Made with just 3 ingredients, this Chickpea Flour Pizza Crust is ideal for pizzas or flatbreads. Ready in minutes, it's a great quick meal!
Like many, pizza is one of my all-time favourite foods. There's nothing quite like the taste of (vegan) cheese, tomato and basil, all spread over a delicious crust.
For a while now, I've been experimenting with making vegan gluten-free pizza bases, and one of the alternatives I've really enjoyed is this Chickpea Flour Pizza Crust. Made with just 3 ingredients (chickpea flour, ground flax and dried herbs, plus water) it cooks quickly, is packed with protein and doesn't fall apart!
Making the perfect heartier base for your favourite toppings, this crust is filling, versatile and SO easy to whip up. So much so that you'll find yourself wanting it for dinner every night!
Chickpea Flour Pizza Crust - The Recipe
What I love most about this gluten-free pizza crust recipe is just how easy it is. Once you've mixed the ingredients together and spread the batter on a baking tray, you just leave it to bake for a few minutes et voila - it's ready for you to add your toppings.
It's very difficult to go wrong with this recipe, but my main piece of advice would be to ensure that you add the water SLOWLY as you mix the batter. You want to do this to avoid getting lumps in the mixture, as these will be harder to get out the more liquid you add.
Also, try as much as you can to spread the batter out in an even layer on the baking sheet, so you get an even pizza crust that isn't wafer thin on one side and really thick on the other!
Feel free to add whichever toppings you prefer to the pizza - mine are just a guide. In addition to the ingredients mentioned below, I also really love using artichokes, olives and peppers.
Chickpea Flour FAQs
1) Is chickpea flour healthy?
Because it's a flour made from chickpeas, it's high in protein, low on the glycemic index and contains various vitamins and minerals. For more information on its health benefits, check out this article on chickpea flour.
2) What can I use chickpea flour for?
Pizzas, crêpes, pancakes, cookies, vegan frittatas...the list goes on! It's a great substitute for regular flour in many baked goods, although you can't always substitute it 1:1. Sometimes you need to add in extra ingredients like flax or chia to help it bind.
3) Does a chickpea flour crust taste the same as a regular pizza crust?
No. Chickpea flour provides a much more dense pizza crust than regular flour, so it's a lot more filling. Also, it's made without yeast so it's a lot less airy than regular pizza crust.
Chickpea Flour Pizza Crust (gluten-free & vegan)
- 2 cups chickpea flour
- 2 heaped tbsp ground flaxseed
- 1 tbsp dried mixed herbs
- Sea salt to taste
- 1¾ cups water
Toppings - Optional (or feel free to use your own)
- 1 cup Your favourite tomato sauce (or try my Easy Homemade Tomato Sauce)
- 1 cup your favourite vegan cheese
- Tomato slices
- Mushroom slices
- Zucchini slices
- Frozen spinach
- Fresh basil leaves
- Preheat your oven to 350°F/175°C.
- Line two large baking sheets with baking parchment.
- Add all dry ingredients to a mixing bowl and briefly stir to combine.
- Add the water ½ a cup at a time, mixing it in really thoroughly each time so as to avoid getting lumps.
- When all the water is added, leave the mixture to one side for 10 minutes to thicken.
- Divide the mixture between the baking sheets (it will be runny) and use a spoon to ensure it is evenly spread in a layer (about 5mm thickness is what you're after).
- Bake for 13-15 minutes in the oven, until the bases are no longer liquid and are lightly browned.
- Spread a layer of tomato sauce over each pizza base, and scatter over the cheese.
- Top the pizza with the vegetables and place back in the oven to bake for another 10-12 minutes.
If you’ve tried this pizza crust recipe, please leave a comment or tip for others below. I'd love to know how you’ve made it your own!