Today, I want to share with you a recipe for a pizza crust made from ground garbanzo beans. It is a great healthy way to enjoy pizza, even if you are avoiding gluten in your diet.
I’ve been reading lots of books and articles lately, in pursuit of optimum health and to see how I can improve my diet even more.
One of the things that practically everyone agrees is a good place to start, is to eliminate gluten and most grains from your diet. This is because a component of modern wheat, called gliadin, mimics your own hormones, leading your immune system to attack you, thinking it’s defending you, and causing all sorts of problems, from allergies to gastrointestinal upset.
Because it can be inflammatory to many people and not the best for many others, I’ve decided to choose other options in my recipes.
I’m really not a fan of gluten-free products from the store because they are still full of sugar many times, as well as various nasty chemicals added to make them taste better or more like the real thing. And honestly, a cookie is still a cookie whether it has been made with wheat flour or some other kind of flour. Being gluten-free doesn’t automatically make something healthy, despite what the marketing and packaging would like you to believe!
Make your own flour from beans!
Enter garbanzo bean flour, also called gram or chickpea flour. It’s great because not only does it not have gluten, it has all the fiber and phytonutrients from the beans!
One day, experiencing a strangely compelling craving for pizza, I set out to find a way to make a crust that is free of gluten and decided to try making a crust with some garbanzo bean flour I had leftover from when I made these Garbanzo Bean Crepes.
I used flour that I ground myself (directions here), but you can also buy it already ground on Amazon or other stores. The kind you buy is likely ground a little more finely than mine since I don’t have a flour grinder and just used my food processor. These pictures show how rustic the crust will be with a coarser grind.
Here is the 4-ingredient, super easy recipe for the very healthy, vegan, gluten-free pizza crust:
easy gluten free pizza crust
(makes 1 pizza, aka one serving)
- 1 cup garbanzo bean flour
- ½ t. Italian seasoning
- ½ t. olive oil
- dash of salt
- ½ cup warm water
Mix well. Spread in a circular shape, about ¼ inch thick, onto a parchment paper-lined (or a silicone baking mat) baking sheet. This is very important; if the crust sticks to the pan, you end up with a casserole. Don’t end up with a casserole.
Bake at 375 degrees, F for 15-20 minutes, or until the edges get a little crispy. Then, pick up the crust on the parchment paper and flip it over onto the pan. Carefully peel off the paper or foil.
Put your favorite sauce and toppings on the crust, and then stick it back into the oven for 10 minutes or so. I used an easy homemade tomato sauce (recipe below), some finely chopped kale, green peppers, red onions, and mushrooms. After cooking (so they don’t burn), I added some chopped smoked sun-dried tomatoes. Because they are smoke flavored, I can almost imagine that I’m eating bacon! I recommend adding them; it does add something special!
extremely easy pizza sauce
- 2 ½ T. tomato paste (I buy it in a tube, so I can just use a little if I need to)
- ¼ cup water
- pinch of each: Italian seasoning, sea salt, black pepper
Mix, then spread onto pizza crust.
Up close and personal with some pizza.
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