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Grain-Free Pizza Crust for One

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A vegan, gluten-free, and grain-free pizza crust that is perfect for one. The recipe can easily be doubled or tripled to serve more… or one really hungry person!

Grain-Free Pizza Crust 9 graphicOh pizza.  How I love thee!

But I hate to break it to you, pizza.  I’m not entirely sure that my body loves you as much as my taste buds do.  I know, I know.  Tragic.  No need to worry, though!  I can and will continue to eat pizza, just not in the traditional way…

Grain-Free Pizza Crust 7I mentioned on Sunday that I have taken on yet another change in my diet.  Back in December I started eating fish for the first time in about three years.  In March, I cut out gluten.  After not seeing the positive results that I was hoping for with my health issues, I made the tough decision to start adding some meat back into my diet.  Part of the reason why I made this decision was to set myself up for trying a paleo/Whole 30-esque diet hopefully in the near future.  But first, I am going to start with just grain-free and see where that takes me.  Then I may have to say bye-bye to the legumes for a while.

Grain-Free Pizza CrustBut let’s not think about saying goodbye to legumes just yet (because then this recipe would be irrelevant).  Instead, let’s take baby-steps and start with grain-free.  Lately I have been trying to prep my mind and body for this transition by eating meat a few times per week and cutting out grains whenever possible.  I have been working my way through all of my corn, rice, and quinoa products in my pantry and do not plan to replace them once they are gone.

Grain-Free Pizza Crust 3If I’m being honest, when I initially began considering a grain-free diet, I was pretty sad thinking about all of the foods that I would no longer be able to eat: pizza, bread, rice, oatmeal, popcorn, cake, etc.  Luckily, the more research I did, the more I found that I could still eat some of these foods with some simple adaptations (though I am still pretty sad about the possibility of giving up oatmeal and popcorn).

I am already a big fan of cauliflower rice and I have pinned a grain-free bread recipe to try.  But a few weeks back, I decided it was time to experiment with a grain-free pizza crust.  I had my eye on Alexis’s Chickpea Flour Breakfast Pizza for quite some time, and I am so darn excited that I finally tried it.  It was delicious, and it is something that I have made again numerous times since.

Grain-Free Pizza Crust 4Due to my love of the chickpea flour pizza crust, I have Alexis to thank for inspiring this Grain-Free Pizza Crust for One.  While there is certainly nothing wrong with the original version (I still make it for breakfasts often), I wanted to try out something a bit more on the traditional side.  With just a couple of additions, I created a grain-free pizza crust perfect for one person with tons of traditional pizza flavor!  I also worked on crisping up the crust a bit since thin and crispy crusts are my absolute favorite.

Grain-Free Pizza Crust 5 graphicGrain-Free Pizza Crust for One
Vegan, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free
Adapted from this recipe.


1/2 cup chickpea (garbanzo) flour
1 1/2 tsp dried Italian seasoning
1/8 tsp fine sea salt (optional)
1/2 cup lukewarm water
2 TB freshly chopped basil


1. Turn your oven onto a “low” broil and allow to preheat for approximately 5 minutes.  Heat a large nonstick skillet on the stove top over medium heat until warm.  If you are not using a nonstick skillet, feel free to add a very small amount of coconut oil to the pan at this time.

2. While the oven and skillet are heating up, combine chickpea flour, Italian seasoning, and salt (if using) in a medium bowl.  Stir until well-combined.

3. Add water to flour and seasoning mixture and stir until smooth.  Fold in fresh basil.

4. Pour the crust batter into the skillet.  Gently smooth it out into a circle.  The more you spread it out, the thinner the crust will be.

5. Cook for approximately 12 to 15 minutes, flipping once halfway through.  At this point, the crust should be just starting to turn a golden brown.

6. Remove the crust from the pan and place on a baking sheet or pizza stone.  Broil on low for approximately 3 minutes, or until the crust has begun to crisp up a bit.  Watch the crust carefully, as it can burn easily.

7. Remove the crust from the oven and top with desired sauce and pizza toppings.

8. Place the pizza back into the oven (still on low broil) and broil for an additional 3 minutes, or until the crust is crispy enough to your liking and the toppings are warm.

Grain-Free Pizza Crust 6Once I go full on grain-free, I won’t be able to eat my favorite pizza anymore.  But that does not mean I will not be eating delicious pizza.  In fact, thanks to this pizza crust, I think I may be eating it quite frequently.  And maybe I will even get extra creative and try to whip up a homemade, grain-free version of that Cajun pizza goodness.  Eggs on a pizza are always a good idea.

Grain-Free Pizza Crust 8The edges of this crust get perfectly crispy, while the middle is just “doughy” enough to create that delicious soft pizza center that I love.  This is definitely a pizza crust that you can cut, pick up with your hands, and shovel into your mouth… piece after piece after piece.

Have you ever tried a grain-free pizza crust?  I’d love to hear about your favorite recipes!

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  • meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles May 7, 2015, 4:35 am
    I haven't worked with chick pea flour but I always think about it. This looks real easy!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 7, 2015, 11:00 am
      It is one of my favorite gluten-free flours. You should absolutely buy some the next time you get a chance!
  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine May 7, 2015, 7:07 am
    omg! So The one time I tried making a chickpea flour crust....it was a horrible failure. But I didn't use any oil and I baked it and it just...STUCK. I'll have to try this one...because chickpea flour <3
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 7, 2015, 11:05 am
      This one does not stick AT ALL... like not even a little bit. You should most definitely give it a try!
  • Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat May 7, 2015, 8:00 am
    Oooooh, I love pizza, but yeah, sometimes my stomach doesn't love it so much, so this is an awesome alternative. Plus, I love that it's single serve. Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat recently posted...Being a MomMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 7, 2015, 11:06 am
      I love single-serve pizzas because then I can eat the entire thing and not feel an ounce of guilt! ;)
  • Dani @ DaniCaliforniaCooks May 7, 2015, 10:41 am
    LOVE this recipe! Looks easy and I appreciate that it's not with almond flour. Dani @ DaniCaliforniaCooks recently posted...Gaining and Losing Weight as a Working WomanMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 7, 2015, 11:07 am
      Yay! Chickpea flour is seriously one of my favorite GF flours to cook/bake with. I just LOVE it. I hope you give it a try!
  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul May 7, 2015, 11:42 am
    Mmm this looks yummy! I tried the gluten free pizza at SPIN! and really liked it! Erin @ Her Heartland Soul recently posted...SPIN! Pizza Party!My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 7, 2015, 3:30 pm
      It is SO good! You'd have no clue that it was GF just by tasting it!
  • Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies May 7, 2015, 12:18 pm
    Kind of crazy that water + chickpea flour makes such a great looking crust! Glad to see you won't be going pizza-less :) Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies recently posted...Cinnamon Latte with Almond Coconut MilkMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 7, 2015, 3:31 pm
      Pretty crazy, huh? But awesome.. because it is cheap and easy!
  • Lee May 7, 2015, 1:34 pm
    Sorry to hear about the health problems! Just wondering, do you think some could be mental? I myself have exacerbated my own problems trying this and that and finally decided F it! And am eating much more relaxed and balanced (still lots of the good stuff!) just less restricted or "8 can't eat xyz" and I've gotten so so much better! Also make sure you're eating enough fats! I reccomend reading detoxinista post on why fat doesn't make you fat! Best of wishes
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 7, 2015, 3:33 pm
      Thanks, Lee! I have thought about that, but I just don't think that is the case. These are physical pains that simply do not disappear no matter what I do... and trust me, I went through a phase of saying "F it!" ;) I also agree with you on the healthy fats part. Our bodies NEED them, and I think I do a pretty darn good job of incorporating them in. I have been trying to add even more in lately too!
  • Sam @ PancakeWarriors May 7, 2015, 1:41 pm
    This is so perfect for me right now - I've cut out eggs and oats and all grains...... so yeah legumes it is :) I can't wait to try this - pinning! Sam @ PancakeWarriors recently posted...Sundried Tomato Spinach Turkey Meatball RecipeMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 7, 2015, 3:34 pm
      How perfect and what good timing for you!! :D
  • Shann May 7, 2015, 4:06 pm
    Both my mom and one of my best friends had to go grain free. I think I will pass this recipe onto them, and maybe try it myself too. Thanks! Shann recently posted...Mother’s Day at Preschool and Mother’s DayMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 7, 2015, 4:56 pm
      I hope they (and you) enjoy it!
  • Heather @ Run Eat Play May 7, 2015, 5:36 pm
    I've never had grain free pizza but that pizza looks amazing! I have to try out the recipe! Heather @ Run Eat Play recently posted...Walks, Workouts, and a T-RexMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 7, 2015, 10:13 pm
      It turns out that grain free is delicious too! I hope you enjoy it :)
  • Katie May 8, 2015, 7:49 am
    Such a good looking crust! Who knew it didn't have grains -- will have to give this a try! xo katie // a touch of teal
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 8, 2015, 8:28 am
      That is the beauty of it! You'd never guess that it didn't! :D
  • Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness May 8, 2015, 12:16 pm
    I've been wanting to try making a chickpea crust, and this sounds so simple to make. Thanks for sharing! Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness recently posted...Cinnamon Baked Apple & Peanut Butter OatmealMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 8, 2015, 3:13 pm
      It is SO easy! I think you will really enjoy it for that aspect alone! Plus it is tasty :)
  • Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health May 8, 2015, 1:37 pm
    That crust looks so beautiful! I tried making one a while back and it turned out like cardboard but yours looks nice and fluffy. I'll have to try it! Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health recently posted...No-Bake Vegan Strawberry PieMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 8, 2015, 3:14 pm
      This one is definitely super fluffy and perfectly soft on the inside with crispy edges... everything I love about a pizza crust!
  • Rachael Abel @ Love Yourself Green May 8, 2015, 9:06 pm
    This looks fantastic - with such simple ingredients! Mmmm. Ya know, I made chickpea pasta once in my Omega 8600 juicer and it was soooooo good! I'm off of legumes, now but would love to eat this crust (and that pasta) for a special occasion!! I hear you about being bummed about giving things up... I was the same! When I started, I quit everything all at once and really had no clue what to eat. Then, over the months, I found so many awesome grain free bloggers online who made me see that life can still be just as yummy without the stuff that makes me sick! :) Rachael Abel @ Love Yourself Green recently posted...Natural Cleaner Recipe for the Hardcore GermaphobeMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 9, 2015, 1:14 pm
      I have definitely been finding that there are A LOT of grain free bloggers out there, which is awesome! I've been pinning and saving recipes like crazy :D
  • Kim @ Kim's Cravings May 10, 2015, 7:07 am
    This pizza looks so fresh and delicious! I have some chickpea four that I've been needing to use and this looks like the perfect reason to use it up!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 10, 2015, 1:28 pm
      This is definitely a perfect way to use up that chickpea flour! I love it!

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