Quinoa Pizza

Original recipe https://www.simplyquinoa.com/ultimate-quinoa-pizza-crust/

Ingredients

for the quinoa pizza crust:

  • 3/4 cup uncooked quinoa , soaked*
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

optional pizza toppings:

  • Goat cheese/cow’s milk cheese/vegan cheese
  • vegetables – onions, mushrooms, peppers, sundried tomatoes, olives etc.
  • pepperoni/ham/bacon/chicken/no meat

Instructions

  • Start by soaking the quinoa. Cover the quinoa with at least 1″ of water. Ideally, soak for 6 – 8 hours. If you’re in a hurry, use very hot water and soak for at least 30 minutes.
  • Once you’re ready to make the crust, preheat the oven to 425ºF. Line a baking pan with parchment paper (either rectangle or square). Spread a thin layer of olive oil onto parchment paper.
  • Thoroughly rinse the soaked quinoa, then add to a blender. Add the 1/4 cup of water, baking powder, salt, and olive oil. Blend on high until smooth and creamy. The batter should resemble a thick pancake batter
  • Pour batter onto the prepared pan. Spread it out into an even layer, about 1/8″ thick (again, either in a circular pan like 9″ cake pan OR into a rectangle on a traditional cookie sheet).
  • While the pizza crust is cooking I like to cook my vegetables because I like quite a few veggies on my pizza. If you only use a few veggies it isn’t neccessary to cook them first but if you like to pack lots of vegetables onto your pizza they can make the crust a bit soggy if they aren’t cooked first. I cook onions, peppers and mushrooms and then later add the cooked veggies to the pizza.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, then remove the quinoa pizza crust, flip it directly onto the baking pan (flip and remove the parchment paper from the top side). Return the pizza to the oven baking for another 10 – 15 minutes until it’s starting to brown and the edges are crispy.
  • Remove and top with sauce, cheese and any other toppings you’d like. Bake for another 12 – 15 minutes until cheese has melted.
  • Remove and let cool for a few minutes in the pan, transfer cutting board, and slice. Garnish with herbs, pepper flakes, grated cheese, etc., and serve immediately!
  • To cook pizza for our family of 4, I multiple this recipe by 3 and it makes enough for 2 large and 2 small pizzas often with leftovers for the next day. I pour each person their own pizza and they can personalize with their favourite toppings. It is our go-to pizza night recipe, so easy!