When my husband had to switch to a gluten free diet, pizza night was the thing we missed the most. Thankfully, with a little trial and error, pizza night was quickly saved with this recipe. It’s so good, he swears he even prefers the flavor over wheat based dough. It’s chewy, stretchy, crispy, and oh so delicious. Even though it holds together very well, it still is a gluten free dough and you’ll get the best results if you handle it gently.
Try topping this with my Mozzarella Cashew Cheese for an extra delicious pizza night!
If you’ve tried this recipe, please let me know what you thought in the comments below!
*Oats are something that can frequently be cross contaminated with gluten. Be sure to use certified gluten free oat flour to keep this recipe safe for gluten free people.
Best Ever Gluten Free Pizza Dough (Vegan, Gluten Free):
- 3/4 cup hot water
- 2.25 teaspoons active dry yeast one 1/4 ounce packet
- 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup tapioca flour
- 1/2 cup white rice flour
- 1/3 cup soy flour
- 1/3 cup certified gluten free oat flour
- 1 teaspoon xantham gum
- 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 2 Tablespoons psyllium husk
- 3 Tablespoons olive oil divided
- Certified gluten free cornmeal optional, to dust the pan
In a small bowl, mix together the hot water (it should be hot but not boiling and should register between 105 F and 115 F on a candy thermometer), sugar, and yeast. Allow to rest for 5-10 minutes, or until the yeast has activated. You’ll know the yeast is ready when it’s created a noticeable foamy layer on top.
In a large bowl, whisk together the tapioca flour, white rice flour, soy flour, oat flour, xantham gum, fine sea salt, and psyllium husk.
Add the yeast mixture and 2 Tablespoons olive oil to the flour mixture. Using a fork, mix the ingredients together until you can’t mix with the fork anymore. If it feels too dry, you can add a little warm water 1 Tablespoon at a time. You want it to be able to hold together when you squeeze it, but you don’t want it to be a wet dough. At that point, turn the mixture over onto a floured surface, coat your hands with flour, and knead the dough. You can use a stand mixer on low speed with a dough hook to make the dough, but a handheld electric mixer won’t be strong enough. You could also use a bread machine on the dough setting, but I find that this over kneads it and causes it to collapse on itself (it will still be delicious, but not quite as good).
To knead the dough by hand, use the heel of your hand to push the top half of the dough away from you to make it stretch. Then you’ll rotate the dough 45 degrees and fold it in half onto itself. Continue doing this for a few minutes. Gluten free dough is a bit tricky because you don’t want to over mix or over knead it. Go with your instinct on when to stop - as soon as it feels stretchy enough to be able to form into a crust, I would stop.
Cut the ball of dough in half, and coat each dough ball in half of the remaining olive oil. Place in a bowl, cover with a clean kitchen towel, and allow to rise for 30 minutes, or until each dough ball is roughly 10” in diameter. If your dough feels sticky, you can oil the inside of the bowl to prevent it from sticking to the bowl. If you have a very large bowl, you could put both in the same bowl, but I find I get the best results when I put them in separate bowls.
While the dough is rising, preheat the oven to 450 F for at least 45 minutes.
Carefully stretch one ball of dough out into your desired thickness and shape. Place onto a baking sheet that you’ve either lightly coated with oil or cornmeal (both will prevent the dough from sticking to the pan). Bake for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the top has puffed and is somewhat firm, and the underside is crispy (in my oven this takes 8 minutes).
Top with your toppings of choice, bake for 3 minutes (or until the toppings are hot), and finish by broiling for 30 seconds to 1 minute (depending on the strength of your broiler). I find that I get the best results when I cook the toppings ahead of time in a skillet. In order to get the right texture, this dough really has to bake without toppings first, making it easy to overcook the pizza if you’re trying to cook it long enough to cook the toppings.
Repeat with the second ball of dough.
*Crusts can be made ahead and frozen. Complete all steps except for the topping and second baking. Allow the crusts to cool completely before freezing. Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze for up to one month. Defrost in a 350 F for 4 to 5 minutes, or until it’s heated through, before topping.