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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Comments

  1. This is an awesome giveaway! Hopefully i can try it

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

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

  4. Thanks for the giveaway!

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

  6. Colleen Bennett says:

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

  7. 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!

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

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

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

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

  12. Christine says:

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

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

  14. Gloria R. says:

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

  15. Shawn Goodwin says:

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

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Elizabeth G. says:

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

  19. Mary Beth Elderton says:

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

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

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

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

  23. Fantastic giveaway! Thank you!

  24. 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!

  25. Maryann D. says:

    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.

  26. Laura R. says:

    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!

  27. Sandy Headtke says:

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

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

  29. 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 says:

      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.

  30. Marnely Rodriguez-Murray says:

    Love this crust recipe – thanks for sharing!

  31. This looks great! Will definitely try this!

  32. Love pizza and can’t wait to try this recipe

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

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

  35. 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!

  36. Love bobs crust looks great

  37. Cassandra O'Mara says:

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

  38. Anne Rhodes says:

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

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

  40. Gina Guthrie says:

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

  41. 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!

  42. 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.

  43. Karen Anderson says:

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

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

  45. I love Bob’s Red Mill flours!

  46. I’d love to try these!

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

  48. 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 says:

      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.

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

  50. great giveaway!!

  51. Natalie S says:

    This looks delicious!

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

  53. 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 :(

  54. 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.

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

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

  57. Jeremy Bergolios says:

    Very interested to try this! Thanks!

  58. Jeremy Bergolios says:

    Very interested to try this! Thanks!

  59. Danielle K says:

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

  60. This looks very tasty!

  61. Can’t wait to try this out!

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

  63. Would love to try this!

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

  65. This looks great!

  66. i love the idea! Need to try it.

  67. Natalie J Vandenberghe says:

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

  68. I love Bobs Red Mill. Thanks for the giveaway.

  69. Jennifer Essad says:

    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

  70. Karen Marie says:

    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!

  71. love pizza too and the crust looks really interesting!

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

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

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

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

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

  76. This is a great recipe and giveaway!

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

  78. Kayte CookWatts says:

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

  79. faleen fedol says:

    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.

  80. Amanda J says:

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

  81. Debbie Ritenour says:

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

  82. Great giveaway! Love Bob’s Red Mill products!

  83. Jessica Z says:

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

  84. Keri Hall says:

    Very much hoping I get to try this!!!

  85. Georgiana says:

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

  86. 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.

  87. 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! :)

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

  89. 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.

  90. I cant wait to try this recipe

  91. love bob’s products!

  92. Ive never heard of arrowroot flour!

  93. Love these products

  94. 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.

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

  96. That looks so good

  97. Diane Var says:

    I will have to try this. Thank you!

  98. 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.

  99. Looks like an awesome recipe!

  100. I love Bob’s Red Mill products!

  101. Mary Kay says:

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

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

  103. Val MacFarlane says:

    Awesome giveaway! Thank you!!!

  104. Thanks for the giveaway :)

  105. Courtney H. says:

    Looks yummy!

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

  107. Kari Hoblitzell says:

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

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

  109. Karen Mizener says:

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

  110. Simone Carlisle says:

    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.

  111. Simone Carlisle says:

    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.

  112. Dana Hess says:

    Sounds interesting…I will have to try it!

  113. Looks amazing! Love Bob’s Red Mill products!

  114. 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?

  115. Great giveaway! Looking forward to try it!

  116. 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!

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

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

  119. Cathy Reppert says:

    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.

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

  121. Donna F. says:

    Looks great!

  122. What a delicious recipe!

  123. Going to try gluten free. Looks good

  124. Amanda H says:

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

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

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

  127. 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! :)

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

  129. This recipe sounds delicious! Love using Bobs Red Mill ingredients

  130. This looks so easy thank you.

  131. Jessica says:

    This looks great! Can’t wait to try.

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