Pizza is something very few people will refuse and a lot of families will happily resort to a pizza delivery when there’s too little time to prepare a full meal, or when there’s a game to watch. However, people are becoming more and more conscious that there is a need to come up with a healthier version of this popular delight.
Preparing a healthy homemade pizza doesn’t just mean cutting down on the fat and the sodium in your toppings. Everything actually begins with the crust. There are gluten-free pizza crusts being sold in the market today, and you can find out more about gluten-free pizza crust here: http://truegreatvegan.com/what-is-in-gluten-free-pizza-crust/ . Nevertheless, here are two crust recipes that can help you deliver the kind of pizza you won’t feel guilty serving.
Thin Crust Gluten Free Pizza
The crusts of most pizzas contain a lot of gluten, something that is good to take a rest from even if you don’t have celiac disease. Here is a crust pizza that is both absolutely healthy and delicious.
- 3 whole eggs or: 2 tablespoons egg substitute plus 5 tablespoons water (or 1.5 Tablespoons egg replacer + 6 Tablespoon water)
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 teaspoon finely minced garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- Preheat oven to 375F. Prepare a pizza pan by lining it with parchment paper.
- Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl, until everything is totally combined.
- Spread batter evenly onto pizza pan. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 F, checking a few minutes before to make sure it is not overdone.
- Spread toppings of your choice, making sure you don’t crack the delicate crust.
- Return to oven and bake for an additional 5 minutes.
- Let cool before serving.
Tip: This crust is quite delicate so it is actually safer if you make serving size pizzas so you don’t need to slice after. If you decide to make small pizzas, adjust cooking time since you now have smaller pieces.
Whole Wheat Pizza Dough
Here is another healthy homemade pizza dough using whole wheat. The flour will add an extra nuttiness that your family is sure to love.
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast (the quick-rising variant)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon sugar
- 2/3 cup hot water (around 130°F)
- 3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
- In a food processor, pulse to combine the two flours, salt, sugar, and yeast.
- Combine oil and water; into the running food processor pour as much of the combined liquid as needed for the mixture to become a sticky ball.
- Continue to process, adding flour or liquid as needed until you have a soft ball.
- Turn out dough onto lightly floured surface, knead for about 1 minute.
- Transfer onto greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap sprayed with oil.
- Let dough rest for 15 minutes and preheat oven to 475F.
- Roll out the pizza dough and spread topping.
- Bake for 15 minutes and serve immediately.
With these simple yet healthy recipes, everyone in the family, even those who suffer from gluten intolerance or celiac disease, can still enjoy eating pizza.