Gluten free pizza base recipe with only 3 ingredients? Surely it can’t be possible? Oh and it’s vegan, dairy free and low FODMAP too. AND there’s no yeast or proving required. AND it tastes like a ‘normal person’ pizza base. Now we’re talking mission impossible, right?
Gluten free pizza base recipe – that’s 5 words I’ve been wanting to post on my blog for years now. It’s taken me until 2020 to nail it, but I’ve finally done it – the result is a light and crispy pizza base that tastes like a regular pizza base. Yes, it is possible and it’s soooo easy!
I can’t emphasise how long I’ve been trying to perfect a gluten free pizza base recipe worthy of posting here on the blog. I’ve had mixed results over the years – some were a total disaster – completely pale, doughy and borderline inedible.
Some attempts tasted fine, but not only were they nothing special but the method was a bit of a faff. Mainly because once yeast gets involved, things start to take AGES when you factor in proving time, tons of prep etc.
But now, I really think I’ve done it. The base not only tastes great, but you only need 3 ingredients to make it and it probably takes about 15 minutes before it’s ready for toppings.
So what does the base taste like? It’s thin with a lovely, crispy crust and a taste just like freshly baked white bread. The texture is just like a thin and crispy gluten pizza base and if you ate it without knowing it was gf, you’d DEFINITELY be very suspicious it wasn’t gluten free. Honestly, I wouldn’t lie to you guys!
I’ve had a lot of awesome pizza bases in Italy last year and this is seriously up there with some of the best. And of course, it’s gf, vegan, dairy free AND low FODMAP too. That’s why I’m especially proud of this one, everyone can enjoy it, no matter what you can or can’t eat.
(am I overhyping this? 😂 I don’t care, this recipe is seriously unreal and I want you guys to all try it for yourselves!)
But what are my secret 3 ingredients? Well, read the ingredients list below here and treat it as your shopping list for my gluten free pizza base recipe. Obviously, you can top the pizza base with whatever you like, but I’ve included what I used to make the pizza in the photos.
Ingredients for my gluten free pizza base recipe
- 260g yoghurt (I use plain coconut yoghurt, but any plain yoghurt would work)
- 250g gluten free self raising flour
- 1/4 tsp xanthan gum
- 1/2 tsp gluten free baking powder (optional)
- 1/2 tsp salt (optional)
- garlic infused oil
- salt and pepper
- cheese (regular, dairy free, vegan or lactose free – whatever you usually have)
- fresh basil
See the links further down the post for recommendations on the specific brands of yoghurt I use too. If you want the method, keep scrolling down until you see the recipe card 👇🏻
And here’s a few answers to some frequently asked questions, as well as a few tips and product recommendations for this recipe. Hopefully this will help you to make this recipe perfect, first time!
Can I make this recipe gluten free? Is it suitable for Coeliacs?
It is gluten free, though nobody would know just by tasting it – trust me!
Bear in mind that minimising cross-contamination is hugely important if you’re Coeliac or making this for someone who is. Here’s some tips from Coeliac UK on minimising the risk of cross contamination.
Also, make sure that all ingredients used don’t have any gluten-containing ingredients. Then make that that they also don’t have a ‘may contain’ warning for gluten, wheat, rye, barley, oats (which aren’t gf), spelt and khorasan wheat (aka Kamut).
Here’s some more info from Coeliac UK on identifying safe gluten free products.
Is your gluten free pizza base recipe dairy free?
Yep, this recipe is dairy free! Simply use dairy free yoghurt – I used Koko dairy free plain yoghurt to make this recipe.
Can I make this recipe vegan?
It is vegan if you use dairy free yoghurt!
Is your gluten free pizza base recipe low FODMAP?
Yes! You can easily make this low FODMAP by using lactose free plain yoghurt – that way, it’s suitable for the elimination phase of the FODMAP diet and all other phases too.
Is this recipe nut free?
Yep, this is a nut-free recipe as far as ingredients go, BUT make sure you check the ingredients label on ALL the products you use to bake this cake just to be safe.
Even if the products don’t contain nuts, they may have a ‘may contain nuts’ warning due to being produced in a factory that handles nuts.
You can never be too careful so always read the labels on everything first.
Do I need any special equipment to make your gluten free pizza base recipe?
Not especially, but having a metal cake lifter like this can make your life a billion times easier. It’ll make transferring your rolled out dough to the frying pan an absolute walk in the park!
Having a rolling pin like mine makes this recipe a doddle because you can adjust how thick you want the dough too. No more guesswork!
I can’t buy gluten free self-raising flour where I live, can I use gluten free plain flour?
If you use gluten free plain flour, then the baking powder and xanthan gum go from being optional to mandatory. Gluten free self-raising flour naturally has a little xanthan gum and baking powder in it but gluten free plain flour doesn’t, so make sure you add your own.
Can I make this recipe without xanthan gum?
As I said, there’s a little xanthan gum in self-raising flour already that will help to replace the gluten in regular flour. So in a sense, yes you can skip adding more xanthan gum, though I always make mine with it just to be safe. It really helps the texture!
But if you wanted to make this with gluten free plain flour and no xanthan gum, then you’re on your own – I wouldn’t recommend it!
Can I make this recipe using other gluten free flours like buckwheat flour or coconut flour?
There’s a big difference between ‘gluten free self-raising flour’ and a *singular* type gluten free flour. When I say ‘gluten free self-raising flour’ in a recipe, I mean a BLEND of gluten free flours, not just one, singular flour.
Most gluten free flour you buy in the supermarket typically contains a blend of rice flour, potato flour, maize flour, tapioca flour AND buckwheat flour. That’s a lot of different flours!
So to replace it with just one specific type of flour… that’s not going to cut it at all. Definitely go for a gluten free flour blend.
Do I need weighing scales to bake your gluten free pizza base recipe?
In short… yes, yes and yes! And I wouldn’t advise attempting any of my recipes without them. One of the worst things you can do in any baking recipe is alter the quantities by mistake or on purpose.
A lot of work went into fine tuning ratios and quantities so I wouldn’t mess around with them unless you really know your stuff. I’d recommending using digital cooking scales like these so you know you’re getting an accurate measurement.
What yoghurt should I use for this recipe?
It’s totally up to you – I like to keep this vegan and dairy free so I used Koko dairy free plain yoghurt. It also has no high FODMAP ingredients in it.
But if you don’t mind it being NOT dairy free or vegan, feel free to use plain natural yoghurt or greek yoghurt too.
Lactose free plain yoghurt is the best for the elimination phase of the low FODMAP diet.
How long can I keep your gluten free pizza base for?
They’re best eaten fresh as they will start to lose their crisp, freshly baked exterior unless eaten a few hours after baking. However, you can keep them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-5 days before topping them.
Then when you want to enjoy one again, simply reheat in the oven at 200C for 5 minutes. When they’ve got back it’s slightly crisp exterior, they’re ready to top!
Can I freeze your gluten free pizza base?
Yes! That’s what we usually do with them – I often double the quantities of this recipe and make four pizza base. We then usually eat two for dinner and freeze two for next time.
You can keep them in the freezer in an airtight container for up to 2-3 months with or without toppings.
When you want to eat them, you can cook them straight from frozen by placing them into the oven on a baking tray at 200C for 10-12 minutes. Again, when they’ve got back their slightly crisp exterior, they’re ready to top!
Yes you can! And to be honest, this is probably better than freezing the finished product as they will ALWAYS come out better when freshly baked.
Simply pop your dough into an airtight container and freeze for up to 2-3 months. I like to freeze my dough ready-portioned out in 2 separate containers so I have the option of defrosting as much or as little dough as I like at a time.
Simply pop in the fridge and allow to defrost overnight, or leave at room temperature for 5 hours. If you freeze one huge ball of dough without portioning it out, it will of course take much longer to defrost.
Can I reheat them in the microwave?
You can, but I wouldn’t recommend it. They’ll lose their crisp exterior! Of course they’ll still be lovely and soft and flexible, but I’d always recommend reheating these in the oven instead.
Can I reheat your gluten free pizza bases in the oven?
Yes! This is the best way to do it, whether your gluten free pizza bases are chilled or frozen. Simply place them onto a baking sheet and pop them into the oven at 200C for 5 minutes from chilled or 200C for 10-12 minutes from frozen.
My dough was too wet and sticky to roll. What should I do?
Firstly, it’s supposed to be a little sticky as a formed dough in the bowl. As long as you’re able to bring it together into a ball, when you start rolling it out on a floured surface, the extra flour should make sure it doesn’t stick to your surface, hands or rolling pin.
There’s only two main ingredients here (yoghurt and gf flour) so measuring them out correctly is really important. It’ll stop you from adding in too much yoghurt in the first place and making the dough too wet!
But of course, if you have added too much yoghurt by accident, you can always just add a little extra flour until it’s the correct consistency.
My dough was too dry and cracked and crumbly.
If the dough seems a little crumbly in the bowl, get it out of the bowl and knead it on a floured surface first before adding any extra wet ingredients.
This will ensure that it’s truly combined and there isn’t any yoghurt not properly mixed in at the centre of the dough. If you measured out all of your ingredients accurately, you should avoid getting dough that’s either too dry or cracks and crumbles.
How do I stop my dough sticking to the surface / rolling pin?
Make sure you roll out your dough on a well-floured surface and also flour your hands and rolling pin. It’ll make all the difference!
My rolled out dough breaks when I try to transfer it to the frying pan.
Since we’re rolling out our dough to be nice and thin, obviously it needs care to get it into the frying pan in one piece.
Using your hands can be very hit and miss. That’s why I recommend using something like a metal cake lifter like this to really get underneath the dough and supporting it as you transfer it into the frying pan.
It’s not mandatory for making this recipe, but it’ll certainly make your life a hell of a lot easier!
There’s a bit of a burning smell when I’m dry frying my gluten free pizza base.
As we’ve just rolled out the pizza base on a floured surface, when we transfer the rolled out dough to the frying pan, you can easily transfer dusty bits of flour with it.
This dusty flour will cook pretty quick in a hot, dry frying pan and start to burn. It’s best to clean out your frying pan every now and then (especially if making more than two pizza bases at a time) if you start to notice a build up of brown dusty flour.
Can I print your gluten free pizza base recipe?
Of course! Just hit the print button located on the recipe below 👇🏻 (otherwise you might end up printing this entire post which would probably make your printer go into early retirement)
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 324 Total Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 11mg Sodium: 1263mg Carbohydrates: 52g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 5g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 11g
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