In the past I’ve tried cauliflower pizza crusts and quinoa pizza crusts, but they’re pretty much terrible and usually involved long-winded processes with the end result being far too soft and not holding it’s shape. Then after making chickpea flour tortillas a few times I thought why not use this as a pizza base too? I tried it, and not only was it delicious but the whole pizza-making process from start to finish only took half an hour! Perfect! Chickpea flour is gluten-free, and also has a much higher protein content than a lot of other flours, which makes it perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Breakfast too? Yep, I’ve even used it to make a fruit pizza for breakfast which was super delicious!
The basic recipe is the same whether you’re making tortillas or pizza, but below I’ve included two variations, one sweet, one savoury. I definitely recommend trying both!
Serves 1: makes 3 tortillas, 2 small pizza bases, or 1 large pizza base
70g or 1/2 cup chickpea flour (also known as Gram flour)
2 tbsp ground flaxseed + 6 tbsp water
Around 150mL water
Savoury option: try adding some paprika, salt and cumin for extra flavour
Sweet option: try adding some cinnamon, Stevia or liquid sweetener (but add less water)
What to do:
- Mix together the flaxseed and water, stir, and leave for at least 10 minutes to thicken
- Add the flaxseed to the flour, then slowly add the water whilst whisking/stirring vigorously to get rid of any lumps. Alternatively if you’re feeling lazy just blend everything together in a Vitamix or similar!
- Add your sweet or savoury extras
- Heat a pan on medium heat with coconut oil/other oil of choice
- If making tortillas use 1/3 of the mixture, for small pizzas 1/2 (as you want the base to be a bit thicker), and for a large pizza add the whole lot!
- When the top becomes cooked enough that no liquid runs when you tilt the pan, flip it over and cook on the other side
If you’re making tortillas – they’re done! Enjoy!
If you’re making pizza – at this point you should prepare your toppings. For a sweet option chop up your favourite fruits, and I also used Coyo as the sauce. Add to the pizza and done!
For a savoury option first preheat the oven to 200°C, then chop up some vegetables such as bell peppers/capsicum, cooked beetroot, cherry tomatoes, and asparagus (all shown in the photo at the top).
Finally add your sauce and toppings and place the pizza in the oven ideally on a pizza tray but otherwise a baking tray will do (no need for greaseproof paper although you can use it if you wish), and cook for another 15 minutes. This makes the base extra crispy so you can cut slices and pick them up without them falling apart!