This amazing Gluten-Free Quinoa Pizza Crust (or Flatbread) comes to the dinnertime rescue! It’s also delicious as a flatbread spread with pesto or dipped into soup.
There are very few people who don’t enjoy pizza. Unfortunately for those like myself, the gluten found in wheat can be a problem. Some don’t tolerate it well; others have to avoid it altogether. Because of this, I had to avoid pizza for a while. This amazing gluten-free pizza crust came to my rescue!
You can imagine the joy I felt when I discovered that quinoa can be used to make pizza crust. Quinoa was a grain that I was already eating plenty of.
For a full day of gluten-free meals, start out with some gluten-free pancakes for breakfast, a nice refreshing salad for lunch, and this pizza or flatbread for dinner. Finish off your day with a delicious gluten-free vanilla cake!
This Gluten-Free Quinoa Pizza Crust or Flatbread recipe is...
- Vegan (without dairy cheese)
- Easily customizable
How to Make Gluten-Free Quinoa Pizza Crust or Flatbread
- Soak and rinse quinoa.
- Process quinoa and water into a homogenous, thick, runny mixture.
- Spread batter into ¼-inch thick, 10-inch diameter crust.
- Bake the mixture for 8–15 minutes, depending on the temperature of your oven.
- Add your desired toppings, and bake your pizza for 5–10 minutes longer.
- Slice the pizza as usual and enjoy!
Full directions for how to make Gluten-Free Quinoa Pizza Crust or Flatbread are in the printable recipe card below.
Tips & Tricks for Gluten-Free Quinoa Pizza Crust or Flatbread
Please note that this recipe makes a fairly small crust, only about 10-inches in diameter, which is large enough for 2 people. If you’d like more pizza or flatbread, you can multiply the recipe—but do it in batches! Don't simply multiply the ingredients.
Gluten-Free Quinoa Pizza Crust or Flatbread FAQs
What are the health benefits of quinoa?
Quinoa is quite similar to rice; however, it contains more protein. In fact, it is a complete protein source, making it an ideal choice for vegans & vegetarians. Quinoa amazingly provides all the essential amino acids required by the body!
Quinoa is also highly nutritious; a cooked cup of quinoa provides significant amounts of B vitamins, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, and zinc. The antioxidants contained in quinoa help to fight inflammation, and its high fiber content benefits your digestive system.
All in all, quinoa is a highly filling superfood that you should incorporate more of into your diet.
Gluten-Free Quinoa Pizza Crust or Flatbread
- 1 cup uncooked quinoa
- 1 tsp baking powder
- pinch of salt
- your favorite pizza toppings sauce & vegetables of your choice
- vegan cheese if you like
- Begin by covering the quinoa with plenty of water and allowing it to soak overnight. Once soaked, drain and rinse the quinoa under a running tap for half a minute or so.
- Place the quinoa in a food processor with ⅓ cup water and process until it becomes a homogenous, thick, runny mixture. This will take a few minutes, and you’ll need to stop the machine and scrape down the sides of the container from time to time.
- If you have a pizza oven with a pizza stone, spread the mixture evenly over the stone. If you’re using a regular oven, pour the mixture onto a baking tray that has been lined with greased parchment paper. Aim for the mixture to have a thickness of roughly ¼-inch in both cases. Your crust will be about 10-inches in diameter.
- Bake the mixture for 8–15 minutes, depending on the temperature of your oven. If using a pizza oven at 700°F, 8–10 minutes is enough. If using a normal oven at 400°F, 15 minutes is recommended. Flip crust halfway through, until golden on both sides.
- Spread tomato sauce and toppings of your choice over the cooked quinoa base. Some great topping options include mushrooms, onions, olives, spinach, peppers, sweet corn, vegan cheese, and pineapple. Bake your pizza for 5–10 minutes longer.
- Once ready, simply slice the pizza as usual and enjoy!
- The nutrition facts for this recipe will vary depending on your choice of toppings.
- Soaking the quinoa helps it fluff up and gets rid of its bitter outer shell.
Recipe and photo by Veronica Shah.