Grain-Gluten-Free Primal Pizza Crust

Aug 30, 2010 by

I grew up in the shadows of NYC. To me, there’s no other pizza other than a New York slice. The soft gooey crust that you can fold in half, the oily cheese sliding off, the crunchy yet chewy crust dipped in extra marinara sauce. There’s truly no other pizza like it.

Sure, Chicago has great pizza in its own right – the deep dish. It has a mealier crust, almost like corn meal and has a crunch so great that you usually have to cut your piece with a fork and knife. Not that I’m complaining.

I haven’t had pizza in months since I gave up grain. I was going to have a piece while I was in NYC a few weeks ago for BlogHer but honestly, it never happened. Either we had meals already planned or I just wasn’t hungry at the time the opportunity presented itself. This, I deeply regret.

Linda and I were chatting on Twitter the other day about how awesome my biscuits were (yes, my arm hurts from patting myself on the back) and we both wondered if I could make it into a pizza crust-eqsue thingie. My husband was away this weekend so I figured it was as good of a time as any to kill some time in the kitchen in between preventing my two small children from killing each other.

And I did it!!!

(iPhone picture of sheer excitement that I sent to anyone who would care as soon as it came out of the oven and I tried it!)

This is definitely not remotely close to a NYC pizza – nothing is – and that will likely never be replicated without the disgusting (yet delicious) addition of white flour. So, I will reserve that as my very rare cheat. This crust tasted more like the deep dish kind, a little mealy and crunchy. But the best part was being able to pick up a piece of pizza and eat it!! No fork and knife!!

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  1. Jan

    I know I'm strange, but pizza isn't my favorite thing in the world (give me grain-free/sugar-free pad thai and I'd be in heaven). However, every now and then I get a hankering for it and when I do, I will make this crust.


  2. Robyn

    George, I cannot WAIT to try this! Have you tried the recipe from the almond-flour cookbook? I didn't like it, so I'm hoping yours will rock my world (I'm sure it will!).

  3. Tara

    What Robyn said, exactly. I hope that your crust recipe will save our Friday pizza nights! :-)

  4. Dan

    GREAT PHOTOS. Looks delicious. Me I prefer crispy and wafer thin bases.

  5. Tara

    Update, since I tried this tonight. . . THANK YOU. If I could reach you, I'd be happy to hold you, squeeze you, love you, call you George–and feed you pizza. :-D You ROCK!

  6. Lindsay (A Natural Notebook)

    Oh thank you for this…. I can't wait to try this.

  7. Laura

    OMG my pregnant belly is thanking you right now!!! I had a serious craving for pizza and decided to try your recipe tonight. The hubby loved it, too! My four year old came in and said, "Whoa whoa whoa! Homemade healthy pizza!" and the comments afterward from the kiddo were, "Wonderful, wonderful! That pizza was sooooo good. Thank you mommy!"

    And as I speak, the babe growing inside me is kicking with apparent delight and I think I saw a fist jabbing me with a thumbs up!

    My only gripe was the dough was seriously hard to spread out…how did you manage to get your crust to spread so thinly and evenly?

    In any case, the manual labor (I literally ended up using my hands to spread the dough after unsuccessfully attempting the spatula) was totally worth it!

    :) Hope you don't mind my copying a link to your recipe on my blog.

  8. Mrs. Ed

    Always glad to see another gf/gf pizza recipe!

  9. Thanks for the recipe! (Found your link on the Elana’s Pantry forum) It looks super easy.

    I have a question: could I use soy or coconut yogurt? Not only have I started to eat gluten-free, but also have been avoiding dairy. I’m hoping either of those options will work. I’ll try it and let you know.

    Thanks again!


  10. Carla

    Your pizza crust is in the oven as I write this. I didn’t have yogurt or sour cream, so I put some cottage cheese in the food processor and voila! The dough was perfect. I also added a few Italian seasonings to the dry ingredients for a little extra kick. I put plastic wrap over the top of the dough (after it was on the parchment paper)and was able to evenly roll out one beautiful large pizza crust. I can’t wait to add my toppings! Looks absolutely picture perfect. Thanks for sharing this great recipe! I’ll be posting this a link to this recipe along with a final picture on my facebook tonight. :-)

  11. Carla

    Ok, this pizza was fabulous. A huge hit with the whole family. I will be making it again and again.
    PS It make the house smell better than a Yankee Candle. :-)

  12. Jess

    Thanks for the recipe… this is SO good! I’ve tried different cauliflower pizza crusts a few times, and they’re good, but the consistency just isn’t there. This is just like the real thing! Only made 1/3 of the recipe and didn’t add the egg (didn’t have one). Turned out great.

  13. Just tried this a few nights ago. O. M. G. I even blogged a love letter to you for giving us this kick-ass recipe!

  14. I made this tonight and my whole family loved it. My girls are diary free so I subed So Delicious Coconut milk drink with a little lemon juice and 1/3 cup coconut oil for the the sour cream (and they had soy cheese on their half (not my fav because it’s pretty processed- but occasionally you just need a little cheese!!).

    I also cut the cost a bit by adding in ground flax for some of the almond meal.

    It was really good- my hubby really liked it.


  15. Kellie

    This is amazing! I have only been primal/paleo for 6 weeks, feel awesome but hubby not on board – yet… Even he was impressed when I showed him my pizza tonight (the rest of the family had store-bought pizza bases). At least I was able to make everyone’s toppings healthy and delicious. Thank you for your great recipe, can’t wait to try many more of them!

  16. Diana

    I have only just found your blog and your writing makes me laugh!! I’m so pleased that i’ve found this!! At current, we’re (my husband and me) are trialing a high protein, low carb diet and we’re doing ok, touch wood! Your recipes are right up our alley!

    Cheers from Downunder :)

  17. Ahh!! I’ve been looking for a grain free pizza crust recipe that wasn’t too eggy or dry. This looks amazing!! I’m making this tonight.

  18. Ashley L

    I wanna make this for my tomato allergic/wheat allergic/nut/coconut allergic little girl. What could I sub the almond flour with and what could I sub the pizza sauce with?

    Thanks so much :) Looks delicious!

  19. Jenny

    I wanted to tell you that I made your pizza tonight and my family LOVED, LOVED, LOVED it. I cannot even tell you how thankful I am to have found this recipe. Thank you so much for sharing this – thank you!!!

    I didn’t have parmesan, so I just put in 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese in the crust. I put on pasta sauce and cheese on top and it was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO good. Thank you so much!! Even my 6 year old daughter loved it.

  20. Monique

    Can’t believe how good this was! You’re a genius. When I saw this recipe, I knew I had to make it because of all the positive feedback. Usually when baking with grain free ingredients you have comments like “this didn’t turn out”, “it fell apart”, “this was okay but not great”. This was actually so easy to make and so satisfying. I had everything I needed at home already and it didn’t call for a long list of crazy ingredients. The crust had that bread sort of texture (not just a crunchy cracker like many grain free crusts) and the almond flour was not overwhelming like other ones I’ve tried. I was never into trying the cauliflower and cheese crust as it didn’t sound appealing at all to me. This was better than the grain free crusts I’ve tried as well as just gluten free crusts. The main things I miss when I don’t eat grains are pasta and pizza (I’m Italian). Now that I’ve found tasty alternatives to both of those things I am set!

  21. I made this pizza crust tonight and it was so delicious. Even my grain loving husband thought it tasted wonderful!

    Thanks so much!

  22. Samantha

    Is this mini or reg.? If its reg., how long will it take to bake the minis?

    • AndreAnna

      This is a decent size, and if you want to make minis, it would take around 5 minutes less. Using parchment is very important though! :)

  23. Alisa

    You may have just single-handedly saved my husband’s and my new low carb lifestyle! He desperately misses pizza, but I’ve been adamant about sticking to the plan. Made this just now, since he’s having lunch out, and generally expects some anecdotal support for my “crazy” recipes before trying them himself. This is easy and tasty! I worried portion control would be a challenge, but I was only able to eat 1/3 of a crust…I used to eat three large slices of the poison stuff. My desire for pizza is satisfied, and I’m so happy to have this recipe now! Must buy more almond flour ASAP, as I only had enough for one crust. Thanks again!!!


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