I grew up making whole wheat pizza crusts with my family, and when I had to stop eating gluten, I was determined to find a way to make a yummy, hearty, and healthy gluten-free pizza crust. When, after many attempts, we finally came up with the one we are sharing with you here, the whole family loved it. We think you will too!
One of our favorite combinations for making wholesome gluten-free baked goods is almond flour and light buckwheat flour.
Have you heard of LIGHT buckwheat flour? It’s amazing! We discovered it when traveling back from a trip to Canada, we stopped at a creperie in Vermont. We ordered gluten-free buckwheat crepes. The waiter came out with plates of crepes that looked suspiciously like white flour crepes… nothing like the dark buckwheat crepes we were expecting. Needing to be sure they were really gluten-free, I asked the waiter about it. He kindly brought out the light buckwheat flour package information. I was still a little skeptical, but luckily it was true… they were really buckwheat, the were really gluten-free, and they were really yummy!
Since that time, we have been doing lots of baking with light buckwheat. It has the look of white flour and has a very mild taste (nothing like the strong taste of dark buckwheat). You can find Bouchard Family Farms Light Buckwheat on Amazon or you can buy it in larger quantities directly from the farm (it’s about half the per bag price if you buy 8 or more bags).
Buckwheat flour is made from the seeds of buckwheat plants. Buckwheat plants have beautiful flowers, shown in this photo (photo credit Goran Horvat at Pixabay).
Though this crust is “hearty,” you don’t have to make it in a heart shape. But since Valentine’s Day is around the corner, we thought you might like to. Celebrate and enjoy!
Oh, and one more thing… if you would like a free pizza-themed writing practice page to keep little ones busy while the pizza bakes, be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to print it out.
Our children like to make coloring pages for each other, so we thought we would share them with you too. Our 10 year old is busy making cute food coloring pages for you to enjoy. Her first one for you is a heart-shaped pizza. Click on the image to get the full size version of this cute heart pizza coloring page.
Let’s Make Pizza!
Gather your ingredients:
- Olive oil
- Baking powder
- Light buckwheat flour
- Almond flour
- Flaxseed meal
- Pizza sauce
- Mozzarella cheese
- Extra toppings of your choice
Gather your kitchen supplies:
- Large mixing bowl
- Liquid measuring cup (2 or more cups)
- Large mixing spoons (1 or 2)
- Measuring cups (1 cup and 1/2 cup)
- Measuring spoons (1/2 tsp, 1 tsp, 1 Tbsp)
- Parchment paper
- Pizza pans or baking sheets (2)
Time to measure and mix!
Measure 1/2 cup flaxmeal.
Measure 1 cup water into liquid measuring cup.
Pour the flaxseed meal into the water
Stir together water and flax and set the mixture aside.
Measure 2 cups almond flour and pour the almond flour into a large mixing bowl.
Measure 1 cup light buckwheat flour and add the buckwheat to the almond flour.
Measure 1 teaspoon baking powder and add to the flour mixture.
Measure 1/2 tsp salt and add it to the flour mixture.
Check that you have all of the dry ingredients in the bowl.
Stir to mix all the dry ingredients together well.
Make a “well” in the dry indgredients.
Pour the flaxseed meal and water mixture into the well.
Measure 4 Tbsp of olive oil and pour it into the mixture.
Stir well to combine.
(Optional) If the dough is too dry, add water 1 Tablespon at a time, and stir again. The dough should be well combined, but not too sticky to the touch.
Divide dough into 2 equal parts. (If you are making mini pizzas rather that 2 big pizzas, you can divide the dough into 12 equal parts.)
Time to shape the dough and bake it!
Prepare your pans by covering them with parchment paper.
Warning!: Be sure no parchment paper hangs over the edge of the pan, or the parchment paper could burn while in the oven. You can cut off the extra or fold it under to make it fit.
Using your hands, spread the dough out into a heart shape (or the shape of your choice). The dough should be about 1/8” to 1/4” thick. Each part of the dough should be enough to completely fill a standard pizza pan.
Tip!: If the dough sticks to your hands, you can pour a little olive oil on the dough or on your hands while you are spreading out the dough.
Step 18 - Options
If you are making individual pizzas, you can divide the dough into 12 equal parts and place them on 2 rectangular baking pans.
Or you could make one large pizza and 6 individual pizzas.
Warning! Ask an adult to help with the oven steps.
Bake the crust for 15 to 17 minutes at 425 degrees F. The crust should be golden brown and feel hard when touched. (If you do not bake the crust long enough, the crust will seem gooey once the toppings are added.)
Remove the crust from the oven and place on the stove or a trivet.
Spread on sauce, sprinkle with cheese and any other toppings of your choice.
Return the pizzas to the oven and bake for about 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted to your liking.
Remove the pizzas from the oven. Set them on stovetop or trivets. Let cool for a few minutes.
Serve and enjoy!