This low carb coconut flour pizza crust is a gluten-free combination of oat flour, coconut flour, water, and salt. Similar to the traditional wheat-based pizza dough, it is perfect as a base for tomatoes sauce, cheese, and your favourite pizza toppings.
About Oat Flour
While several alternatives exist to traditional wheat-based pizza crusts, oat flour is slightly unusual. However, it adds texture and heartiness to the dough, whereas utilizing just coconut flour wouldn't yield the same results in your low carb pizza crust. Often, you can find oat flour in small bags in the grocery store or health food store, or in the bulk section of a bulk food store.
However, if you can't, you can make it at home with regular oats. To do this, simply place some oats, such as large flaked oats, in a food processor, and pulse it until a fine flour forms. You can either make just enough to make this pizza crust recipe or make an extra-large batch so that you can store it in an airtight container until you are ready to make pizza again or use it in other baked goods.
Oat flour is very nutrient-rich. In fact, it is high in fiber with significant amounts of manganese, protein, iron, magnesium, and more. Generally, many think of it as being beneficial for heart health and the functioning of the digestive system.
About Coconut Flour
Coconut flour is similarly becoming much easier to find at the grocery store. You will usually find it in smaller bags, which is ideal as a little goes a long way. However, if you find you have extra and don't know when you will use it again, you can store it in the freezer to keep it fresh. Out of the freezer, it won't require long to thaw, so you will be able to use it in your baking quite quickly.
The benefits of this flour in this pizza crust recipe are that it has an absorptive nature, helps the dough hold together, and offers a slightly sweet taste that is complimentary to the oats. While the oat flour is robust and hearty, the coconut will absorb the water and hold the pizza dough together.
How to Make Coconut Flour Pizza Crust
This coconut pizza crust is very easy to make.
1. First, gather all your ingredients, which are only four - oat flour, coconut flour, salt, and warm water.
2. In a mixing bowl, whisk the oat flour with the coconut and salt together so that they are evenly incorporated. Afterward, you add warm water to hydrate the flour and make it a proper dough. Since the dough will be quite wet at this point, you should allow the dough to sit for 5 minutes before proceeding to the next step. This will allow the coconut flour to absorb the excess moisture, making the dough easier to work with.
Making Pizza with the Coconut Flour Pizza Crust
To make pizza, you begin by heating a large 12-inch pan or skillet over medium heat. For this, you can use any pan you like, but something nonstick and well seasoned like a cast iron pan works great. Alternatively, if you would like to make some smaller pizzas, you could use two 8-inch pans or skillets.
Coat the surface of the pan or skillet with a little olive oil which will help keep the dough from sticking to it during cooking. However, if you don't love the taste of olive oil or don't have it, canola or vegetable oil would work fine too.
3. Now, add the dough to the pan and use your fingers to press it into the pan in an even layer.
4. At this point, you can top the pizza crust with your favourite tomato sauce, cheese, and toppings before cooking it on the stove. For the cheese, traditional mozzarella is wonderful, but you could also use other meltable cheeses like cheddar, Swiss, Asiago, your favourite vegan cheese and more.
Cooking the Coconut Flour Pizza Crust
This pizza cooks on the stove rather than in the oven. Simply place the assembled pizza over medium heat and cook it until the bottom and sides are starting to turn golden. The total cooking time will be 10 to 15 minutes in total.
If necessary, you can cover the pan with a lid to help the cheese melt. If you don't have a lid large enough to place on top of your skillet, you could also tent it with some foil to help the cheese steam and become melted and delicious. To serve, simply slice the pizza and enjoy it out of the skillet!
The Best Toppings for Pizza
For this grain free pizza crust, you can use whatever your favourite toppings are. However, here are a few topping ideas if you are looking for something different.
- Top the pizza with a combination of tomato sauce, shredded mozzarella, pineapple, prosciutto, and bacon for a Hawaiian pizza. A few sliced pickled banana peppers are excellent if you are someone who likes a sweet, spicy, and savoury contrast on their pizza.
- Add tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, sundried tomatoes, wilted spinach, black olives, and crumbled goat cheese to the pizza.
- Make it a Mediterranean veggie pizza with some sauteed zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers, and basil. If you are vegan, a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese after baking the pizza will truly make this veggie pizza sing.
- Replace the tomato sauce with basil pesto, cilantro pesto, olive tapenade, or Alfredo sauce for a unique flavour base.
- Try cilantro pesto with mozzarella cheese, red curry-spiced chicken pieces, Thai basil, and julienne red bell pepper for a Thai chicken pizza.
- Consider adding Alfredo sauce to a pizza topped with Asiago, caramelized onions, chicken, Parmesan, and rosemary as toppings for the pizza.
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Coconut Flour Pizza Crust
- 1 ½ cups oat flour
- 1 cup coconut flour
- ⅔ cup warm water
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- olive oil
- In a bowl whisk together oat flour, coconut flour, and sea salt. Now add the warm water and combine until everything comes together in a dough ball.
- Let rest the dough for at least 5 minutes.
- Heat a large 12" pan or skillet on medium heat and drizzle with a little olive oil to cover the surface. (You can also make 2 smaller 8" pizzas).*
- Place the dough in the center of the pan and, using your fingers, spread it evenly to the sides.
- Cover the pizza base with tomato sauce, (vegan) cheese and your favorite toppings.
- Cook the coconut flour pizza over a medium heat for 10-15 mins or until the base and edges are golden. If needed, cover with a lid at the end to melt the cheese.
- Enjoy your pizza hot straight from the pan.
Coconut flour, combined with oat flour, creates a gluten-free pizza crust with a crisp texture.
Oat flour, used in this recipe, is nutrient-rich, high in fiber, manganese, protein, iron, and magnesium, contributing to a healthier pizza option.
Coconut flour is versatile and suitable for various recipes, including pizza crusts, due to its absorptive nature and slightly sweet taste.
The combination of oat and coconut flour, along with proper hydration, contributes to a crispy pizza crust.