Gluten-Free Seed Crust Pizza????????????? AND it tastes good????????????

Yes I swear friends, this was good. Mike gave it an A. He is very picky with his A ratings. I made healthy clam chowder to go with it and he gave that an A+. Recipe to follow for that one later this month. Maybe he was just in a generous mood with his ratings but he is usually very critical of my cooking and baking so I banked it with a smile on my face and knew I had to share with all of you.

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Seeds are your friend, these babies are full of anti-inflammatory properties. I really love pepitas. Pepitas offer an abundance of nutrients including amino acids, unsaturated fatty acids, and a wealth of minerals such as calcium, potassium, niacin, and phosphorous. They are high in most of the B vitamins, and vitamins C, D, E, and K. They are rich in beta-carotene that can be converted into vitamin A as needed by the body, and also rich in the eye protective carotenoid lutein.These are also called pumpkin seeds sometimes. Trader Joes has some raw ones I love.

I make one big pizza and Mike and I eat it up with a little leftover for lunch the next day. The polenta is really just cornmeal. You can buy processed polenta but that is not the kind you want for this recipe. Make sure you get your polenta/cornmeal organic NON-GMO if you can. Corn is one of the biggest genetically modified crops!!  I like Bobs Red Mill brand.    

Ingredients for two small crusts or one big one

  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds, milled into meal
  • 1/4 cup pepitas, milled into meal
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 cup gluten-free flour- I used the one from Trader Joes
  • 1/2 cup potato starch or tapioca flour
  • 1/2 cup polenta (or more of any above) This is really just cornmeal but you should try and get organic NON-GMO if you can
  • 3 tbsp flaxmeal
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Italian herbs- I used all-purpose no salt seasoning
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp olive oil- I used Avocado Oil
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tbsp Chaga mushroom powder ( optional )

Ingredients for 12 small crusts

  • 1 1/2 cups sunflower seeds, milled into meal
  • 1 1/2 cups pepitas, milled into meal
  • 1 1/2 cups sesame seeds
  • 1 1/2 cups chia seeds
  • 6 cups gluten-free flour
  • 3 cups potato starch or tapioca flour
  • 3 cups polenta (or more of any above)
  • 1 cup flaxmeal
  • 1/3 cup Italian herbs (oregano, basil, marjoram, parsley, or garlic)
  • 4 tbsp baking powder
  • 3-4 tbsp salt

This makes 20 cups of the dry mix which can be held in a 4-liter jar if preparing at least 2 crusts straight away. Use 3 cups or 550 g of pre-mix for the liquid ratios above.

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 390°F (200°C). If using a pizza stone, preheat that as well in the oven.
  2. Prepare all baking trays/stones with baking paper as the mixture will be liquidy enough to ‘pour’ on.
  3. Mill your seeds into the meal in either a high-powered food processor at high speed, a blender, or a coffee grinder.
  4. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl.
  5. From here, and until the bases are spread on the baking trays, work quickly for easiest workability.
  6. Add the oil and water to the dry mix and stir quickly until combined.
  7. Pour out the bases straight away, before the seeds have a chance to thicken the mixture.
  8. Spread as necessary with the back of a dinner spoon or a spatula.
  9. Pre-bake for approximately 15-20 minutes.
  10. Top with toppings and finish baking the completed pizza (another 20 min).
  11. Otherwise, freeze the par-baked crusts for easy access next time.
  12. Cook the empty bases longer and at a slightly lower temperature (160°C) to make crackers instead.

I used oyster mushrooms, goat feta, nutritional yeast, zucchini and parsley to top our pizza off.  The thing with pizza is you can use anything. My suggestions are try and limit the cow dairy and step out of your comfort zone and use some goat cheese ( easier to digest for many ) nutritional yeast or even cashew cheese sauce.  Get creative. If you do not have the exact seeds I listed above and want some help with substitutions just shoot me an email and I will try to help.

Gluten Free Seed Crust Pizza
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This recipe was modified from a recipe on FMTV called “THE SEEDY SICILIAN PIZZA” and was created by Ashley Jubinville.

PS: If you are interested in trying the health benefits of mushroom powder I would highly suggest Four Sigmatics. I was able to get a special coupon code for All in the Balance peeps. Use allinthebalance at your check out and save 10% Mike and I have tried and use almost all of their products.

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