18 July 2011

Recipe: Gluten-Free Pizza

When we switched to gluten-free eating over a year ago, there were three main foods we wanted to find excellent gluten-free recipes for: bread, pancakes, and pizza crust.

After a disappointing experience with a box-mix pizza crust (tasting similar to what I would think cardboard tastes like), I was left with little hope. Mum, on the other hand, persevered and the next week found a recipe. And it was delicious, aside from being soggy and flimsy.

Since then I’ve created a new recipe, based on the original. Below you will find my finished creation which makes for a thin, crispy, delicious gluten-free pizza crust!

The Best Gluten-Free Pizza Crust
(even gluten-eaters like it!) Makes: 2 large crusts

DRY Ingredients:
1 3/4 cups brown rice flour*
1 1/3 cups tapioca flour/starch
2 teaspoon xanthan gum
2 teaspoon (1 packet) gelatin
4 tablespoon dry milk powder
2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon salt

WET Ingredients:
1 cup water
2 egg whites
1 whole egg
3 tablespoon olive oil

*To make this recipe grain-free, use almond flour instead of brown rice flour.

Mix wet ingredients in mixer. Combine dry ingredients in medium bowl. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients in mixer and beat on high for 3 1/2 minutes.

Divide dough onto two well-greased pizza pans…

Recipe: Gluten-Free Pizza

If you’ve worked with gluten-free dough before, you already realize how sticky it can be. For this reason, the best way to roll out the pizza dough is to drop it in dollops on a well-greased pizza stone and then roll it out until smooth. (It’ll be well worth the extra work of smoothing it out.)

Recipe: Gluten-Free Pizza

Recipe: Gluten-Free Pizza

Bake for 10 minutes at 400°F.

Recipe: Gluten-Free Pizza

Remove from oven, flip the crust, and bake for another 8 minutes at 400°F. (Since this recipe makes two crusts, you might as well go ahead and bake the second one on both sides, too, before adding the toppings.)

(The apron in the upper left corner is a creation of the delightful Marie-Madeline Studio!)

Recipe: Gluten-Free Pizza

Remove crust(s) from oven, and spread desired sauce (no need to let cool).

Recipe: Gluten-Free Pizza

Add desired toppings. (We stick with the basics – simple yet delicious!)

Recipe: Gluten-Free Pizza

Bake for 8-12 minutes at 400°F, depending on desired softness or crispiness.

Recipe: Gluten-Free Pizza

There you have it! Want a slice? Enjoy!

P.S. The baked crusts freeze very well. We usually freeze the second crust in a turkey oven bag (which we reuse) – the one bag we found that fits the diameter of the crust. When you’re ready to use the frozen crust, let it sit out for a few minutes on the pizza pan/stoneware. Then add the toppings and bake for 10-12 minutes at 400°F.

  1. 44 Responses to “Recipe: The Best Gluten-Free Pizza Crust”

  2. The aunt on Jul 18, 2011 said:

    Looks ‘kind of’ tasty. :)

  3. The aunt on Jul 18, 2011 said:

    The apron is a little scary, like monster teeth or something.

  4. Emily Rose on Jul 18, 2011 said:

    The Aunt, the pattern across the apron is actually based on the zig-zag stripe across Charlie Brown’s shirt in the Peanuts comic strip. (The apron was from DaySpring at the International Christian Retail Show last week.) Love, Emily Rose

  5. Sarah on Jul 18, 2011 said:

    wow…I can’t wait to try this recipe. my younger sister has a gluten allergy and she misses pizza soo much!

    thanks for the recipe!

    In Christ,


  6. Elena Marques on Jul 18, 2011 said:

    Yum! I can’t wait to try this one out! We have a few nut based pizza crust recipes that we enjoy, but it’s very nice to have another recipe for some variation! Thanks for sharing this one.

  7. Miss Rachel P. on Jul 18, 2011 said:

    Wonderful Emily Rose! :D Thank you so much for sharing dear! My dad, of course, is GF intolerant. I have a crust I make for him already that is very good, but I’ll try this one too and see which he likes better! ;) Yes, we freeze our pizza crusts as well, it’s so nice to have one ready to go! :D

    Lovely aprons! :) They are charming!

    Blessings in Christ!

  8. Elizabeth on Jul 18, 2011 said:

    Mmmm….looks yummy! Beautiful photos…as always! [smile] A younger girl in our chapel has a gluten allergy, so perhaps they would like to try this yummy-looking recipe out! Blessings!

    With Joy in Christ,

  9. Pauline on Jul 18, 2011 said:

    oh that looks just too good.

  10. sherry on Jul 18, 2011 said:

    Oh yummmy. I am going to link back for my friends! BTW Emily was wonderin’ if I could borrow a couple of the wedding photo’s. We are planning an outdoor wedding. I love the backdrop ya’ll did. So creative! Our wedding is next spring. We are working on inspiration photo’s for our blog. Do you mind?
    Thanks have a Blessed week,

  11. Erica Connell on Jul 18, 2011 said:

    This looks great – can’t wait to try it. We’ve been gluten free for almost a year too, and have found great recipies for pie crust, cakes, cookies, etc. But the one I have for pizza is “just okay”. I’ll give it a go before the month is over! :)

  12. Ammaka on Jul 18, 2011 said:

    This sounds awesome! I hesitated before clicking the link to this recipe, because I have problems with yeast, so usually pizza is out for me… but it looks like this crust is yeast-free? I will definitely be trying it out! :o)

  13. Miss. Antoinette on Jul 18, 2011 said:

    Oh YUMMM!!!! Our family will be going on the G.A.P.S diet soon, so I won’t be able to try any more of your tasty concoctions for some time. Boohoo!!!
    I am going to miss it, but this does not mean I am quitting collecting these to use later on! ;)

    Blessings in Christ,

    Miss Antoinette

    “A Woman’s heart should be so lost in God that a man needs to seek Him in order to find her.” ~Unknown

  14. Miu on Jul 19, 2011 said:

    Hmmm, this looks delicious!

  15. Jacqueline on Jul 19, 2011 said:

    We are looking forward to trying this…we have been exploring using more gluten-free recipes, even though we haven’t seen evidence of intolerance. It is just a good idea:) Thanks, dears!

  16. Tammy Scott on Jul 19, 2011 said:

    I can’t wait to try this one! I have missed good pizza.

  17. Holly Lou on Jul 21, 2011 said:

    Hi Miss Emily! I made a gluten-free chocolate cake the other day and thought I would share it with you! For the recipe head over to my blog: http://2lumpsofsugar.blogspot.com

    Blessings in Christ,
    Holly Lou

  18. Madeline on Jul 21, 2011 said:

    Emily Rose,
    This look like a fabulous recipe! We still don’t have a really good recipe for GF pizza crust- so hopefully this one will be the answer! I can’t wait until the weather cools a bit so that we can try this. (it has been in the mid- upper 90’s all week so no turning on the oven- Praise the Lord for Air conditioning!)

  19. Hannah on Jul 21, 2011 said:

    Wow! This looks great. My sister and I have gluten sensitivities,so we can’t want to try your pizza crust!


  20. Dawn on Jul 21, 2011 said:

    Emily Rose-
    Where does one get a little roller like the one you are using? By the way, I LOVED the wedding photos you shared. Made me want to marry my husband all over again!

    In Christ,

  21. Miss Jen on Jul 21, 2011 said:

    YUM! <3

  22. Kristiana on Jul 21, 2011 said:

    Mmm… That sounds really yummy!! Thanks for sharing!

    Many Blessings!

  23. Hannah on Jul 23, 2011 said:

    We made this last night for dinner….WOW it was really good! Our sister-in-law made us her version of GF pizza crust and yours wins by a mile:-) Thanks for sharing, its always nice to have something that is GF but still tastes good!

  24. Jacinda @ Growing Home on Jul 25, 2011 said:

    Hi Emily,

    Though not confirmed, we discovered by trial and error that my hubby is sensitive to gluten. I was so glad to see this recipe because he sure loves pizza! We bought the ingredients (all new to me!) two nights ago and I plan on making it sometime this week. Thank you so much!

  25. h. rae on Jul 27, 2011 said:

    It looks great! I have eaten gluten-free for years and have just introduced wheat back into my diet. Most pizzas do taste like cardboard. I did find one I liked well enough with spinach topping. Yours looks great! Have you tried udi’s products? It’s the best I’ve found so far for breads, cookies and muffins.

  26. Crista Moriah on Jul 28, 2011 said:

    Hello, Emily Rose!

    You have such a lovely blog! I was so pleased to find it through Livvy’s blog, A Daughter’s Heart. :)

    This recipe for Gluten Free pizza looks SO yummy!
    I can really relate about having to be on a gluten free diet! I’m on one because I have Lyme Disease. My doctor says gluten and sugar can cause a lot of inflammation in your body, and makes the Lyme symptoms worse. I have found that to be very true…I feel worse when I eat just a little bit of gluten. But, it is so encouraging to know I’m not alone! *winks*

    Your blog design is very beautiful, btw!

    Much <3 in Christ,

  27. Bill taylor on Aug 4, 2011 said:

    This looks awesome! Going to have to try this for my next cookout or tailgating pizza party.

  28. Rhonda on Aug 5, 2011 said:

    We’ve actually had the blessing to trying it at your house already–it is yummy! Thanks for sharing-I’ve always wanted to try using a pizza stone–you may have given me the courage to try it:)

  29. Amy on Oct 1, 2011 said:

    Have you tried freezing the dough before baking? We are gradually removing gluten from our diet and I’m looking forward to trying this recipe.

  30. Erin on Nov 8, 2011 said:

    I made this over the weekend and it was the best gluten free pizza crust I have had thus far!
    Great recipe!! :)

  31. dagny on Dec 10, 2011 said:

    This was fantastic. thank so very much Emily. I really was starting to think my pizza days were over…and since it’s my super favourite…well, yay!!! You are awesome. thanks again. :)

  32. Veronica on Jan 3, 2012 said:

    So, this is comment is waaaaaay late, but I just found this post via Pinterest (LOVE IT!) and it has made my day! I cant wait to try it! Question: What is that little tool you used to roll out the pizza dough once it is in the pan? I usually cover the blob of dough with plastic wrap and use my fingers to push it flat…which takes soooo long.

    Thanks for the GF tips!

  33. Emily Rose on Jan 3, 2012 said:

    Veronica, the roller I use is the Baker’s Roller, which is perfect for those sticky, gluten-free doughs. Add a little oil (coconut is my favorite), and roll away! (I hope you enjoy the pizza crust – we’re very fond of it ourselves!)

  34. Veronica on Jan 3, 2012 said:

    Thank you!!! I am so glad that I typed in “gluten free” in the Pinterest search today – you blog is beautiful and filled with wonderful information :) Such a blessing!

  35. julia on Jan 26, 2012 said:

    I also found this recipe by searching “GF pizza” on Pinterest :)
    I have made this recipe 3 times now and it is so good! I have a french rolling pin, and it works nicely for rolling the dough out since it doesn’t have handles to get in the way. I grease the rolling pin with oil before rolling and it makes it easier to get it smooth and won’t stick.
    I put the toppings on the pizzas, and bake them, slice them, let cool and then freeze the slices in between wax paper sheets (so they don’t stick together) in airtight ziploc bags. Since I am the only one in my family eating GF it makes a nice snack to be able to just pop a couple slices in the oven. I reheat it (from frozen) at 375* for about 20 minutes.

  36. Becky on Feb 24, 2012 said:

    Thank you for this recipe! I found it by googling “best gluten free pizza crust recipe” and it is the best one I’ve tried, yet. I’ve tried the kind that have yeast and haven’t liked any of them, and I’ve tried the kind that are mozerella cheese-based (those are a close second to this one) but this is the one that my family likes the best and I am so grateful to have found it. We are newly gluten-free and it is a big deal to my kids to have pizza. Yay!

  37. Karen on May 15, 2012 said:

    I to came across your blog from pinterest. This pizza looks wonderful. I really want to make it tonight but the only thing I don’t have in dry milk powder. Do think I can use powdered buttermilk blend instead? Or can I just use a cup of milk instead of the water? Thanks, can’t wait to make this.

  38. Karen on Jun 14, 2012 said:

    Yummy, another Great Addition to our diet, thank you so much! GAPS can be hard but we are so thankful for your Great Ideas to help us through it! He is SO GOOD to send you to us to help us :)

  39. Calumag on Aug 1, 2012 said:

    Wow, I love it, it looks very delicious.

  40. Jamie on Dec 2, 2012 said:

    We tried this recipe tonight and it was fantastic! I am gluten free but my family (husband and 4 boys) are not, so it was a pleasant surprise to be able to eat homemade pizza together! My boys are very picky and they didn’t know it was gluten free; they thought it was the same pre-made grocery store dough that I usually buy for them. In less than an hour (start to finish) we had 6 delicious personal pizzas. Thank you for this great recipe!!!

  41. Mozzarelli's on May 4, 2013 said:

    YUM!! Was looking for the same As my wife is on a gluten free diet. She lost 9 pounds in 3 weeks. We’ll be making this tomorrow for the big game! Thanks.

  42. Leah on May 11, 2013 said:

    I’m the only gluten-free eater in my family so I made the recipe and froze half of it for a later day. Since my mom used the oven for the other pizzas I used the toaster oven.

    This is the first gluten-free pizza I have made and tasted.I didn’t have xanthan gum so I substituted with more tapioca flour. I followed the directions exactly other than this. The consistency was a lot like batter. When baked it was more like rubbery crust.

    I thought it tasted very good. I think without any toppings it would have been somewhat bland. (But who eats it plain anyway?)
    Even with a well greased pan it stuck a little to the pan. But other than this it was a success!

    Thank you for sharing detailed instructions and pictures! I really enjoy reading your blog. It’s been nice to have recipes like the ones you share to use and try.

    Have a blessed day!

  43. patti on May 15, 2013 said:

    I was recently diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and am working to ease my symptoms through a combination of medicines, exercise, stress reduction, and diet. Going gluten free scared me because I absolutely love bread and pizza…I’ve made pizza crust with zucchini or cauliflower as the base, but this looks like it might be closer to what I really want. Thanks!

  44. Tess on Feb 12, 2014 said:

    It looks awesome! Do you know anything I can sub for the gelatin (agar maybe?). I am vegetarian and cannot use that product.

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