calling all pizza and quinoa lovers!! did you know you can make pizza crust from quinoa and i don’t mean quinoa flour :)! if you have followed me from the very beginning, you may remember this recipe that’s now been upgraded. on my old blog, i had a couple of quinoa pizza crust recipes and they were a total hit.
once you try, you will see why! the texture and taste are outstanding. Alex and i are currently chowing down on the pizza right now and Alex said “this should be in an LA vegan restaurant.” lol, maybe someday honey. all you have to do is soak a cup of a quinoa for several hours in warm water and then add it to a food processor with the other ingredients.
this isn’t a typical pizza crust, that’s for sure. it won’t be like a dough at all. in fact, it will be pretty liquidy. you can just pour it onto a parchment lined baking tray and shape it into a circle or rectangle.
bake it at 375 degrees for 10 minutes and then, you can add the toppings! i went with organic marinara and some miyokos vegan mozzarella, green onions, red pepper flakes and a little oregano.
oh my goodness, it’s heavenly!! the crust is fluffy yet it holds together so well, just like you would expect regular pizza crust to.
you won’t be able to sub quinoa flour for the soaked quinoa because then the crust would be super dry. quinoa flour is great for pizza crust but would require a recipe with different measurements.
according to Healthline, quinoa is high in fiber, magnesium, B vitamins, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin E and various beneficial antioxidants.
This is the nutrient content in 1 cup (185 grams) of cooked quinoa:
- Protein: 8 grams.
- Fiber: 5 grams.
- Manganese: 58% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA).
- Magnesium: 30% of the RDA.
- Phosphorus: 28% of the RDA.
- Folate: 19% of the RDA.
- Copper: 18% of the RDA.
- Iron: 15% of the RDA.
- Zinc: 13% of the RDA.
- Potassium 9% of the RDA.
- Over 10% of the RDA for vitamins B1, B2 and B6.
- Small amounts of calcium, B3 (niacin) and vitamin E.
as you can tell, it’s a nutrient powerhouse AND happens to taste flippin’ awesome, so that sounds like a good deal to me.
what all do you need?
- flax meal
- extra virgin olive oil
- vegetable stock
- onion powder
- garlic powder
- sea salt and pepper to taste
if you’re not a fan of quinoa at all and just don’t like the taste, this pizza may not be something you will enjoy because it does have that strong quinoa taste.
personally, i love it but i know that some people just aren’t a fan! i will say the marinara and vegan cheese do a nice job of masking the taste and make it taste like the real thing!
hope you enjoy this recipe my friends! have a great rest of your evening and can’t wait to hear what you think!
Easy Vegan Quinoa PizzaCourse: 10 Ingredients, Lunch & Dinner, Main DishesDifficulty: Easy
1 cup uncooked quinoa soaked in hot water for several hours
2 tbsp flax meal
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup vegetable broth
1/2 onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic
sea salt and pepper to taste
red pepper flakes
- soak the quinoa for several hours and then rinse and drain it.
- add to a food processor along with the other crust ingredients and blend until a smooth consistency forms. you may still see some quinoa but blend it as much as you can.
- place on a parchment paper lined baking tray and spread out with a spoon until about 1/4 inch thick. bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes.
- take out, add toppings of your choosing and then bake another 13 minutes.
This was so good!