How to Make Quinoa Pizza Crust

March 11, 2015 | By | Comments (72)


I have nothing against a good ol’ fashioned pizza crust. In fact, I rarely turn down a slice of margherita. But I hate that pizza has to be reserved as a “splurge”—a weekend indulgence I don’t feel great about afterwards.

My newfound solution to these pizza crust woes: a protein- and fiber-packed quinoa crust. Not only is it a great gluten-free option, but it also makes for a more nutritious slice. After all, we’ve used quinoa in both sweet and savory tarts, and it’s the base for one of my favorite breakfast quiches. It only seemed fair to pair it with pizza!

Unlike some alternative pizza crusts, this one truly resembles the original. After soaking, quinoa combines with water in the food processor to create a pancake-like batter that bakes into a golden, chewy crust. The quinoa needs to soak overnight, so set it out this evening and enjoy pizza night tomorrow.

Quinoa Pizza Crust

Makes: One 9-inch pizza crust
Serves: 2

3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
1/4 cup water, plus more for soaking quinoa
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
cooking spray

Step 1: Place the quinoa in a small bowl and cover it with water. Let the quinoa soak overnight or for at least 8 hours. Drain and thoroughly rinse the quinoa (this will prevent any bitterness in the crust). Place the quinoa, 1/4 cup water, baking powder, and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Process until a smooth batter is formed, about 2 minutes, scraping down the sides of the food processor as necessary.

Step 2: Line an 8 or 9-inch round cake pan with parchment paper (it may help to spray the pan with cooking spray first, so that the parchment sticks), and then spray the parchment paper with cooking spray. Pour the batter into the pan and smooth with a rubber spatula.

Step 3: Bake the crust for 15 minutes at 425°F. Remove the parchment paper from under the crust.

Step 4: Flip the crust over and return to the oven for 5-10 more minutes, or until golden and the edges are crispy.

Step 5: Remove from the oven and add sauce, cheese, and toppings of your choice. I topped mine with 1/4 cup low-sodium pizza sauce, 2 oz. fresh mozzarella cheese, and a handful of fresh basil leaves. Return to the oven and bake for another 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melty.

Step 6: Cut the pizza into four wedges, and enjoy!

Serving Size: 2 wedges (nutrition information is for crust only).
CALORIES 236; FAT 3.87g (sat 0.45g, mono 1.03g, poly 2.1g); PROTEIN 9g; CARB 41.46g; FIBER 4.47g; CHOL 0mg; IRON 3.18mg; SODIUM 475.41mg; CALC 199.51mg

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Recipe adapted from Oatmeal with a Fork.


  1. Kalpana

    Hello Grace ! Awesome Quinoa Pizza Crust recipe you shared. It is Thanksgiving recipe, Would love to read such more recipes. TIA !!!

    October 26, 2016 at 6:21 am
  2. Diane Ryan

    Why is there not a printable version ?

    October 17, 2016 at 9:04 pm
  3. Nearby Pizza

    Thanks Grace, this is a great way to make pizza, love it!

    October 10, 2016 at 6:37 am
  4. Misty

    Is there a way to make without soaking? Can i quickly cook it a bit?

    August 28, 2016 at 8:48 am
  5. Claudia

    I loved the quinoa pizza crust recipe and would like to know if it’s possible to freeze the crust. If so, do I freeze it baked or unbacked? Thanks!

    August 16, 2016 at 5:58 pm
  6. Muhammad Ali

    this is just awesome work thank you admin sharing this with us

    July 10, 2016 at 3:40 am
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  9. Clara

    I did made the dough and place it in the refrigerator. It turn hard, so I place it in the microwave for 30 seconds it was amazing afterwards. I have tried the recipe twice one with fresh dough and the other one with a 1 day old mix dough and I like the 1 day old better. The 1 day old gave me a crunchier quinoa in my opinion that is the way to go. But the recipe is amazing! play around with your pizza and enjoy!

    May 11, 2016 at 2:13 pm
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    March 23, 2016 at 3:54 am

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      March 23, 2016 at 9:09 am
  12. Tobias Armstrong

    This was amazing! I have two things to worry about in life – how much I love pizza, and the fact that I need to eat gluten free. I’ve usually just suffered the consequences of eating pizza when I really want it, but now I have a way to enjoy my pizza and not have to worry about the side effects. It’s custom pizza at it’s best. Thanks for sharing!

    February 26, 2016 at 3:52 pm
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  14. Heather

    Can this be made ahead and stored?

    December 30, 2015 at 2:36 pm
  15. Gina

    CAn these crusts be made ahead of time. Like a day before.

    November 14, 2015 at 11:50 am
  16. Sheila S.

    So exciting to find a gluten free pizza receipe that has been tested & I know will work for me. Thank you.

    November 14, 2015 at 9:53 am
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    November 8, 2015 at 10:46 am

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