Who doesn’t love a pizza-and-movie night? We can give you the perfect excuse to get baking tonight with three gluten free pizza recipes that are easy to make, delicious, nutritionally dense and particularly high in precious antioxidants.
Nothing beats the fragrant smell coming from the oven, especially on those cold winter nights… but far from being a healthy meal, pizza can be very hard on your digestive system, while also providing a lot of “empty calories” in the form of refined flour.
The culprit is the gluten contained in pizza bases: flours commonly used in store-bought pizzas are often reinforced with additives and extra gluten to make the dough easier to work with… but definitely harder for your digestive system to deal with!RELATED: RECOMMENDED PLANS FOR YOU
Let’s take a look at some healthy gluten-free alternatives which are not only delicious and easy to make: they all contain a vast array of antioxidants, minerals and good quality protein to keep you feeling – and looking – just great!
All the pizza base recipes we share below can then be topped with your favourite ingredients: your healthiest option would be tomato sauce (high in lycopene, an antioxidant belonging to the family of carotenes – an anti-inflammatory nutrient particularly important for men’s health) and loads of grilled vegetables, liberally sprinkled with oregano, rosemary or basil leaves.
1. Cauliflower almond pizza.
This pizza base is a true nutritional bomb: completely grain-free, it is packed with antioxidants, healthy fats and fibre that will satiate you without leaving you feeling bloated after the meal.
You will need a small to medium sized cauliflower head, 80 grams of ground almonds, 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed, 2 eggs – beaten.
Blend the cauliflower florets in a food processor until you obtain a texture resembling rice; add the ground almonds and flaxseed, mixing well – add your favourite herb seasoning and a teaspoon of turmeric to boost the antioxidant content, and finally add the beaten eggs.
Mix well, then transfer to baking paper and form a pizza base by flattening the dough with your hands: bake for about 30 minutes in a preheated oven at 200 °C. In the meantime, prepare your favourite topping: remove the pizza from the oven, add your topping and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
Cauliflower contains high levels of antioxidant nutrients particularly important to support liver detoxification pathways.
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2. Quinoa pizza.
Loaded with top quality protein, this pizza base will not only deliver a great amino acid profile, but also minerals in the best ratio: quinoa in fact contains three times as much magnesium as calcium – and is probably the least allergenic of all grains.
All you need is 700 grams of cooked quinoa, a tablespoon of oregano, two eggs and a pinch of salt.
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, transfer to a baking sheet and flatten the dough with your hands: bake in a preheated oven at 180 °C for 40 minutes.
Prepare your favourite topping, add it and bake for an extra 10 minutes.
The phytonutrients contained in oregano have been used for centuries for their powerful antioxidant, antibacterial and immune-boosting action.
3. Buckwheat pizza.
Despite its name, buckwheat does not have the same components as wheat: it doesn’t contain any gluten and it is actually a seed, with a wonderful nutritional profile and a unique nutty flavour.
Buckwheat is high in protein and magnesium, but is also a great source of rutin and quercetin, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds. In this recipe we combine it with onions: great combination for flavour but also to make this pizza base truly nutrition-packed.
The ingredients you need are 300 grams of buckwheat flour, a teaspoon of baking powder, 250 millilitres of warm water, a tablespoon of melted coconut oil and 3 medium sized onions.
First, peel and chop the onions – sauté them in a pan with a tablespoon of cooking oil of your choice and set aside. In a bowl, combine buckwheat flour, baking powder, a pinch of salt, water and melted coconut oil until all ingredients are well mixed.
Incorporate the sautéed onions.
Place the dough on a baking tray and shape it as you would a regular pizza base: let it rise in a warm spot for about 30 minutes, then bake for 50 minutes in a preheated oven at 180°C.
This kind of base works well with a “minimalist” topping: you can just add more onions or simply chunks of a good quality mozzarella cheese and a sprinkle of oregano (bake for an additional 5-10 minutes after adding the cheese).
Which superfoods-packed and gluten-free pizza base will you experiment with first?
Let us know in the comments below and share your tips for the healthiest crust!