The Best Gluten Free Pizza Crust

This is the best Gluten Free Pizza Crust recipe! It’s easy to make, using a handful of ingredients and comes together in under 10 minutes, no kneading or proofing required. It’s paleo and grain-free but you wouldn’t know it. It’s light and chewy with just the right texture. Bake it with your favorite toppings for pizza ANY night of the week.

easy gluten free pizza with pepperoni and melty cheeseGluten Free Pizza Crust

If you haven’t tried my Gluten Free Pizza Crust before, you have been missing out. This pizza crust was first published back in 2014 and was also included in my cookbook. It has been made and loved by so many of you! I have to admit, it’s a favorite of mine too. We rephotographed it, as well as updated one ingredient to make it even easier to make. This gluten-free, paleo and nut-free crust comes together quickly, in 1-bowl in under 10 minutes. No kneading, proofing or fussing is required! This pizza crust uses a blend of coconut flour, tapioca flour and ground flaxseed. It’s light and chewy and is a crowd pleaser. It’s easy to make ANY night of the week and perfect for any topping you’d like!

Paleo Pizza Crust Ingredients

  • Olive Oil
  • Warm Water
  • Egg
  • Tapioca Flour
  • Coconut Flour
  • Ground Flaxseed
  • Baking Powder
  • Garlic Powder (optional)
  • Italian seasoning (optional)
  • Fine Sea Salt

How to Make Gluten Free Pizza Crust

What I love about this crust is how truly easy it is to make! All you need is a bowl, a whisk and a spatula. First you whisk together the wet ingredients. Previously this pizza crust used palm shortening as the fat. You can still use that if you prefer, but we swapped that ingredient with olive oil because this is more common to keep at home. Next you add in the dry ingredients, whisk together until you can’t whisk anymore, and then continue to stir it together with a spatula.

Because we’re using coconut flour, the dough will look more like a batter and thicken as it sits. After it’s been mixed together, let it sit for about 5 minutes.

Next, you dump the dough on a piece of parchment that is dusted with tapioca starch. The dough will be sticky. Dust your hands with tapioca starch, as well as the top of the dough. Using your fingers pat the dough down into a circle 8-9″ circle, dusting with additional tapioca as needed. The thinner you pat out the dough, the crispier the crust will be.

Once you have formed your pizza dough you can lightly brush off any excess tapioca flour.

Tips for Working with Homemade Paleo Pizza Crust

  1. Use a scale to measure out the flour! Coconut flour is very absorbent. If it is not measured correctly it could impact the recipe. Check out this post for more information.
  2. Form the crust directly on the parchment and baking sheet you plan to bake the pizza on.
  3. Let the dough rest for a few minutes before you form the pizza crust. This dough uses coconut flour and the longer it sits the more liquid it absorbs. If you try to form the crust right away it may be too wet.
  4. This pizza crust is sticky! Use extra tapioca flour as needed to prevent it from sticking to you, or the parchment. If you have an excess after you have finished forming the pizza, brush or gently blow it off.
  5. You must parbake the crust. Typically pizza is baked at a very high temperature. Because of the use of paleo flours, it is better for the flavor for this crust to be baked at 350ºF, so you’ll need to fully bake the crust before adding in your toppings.

patting out gluten free pizza doughHow to Bake Gluten Free Pizza

This pizza crust must be baked first before you add any toppings. Bake in a preheated 350ºF on the the middle to lower rack for 20 minutes. Then add your pizza toppings and continue to bake until the cheese is melty.

This recipe makes a pizza for 1-2 people. If serving more, feel free to double the recipe. If you want to make a bigger batch than than that, it is better to make it in a separate bowl. For example, if you want to serve more than 4 people, could could make 2 double batches in two bowls, instead of making them all on the same bowl.

gluten free pepperoni pizza

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Paleo Pizza Crust: BBQ Chicken Pizza
Yields 8
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Prep Time
7 min
Cook Time
23 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
7 min
Cook Time
23 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup tapioca flour
  2. 3 tbsp coconut flour
  3. 3 tbsp ground flax meal
  4. 1 egg
  5. 1/3 cup palm shortening
  6. 1/3 warm water
  7. 1 tsp baking powder
  8. Dash Himalayan sea salt
  9. 1/2 tsp garlic granules
  10. 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. In a bowl combine tapioca, coconut flour, baking powder, salt, garlic, Italian seasoning, and flax
  3. Add in warm water and mix well
  4. Add in palm shortening and egg; mix well
  5. Line a baking sheet with slipat baking mat or parchment paper; sprinkle with tapioca flour
  6. Roll the dough into a ball (it'll be somewhat sticky- it's okay)
  7. Plop the ball onto your baking sheet and cover with an additional peach of parchment paper
  8. Using a roller, gently roll out dough until thin*
  9. Bake until crispy- about 20 minutes
  10. Add desired toppings and place bake in the oven for 5-7 minutes**
Notes
  1. *If you make it too thin, it'll be hard like flatbread, you want it about 1/3 inch so it rises and is dough-like.
  2. **Precook chicken and other meats before placing on your pizza
Substitutions
  1. Please note that I can't vouch for substitutions that I have not personally made. I have tested this recipe numerous times and have found following this exactly will yield in a great crispy, yet bread-y crust. If you choose to make changes, the recipe may not come out the same.
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Sea Salt Chocolate Pumpkin Cups

Homemade Chocolate Pumpkin Cups are the easiest and most delicious DIY halloween candy to make in the fall. Plus these ones are healthy! Made with a handful of wholesome ingredients like pumpkin puree, chocolate and nut butter, these chocolate cups are paleo-friendly and made without any refined sugars.

 

pumpkin cups in a bowl

Chocolate Pumpkin Cups

Time to get in the Halloween spirit with these healthy Chocolate Pumpkin Cups. They taste like an indulgence but are really a well balanced treat that you won’t feel guilty about having! These pumpkin cups are made with a handful of good-for-you ingredients and healthy fats like pumpkin puree, nut butter and coconut oil, and are quite simple to put together. Make a batch now and have healthy “candy” in your freezer for whenever you need a treat.

placing pumpkin peanut butter mixture into chocolate moldsIngredients Needed for Chocolate Pumpkin Cups

  • Dark Chocolate 
  • Coconut Oil
  • Smooth Almond Butter or Peanut Butter 
  • Pumpkin Puree
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • Maple Syrup or Honey
  • Coarse Sea Salt (optional)

What Type of Nut Butter to Use

While we developed this recipe using almond butter, feel free to swap out any nut butter that sounds good to you! Peanut butter and cashew butter would be great choices here as well!

Nut Free Options

You can make this nut-free with two options. You could replace the almond butter or peanut butter with sunflower seed butter. Or, you could replace the nut butter all together and stuff these chocolate cups with 1 heaping tablespoon of homemade pumpkin butter.

pumpkin peanut butter or almond butter

How to Melt Chocolate

Melting chocolate is really the only cooking that this recipe requires. We suggest melting chocolate over a double-boiler. Most people don’t have an actual double boiler at home, so make up your own by placing a heat proof bowl over a simmering pot of water. Just make sure that the bowl is not touching the water. Using this method to melt the chocolate is easy and it ensures you don’t over cook the chocolate. Overcooking the chocolate can make it separate, or “break”.

The microwave is an alternative way to melt chocolate. If you do use the microwave heat the chocolate in very short bursts, no more than 20 seconds, while whisking in between each time.

Placing chocolate on pumpkin cups

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A bite from the pumpkin spice peanut butter cup

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Pumpkin Butter Cups

Prep Time 15 min Cook Time 00:00 Total Time 0:15 Yields 12

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Melt chocolate as desired (stovetop or microwave.
  2. Place mini cups on a baking sheet.
  3. In a bowl combine almond butter, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and honey.
  4. Place 1/2 tablespoon of chocolate into each of the molds.
  5. Drop in 1 teaspoon of almond-pumpkin mixture into the center of the chocolate.
  6. Cover with remaining chocolate. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt.
  7. Place in refrigerator or freezer until cups harden.

Recipe Notes

  • Store in refrigerator
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Healthy Labor Day Recipes (Paleo & Gluten-Free)

Savor the last long weekend of the Summer with these gluten free and paleo healthy labor day recipes to make at home or bring with you on-the-go!

Healthy Labor Day Recipes

Healthy Labor Day Recipes

Labor Day Weekend is bittersweet! It’s the last long weekend of the Summer where everyone gets a chance to soak in the last of the sun with final beach days, BBQ’s, and the chance to make all of those summer recipes you’ve been pinning and saving. I’ve rounded up some favorite appetizers, side dishes, main dishes, and treats to satisfy every person at your home this weekend with these healthy labor day recipes!


Labor Day Appetizers

These late summer appetizers are perfect to make at home or to share!


Labor Day Pasta Salads and Sides

Sometimes the salads are the BEST part of a BBQ


Labor Day Cocktails

Make them as cocktails or mocktails!


Labor Day BBQ Ideas

Get that grill lit up, because we need to fire up the end of summer!


Labor Day Desserts

A sweet finish to the end of summer!

Protein Fudgsicles

These super simple chocolate Fudgesicles are so rich and creamy, but made without any dairy at all! Made simply with only a handful of ingredients these naturally sweetened popsicles will be loved by both kids and adults alike.

Dairy-Free Chocolate Fudgesicles

These simple but delicious Fudgesicles are made with coconut milk and chocolate and require no special machine to make them other than a blender and a popsicle mold. They’re creamy and delicious. But best of all there is a hidden nutritional component to it! You can optionally add either a protein powder of choice or collage protein to your fudgesicle to give it super powers!

Ingredients needed for Healthy Fudgesicles

  • Coconut milk
  • Dark chocolate chips (dairy-free, if you need it)
  • Protein powder of choice or Collagen Peptides
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Maple syrup

How to Easily Get Popsicles Out of the Mold

There are a few tricks you can use to get popsicles out of the molds but the easier one I’ve tried so far is to stick the popsicle mold in a big bowl of hot water. Place the entire mold inside of the water, making sure though not to get any of the water inside of the popsicles. Leave it in there for about 30 seconds and remove. Then all of the popsicles should easily pop out! If you have individual molds than you can stick each popsicle in a tall glass of hot water.

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Protein Fudgsicles

Total Time 0:00 Yields 6

Ingredients

Directions

  • 1. Heat coconut milk and chocolate and mix well to combine
  • 2. Transfer chocolate coconut milk mixture to the blender
  • 3. Add in protein powder, vanilla, and maple- blend until smooth
  • 4. Taste and adjust sweetener as desired
  • 5. Pour into popsicle molds and let freeze over night
  • Recipe Notes

  • Servings: 6
  • Amount per serving: 1
  • 181 calories
  • 12g fat
  • 8g carbs
  • 9g protein
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    Spiralized Chipotle Slaw

    This Chipotle Slaw is smoky and spicy and made special with spiralized veggies! It’s gluten-free and paleo and the perfect slaw to bring along to a potluck or to serve at your next BBQ.

    Chipotle slaw in a bowlSpiralized Chipotle Slaw Recipe

    This spicy Chipotle Slaw is so unique thanks to the addition of spiralized veggies! While this slaw still uses cabbage we added in some nutrient dense veggies to make this slaw special. Along with the smoky and spicy chipotle mayo dressing, this slaw is a great dish to bring along to a potluck or serve at your next BBQ.

    What are spiralized veggies?

    Spiralized veggies are veggies that are cut with a Spiralizer! It’s basically just a device that makes noodle like strings from veggies. It’s perfect for making noodles out of just about anything. We love using it to make zucchini noodles for dishes like this and this.

    chipotle mayo being mixed upIngredients Needed for Slaw

    • Carrots
    • Cabbage
    • Zucchini
    • Yellow Squash
    • Mayo, store bought or homemade
    • Canned chipotle in adobo
    • Apple cider vinegar
    • Garlic powder
    • Cumin
    • Salt and Pepper
    • Bacon

    Spiralized veggiesWays to use this Chipotle Coleslaw

    While we are partial to eating it straight from the bowl, there are plenty of ways to use this slaw:

    Chipotle mayo being poured on vegetables

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    Chipotle Slaw
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    Ingredients
    1. 2 cups spiralized or shredded carrots
    2. 1 cup shredded cabbage
    3. 2 cups spiralized zucchini
    4. 2 cups spiralized yellow squash
    5. 5 strips nitrate-free bacon, cooked crispy
    6. 1/3 cup + 2 tbsp homemade mayo or your favorite store-bought mayo*
    7. 2 tbsp sriracha, more as desired
    8. Pinch of cayenne pepper + 1 tsp chipotle spice
    9. Optional: 2 cups shredded chicken
    Instructions
    1. Using your sprializer, vegetable peeler, or mandolin shred or spiralize your vegetables
    2. Place all veggies into a large mixing bowl
    3. In a small bowl, whisk together mayo, sriracha, and spice
    4. Pour mayo into the vegetable bowl and mix to combine**
    5. Add in crispy bacon and store in the refrigerator covered until serving
    Notes
    1. *Adjust spices/mayo amount as needed here depending on level of creaminess desired.
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    Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

    This Gluten Free Chocolate Zucchini Bread is the perfect way to use up all the zucchini that summer brings, while also sneaking in some veggies in a healthy treat. This zucchini bread is so moist and decadent while still being nutrient-dense, Paleo-friendly and dairy-free!

    Close up shot of gluten free chocolate zucchini breadGluten Free Chocolate Zucchini Bread

    This Zucchini Bread is a delicious treat that nobody will even think there is zucchini added to it! This bread is decadent while still being healthy and will be sure to become a staple every summer in your house. This healthy Gluten Free Chocolate Zucchini bread is made with almond flour and so dang delicious! It’s easily made in 1-bowl and is paleo friendly and dairy-free. The zucchini adds just the right amount of moisture to the bread and we of course love the added nutrition!

    Profile shot of gluten free zucchini breadHere is what you need to make it:

    • Almond Flour
    • Coconut Flour
    • Cocoa Powder
    • Coconut Sugar
    • Espresso Powder
    • Baking Powder
    • Sea Salt
    • Chocolate Chips
    • Zucchini
    • Eggs
    • Avocado Oil
    • Unsweetened Apple Sauce
    • Maple Syrup
    • Vanilla Extract

    Gluten free chocolate zucchini bread slices

    Can you leave out the Espresso Powder?

    Yes! Espresso powder just enhances the chocolate flavor. It’s a minimal amount, but if you want to avoid any caffeine feel free to omit this ingredient.

    Why Apple Sauce?

    You won’t taste it at all! Apple sauce is a great ingredient to use to add moisture to a bread without needed to add lots of oil. While there is still oil in here, I like to use apple sauce in combination with it to get the right texture.

    How to Store this Paleo Chocolate Zucchini Bread

    Store this bread in the refrigerator or freezer after it has been cooled. In the refrigerator it will last a couple of days. You can leave it at room temperature for a few hours to take the chill off if desired. It will last up to 1 month in the freezer. Let it sit at room temperature uncovered to defrost. 

    paleo chocolate zucchini bread

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    Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

    Prep Time 00:15 Cook Time 00:50 Total Time 01:05 Serves 8-10

    Ingredients

    Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 350°F and grease and line a 9" x 5" (1.5 quart) loaf pan with parchment paper. 
    2. In a large bowl whisk together eggs, oil, apple sauce, maple syrup, coconut sugar and vanilla extract until well combined.
    3. To the bowl add almond flour, coconut flour, cocoa powder, espresso, baking powder, and sea salt and mix very well until fully combined.
    4. Fold in the zucchini and chocolate chips.
    5. Place in the loaf pan and smooth down the top.
    6. Bake in the preheated oven for 50-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the oven is clean with just a few moist crumbs.

    Recipe Notes

    This recipe was originally published in 2016, and republished in 2019 with new photos.

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