make sure it's dried and course enough before you use it. If you try it, let us know what you think! Rachel - Joyous Health Team

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bea   •   February 4, 2017

can yo uuse ground alomond flour instead ?

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Rachel   •   February 6, 2017

Hey Bea, Sure, ground almond flour would work as well! Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Elizabeth King   •   February 4, 2017

Hi Joy, I have tried saving a this recipe using your save button but i can't sign in. It asks for my user name which I gave

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Rachel   •   February 6, 2017

Hey Elizabeth! Just confirming that this is now resolved for you :) If you happen to encounter any other issues in the future, please don't hesitate to reach out! Rachel - Joyous Health Team


jen   •   February 5, 2017

Hi Joy, I really want to try this recipe but I have a dairy intolerance. What can I use instead of goat cheese? jen

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Rachel   •   February 6, 2017

Hey Jen! You could use a vegan cheese like Daiya? As a side note, some people who cannot tolerate cow's milk dairy can eat goat milk products just fine because the fat globules in goat are easier to digest, the casein protein is different than cow's (the majority of people who react to casein in cow milk are reacting to Alpha s1 Casein -- they are up to 90% LESS in goat) and there's much less lactose. Plus goat's milk is naturally homogenized. Definitely do what feels right for you, but just thought I'd weave in that tidbit as Joy typically doesn't eat dairy either but responds well to goat cheese. Hope that helps! Rachel - Joyous Health Team

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Suzanne   •   February 10, 2017

This recipe looks great although I've recently learned of a food intolerance wth almonds. Do you have any recommendations about substituting for almond flour? Thanks!

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Rachel   •   February 13, 2017

Hey Suzanne, We would suggest you ground up another type of nut and use that to replace with the almonds :) Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Effie J. Sorg   •   May 30, 2017

Hello, this pizza is looking stunning. My mouth is watering I want to eat it right now. But before this I want to know that which brand of almonds and flour is suitable for me, currently i am using https://www.anthonysgoods.com/. Is it good for my pizza or not? please reply me soon...

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Rachel Molenda   •   May 30, 2017

Hey Effie, We've never used that specific brand before but it looks to be pretty good! :) I think you're going to love this pizza recipe! Rachel - Joyous Health Team


michele   •   September 8, 2017

Hello, This sounds amazing because I love pizza and can't eat gluten or dairy, but I think I am ok with Goats milk anyways Just wondering why the goat cheese goes in the crust instead of just on top of the pizza. Thanks, Michele

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Rachel Molenda   •   September 8, 2017

Hey Michele, The goat cheese is a hard goat cheese so it actually shreds. It's not like the soft goat cheese that you might be thinking of. This helps to hold things together nicely :) Goats milk has a lower amount of casein in it that typically causes people with dairy intolerances the most trouble, so you should be okay! Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Maeve Mowat   •   September 23, 2017

Tried the pizza crust tonight with tigernut flour in place of almonds and chia eggs. It needed a little extra cooking for turned out beautifully! Thanks Joy!

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Rachel Molenda   •   September 25, 2017

Hey Maeve, That sounds AMAZING! What a delicious swap! Hope you enjoyed it :) Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Cheryl   •   September 25, 2017

Thanks so much for this insight into cooking, esp.gluten free items that are available. I had just made Cauliflower pizza crust, and it is delicious and nutrional.ground almonds are easier to digest; certainly, I am glad to try this recipe. Thanks Cheryl. S.

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Rachel Molenda   •   September 26, 2017

Hey Cheryl, That sounds delicious! Cauliflower Pizza Crust is another great option! Rachel - Joyous Health Team


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