Gluten and Dairy Free Tantalizing Pizza Crust

gluten and dairy free pizza crust
Cheri Moore

Written by Juliana Moore

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April 28, 2022

This gluten and dairy free tantalizing pizza crust is as close to a deep-dish New York style pizza crust as I have ever had. The cassava flour gives it a nice fluffy crust while the yeast helps give it that bread flavor you remember. Add a few herbs and enjoy the tantalizing taste of this gluten and dairy free pizza.

Bring Back Pizza Night!

Pizza and a movie. A relaxing evening we all can appreciate. However, when I could no longer eat gluten or dairy, this evening changed quite a bit until now.

Gluten and dairy free pizza on parchment paper sitting on a cutting board on the counter.

I’ve tried lots of gluten and dairy free pizzas, but the crusts are all either cracker thin, very crispy or chewy. I also missed the mixtures of tantalizing spices not found in frozen gluten free pizzas. I am not saying that they are all bad. However, non of them satisfied my wish for a classic New York style deep dish pizza with a soft crust perfect for dipping into delicious pizza sauce.

While the crust from this recipe is not yet a true deep-dish pizza, I once again anticipate movie nights and the tantalizing taste of pizza.

pizza with toppings before being baked.

How to Save Time Proofing Your Dough

I learned a few years ago the best trick to save time while waiting for dough to rise. Whenever recipes said to put the dough in a warm place and rise until doubled in size, it would take about two hours. We live in one of our country’s very cold, northern states. Thus, our house stays a little chilly. Thinking it impossible, I avoided making dough from scratch. However, a few years ago I realized that my oven on its lowest temperature created a warm environment for the proofing time. Another option, you can place the bowl full of dough on top of a wood stove.

By setting my oven to 170 degrees Fahrenheit, I created the perfect degree of warmth to make the dough rise in just 20 minutes rather than an hour or two! Just cover your oven-safe bowl with plastic wrap or a moist, clean cloth to keep the dough from drying out. If you use a moist cloth, make sure it hangs over the bowl away from the dough.

While rising, enjoy making the tantalizing pizza sauce. If you love to nibble while cooking, toast a few pieces of toast. It is the perfect way to test the flavor of your sauce.

Can You Make Your Own Pizza Sauce?

Yes! If you have ever read the nutrition label on a jar of pizza sauce, then you know it only takes a few ingredients to make your own. In fact, you can make most tomato-based sauces with a can of tomato sauce and a numerous spices. This sauce has a medium thickness. If you want a thicker sauce, add a can of tomato paste.

To make your own pizza sauce, I suggest starting by sauteing a few cloves of minced garlic in olive oil. Then add a can of tomato sauce. Next, add your seasonings. Use the seasonings listed on the label of your favorite store-bought pizza sauce or dress it up even more. I like to use garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning, oregano, basil, parsley, and sometimes even a touch of cumin, paprika, or turmeric.

Gluten and Dairy Free Pizza Crust Ingredients:

This recipe makes one medium-sized pizza.

  • 1/2 cup of warm water (approximately 105-110 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • 2 1/4 tsp of active dry yeast (1 packet)
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 cup of cassava flour
  • 5 tablespoons of arrowroot flour
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1 egg
baked gluten and dairy free BBQ pizza sliced.

Directions:

Prepare the Gluten and Dairy Free Pizza Dough

To start, preheat your oven to 170 degrees Fahrenheit.

Measure out a 1/2 cup of warm water (approximately 105-110 degrees Fahrenheit – warm to the touch, but not steaming hot.)

one cup glass measuring cup with a half cup of warm water.

Stir 1 tablespoon of honey into the warm water which feeds the yeast.

honey in a mason jar with a tablespoon on the counter in front of it. Second image with the honey being stirred into water in the upper right hand corner.

Add 2 1/4 teaspoons of dry active yeast to the water and honey mixture.

jar of yeast with measuring spoons on the counter in front of it.

To activate the yeast, set mixture aside for about 5-10 minutes.

a measuring cup with yeast activating on the counter top above a glass bowl.

In a mixing bowl add the following dry ingredients:

glass bowl with dry ingredients in it for gluten and dairy free pizza crust.

1 cup of cassava flour

bag of cassava flour with a one cup measuring cup sitting in front of it.

5 tablespoons of arrowroot flour

bag of arrowroot flour with a tablespoon sitting in front of it.

1 tablespoon of coconut flour

bag of coconut flour with a tablespoon sitting in front of it.

1 teaspoon of salt

container of sea salt with a teaspoon sitting in front of it.

1 teaspoon of garlic powder

container of garlic powder with a teaspoon sitting in front of it.

1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning

container of Italian seasoning with a teaspoon sitting in front of it.

By this time, the yeast in the water and honey mixture should be foamy. If not, then your yeast may be expired or the water was too cold or too hot.

activated foamy yeast in honey water in a glass measuring cup.

Add the foamy activated yeast and honey water to the bowl of dry gluten and dairy free pizza crust ingredients.

activated yeast being poured into dry ingredients.

Using the same bowl or measuring cup, mix together 1/4 cup of olive oil and one egg.

olive oil being poured into a glass measuring cup.
egg being cracked on the edge of a glass measuring cup filled with olive oil.

Add the egg mixture and the yeast mixture into the bowl of dry ingredients.

oil and egg mixture added to gluten and dairy free pizza crust dough

Use a fork to mix them together. Then use your hands to form a dough ball.

handing kneading gluten and dairy free pizza crust dough.

Proof the Gluten and Dairy Free Pizza Dough

Place the dough ball in an oven-safe bowl and cover it with plastic wrap.

dough ball in a glass bowl covered with plastic wrap.

Allow the dough to rise in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. The dough will rise slightly.

glass bowl with dough being placed in a warm oven to rise.

Remove the dough from the oven.

proofed gluten and dairy free pizza crust dough in a glass bowl.

Then place your pizza stone or baking sheet in the oven and preheat it to 475 degrees.

pizza stone in an oven preheating.

Build Your Pizza

Next, lightly flour a piece of parchment paper with cassava flour.

cassava flour being sprinkled on a piece of parchment paper.

Then, remove the dough from the bowl and place it on the floured parchment paper.

pizza dough ball sitting on parchment paper.

Use your hands to press the dough out into a circle that is roughly 1/8-1/4 inch thin. (dust your hands in cassava flour if the dough is sticky)

hand flattening out gluten and dairy free pizza crust dough into a circle.

Add your preferred toppings.

pizza dough topped with BBQ sauce, BBQ chicken, and cheese.

Life the whole piece of parchment paper with the pizza on it and place it on the preheated pizza stone.

pizza on parchment paper being transferred to the preheated pizza stone.

Bake for 12-15 minutes until the crust is slightly golden and the toppings are melted.

baked gluten and dairy free pizza crust

Printable Gluten and Dairy Free Pizza Crust Recipe Card

Gluten and dairy free pizza crust recipe card.
Gluten and dairy free pizza crust recipe card.

Homemade Pizza Ideas

Here are a few classic pizza ideas as well as a few fun ones to try out!

Cheese Pizza – Pizza sauce and your favorite dairy-free cheeses. (Look for brands like Daiya. Their products are typically available in Walmart, Target, and high-end grocery stores)

Cheese and Pepperoni Pizza – Pizza sauce, dairy-free cheeses, and pepperoni or turkey pepperoni.

BBQ Chicken Pizza – BBQ sauce as the base layer, diced chicken tossed in BBQ sauce, sauteed onions, and your favorite dairy free cheese.

Hawaiian Pizza – Pizza sauce, ham, pineapple, and dairy-free cheese.

Breakfast Pizza – scrambled eggs, sausage, and dairy-free cheese.

Taco Pizza – Cheese sauce, taco meat, sauteed onions and peppers, freshly diced tomatoes, lettuce, avocado, and Fritos corn chips. My husband loves this with Doritos if you are able to eat dairy. You could also add black beans as a protein source in addition to or instead of the taco meat.

a close up of a slice of gluten and dairy free pizza crust topped with BBQ sauce, BBQ chicken, fried onions, and cheese.

Enjoy!

I hope you enjoy this gluten and dairy free tantalizing pizza crust recipe! If you make this for your family, leave a comment down below to let me know how it turned out. Also, share your favorite toppings! I love to try out new pizza ideas and learn so much from others. If you have a favorite dairy-free cheese for pizza, then be sure to share that too!

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