Crispy, gluten-free chickpea flour pizza crust topped with fresh tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and basil. Made entirely in a skillet and baked in the oven until super crispy and delicious. A healthier way to enjoy PIZZA!
Pizza! My absolute favorite food on the planet! I would eat it every day if I could and I think my kids are following in my footsteps. This Chickpea Flour Crust Pizza is my stand in version so I can eat pizza whenever I want with no guilt.
Get this, the crust has more protein than carbs. OMG! Plus its plant-based, gluten-free and has loads of fiber as well. I mean, could it get any better than that?
Why you will love this recipe
- The crust is crispy on the outside and perfectly soft and chewy on the inside.
- Very easy to make with no kneading or prepping the dough first.
- Simple, but crazy good!
- Lower in carbs than traditional pizza! Yippee!!!
- A pizza you can eat every day if you want!
- It is literally the perfect Friday night pizza recipe. Pair it with a nice salad and your favorite wine and you are all set!
This pizza is made entirely in one pan, a cast iron pan that has some added nutrients from the iron in the pan. Bonus! The cast iron pan is the secret to the crispy crust.
Now, if you prefer a deep-dish pizza than this recipe is probably not for you but try it! Maybe you will discover a whole new healthier way to enjoy pizza!
What is Chickpea Flour?
Chickpea Flour is an ultra-fine flour made from milled chickpeas. You can use it as a base in many recipes and it can be found in almost all grocery stores. It’s inexpensive too, costing about $3 for a 16oz bag!
Wow! It has loads of nutrients like Plant-based protein, fiber, iron, folate. It’s also lower in carbohydrates and calories as compared to other flours.
Chickpea flour is also low on the glycemic index, which is a measure of how much a food raises your blood sugar as it’s digested, which makes it heart-healthy and a much better alternative than white or whole wheat flour.
What can you make with Chickpea Flour?
You can use chickpea flour in place of white flour in so many recipes like pancakes, muffins, pizza crust, bread or even homemade pasta. Chickpea Flour Omelets is one of my go-to recipes in a pinch since I can add in some veggies and it becomes a complete meal.
Ingredients needed to make this Chickpea Flour Crust Pizza
How to make Chickpea Flour Crust Pizza
- Start by preheating the oven to 450 degrees F. While the oven is preheating, place the cast iron pan in the oven to warm it up. This is the secret to the crispy crust.
- Then whisk the batter together which is just the chickpea flour mixed with warm water, salt, and olive oil. Whisk it well to form a loose wet batter that is slightly runny. Let the batter sit on the counter for a few minutes while the oven is preheating. This will allow the batter to get slightly thicker.
- Once the pan is ready, very carefully remove it from the oven, brush it with some olive oil (1TBSP) evenly to cover the bottom of the pan, then pour the batter evenly into the pan (be careful, the pan will be very hot!) so it covers the entire bottom of the pan. The batter will sizzle as you pour it into the pan and start to cook immediately. It’s amazing, and a sign that you know it’s going to be good!
- Place it back into the oven to bake for 12-15 minutes.
5. Remove it from the oven, spread on the tomato sauce, and layer on the freshly sliced mozzarella cheese. Yum!
6. Place it back into the oven for 10-12 more minutes, until the top and edges are nice and golden brown and the cheese is nice and melted. Cook’s Tip: If you like an even crispier crust, then remove the crust from the oven after 10 minutes and brush the edges with more olive oil. Place it back in the oven for 2-3 more minutes.
7. Remove, let cool for a few minutes, top with fresh basil, watercress, sliced red onion and red pepper flakes, slice, and serve.
I love to eat this with an arugula and tomato salad dressed with a squeeze of lemon, balsamic vinegar, salt,
What to serve with chickpea flour crust pizza
- Salad! Check out this Easy Kale Salad with Lemon Dressing, or this Autumn Chopped Kale Salad with Quinoa.
- Eggplant Meatballs
- Wine of course!!!! Haha!
- Arugula Tomato Salad
- Use a cast-iron pan. If you don’t have a cast-iron pan then go buy one. They are very inexpensive and will last you a lifetime. Making this pizza in a cast iron pan is essential since it results in a super crispy, perfectly cooked pizza crust.
- Only use chickpea (Garbanzo bean) flour. Do not try to attempt making this recipe with any other gluten-free flours. This recipe especially uses chickpea flour and will not work with other flours.
- Make sure you preheat the pan while the oven is preheating. Heating up the pan before adding the batter gives it that golden brown, uber-crispy edge, crust we all want in a pizza like this.
- Don’t overload the pizza with too many toppings. This crust is thinner than traditional pizza, so too many toppings will make this crust soggy and not as firm. Opt for simple toppings like pizza sauce, fresh mozzarella, and basil or you can add sliced chicken, pepperoni, or sauteed veggies as well.
- Once the pizza is done cooking, let it sit on the counter for a few minutes to cool slightly. Then you can loosen it in the pan with a spatula, pour it onto a cutting board and slice it up.
- Other topping options: Pesto, sliced cooked chicken, cooked mushrooms, peppers, and onions.
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