November 21, 2016

Easy Quinoa Pizza Dough

Why Quinoa Pizza Dough?

I usually avoid making homemade pizza dough. Admittedly, it’s just so darn easy to find a pre-made version in the grocery store.

That being said, I love to cook and I really enjoy experimenting with different ingredients. And this gluten-free quinoa pizza dough was not only easy, but unique, and totally worth trying! Another two thumbs up for organic + preservative-free!

Quinoa pizza dough has a fluffy texture and mild, nutty flavor. It is a great option for anyone with celiac disease or an intolerance to gluten.

As you all know, I’m 36 weeks pregnant. (Woah… 36 weeks, I know! I’m almost there!) It’s been pretty smooth sailing, but I’ve been getting really bad migraines lately.

Ever since I found out I was pregnant, I ditched the food intolerance list and simply listened to my body, eating accordingly.

To clarify, an allergy is something that would cause your throat to close up or inflict hives. An intolerance or sensitivity can cause mild reactions such as inflammation, digestive issues, exhaustion, or even cold symptoms.

So when your body is already in overdrive (i.e. creating a human), adding foods that you might be sensitive/intolerant to can cause unnecessary stress such as headaches, indigestion, congestion, etc. (all things that I’ve been feeling lately).

Let’s Get Cooking

This recipe is much easier than it appears. However, I didn’t want to leave out any precious details when describing the process.

The dough itself consists of a few essential ingredients, with salt and garlic added for flavor. I partnered with Chosen Foods and created this recipe for an online giveaway. I love cooking with their healthy oils and pure oil sprays, but also used their 100% organic royal white quinoa which you can find here.

To achieve the soft, fluffy texture, you’ll want to use a high powered blender like a Vitamix. For crispier crust, cook a few additional minutes. I tried using a food processor and found that it resulted in a much more grainy/seedy texture.

Pictures are listed below so you can see the step by step process.

Quinoa Pizza Dough 1

Quinoa Pizza Dough 2

Quinoa Pizza Dough 4

Make sure to check out my recipe for Fall Pizza with Arugula and Persimmon once you perfect this yummy Quinoa Pizza Dough!

Fall Pizza 3

 

Quinoa Pizza Dough

  • Prep time: 15 minutes (excluding soak time)
  • Cook time: 30 minutes
  • Total time: 45 minutes (excluding soak time)

Yields: 6 slices

A gluten-free, high-protein and high-fiber alternative to traditional pizza dough! Quinoa pizza dough has a fluffy texture and mild, nutty flavor. Nutrition facts are for the dough alone (not including toppings).

  • Soaking:
  • Organic Quinoa, 3/4 cup dry
  • Warm Water, 2 cups
  • Apple Cider Vinegar, 1 tbsp.
  • Mixing:
  • Water, 1/4 cup
  • Olive Oil, 1 Tbsp.
  • Baking Powder, 1 tsp.
  • Garlic Powder, 1/2 tsp.
  • Salt, 1/2 tsp.
  • Cooking:
  • Parchment Paper to fit in a 9x11 pan
  • Olive Oil Spray or 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil (for baking sheet)
  1. Rinse and drain quinoa under running water 3-4 times until water runs clear.
  2. In a large non-reactive (glass) bowl, soak rinsed/drained quinoa in 2 cups of warm water.
  3. Add 1 Tbsp. of apple cider vinegar to release the phytic acid (an anti-nutrient found in grains, legumes, etc. that binds to and prevents us from absorbing the nutrients), giving it a swirl within the quinoa. This makes the quinoa more digestible.
  4. Cover the bowl with a towel and allow it to soak at room temperature for 7+ hours. Note: If you forget about it, and it's still soaking after 24 hours, change the water.
  5. Remove towel, draining and rinsing the grains before cooking with fresh water.
  6. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  7. Use a high-powered blender to combine the following: soaked quinoa, 1/4 cup of fresh water, 1 Tbsp. olive oil, baking powder, garlic powder, and salt.
  8. Set parchment paper in cooking pan. Grease parchment paper with olive oil spray or 1 Tbsp. olive oil. Pour mixture onto the paper.
  9. Bake one side for 15 minutes.
  10. Carefully remove from oven and flip the crust over, using another flat pan or cutting board for support.
  11. Continue baking the other side of the crust for 10 minutes.
  12. Remove from heat, add toppings, and cook for 5 minutes.
  13. Remove from the oven and enjoy once your pizza has cooled to your preferred liking!

Nutrition

  • Calories: 101.5
  • Fat: 3.5 grams
  • Carbs: 14.7 grams
  • Protein: 3 grams

 

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