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Chickpea Flour Crust Pizza

  • Author: Amy Estes
  • Total Time: 27 minutes
  • Yield: 4 people 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


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!


  • 1 cup chickpea flour
  • 1 cup room temperature water
  • 3 tbsps olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 cup tomato sauce (or pizza sauce)
  • 4 oz fresh mozzarella cheese (or shredded mozzarella cheese)
  • 2 tbsps torn basil – optional for garnish


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F and place a cast iron pan in the oven for 10 minutes while it preheats. This is one of the secrets to the super crispy crust. 
  2. While the pan is heating up, add the chickpea flour to a medium-size mixing bowl with a sprinkle of salt and pepper and whisk. Continue whisking the flour while you slowly pour in 1 cup of warm water. Let the batter sit on the counter for a few minutes to thicken up a bit. 
  3. Once the pan is ready, brush it with 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil. Enough to coat the bottom of the pan. Be careful, the pan gets very hot! Add the other 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the chickpea flour and whisk lightly.
  4. Pour the chickpea batter evenly into the cast iron pan. Listen to the sizzle. Place the pan back into the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes. Until the edges start to get nice and golden brown and crispy.
  5. After 15 minutes remove the pan from the oven, and top the crust with the tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. Place it back into the oven to bake for 10- 12 more minutes, until it is nice and golden brown, and the cheese is nice and melted.
  6. Remove the pizza from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes. Carefully lift it from the pan and transfer it onto a cutting board. Slice and serve. Top with the fresh watercress, sliced red onion, or just some fresh torn basil and ENJOY!!


  • 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.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 22 minutes
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American