This grain-free paleo pizza crust uses almond meal and arrowroot in place of traditional flour. You'll never miss the wheat!

I love pizza. I have always loved pizza. It is one of my top comfort foods, right up there with ice cream and sushi. I live very close to one of my favorite regional pizza chains (I’ve been their loyal customer since childhood) but over the past several years I’ve grown very fond of homemade pizza. I still love going out from time to time but let’s face it, homemade pizza is a lot less greasy. When I decided to cut back on grains this year, pizza clearly wasn’t something I was considering. Once I realized the stupidly obvious- that cutting back on grains would mean cutting back on one of my favorite meals, I knew I had to take action. Some things are sacred. What is the point of existence without being able to enjoy a hot cheesy slice of pizza? 

Thus began my quest for the perfect grain-free pizza crust. I tried cauliflower crust; what a complete joke. It wouldn’t hold together so that night we had “pizza surprise.” I finally decided to try adapting my own pizza dough recipe using an assortment of ingredients from my go-to alternative flour company- Bob’s Red Mill.

This grain-free paleo pizza crust uses almond meal and arrowroot in place of traditional flour. You'll never miss the wheat!

After numerous experiments, I’ve come up with a pizza crust that I love. It’s flavorful, sturdy and really tasty. Is it as good as the classic chewy pizza crusts that use flour? No. As far as I’m concerned, it doesn’t need to be. I’m still going to have traditional pizza from time to time. But this crust is perfect for those in between times when I want to enjoy pizza without consuming grains. This recipe uses all of the ingredients I would normally use in the dough: yeast, extra virgin olive oil, egg and salt. In place of flour I use a combination of almond meal and arrowroot. As you can see from the above photo, it doesn’t look like normal dough when it rises. It has a texture more like thick cake batter and a slight graininess from the almond meal.

This grain-free paleo pizza crust uses almond meal and arrowroot in place of traditional flour. You'll never miss the wheat!

Once baked, the taste reminds me a bit of cornmeal crust. It’s thin and crunchy without being crumbly. Unlike regular pizza, this dough needs to be mostly baked before adding the toppings. And then you can add whatever toppings you like. Vegetables, sauce, cheese. I’m mostly a traditionalist. I love tomato sauce, good quality mozzarella and crushed red peppers.

This grain-free paleo pizza crust uses almond meal and arrowroot in place of traditional flour. You'll never miss the wheat!

Grain-Free Paleo Pizza Crust
 
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Serves: 1 pizza crust
Ingredients
  • 2½ teaspoons active dry yeast
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • 2½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (plus more as needed)
  • 1 egg
  • 4 ounces (1 cup) almond meal
  • 4¼ ounces (1 cup) arrowroot flour
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together the active dry yeast and warm water. Allow the yeast to proof for 3-5 minutes, or until it's bubbly. Add the extra virgin olive oil and egg. Using the paddle attachment, mix on medium speed for 30 seconds.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the almond meal, arrowroot and salt. Add this dry mixture to the stand mixer and mix on low until the ingredients are starting to combine and then turn the speed up to medium-high. Mix for one minute. The dough will be thinner and stickier than typical pizza dough.
  3. Grease a medium bowl with olive oil. Using a spatula, scrape out the dough and move it to the oiled bowl. Cover the bowl with a towel and place it in the microwave (or oven, somewhere it can sit undisturbed). Boil some water and pour it into a bowl. Carefully place the bowl into the microwave to create a warm, steamy environment. Allow the dough to rise for 90-100 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F and place a pizza stone in the oven. Once the oven is at temperature, grease a large sheet of parchment paper with olive oil. Press the dough into a thin round circle that's approximately 10-11 inches in diameter (note: do not do this step in advance or the next step might not work).
  5. Using oven mitts, remove the pizza stone from the oven. Swiftly flip the parchment paper over so that the dough transfers onto the pizza stone. Place the stone back in the oven and bake the crust for 6 minutes, or until it's slightly browning on the edges and firm on top.
  6. Add whatever pizza toppings you like to the crust and broil until the ingredients are properly cooked.
Notes
Inspired by Zen Belly Catering

 

Ready for a giveaway? Bob’s Red Mill is kindly giving away the two specialty flours required to make this recipe along with a $50 gift card to use at their online store. To enter, use the Rafflecopter widget below. The contest will run through May 3rd. The winner will be contacted via email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. Must be 18 years old to enter. Good luck!

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Disclaimer: I was paid to develop a recipe for Bob’s Red Mill. As always, all opinions are my own (and it is my opinion that you should make this pizza crust).

 

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  • Megan H

    This is an awesome giveaway! Hopefully i can try it

  • http://tutti-dolci.com Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    This is the best looking grain-free crust I’ve seen, well done!

  • http://www.pumpkinnspice.com Gayle @ Pumpkin ‘N Spice

    What a creative recipe for paleo pizza crust! Can’t wait to try this one out. Pinned!

  • cori

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • http://goodcookdoris.com Lara

    This looks great! I bet a dessert pizza would be good too!

  • Colleen Bennett

    Thanks love trying different peoples Paleo recipes also thanks for the giveaway!!

  • http://www.mykitchenaddiction.com Jen @ My KItchen Addiction

    Looks great! I’ve been doing a lot of gluten-free and grain-free baking lately, and I’m really enjoying it. This pizza looks great! I sometimes like to throw some coconut flour in with my almond flour because I feel like it helps to balance the texture a bit. I will have to give this recipe a try on one of our upcoming pizza nights!

  • http://1standingstone.com Phil Harrison

    Almond meal? Never thought of using it for a pizza crust. I want to taste this. It opens up some interesting possibilities for variations.

  • Jeffrey

    Your crust looks great. I make pizza at home at least once a week and can’t wait to give this a whirl!

  • http://www.cookingactress.com/ Kayle (The Cooking Actress)

    This crust looks amazing-can’t believe it’s paleo!!!

  • Nicole L

    Awesome recipe! I’ve been looking to cut down on carbs recently and this recipe looks like a great alternative.

  • Christine

    I love Bob’s! If only I loved closer to his store..

  • Emily

    Been struggling to go grain-free and would love to try this recipe out!

  • Gloria R.

    This sounds great and I bet the flavor is amazing.. definitely a must try! :)

  • Shawn Goodwin

    I love Bob products, order from his site & also purchase them in my local Publix market!

  • MaryB

    I love Bob’s Re Mill products! Looking forward to trying this recipe for my gluten free friends. Thanks for sharing it and thanks for the chance to win.

  • Edie

    A recent convert to Bob’s Red Mill products, I love to find them now in different supermarkets, when I do, I’m like a kid in the candy aisle. Can’t wait to try this recipe, amazing grain free alternative when the pizza craving hits.

  • Elizabeth G.

    I have to try this recipe! I love that the ingredients list is short. Thanks!

  • Mary Beth Elderton

    Paleo Pizza! I’ll bet this crust would make nice garlic “bread”sticks. too.

  • Melissa

    My daughter is trying to eat gluten-free and really misses pizza. I will be giving this a try!

  • Janet T

    Yum, I have to try this recipe soon. My family would enjoy this very much..

  • Liz

    I like Bob’s Red Mill products and this recipe is really nice. Thank you for the chance to win.

  • http://www.sensualappealblog.com Kamila @ Sensual Appeal

    Fantastic giveaway! Thank you!

  • http://hipfoodiemom.com Alice // Hip Foodie Mom

    Dude, that pizza crust is like perfect! I love Bob’s Red Mill and would love to try the arrowroot starch (already love the almond meal/flour) and get some more hazelnut flour, I love it!

  • Maryann D.

    I love Bob’s Red Mills products and we do buy them often and have tried quite a few of them. I do like the Steel Cut Oats.

  • Laura R.

    My family and I just went gluten free and I miss pizza! The recipes I have tried don’t even come close! Looking forward to trying yours!

  • Sandy Headtke

    Love all the variety and options from Bob’s Red Mill.

  • Renata

    Yum! I’ve never made a pizza from almond meal! Looks amazing! Would love to try!

  • RonB

    I love your crust – just one thing, My wife is allergic to arrowroot. Do you have and ideas for a substitution?

    Keep up the good work.
    Ron

    • Jennifer Farley

      Hi Ron! Yes, you can use tapioca starch in place of the arrowroot. I’ve seen tapioca starch at some grocery stores but if you can’t find it locally it’s also available online at the Bob’s Red Mill website.

  • Marnely Rodriguez-Murray

    Love this crust recipe – thanks for sharing!

  • Darla

    This looks great! Will definitely try this!

  • Teri

    Love pizza and can’t wait to try this recipe

  • Kelly P

    You have awesome recipes. This pizza crust recipe speaks!! Thanks for the contest. I always buy Bob’s Red Mill flours.

  • http://www.unegaminedanslacuisine.com Valerie

    Ah, now I’m craving homemade ice cream and pizza. This looks fantastically scrumptious!

  • karen

    My mother has an newly developed allergy to wheat. I have been on the lookout for recipes that taste good but are still gluten-free. I appreciate every time some one posts a delicious recipe that taste so good you never dream that it is good for you too. This looks yummy!

  • Barb

    Love bobs crust looks great

  • Cassandra O’Mara

    I miss pizza so much. I can’t wait to try this recipe.

  • Anne Rhodes

    I trust Bob’s Red Mills products for quality a value.

  • Terri C

    This sounds like a wonderful way to try to keep my quest for a healthy lifestyle. It is very hard to give up pizza!

  • Gina Guthrie

    I love the high quality of Bob’s red mill products.

  • http://tramplingrose.com Rachel

    I’ve toyed with the idea of giving up grains, due to some auto-immune issues I have, but haven’t yet. It’s nice to know that should I decide to go that route, there are options for things like pizza, which I’m not giving up unless I absolutely HAVE to!

  • Emily S.

    This pizza sounds and looks delicious! I’m a big fan of Bob’s Red Mill products but I haven’t tried the almond meal. Thanks for hosting this great giveaway.

  • Karen Anderson

    I’ve never seen arrowroot flour. I will keep an eye out for it!

  • Calli

    looks great! I want to try this, ad making almond cookies! I haven’t heard of using arrowroot flour at all before.

  • Emma

    I love Bob’s Red Mill flours!

  • dana

    I’d love to try these!

  • Janet S

    Bob’s Red Mill is a great company. Love their products!

  • xania

    Hello –
    I am confused about the recipe. It says add – “4 ounces (1 cup) almond meal” and “4¼ ounces (1 cup) arrowroot flour” – but… 4 oz does not 1 cup make. :) Did you possible mean 1/2 Cup … or the 1 Cup for each?

    Thank you! -

    • Jennifer Farley

      Er, I think you’re confusing liquid measurements with dry measurements. 1 cup of liquid is always 8 ounces. 1 cup of dry ingredients will vary depending on what it is. I highly recommend investing in a kitchen scale.

  • Karen D

    This sounds like a great pizza crust! Definitely must try.

  • http://ilonaskitchen.wordpress.com ilona t

    great giveaway!!

  • Natalie S

    This looks delicious!

  • http://inthiskitchen.com Allie

    I love Bob’s Red Mill and I have REALLY been looking for almond meal lately, so this is perfect! :)

  • http://www.confessionsofachocoholic.com Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic

    I’ve had gluten free pizza from a local Boston store and it was pretty awesome but I never think of making one myself. Yours look delicious. Hopefully I win the giveaway and I can try it myself :(

  • Allison

    Thank you for posting this- I was recently diagnosed with celiac, and am struggling to come up with ways to replicate the breads and foods I miss. This looks very good! I like Bob’s Red Mill a lot, and the products and help they provide.

  • Patti

    Thanks for such a yummy looking gluten-free recipe!!

  • Theresa

    Would love to purchase some whole grains. I am not a paleo person, but love Bob!!

  • Jeremy Bergolios

    Very interested to try this! Thanks!

  • Jeremy Bergolios

    Very interested to try this! Thanks!

  • Danielle K

    Thanks for the giveaway! I love using Bob’s Red Mill products

  • Maria

    This looks very tasty!

  • Amber

    Can’t wait to try this out!

  • http://hellorigby.com Jenn @ hello, rigby!

    this looks so much better than my GF pizza crust fail! totally going to try it. :)

  • LeAnn A

    Would love to try this!

  • http://dinewithdeja.wordpress.com Julia

    Bob’s Red Mill is the best! I love using their almond meal for macaroons.

  • http://havenhomestead.blogspot.com kirsten

    This looks great!

  • ligia

    i love the idea! Need to try it.

  • Natalie J Vandenberghe

    I love Bob’s Red Mill (a great NW company!)

  • http://www.afternoonsandcoffeespoons.com Dana

    I love Bobs Red Mill. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Jennifer Essad

    Bob’s Red Mill is a great product line that is always consistent in the quality and taste thanks for offering us a chance to participate

  • Karen Marie

    I so want to try this pizza dough.

    In order to save time making pizza for weeknight meals, do you think I could make this on the weekend when I have more time, bake it for the six or so minutes, then cool and freeze? That way if I want pizza on Wednesday, all I have to do is thaw, top and broil.

    Thanks, too, for the awesome give away opportunity!

    • Jennifer Farley

      Hi Karen, I haven’t tried that yet but I’ve been wanting to! I do think it will work.

  • ali

    love pizza too and the crust looks really interesting!

  • Ray S

    I enjoy Bobs oatmeal and quinoa and would love to try some new products!

  • Sue

    Love Bob’s products. I use his whole wheat flour to make bread and the coconut flour is the best!

  • Natalie

    We love Bob’s!!!! And every Friday is GF pizza night at our house! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

    • Rosie

      The pizza looks delish! I love Bob’s Red Mill, I experiment with different flours all the time, so much fun!

  • http://Pinitgirls.org Rachel

    My husband’s favorite food is pizza, but we just went paleo. Can’t wait to try your recipe !

  • lisa t

    This is a great recipe and giveaway!

  • fawn

    Thanks for the recipe. I’m obsessed with Bob’s Red Mill products… I order them by the case!

  • Kayte CookWatts

    I have been gluten free for about a month and feel so much better. No swelling joints anymore, which is amazing.

  • faleen fedol

    I have never used almond meal or arrowroot starch, but this recipe looks terrific and we sometimes have guests with food allergies and we are presently on a modified paleo diet, so this is something we have to try. Thank you for this opportunity.

  • Amanda J

    Thanks for the giveaway. I love Bob’s Red Mill Products!

  • Debbie Ritenour

    I would really love to try this! Good luck everyone!

  • Candice

    Great giveaway! Love Bob’s Red Mill products!

  • Jessica Z

    I just got some Bob Red’s Mill Almond Meal – I cannot wait to try this recipe!

  • Keri Hall

    Very much hoping I get to try this!!!

  • Georgiana

    Bobs is the best! I love their steel cut oats!

  • Vickie

    Fantastic Giveaway…and, your pizza sounds great too…We finally are getting a Trader Joe’s…therefore, I will have a source for Bob’s products..other than online…Can not wait…as I love the products I have tried…especially, Steel Cut Oats..so this would be awesome to win!!!! Thanks for the chance.

  • http://www.tasteloveandnourish.com Caroline

    I can’t tell you how excited I am to make this!!! I’ve really been trying so hard to reduce the amount of carbs I eat, and I’ve been feeling so much better since I have, but one thing I seriously miss is pizza! I’m with you…it’s absolutely one of my all time best comfort foods. Making this baby this week! :)

  • itzia

    Oh my, how I miss having pizza. I can’t wait to try this recipe.

  • Samantha

    That Pizza looks delicious and considering it’s grain-free Paleo—-awesome! Can’t wait to try this out on my kids…they really miss their weekly pizza since going Paleo.

  • Kelly G

    I cant wait to try this recipe

  • Nikki

    love bob’s products!

  • Amy

    Ive never heard of arrowroot flour!

  • Davis P

    Love these products

  • yb

    I have been looking for a good whole-grain free and eggless recipe for a pizza crust. I tried one before and found it was passable. I might try your recipe replacing the egg with chia or something.

  • Heather

    Almond meal in the crust — fantastic idea! Looks delicious.

  • Kevin P

    That looks so good

  • Diane Var

    I will have to try this. Thank you!

  • Brenda

    Have been searching for a delicious gluten-free pizza crust since I was diagnosed with gluten intolerance a year ago!! Hope this is the one – already use both almond flour and arrowroot from Bob’s Red Mill in my other baking so will give this a try.

  • http://www.maryhorowitz.com Mary Horowitz

    Looks like an awesome recipe!

  • Renee

    I love Bob’s Red Mill products!

  • Mary Kay

    Never have tried either of these flours. Would like the opportunity to check them out.

  • http://realhungergames.wordpress.com Katie

    I miss good pizza crust and would love to give this one a try! Plus I love Bob’s Red Mill products!

  • Val MacFarlane

    Awesome giveaway! Thank you!!!

  • J Blanks

    Thanks for the giveaway :)

  • Courtney H.

    Looks yummy!

  • andi

    This looks fantastic! I’ve been looking for a good pizza crust to make – I think this just might be the one! Thank you!

  • Kari Hoblitzell

    Can’t wait to try this! I <3 pizza!!

  • Kesha

    I love pizza and this looks yummy! I like that it is paleo too! Love these products

  • Karen Mizener

    Thank you for sharing on another gluten- free recipe! Bob Red Mill products are great.

  • Simone Carlisle

    I love this recipe, my kids love to have pizza on friday nights and we have been trying different paleo/primal and low carb pizza crust recipes every week, this one looks like it could become our favorite.

  • Simone Carlisle

    I love this recipe, my kids love to have pizza on friday nights and we have been trying different paleo/primal and low carb pizza crust recipes every week, this one looks like it could become our favorite.

  • Dana Hess

    Sounds interesting…I will have to try it!

  • http://thebittersideofsweet.com Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet

    Looks amazing! Love Bob’s Red Mill products!

  • http://sistersforsunshine.wordpress.com Lisa Shepard

    I love Bob’s Red Mill products – I came across your recipe through the Bob’s Red Mill Facebook page. This recipe sounds easy and tasty, and will definitely have to try it. Could you substitute tapioca or potato starch for the arrowroot starch?

  • Amelia

    Great giveaway! Looking forward to try it!

  • Sarah G

    I have a read who has changed to a paleo diet. I love finding recipes like this one that I can make when she comes over, and that everyone will enjoy!

  • Corey

    That is a surprisingly delicious-looking grain-free pizza crust! I’d definitely like to try it.

  • Tamra H

    Wow, that looks really delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

  • Cathy Reppert

    I love Bob’s Red Mill products. I already tried the Almond Meal and I love it. I’m diabetic and was looking for some lower carbohydrate products and I found a great product. I bought Semolina Flour and I’m going to use soon to make some homemade Lasagna noodles. The Grain-Free Paleo Pizza Crust looks good and I’ll have to try it. I never used Arrowroot Flour yet but, there’s always a first time for everything. Thanks for having this Giveaway.

  • http://glutenfree-katie.blogspot.com Katie H

    I love Bob’s Red Mill! Would love to win!

  • Donna F.

    Looks great!

  • Adele

    What a delicious recipe!

  • victoria

    Going to try gluten free. Looks good

  • Amanda H

    I love Bob’s red mill!! I use tons of their products.

  • AVIVA

    I am salivating that pizza looks incredible! I want to eat it now! It’s diabetic friendly also low carb!

  • Jenny

    This looks delicious! And as with most of the others, I love Bob’s!

  • http://spontaneoustomato.com Allison (Spontaneous Tomato)

    This looks great; I’d definitely love to try it out. And thanks for trying cauliflower crust first, so the rest of us don’t have to! :)

  • LNood

    Pizza-yum! Thanks for the giveaway. Love Bob’s Red Mill.

  • Teri

    This recipe sounds delicious! Love using Bobs Red Mill ingredients

  • Elicia P

    This looks so easy thank you.

  • Jessica

    This looks great! Can’t wait to try.

  • Felishia Hoffecker

    If we don’t have arrowroot flour would coconut flour be a good substitute?

    • http://www.savorysimple.net Savory Simple

      I’m not sure coconut flour will work properly. I’d recommend using tapioca flour instead of arrowroot flour if you need to make a substitution; they’re very similar and I’ve tested the recipe with both. If you decide to experiment with coconut flour, let me know how it turns out!