Gluten-Free Quinoa Pizza Crust

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by | Updated: May 22nd, 2017 | Read time: 1 minute

Your pizza night just got a protein boost. Instead of gluten-packed white flour, this crust of this pizza is made with quinoa. Plus, it’s also loaded with chia seeds, flax seeds and zesty herbs, making a delicious mixture that nourishes your body with wholesome nutrients. Now vegans, gluten-free eaters and even athletes can have their comfort food and eat it, too! Quin-wow!

Quinoa Pizza Crust with Toppings |


1-1/3 cups cooked quinoa
2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp. chia seeds
2 Tbsp. flax seeds
3/4 cup water
2 Tbsp. dried parsley
2 Tbsp. dried oregano
1 garlic clove, peeled and diced
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Pinch sea salt, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease baking sheet or pizza tin with olive or coconut oil.
  2. In a small bowl, combine chia, flax and water. Set aside for a few minutes to thicken.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, combine quinoa, chia-flax “egg,” oil, parsley, oregano, garlic, pepper and salt.
  4. Knead mixture into a ball and spread out evenly on prepared baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until you’ve reached your desired level of crispiness.
  6. To serve, cover with cashew cheese or cheese-free pesto and add desired toppings, such as mushrooms, tomatoes and shredded tofu.

Mo’s notes:

  • Enjoy as a pizza crust, quiche, savory pie or crackers.
  • You can also try this recipe with cauliflower rice in place of quinoa!