Easy Peasy Grain Free Pizza!
CATEGORIES: Dinners + Lunch Recipes
This post has been a while in the making.
Creating a grain free pizza base has been a tad on the tricky side. My previous attempts have been too soft, gross, floppy or more like plain old scrambled eggs!
My long-suffering husband has had to endure many different failed versions, but last week I cracked it. And much to my relief and surprise it was actually so incredibly easy and quick to do and even my Mum approved.
One of the many reasons for this blog is to demonstrate that natural healthy eating doesn’t mean you need to feel deprived, eat boring or tasteless food or always eat salads. The world is FULL of good, healing and quality foods, all of which can be made into amazing meals and treats, so why bother eating food that will do your body harm? Also even if you are not a ‘grain free’ eater this pizza is perfect as it means you don’t have to wait for hours while your dough proves, meaning it can be created in a healthy hurry!
Plus pizza, I feel, is an essential to life. Its the perfect Friday night dinner, or movie accompaniment or breakfast left over (I had this for breakfast on Saturday – so good!) I have given you a suggested topping but really you can put anything on, so be creative – you can never go wrong with cheese and vegetables!
This recipe uses ground linseeds, which you can buy already ground (see below) or grind them yourself using a coffee grinder. If you want to do grain free cooking on a cheaper basis a coffee grinder is a MUST as although it is an initial expense, the money you save in the long run definitely pays for this wonderful appliance. The best £30 I have spent as I use it most days to grind all sorts of seeds, nuts or lentils and occasionally coffee beans.
The great thing about using linseeds is that they don’t seem to be altered or damaged by the cooking process so you get your omega 3’s and other vitamins and minerals (still researching this but so far so good) . This is also the constipated person perfect pizza as it will help move things along ( see this for more remedies for constipation). Plus they are cheaper than most seed and the popular grain free alternatives – ground almonds/almond flour. So I will keep on researching it and testing this new flour out – but expect many more linseed flour recipes!
(Use golden linseeds for a lighter colour, the images here are made with brown linseeds which give it a more wholemeal ‘look’)
This is the coffee grinder I have and it works a treat – perfect way to spend any left over Christmas money
And for the linseeds themselves:
- 400g Ground Linseeds
- 3 Small Organic Eggs
- 2 tbsp Dried Oregano
- 1 tbsp Salt
- 400ml Filtered Water
- TOMATO BASE
- 8 tbsp Tomato Puree
- 2 garlic cloves chopped
- TOPPINGS (suggestion)
- 2 handfuls of Spinach
- 125-200g Goats Cheese (hard) grated
- 4 Rashers Bacon chopped
- 1/2 Courgette chopped small
- Mix all the base together, except the water. Then gradually add the water until it becomes a very thick batter. It should be a thick gloopy consistency - feel free to add more or less water.
- Pour the thick batter out onto a large sheet of baking/greaseproof paper. Spread and flatten out to the into a circle or rectangle with a spatular. Get it about 1/2 cm thick.
- Place in a preheated oven at 170c for 45 mins on a pizza tray or grill tray to allow the hot air to reach the whole base. This makes quite a large pizza so use a large tray!
- After 45 mins spread the tomato paste and garlic on top and then add the toppings in any order you fancy and cook for a further 15-20 minutes or until crispy.
- For all you American readers the recipe works out at roughly 3 cups of ground linseeds.
- Other topping ideas would be three cheese of cheddar, goat and feta cheese. Caramelised onions and sun dried tomatoes or rocket and egg is also a winner! But don't worry more awesome combinations will be posted in future!