Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Grain-free, Bean-free, Vegan Pizza Crust

This crust is soft, doughy, and holds together well.  It reminds me of personal pan pizza crust from my former favorite chain pizza place. It also makes a good mock New York style crust. A food processor or wide-based blender is needed for this recipe. I have made this recipe without flax seeds, although it requires reducing the water by approx. 1/2 cup.

1 cup whole quinoa
2 tbsp flax meal (ground flax seeds)
3 tbsp flax seeds
1 tsp powdered kelp
2 cups water
1 cup arrowroot starch
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar or lemon juice

1) Preheat oven to 400F and grease your choice of pan, 13x9, 11x7, 9" round, etc. The pan you choose will determine the thickness of your crust. I bake my crust on a non-stick silicone sheet inside a 13x9 inch pan. This mixture pourable.
2) Place quinoa, flax seeds, powdered kelp, and 1 cup water into for processor and process for 5 minutes.
3) Add arrowroot, flax meal, and one cup water and process for 3 minutes.
4) Add baking soda and process for 30 seconds.
5) Make sure oven is preheated and pan is ready, then add apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice) to food processor. Process for 5 seconds. At this point the mixture will rise, so be careful not to over mix.
6) Pour mixture into prepared pan and bake for 12-15 minutes, depending on what size pan you use. When the center of crust is firm and you can see some cracks or bubbles on the top of the crust that is when it is ready to take out of the oven and put on toppings.
7) Place desired sauce and toppings on pizza, and place back into oven to cook until done.

Some pizza toppings should be cooked a little before placing on pizza, such as broccoli.

I enjoy having pizza with a spinach sauce, made out of raw baby spinach, organic olive oil, powdered kelp, and garlic that has been pureed together in the food processor or blender.

Raw pumpkin seeds, pepitas, out of the shell, also make a great sauce, when combined with olive oil, sunflower seeds, powdered kelp, and garlic in the food processor or blender.

If using jarred tomato sauce, buy organic and read the label. Many tomato sauces contain citric acid. Citric acid in the U.S. is made from corn, which is a grain.

This pizza crust is grain-free, gluten-free, corn-free, rice-free, dairy-free, casein-free, bean-free, soy-free, almond-free, tree nut-free, egg-free, potato-free, nightshade-free, and xanthan gum-free.
It can be made completely yeast-free by using lemon juice instead of apple cider vinegar.


  1. Hi Jennifer,

    I have a question for you in regards to vegan/protein shakes (not related to the above recipe I am posting this comment on lol)--do you have an e-mail that you share with your blog followers? If not, I'll go ahead and ask you via this message box. Thank you! Btw, I LOVE your blog-- I recently became Vegan after being Vegetarian for 2 years and now I want to go grain-less, so thanks a bunch for taking the time to post your recipes/products!! : )

    Kind Regards,

  2. Do you think the recipe work as well if you substitute the starch for a nut, seed, or bean flour?

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