Even if you have gluten intolerance or allergies, you can still enjoy some delicious pizza! Read on to learn about the best gluten-free pizza you can buy, get delivered, order at a restaurant, and make at home.
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Following a gluten-free diet can feel restrictive. Whether you have celiac disease, a gluten intolerance, or want to decrease your gluten intake, it can be hard to find gluten-free versions of your favorite foods that don't taste like cardboard.
But many companies have come up with some innovative ways for you to enjoy pizza without gluten. You can find a gluten-free crust made of cauliflower, chickpea, rice, or any other gluten-free flour, but not all pizza crusts are created equal. Here are some great options that will keep you feeling great and taste amazing!
Cauliflower is one of the most common gluten-free substitutes for a traditional pizza crust. Not only is a cauliflower crust gluten-free, but it is lower in calories and carbohydrates than a wheat crust. Caulipower is a popular brand suitable for most food allergies since it is gluten, dairy, and peanut-free. However, it is not egg-free, so it would not fit into a vegan diet. These crusts are a bit thinner than a regular crust, but they are still delicious. You can buy Caulipower cauliflower pizza crusts and frozen pizzas at most Targets, Whole Foods, Walmarts, and other grocery stores. Check out their store locator to find some delicious pizzas and crusts near you!
At my house, we have grown to love chickpea pizza! It adds more flavor than a cauliflower crust and provides a higher protein content! Banza, a popular brand known for its chickpea pasta, also sells pre-made gluten-free pizza crusts and frozen pizzas! Coming from a family with many food allergies, I usually opt for the pizza crust and customize our toppings, but getting the frozen pizzas reduces prep time! The Banza crusts are grain-free, have a short ingredient list, and are verified vegan. The frozen pizza varieties include margarita, veggie, and four cheese made with parmesan, white cheddar, provolone, and mozzarella cheese. You can find Banza pizzas at most whole foods, Target, and on amazon.com. To find more retailers close to you, check out their store locator.
Another common type of gluten-free flour used in pizza crusts is made from rice. My favorite gluten-free rice pizza is Udi's! They sell thin crusts that get crispy when baked. These crusts are non-dairy and nut-free but not vegan. Udi's also sells frozen pepperoni, four cheese, supreme, and margarita pizzas! They even make gluten-free pizzas with a sweet potato crust, proving that really anything can be turned into gluten-free pizza dough!
Tip: Bake your pizza in an outdoor pizza oven for maximum flavor and fun.
Most big pizza chains are expanding their menus to accommodate those with gluten allergies and sensitivities. For example, Papa John's, Pizza Hut, Domino's, and Mod Pizza all have GF options. Ordering from these pizzerias will allow you to enjoy your next pizza party!
Papa John's gluten-free pizza dough is made with sorghum, rice, and tapioca flour instead of wheat-based flour. Since Papa John's menu consists mainly of gluten-filled pizzas, there is a risk of cross-contamination. This option is best for those who are non-celiac. Papa John's GF pizza is thinner than their other crusts, but is a good combination of crispy and chewy! You might even forget you're eating gluten-free.
Pizza Hut has partnered with Udi's to make gluten-free pizzas. The only downfall is that they are currently only available in one-third of Pizza Huts nationwide. Unless you are in a pinch, you can save some money by baking a Udi's pizza at home with your own sauce and mozzarella cheese!
Domino's gluten-free pizza crust is made primarily with rice flour, but similar to Papa John's, the crusts are likely exposed to cross-contamination, so those with celiac are not encouraged to order from Domino's. This pizza is sweeter and chewier than other gluten-free pizza crusts, but overall, it is a good option for delivery.
MOD Pizza has both cauliflower and gluten-friendly crusts! At Mod, you can dine in, order carryout, or even get delivery. The gluten-free crust is vegan and made primarily with rice flour! They even have dairy-free cheese to add as a topping. The cauliflower crust is also gluten-free, but, like the pizzerias above, neither crust is recommended for someone with celiac disease. These crusts are both thin, crispy, and full of flavor!
Final Verdict: My family has eaten a lot of gluten-free pizza over the years, and our favorite pizza to get delivered is MOD pizza! It's a great place for the family since they have multiple sizes, so everyone can order exactly what they want!
Eating out with a gluten sensitivity can be hard. Thankfully many restaurants are becoming more accommodating by offering a gluten-free menu. Below are my top three favorite chain restaurants you can enjoy a delicious gluten-free pizza pie when dining out with family and friends.
BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse has a gluten-free pizza crust that is anything but boring. It has the perfect amount of spices mixed in that brings the same (and maybe even more) flavor than a regular crust. All of the sauces, cheese, and toppings at BJ's are gluten-free, except for the meatballs, so you can customize the pizzas to your liking! Additionally, BJ's avoids cross-contamination in the kitchen, so these pizzas are celiac-approved.
California Pizza Kitchen is another great restaurant to indulge in a gluten-free pizza! They use a cauliflower crust that contains egg and dairy, so it wouldn't be suitable for a vegan. They also use a certified gluten-free crust and ingredients, so anyone with celiac would be safe to eat here! CPK also offers kid's sized gluten-free pizzas.
Mellow Mushroom has a delicious and unique selection of pizzas. They offer a list of dedicated gluten-free pies safe for those with celiac disease, but they can make any pizza on a gluten-free crust for those not worried about a little cross-contamination.
During quarantine last year, I did my fair share of making gluten-free pizzas from scratch (what else was there to do?). I started by making rice flour crusts. They eventually worked out, but the dough did not bind together as well as regular pizza dough. (Udi's uses Xanthan gum in their rice flour crusts to keep it from falling apart). Eventually, I decided to take a different approach and began baking with Bob's Red Mill gluten-free bread flour, which became my favorite method.
This crust is naturally dairy-free, using extra-virgin olive oil, honey, and warm water as the wet ingredients. The dry ingredients include gluten-free bread flour, baking powder, and salt, making this crust allergen-friendly and simple to bake. A good gluten-free pizza is all about the dough. There are plenty of pizza crust recipes out there, but most of them include dry yeast, and since that's not something I keep in my pantry at all times, here is my favorite gluten-free, yeast-free pizza crust!
I usually par-bake (cook about 80% of the time, then freeze) extra crusts to cook later when I am in a rush, so next time I want a yummy pizza, I can just pull it out of the freezer, add sauce and cheese, and bake! To make the pizza baking process even faster, you can bake the pizza in an outdoor pizza oven once the dough is made.
Enjoy this simple and guilt-free gluten free pizza crust
2 12 inch crusts
Gluten-Free Bread Flour
(plus more for sprinkling)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Add the flour, salt, and baking powder to the stand mixer bowl and whisk. Then, add the olive oil, water, and honey to the mixture. Using the stand mixer and dough hook, mix until well combined. Increase to medium speed for 5 minutes.
Lightly spray a spatula with cooking oil and scrape the sides of the bowl. Transfer the dough into an oiled bowl or proofing bucket (If using a bowl, cover with plastic wrap) then, place in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.
Remove dough from the refrigerator and divide into two equally sized balls. Sprinkle each lightly with flour and cover one with a moist tea towel and set it aside. Lightly flour a flat surface and use floured hands and a rolling pin to shape pizza into a 12 inch circle. Rotate frequently to avoid sticking. Set crust aside and repeat with other dough ball.
Preheat Pizza stone and oven to 375°F. While the Oven is preheating, add preferred toppings to pizzas and then bake one at a time for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the crust is browned. Slice and serve!
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