Meat Free Monday: Quinoa Pizza Crust

Good morning, everyone! Happy Monday!

From the sounds of it, this is a big week for a lot of people. I know that a lot of my friends (blogging and otherwise) are starting another teaching year today, and others are going back for another year of school or college. Good luck to everyone!

Last week, I teased those of you who follow me on Instagram with a picture of pizza made with a homemade quinoa crust, and I’m finally posting the recipe today!

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Before I share the recipe, I want to talk about this crust a bit. This was my first time making (let alone using!) quinoa flour, and I have to say, I really like it. No, it’s not our beloved all-purpose flour. No, it wouldn’t work in every recipe. No, it isn’t tasteless like AP flour. But yes, it is full of protein. Yes, it can be versatile. And yes, it is delicious – especially in this recipe!

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Quinoa Pizza Crust (egg, nut, and dairy free; optional gluten free)
very slightly adapted from Liz’s recipe

Ingredients:
– 1 1/4 cups quinoa flour (see below for instructions on how to make this!)
– 1/2 cup whole wheat flour (see below for GF option)
– 3/4 tsp. salt
– 3/4 tsp. Italian herb mix
– pinch of cayenne pepper or some red pepper flakes
– 1/2 cup warm water
– 2 tbsp. olive oil

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375*F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, or spray with non-stick spray. Set aside.
  2. Combine flours, salt, spices, and pepper in a medium bowl.
  3. Add in warm water and olive oil.
  4. Stir everything together until a thick, wet dough forms.
  5. Turn dough out onto readied cookie sheet, and flatten to desired thickness. (I figure mine was about 1/2 inch thick. Any thinner, and it would probably break apart too easily.)
  6. Bake for about 12 minutes, or until the edges start to brown, and crust seems set.
  7. Top with desired toppings (I love cheese and green peppers!), and bake for an additional 8-10 minutes, or until toppings are cooked.
  8. Enjoy!

Notes:
– Instead of using whole wheat flour, you could use GF all-purpose, oat flour, or any other favorite GF flour!
– The size pizza I made (about 1/2 inch thick, 12-inches in diameter) divided into six pieces.

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Quinoa Flour (egg, nut, dairy, and gluten free)

Ingredients:
– uncooked, organic quinoa

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350*F. Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Rinse quinoa off in a strainer (this removes that bitter taste it can have). Dump it onto the prepared baking sheet in a very thin layer. The thinner, the better.
  3. Bake for about 12 minutes. At this point, it won’t look toasted, but you’ll smell it!
  4. Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes.
  5. Pour toasted quinoa into a food processor or blender (I used our Magic Bullet) and process until very fine.
  6. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge, and use as needed!

Notes:
– A cup of quinoa produces about a cup of flour.

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MIMMI’m linking this recipe up to Katie’s Marvelous in my Monday. Thanks for hosting, Katie!

Have a great day, everyone!

28 comments

  1. Wow, who knew quinoa flour was so easy to make? I love the idea of this and cauliflower crust for pizza. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. I know! I’d seen so many recipes that had you soaking it for 8 hours beforehand, drying it, etc., but I tried this way and it worked so well. Thankfully. πŸ˜‰

  2. I would never think to make my own quinoa flour! Amazing and looks so simple!!

    1. Thanks! It couldn’t be easier. πŸ™‚

  3. I’ve never used quinoa flour but it sure looks good in that pizza crust!

    1. I hadn’t either, but it worked really well!

  4. Yummm this looks really good! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks! And no problem!

  5. I just love a crispy-type thin crust. This looks great Olivia! And great directions on how to make homemade quinoa flour.

    1. Meeee too. Thanks!

  6. this looks gorgeous!

    1. Thank you! πŸ™‚

  7. It’s a great idea to use quinoa as a crust!! I’m going to try it πŸ™‚ It’s a lot cheaper than almond flour!!

    Kalee @ SoreyFitness.com

    1. I hope you like it! That’s a great point, especially if you buy the quinoa in bulk!

  8. This looks so wonderful!! Pizza is one of my weak points so I’m always looking for tasty alternatives without sacrificing the taste I want!!

    1. Thanks! Well, it doesn’t taste exactly like “real” pizza, as it has a definite quinoa flavor, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing!

      1. I like quinoa though, I’ve made quinoa pizza bites before and they were tasty

      2. Oh ok – that’s perfect, then! πŸ™‚

  9. Love this! The crust looks crispy and I love the added nutrition from the quinoa! I’m going to have to try this!

    1. Thanks! I hope you do and I hope you like it!

  10. I’ve seen quinoa crust pizza before, but never had quinoa flour. Who knew you could make your own. Yay! πŸ™‚

    1. I know! And so easily! πŸ™‚

  11. Quinoa pizza crust?! I didn’t think pizza could get even better, but obviously I was wrong! This looks truly awesome. And love the bell pepper rings – so pretty πŸ™‚

    1. Haha exactly. πŸ˜‰ Thank you!

  12. YAY! Thanks for sharing I’ve been working on a good GF pizza crust forever and still haven’t settled on one that I love, can’t wait to see how this turns out πŸ™‚

    1. I hope you like it!

  13. Very clever use of quinoa flour. Since I don’t have any allergies, I’m still a fan of my flour crusts although I really like the natural protein boost in this one. The sliced peppers look perfect on top too.

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