NY style paleo pizza crust. Yes, really.

Posted by on Aug 20, 2013 in Dinner, grain-free, Paleo, potluck | 238 comments

NY style paleo pizza crust. Yes, really.

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I was raised by two New Yorkers, and if they taught me anything, they taught me how to be a serious pizza snob. Pizza crust, done right, is not just a vehicle for the toppings and sauce and cheese. It IS the pizza. If the crust isn’t right, the pizza is not worth eating.

What was one the first thoughts I had when I realized I could no longer eat gluten? “Thank God I live in San Francisco, and not in New York” Seriously. The thought of resisting pizza there sounded way more like torture than resisting it here. I’ll be fine, I thought.

Now that I’m mostly paleo and obsessed with recreating old favorites that can stand up to the originals, I had to put pizza on my list of recipes to tackle. There are plenty of paleo pizza crusts that are great vehicles for toppings. There’s the famous cauliflower crust, all sorts of almond flour / coconut flour / tapioca starch combos. There’s even meatza. (I love meat as much as the next cavegirl, but don’t even get me started on this one) All vehicles. They work. You can put sauce and pepperoni on them and they resemble pizza. But I’m not happy until I have perfect, and this is why there’s almost always assorted flours on my ceiling and dishes in my sink.

This crust recipe was inspired Tammi Credicott’s recipe that is featured in Everyday Paleo Around The World; Italian Cuisine by Sarah Fragaso. Simon and I really enjoyed the flavor of it.  It sparked a conversation about how to get that crispy-chewy NY thing that I’ve been missing. As someone who used to make bread, he suggested letting it rise, to which I responded: “I don’t think grain-free dough will rise!” But he insisted I try it and be patient (not my strong suit), and it worked! I tried about 7 variations of this recipe before I got what I was looking for, and am really excited about the result. I hope you love it as much as I do!

Paleo Pizza Perfection!

Paleo Pizza Perfection!

The yeast will get foamy after about 5 minutes. If it doesn't, toss it and start over.

The yeast will get foamy after about 5 minutes. If it doesn’t, toss it and start over.

The dough will be much stickier than conventional pizza dough. Don't be tempted to add more dry ingredients. It will all work out in the end!

The dough will be much stickier than conventional pizza dough. Don’t be tempted to add more dry ingredients. It will all work out in the end!

Gather the dough into somewhat of a ball with a rubber spatula. Again: sticky, but don't fret.

Gather the dough into somewhat of a ball with a rubber spatula. Again: sticky, but don’t fret.

After 75-90 minutes, the dough should look something like this. Not a whole lot bigger, but different, which is exciting.

After 75-90 minutes, the dough should look something like this. Not a whole lot bigger, but different, which is exciting.

Be gentle when flattening out the dough; it will have a lot of air and will easily separate. Make sure your hands are well oiled.

Be gentle when flattening out the dough; it will have a lot of air and will easily separate. Make sure your hands are well oiled. Tiny air holes are okay, but don’t leave big spaces.

This is about the color you're looking for before you add the toppings. Almost there!

This is about the color you’re looking for before you add the toppings. Almost there!

Worth the wait.

Worth the wait.

Notes / Tips:

✽ If you have a pizza stone, use it. If not, use the heaviest sheet pan you have.
✽ Warm the bowl you’ll be putting the yeast mixture in, as well as the measuring cup you’ll be measuring the water with. If it’s cold, the water will cool right away, and might not activate the yeast. Just run some hot water in it before using.
✽ This recipe involves high heat cooking, which might rub some people the wrong way, since there is olive oil and nut flour involved. This is one of those situations where I absolutely put taste and texture first. Good pizza is cooked at high temperatures, and that is part of what makes good pizza good.  You can use a different fat if you’d like.
✽ Results are best when the crust is cooked almost entirely before adding toppings, so I recommend having your toppings almost completely cooked before adding them in the last step.

NY Style Pizza Crust

1 tablespoon gluten-free yeast
1 tablespoon raw honey
1/4 cup warm water (should feel warm on the inside of your wrist, but not burn)

3/4 cup almond flour
3/4 cup tapioca starch
3/4 teaspoon sea salt

1 tablespoon olive oil (or other melted fat if you’re opposed to heating olive oil)
1 tablespoon egg whites (less than one egg)
1 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

and of course your favorite toppings! 

  1. In the warmed bowl of your stand mixer (or alternately, the bowl you’ll be using with hand-held beaters), combine the yeast, honey, and warm water and whisk to combine. Let sit for a good 5 minutes. It will get foamy and active.
  2. In a small bowl, combine olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and egg white.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk to combine the almond flour, tapioca starch, and sea salt.
  4. Once the yeast is foamy, add the wet and dry ingredients to the bowl and mix on medium high for 30 seconds, scraping down the bowl once to make sure it’s all incorporated.
  5. Scrape down the bowl with a rubber spatula again to gather the dough together. It will NOT look like the dough you remember, it is much wetter. Use the spatula to get it into as much of a ball as possible.
  6. Cover the bowl with a tea towel and set in a warm (but not hot) place. Allow it to sit for 75-90 minutes. I know, it’s torture.
  7. After 75 minutes, check the dough to see if it’s risen. It won’t rise as dramatically as a conventional dough would, but it will have changed, and gotten aerated, and a bit larger. (see above pics). If this has happened, Turn your oven on to 500 and if using a pizza stone, place it in the oven to to heat up while the oven warms.
  8. Lightly oil a sheet of parchment paper and turn the dough out onto it. It will likely be a bit stuck to the bottom of the bowl, just scrape it out as best as you can.
  9. With oiled hands, gently flatten out the pizza dough into a 9-10″ circle. It will be aerated, so might want to leave empty spaces.
  10. Carefully transfer the parchment with the dough onto the pizza stone or sheet pan.
  11. Bake at 500 in the lower 1/3 of your oven for 6-8 minutes, or until it’s starting to brown at the edges.
  12. Add desired toppings and cook for 2-3 minutes more. Allow to cool for a minute before slicing.



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  1. 3/4 what of tapioca starch?

    • CUP! Edited. Thanks for spotting that!

      • I does anyone know if you can freeze this dough? Thanks

      • You sure can! I have only frozen it after par baking though, which works great. Not 100% sure about freezing the uncooked dough.

      • Thanks! Going grain free for my wife’s health and us being Italian need good pizza recipes

  2. i have to say. i’m skeptical but you had me at, “i was raised my two new yorkers.” you know where i’m from! i’ll trust you, and try this, with high expectations. and yet, because it’s you, i have faith!

    • Maybe this should be our video?! We can get ALL sorts of New York up in there. Have I told you about my alter ego, Mona Rose Katz from The Bronx???

  3. I just found you on Facebook after following you on Instagram. I’ve shared your recipe on my FB page. Looks very interesting.. I’m saving it to try! thank you for sharing.

  4. You have us transferring the dough to parchment paper and I’m assuming that we leave that in place when we bake it on the pizza stone? I used to make bread in a dutch oven and use parchment to transfer it to the pot so I know it will hold up at 500 degrees, although it gets pretty crispy! I don’t see the paper in your photos– did you make an artistic decision to leave it out or am I missing something? This sounds fabulous– can’t wait to try it with some home-raised Vermont tomatoes!

    • Oh yes, I leave it on the parchment paper to bake. I did slide it off once I added the toppings and put it right on the stone, mostly for artistic purposes :) It gets a little crispy, but is in there such a short time that it seems to be okay. Jealous of your home grown VT tomatoes! I swear west coast tomatoes aren’t the same as I remember them being back east.

      • Well, VT tomatoes pale in comparison to the queen of tomato states–New Jersey! I used to buy whole baskets of them and can them all. My sis in Berkeley tried raising some this year but they all got some kind of yellow wilting disease. Too much shade there anyway, since everybody’s wall or landscaping casts shadows on your plot.
        Thanks for the clarification on the parchment.

  5. I never knew there was gluten in yeast – what about your average supermarket yeast, is that not gf?

    • Regular bakers yeast is naturally gluten-free. I just feel better when it says “gluten-free” right on the label, as Red Star does. I’m not sure if there’s ever a cross-contamination issue here… Brewer’s Yeast can contain gluten, but isn’t what you’d use here anyway.

    • yeast does not have gluten.

      you don’t need a label telling you something is gluten-free if it’s naturally gluten-free. do some research.

      …soon people are going to start putting “gluten-free” on water…..JEEEEEEEEESE LOUISE.

      • Naturally it doesn’t, but some packages say gluten-free, so it could be a cross-contamination issue on the ones that don’t. There are a lot of things that are “naturally gluten-free” that aren’t ACTUALLY gluten-free, so…

      • I’m surprised you didn’t do research yourself and understand that many naturally gluten-free products are not packaged in a dedicated gluten-free facility, which prevents them from using the “gluten-free” label, as even the slightest gluten contamination can make someone with Celiac VERY sick. What’s the harm in specifying that? Jeeeeeese Louise, mind your manners and think before typing.

  6. What brand of gluten-free yeast do you use?

    • I used Red Star.

  7. I’m in the middle of a Whole 30 right now, but this is definitely on the list for afterward. Thank you for working on this!

  8. Looks and sounds great! Never thought I would use my pizza stone again, but now I’ll have to pull it out!

  9. Has anyone tried to make this with something other than almond flour? I’m allergic to tree nuts and peanuts. Thank you!!

    • I’ve gotten this question a lot! If you can have sunflower seeds, I think that’s the closest option. I haven’t tried it yet, but am going to try to grind my own sunflower flour and see how it works in a few recipes.

      • What a great idea! And potentially fun experiment(s)…

        I am curious, do you think that, absent a pizza stone (mine broke before I moved last year and I haven’t replaced it yet), putting the pizza, on the parchment paper, in a Le Creuset skillet in the oven, might be a good approach? Maybe warm the pan first in the oven?

      • I think a Le Creuset skillet would work beautifully! Plus, you’re guaranteed a pretty presentation :) I would definitely heat it first, like you would a stone.

    • Yep – but I use riced coconut (google recipe) – add an egg, and yes parmesan, and flatten it out nice and thin, bake on parchment in high temp oven…pull out, top with sauce and veggies- and bake again. I love the taste of caulif. crust more than I ever did those made of flour.

      • I think you meant riced “cauliflower”? I was thinking of trying this with coconut flour, so your comment caught my eye, but then you said you love the taste of caulif. crust, so I’m guessing you meant riced cauliflower.

    • Actually, almonds are not nuts. A common misconception. They are drupes. People with nut allergies should talk to their doctor to confirm whether or not they can eat almonds.


      • People allergic to nuts are tested for specific nuts. So, nut, drupe, if someone is allergic to almonds, they are allergic. I get tired of seeing this comment all over the place!

    • Coconut flour! Works great!

      • Did you change the amount of coconut flour? I would like to try this with coconut flour as well but I am new to cooking with it. I’ve read that coconut really absorbs the liquid in recipes. I can’t wait to give this a try!

  10. Are you a wizard?

    • Do wizards say ALAKAZAM!!! ? Then yes. 😉

  11. This looks super yummy! Any thoughts on an egg sub? My 2yro daughter has been asking for pizza but she is allergic to eggs… thanks for any suggestions!

    • There’s so little egg in this recipe that I’m tempted to say just leave it out! Since it’s just egg white, all it’s really doing is adding a bit of moisture, and a tiny bit of protein, which might do something structurally, but I can’t imagine all that much. With any baking type of recipe, tiny changes can have an effect, so I can’t say for certain without testing it myself. (Which I’ll do next time I make this recipe)

      • Fantastic! Thanks for your reply… I’ll report back if we end up trying it without the egg!

      • What about ground flax or chia seed for eggs?

    • Egg is a protein and binder. Just find some meat based gelatin in same quantity for the recipe and it will do same thing

    • Have you tried chia seeds? I am thinking of grinding mine to make sure I get the whole benefit.

    • You can make an egg replacer by grinding flax seeds, add water and let sit overnight. I’d often used this when a baker in a vegan bakery. Works like a champ and gives you those great oils, fiber, etc.

  12. Just made this for my kids, one of whom is very particular about anything that isn’t mainstream processed crap-we are working on breaking her out of it :) They all loved it!! I loved the smell of the yeast in the dough, reminded me of reg pizza. The consistency of the baked crust was light and crispy. Next time, I am going to try with sunflower seed flour and omit the egg white and hope it comes out well so I can actually eat it. Very, very good. This is a def keeper.

    • Hooray! Happy I could contribute to breaking the processed crap habit :) I’m curious how sunflower seed flour works, let me know if you try it before I do!

  13. I just made this. It. is. Fantastic. Seriously. Ive done a lot of low carb and paleo crusts…almond flour, cauliflower, zucchini….none of them were worth repeating. But this is so good – crispy with a slight chew, bready, almost exactly a wheat crust. My husband even said “oooh this is really good!” and he is extremely hard to impress. So thank you. You are amazing.

    • SO glad to hear it! Thanks! :)

  14. Is there another type of gluten-free flour to use in place of nut/seed flour? Oat, qunioa, etc? I’d like to try to keep it lower in calories and fat. Thanks.

    • Hi Lindsey. You can replace it with whatever you’d like, but I only tested the recipe as described above. It’s at your own risk beyond that! I only do grain-free baking, and am worried more about glycemic index than calories and fat, so go with nut flours myself. If you do try a variation, let me know how it goes!

  15. I am SO trying this over the weekend!!!! You are a GD genius! Thank you, thank you for developing a recipe that looks like it actually tastes good! And without cheese. You are my hero. I’ll let you know how it goes.

  16. Words cannot even express how much I love all your recipes! I’ve never been disappointed. This pizza crust was AMAZING!! I even took the toppings off, so I could savor the crust!! I made mine with arrowroot since I have a sensitivity to tapioca, but it was still great!!! Thanks!!!!!

    • Thanks so much, Sheryl! Glad to hear that arrowroot worked. It’s usually my preferred starch, but I thought tapioca made sense in this one. I’ll definitely try it next time!

      • I made this crust again today, but this time I split it into three personal size crusts. I put regular toppings on the first one, turned the second one into the closest cinnamon dessert pizza I have had in years (still working on the perfect icing), and I forced myself to freeze the last one. I am hoping it reheats well because it will make the perfect crust for meals when I don’t have much time to cook. :)

      • I have an update on the frozen pizza crust in case anyone was curious. I took it out of the freezer today, but it was way too hot to turn the oven on. After letting it thaw, I decided to put it on the BBQ for a few minutes. It got perfectly crispy and chewy again. Obviously it’s better fresh out of the oven, but even frozen and reheated this is hands down the BEST paleo pizza crust I have ever had!! Once the weather cools off, I am making a huge batch to freeze for quick meals in the future. THANKS!!!!!!!

      • Ooooh! I’ve been wanting to try grilling it. So glad to hear that it works. Glad you love the recipe, Sheryl and thanks!

    • To Sheryl, I want to freeze some too. Did you bake it first then freeze it or did you freeze it uncooked?

      • Yes. I baked it first and then froze it. When I took it out of the freezer I let it thaw on the counter and then put my toppings on it and cooked it for a few minutes again. It got nice and crispy. :)

  17. I made this tonight … have been searching for the perfect paleo pizza crust forever… I’ve made all of the recipes – won’t even touch meatza with a 10 ft. pole. This crust is absolutely AMAZING. And when I say amazing, I mean AMAZING – not just “paleo amazing” …. it is SO good, I would rather eat it than normal crust. Delicous, buttery flavor – pefect!!!!!

  18. Made this last night. AMAZING! I must admit, I was skeptical (even up to the point of pulling it out of the oven), but one bite, and I couldn’t believe it. This is the chewy, crispy, doughy awesomeness I have missed since going Paleo. What a perfect treat! Thank you! Oh, and I used “rapid rise” yeast, and it still worked great.

  19. We made this tonight, and it was incredible! The only issue we had was it was still doughy after the required cooking time. Next time, we’ll cook it at a lower temp for a bit longer. But yummy, yummy recipe! Definitely my favorite pizza crust recipe!

    • Yay! Sorry it was still a bit doughy. I wish I could test all of these recipes in multiple ovens! I have a feeling that mine is on the weak side. I also get it paper thin. Glad you have a new fave! 😀

  20. I’ve made this twice now, and seemed to have glossed over (and completely missed) the instructions about the parchment paper. Aha! The first time I flattened the dough on the cold pizza stone, and the second time dumped the raw dough on the pre-heated pizza stone then quickly flattened it was an oiled rolling pin. I barely salvaged that one, but it actually came out the best. Can’t wait to try it out the easy way

    • haha I’m impressed that you gave it another try after the first attempt! It’s so much easier with parchment paper, and you’re much less likely to burn your fingers! I hope it’s a success the next time :)

  21. This was SO GOOD. and easy! I topped it with some sauce and sausage/peppers/onions. Thank you so much for the recipe! It’s definitely going to be made again (in the near future!)

    • I’m so glad you loved it! sausage / peppers / onions is one of my all time faves.

  22. Thank you for sharing this recipe! I’ve tweaked it some adding psyllium husk powder, and I must say I love the results! Try it one day and let me know what you think…


    • I’ve never experimented with Psyllium husk, but keep seeing it pop up. I’ll definitely try your variation. Thanks Claire!

  23. Do you recall how wide across this pizza is when rolled out? Trying to figure out how many this recipe feeds and whether I need to double it up for a family of 4. Excited to make this.

    • I doubled it for my family of 4. It worked perfectly. Made two 10-12in round crusts. Even bought a pizza stone to use the crust is so good!!

    • It’s about 9-10″, so I would definitely double it for a family of 4! I recently made it for 4 and doubled it and made 4 small crusts, so everyone got to make their own personal pizza.

    • I would definitely double. It only makes a pretty small 8-10″ pizza. We always double ours and its just 2 of us. I usually have 1 piece left over.

  24. I found I had to add WAY more liquid (fat) (ie. olive oil)….and mine didn’t rise at all..I did everything correctly and according to the recipe…Any insight?

    • As far as the dough not rising at all, I’m guessing it’s either old or bad yeast, or the water wasn’t the right temperature. As far as the liquid not being right, I’m stumped, because when I make it, the dough is extremely moist, and I’ve made it many times. I haven’t gotten this feedback from anyone else who made this recipe. I hate to say you made a mistake, but if you had to add WAY more liquid, something must have been measured incorrectly?

      • I probably did make a mistake (I think the yeast was the problem)….I made it again last night and still had to double my liquid, otherwise it’s just a hard lump…but it did rise (last night). Still delicious though.

    • I’m in the process of making it and I’ve had same problem. It’s a lump of dough. I’ve gone over my measurements and ingredients. My yeast was fine. Not sure what I did wrong…

      • My pizza turned out amazing regardless of the raw dough not having the same consistency of yours. I shared your website on my fb page.
        Next I’ll be trying the Rainy Day Biscuits 😉

  25. Crazy. And you’re definitely dissolving the yeast in 1/4 C water? With the honey? I’m just so baffled b/c I found the dough to be way wetter than typical dough, and had to resist the urge to add more dry ingredients!

    • yep, everything according to plan…not sure what’s going on..? could it be I’m using my own homemade almond meal? it usually doesn’t make a difference in other recipes though ;P

      • It could be the difference, but I’m not convinced that that’s what it is, if it works in other recipes… Although I think a fine ground flour would yield better results. Are you packing the almond flour into the measuring cup, or scooping and leveling? It’s just so odd, because lots of people have made this and reported good results! I want it to come out perfect for you, too!

  26. I just made this, and it was amazing!!! I modified the recipe a little, and you can see the version I made over at capitalregioncaveman.com soon! Great great great recipe!

    • Great website you have. I’m going to try your pizza recipe next. glad you added your website link excellent recipes :)

  27. this is amazing. I made it lastnight and i was so pleased. It tastes like a real pizza crust. I only let mine rise for about 40 minutes because it had gotten so fluffy looking and it still worked perfectly. Thank you so much for this.

  28. OH. MY. BAJESUS. I have never left a review on any recipe before, but your crust deserves some serious praise. I have tried countless Paleo pizza crusts and this by FAR is the absolute best of the best. This crust is sheer perfection, I cooked it 7 minutes on one side, until perfectly crispy and golden brown, flipped it, and cooked another 2 minutes before adding toppings. We like our crust crispy, and that’s just what we got Honestly, this crust rivals any traditional pizza, and far surpassed my expectations! This will be the ONLY crust I will ever make from now on! Thank you for your ingenious creation!

  29. This is seriously amazing. I’ve made A LOT of paleo pizza crusts over the years and this is definitely the best! It took patience, but SO worth it! Can’t wait to share it with all my paleo clients. Thanks so much! After the chocolate cake and now this, I’m pretty sure you’re my new favorite paleo blogger :)

  30. I don’t have mixer as we are traveling in our RV. How difficult is this to mix by hand?

    • I’m sure you could manage mixing it by hand! It’s sticky, but definitely doable. Happy Travels :)

  31. Absolutely awesome! Husband does not normally touch my grain free bread attempts with a ten foot pole. Actually *requested* this tonight :-) WIN!! You’ve really done a great job here…. Thank you!

    • Yay! That IS awesome, I’m so glad!

  32. I was wondering what the Tapioca starch do? Is it necessary or can I just use Almond flour? Reason being.. I’m trying to make a pizza crust without the starch.

    • If you don’t want to use starch, I would just make one of the other paleo pizza crust recipes that are made with just almond flour. The tapioca (or arrowroot) in this recipe is part of what creates the texture.

  33. Thank you!! This was SO good-I had a party full of non-paleo asking for the recipe :)
    I will definitely make this again!

    • Nice! I love when that happens 😉

  34. Yum! Lovely. I substitute potato starch(plus one extra tablespoon of water) for the tapioca. Tapioca seems to irritate my son’s tummy. I use tapioca for me and my husband. The whole family loves it! Thank you so much. Pizza was always our paleo cheat, you have made us stick to being paleo so much more! Hurray!!

  35. No, but really. I LOVE you. I’m from NY (typical skeptic) and was 100% sure this was not possible. I was wrong. Did I mention I LOVE you? This was A-mazing! I even forgot about it so it “rose ” for an extra hour. It was still awesome. THANK YOU!!!!

    • Ah, yes! Praise for this crust from a New Yorker means even more. Don’t tell the others 😉

  36. Dude you nailed it, this recipe was awesome.
    Thanks for sharing!

  37. This was so amazing! Thank you!! I can’t believe how it actually rose!

  38. This was SO FREAKING GOOD! Thank you! Thank you!!!

  39. Hi Simone! This recipe looks awesome. Thanks for sharing it! I can hardly wait to try making this! Question: Did you use Active dry or quick rise yeast?


    • Thanks! I used active dry yeast.

  40. Just made this and it was exactly what we have been searching for. It had a perfect crunch/chewy ratio, but like some of the other commenters, we also had a very firm dough. I just mixed it a little with a fork and it ended up looking almost like pizza dough. We let it sit for about an hour and it grew at least 50%. I can’t imagine how some people could get a liquidly dough considering there was over 1.5 cups of dry ingredients and only about a half a cup of liquid. The tapioca starch and almond flour absorb so much moisture. Maybe the brands you use matter. I know Trader Joes almond flour has a very different consistency from Bob’s Red Mill. We used Bob’s Red Mill tapioca flour, almond flour, and yeast, Giant grocery store brand honey, egg whites, olive oil, and apple cider vinegar. The salt was Costco Himalayan pink salt and the water was from the tap. Waiting an hour for the dough to rise was difficult. I wonder if we could make the dough a couple days before and let it sit in the fridge. I also want to try to freeze the flattened out raw dough. It would be so great just to throw a frozen crust in the oven like a store bought pizza.

    • The texture differences are throwing me for a loop! I’ve made this several times, and my dough is always on the wet side. I think you might be right about the almond flour; that could be the culprit. I’ve used honeyville and digestive wellness, both are blanched and finely ground. As far as making ahead: I’ve heard that people have had good results par-baking the crusts and freezing, but I’m not sure how the raw dough keeps…

      • Also, I didn’t realize how many carbs were in tapioca flour. Any other alternatives with less carbs that would result in similar consistency? I might try 3/8th of a cup of tapioca flour and 9/8th of a cup of almond flour. I’m sure it won’t be as good, but as long as it stays together I’d be happy.

      • I’m not sure if it’s lower in carbs, but arrowroot can be used as a 1:1 sub in just about any recipe that has tapioca. I was going for taste and texture on this one, so I wouldn’t say it’s the perfect example of a nutrient dense paleo meal… More of a treat when you need a pizza fix! If you do try different ratios, please report back so other people know what works!

      • It looks like Arrowroot has slightly less carbs, but not by much. I’ll report back once I have some time to try different ratios.

      • So I tried it with only 0.25 cups of tapioca flour and 1.25 cups of almond flour. Did it taste as amazing? No. Did it still taste pretty good. Yes. By my calculations I swapped out 52g of carbs for 12g of carbs, and half of those are fiber, so it is a reduction of 46g of net carbs. It also added 12g of protein, but with that came 120 calories. The very edge of my crust got a little overcooked after 8 minutes, so if you try this, make sure to keep an eye on that.

  41. Making this dough right now and we are going to try it in a wood fired outdoor oven.

    • Oh man, I’m jealous! Let me know how it went!

  42. I messed up this crust!!! I did not read the part about baking it ON the parchment paper (oops). I was basically scraping the dough off of wax paper onto my stone. BUT not all was lost because my pizza still came out super awesome, a smaller awesome (than what it would have been if I read the instructions correctly). Oh and did I mention this was my very first, ever, paleo recipe? Shew!

    • Oh my gosh, so flattered that your first paleo recipe was one of mine. I’m sorry it didn’t go completely as planned, but happy that the end result was still good! Happy cooking!

      • This was absolutely great, tried it for the first time tonight in our wood-fired oven – heavenly! Thanks!!

      • Oh I’m so glad it worked in your wood fired oven! I bet it was even better that way.

  43. OMG! I just made this! It was fantastic! I’m so happy, we can go back to eating pizza! Thank You!!!

    • Yay!!! So glad to hear it, Mandy, thanks! : D

  44. Hi! Just found your blog:) question- I must be yeast free- any suggestions on how I can adapt this? I realize the texture will be different and that it won’t rise. Thank you!

    • Glad you found it! Sorry I don’t have a better answer for you, but I honestly don’t have any idea how to adapt this without using yeast. You could try baking soda? But I wouldn’t know what amount… There are a lot of grain-free pizza crusts that don’t use yeast, so if adapting sounds daunting, maybe try one of those. Let me know how it turns out if you do make adjustments, though!

      • Thank you!

  45. I made this recipe twice and it worked out both times. I made only one variation, after letting the dough rise, I infused sone herbs, garlic and chilies into the dough and used more olive oil to spread the dough. I forgot how much I missed pizza since going paleo.

  46. Just made this last night and I can’t tell you how happy I am to have pizza as an option again. Sure, it contains the entirety of carbs I’d eat in a day but who cares when you have pizza!

    I’m curious if the yeast can do it’s thing (rise, tiny minions! Rise!) without or with less honey? I don’t mind if it’s slower, I’ll just plan ahead. The sweetness of the pizza base was the only thing I wasn’t as keen on. Not a deal breaker in the least but if I can reduce that I think I’d love it even more. :)

    • Sam, I use about half the honey, and it works beautifully. I’m not a fan of much sweetness in savory foods, myself.

  47. I made this pizza dough last night and it was awesome!!! Even my husband liked it and he’s been skeptical about the paleo thing. I did make a few changes though and one mistake which didn’t change a thing. I tripled the recipe because my pizza pans, which are the thin, are 12″ and I did not want to waste any space. I changed the almond flour to sunflower seed flour which can substituted 1:1. I need to stay away from tree nuts due to inflammation and sunflower seeds have a lighter taste vs pumpkin seeds, so they didn’t change the taste. I ground them myself in the food processor. Some other tips would be: Make sure your parchment paper is good for 500F. Mine was only good for 425F so the paper burned at the edges and set off my smoke alarm…lol. But the crust was ok. Also keep your hands well oiled and oil in between if you have to because the dough is quite sticky. Finally, I was short on my yeast by 3/4 tsp because I used little pre-packaged ones and each one was only 2 1/4 tsp (1 tbsp.=3 tsp) but the dough rose even more than the photos up top (I put it in the oven with oven not on but turned on the light to generate warmth). I made two pizzas with steak, bacon, caramalized onions, tomatoes, peppers, fresh garlic, and one with regular mozza and goat cheese for hubby, and one with non-dairy cheese by Dariya for me, and both were delish :) Next time I will try infusing herbs and garlic into the crust. Hope this helps! Happy eating :)

  48. You are my hero! I really can’t express how amazing this recipe is. Worth every second of the waiting on the rise (I made your choc chip cookies while waiting). I want to make a big batch of crusts and freeze them so I can have pizza any time. Thank you for sharing the fruits of your labor so freely with us. When you put out a cookbook I’ll be first in line to pre-order.

  49. I don’t normally leave comments, but I had to on this one. Bless you for allowing me the chance to enjoy pizza again (with out the grain)! This recipe is fool proof and it’s SO delicious. The only problem I had was waiting patiently! Yum, thank you again!

  50. What do you think is healthy about gluten-free foods? I know common information but not really from an enthusiastic baker.

    • I actually don’t think that most gluten-free foods are healthy. Most GF substitutes are highly processed and higher in sugar than their original versions. For people who can’t eat gluten, I don’t recommend buying processed products in boxes, but rather eating real foods instead, and making their own treats to take the place of the foods they might miss.

  51. I Love Love Love you for this crust I have tried them all out there and this one is the BEST! I grew up in the northeast and i know pizza crust and this grain free crust rocks! Thank you from the bottom of my pizza loving heart for your creation!

    • Hooray! I’m so glad to hear it! And don’t tell the others, but I’m most happy when I hear success stories from my north east peeps 😉

  52. This is my first recipe using almond flour and I was so excited because I have not enjoyed pizza in years! It turned out even better than I had expected. My batter was wet but very light and airy. The crust came out crispy, light and delicious! I am totally thrilled to have found your blog.

    Just made your rainy day biscuits today as well with equally awesome results. Gave some to a friend who is a processed food junkie and she loved them as well, couldn’t even believe it! You’re recipes are very inspiring and have me playing around deconstructing all kinds of other recipes. Many thanks!

    Peace, love

  53. I love the sounds of this recipe and am dying to try it…the only problem is that I don’t have any tapioca or arrowroot on hand (and no decent grocery store nearby!). I realize that it may not be ideal for flavor or sticking strictly paleo, but what are your thoughts on subbing corn starch in for this impatient girl?

    • In general, starches can be swapped for one another, so corn starch should work!

  54. Awesome paleo pizza crust…the best I’ve had! Used half arrowroot and half tapioca. Turned out beautifully – almost like real dough. Thank you!!

    • Did you use the arrowroot and tapioca in place of the almond flour?

      • I’m pretty sure they mean 1/2 tapioca & 1/2 arrowroot just for the tapioca measurement.

  55. Delish. My first paleo pizza crust. Dough was way wetter than expected – it rose fine, but had to pour onto baking sheet. Still baked up with great texture and taste, and was relatively easy.

  56. Does anyone one know how many carbs are in this crust

  57. Has anyone tried an overnight fridge rise? I’m not sure if the science of doing this to a gluten dough translates here. I’m trying to streamline this to prepare dinner for a guest on a weeknight after work. I’ve done them pre-baked, frozen and reheated, and they’re good, but not quite the wow factor I’m looking for serving this to a guest.

  58. Hi,
    I have tried to make this twice, and it tastes good, but falls apart. The first time I used cashew meal from Trader Joe’s, but tonight I used almond flour with the same result. The yeast became foamy, but the dough was dry, not sticky, and didn’t “change.” I measured carefully, and doubled the recipe. I also finely ground my own tapioca starch in the vitamix, since I was only able to find tapioca in little balls. I really want it to work, any suggestions?

    • P. s. I used Bob’s Red Mill blanched almond flour.

    • I’m 99% sure that it’s the flours you used. Bob’s almond meal is much coarser and doesn’t work nearly as well for this type of recipe as one of the finer ground varieties, such as Honeyville or Digestive Wellness . Same with the tapioca… I’m not sure how fine you got it in your vitamix, but the store bought stuff is super fine, like corn starch. If you try it again with those flours, it should come out perfect! Sorry it didn’t work for you the first time, I know that’s frustrating!

      • Thanks, I’m sure you are right! My husband said not to try it again, so I’ll give it a practice run first and let you know! Would love to have this in my repertoire.

  59. What’s the stats on calories and carbs? Love the recipe… Tastes just as good as any other pizza crust! Thanks for sharing!

    • I don’t provide nutritional information for my recipes, but I think there are some good websites that make it pretty easy to plug in the info… Sorry, I don’t count those things, so don’t have the info handy. Glad you love the recipe!

  60. I’ve been to three stores and can’t find a finely ground almond flour. Guess I’ll order online. I found the tapioca flour, though, and it’s more powdery than what I made. Thought I could find something retail since I live in LA area. I’m learning.

    • Asian markets carry tapioca starch / flour cheap! And I haven’t found an almond flour in stores that I like either, and it’s cheaper to order in bulk online (freeze it if you don’t go through it quickly) Let me know how your next attempt goes!

      • Success! I ordered Honeyville almond flour from Costco.com, 6 lb., on Sunday night and it came on Tuesday. Then I stopped at a Japanese market for the tapioca flour. Each step looked just like your pictures and it was delicious, and didn’t fall apart. Genius. I started eating Paleo a few weeks ago and feel so much better, and wanted pizza, but the eggplant pizzas I had tried weren’t doing it for me. My husband and two teenagers also loved it. I will make this over and over. How did you know to let it rise for so long? Now I just need some recipes for all the old almond and cashew flour I have left over!

  61. OK…I haven’t had pizza in forever! And this WAS A HOME RUN!!!! LOVED IT! I used arrowroot instead of the tapioca (same amount), added dried oregano and basil, about 1tsp. each to the dry ingredients, warmed my bowl in the oven, put the pizza dough in the oven (after turning it off and leaving it ajar for a couple of minutes) to let it rise and it CAME OUT PERFECT! I measured the yeast out of the packet and it took 1 1/2 packs to equal 1 TBSP. Topped it with homemade marinara, sauteed onions, mushrooms, garlic, and cherry tomatoes, then added S&P, chopped power greens, chopped kalamata olives and a drizzle of olive oil. Back in the oven for a couple of minutes and I was in Heaven for the rest of the afternoon! Thanks so much for a pizza dough that doesn’t fall apart, holds up to the toppings, and is sooo delish!

    • Forgot to mention the diced Canadian bacon I added as well. Did I tell you how much I loved this? Truly a Paleo dream!

    • Thanks, Mary, I’m SO glad to hear that you loved it! Hooray!

  62. I’m allergic to tapioca. What other starch would work?

    • arrowroot is a great cup for cup sub for tapioca!

  63. Hello,

    I made this and it was unbelievably deeelicious. I am trying to follow a low carb so I was curious if I could sub in some coconut flour and flax flour somehow to cut down on the tapioca starch. I don’t want to get rid of all of it just some. I doubled the recipe and mad 2 pizzas. I am an italian girl and I give this A++++.

    • Thanks for the A++++! :) I’m sure you could experiment with adjusting the flours a bit to make it lower carb. Coconut and flax flours act pretty differently than tapioca, so I’m not sure of the exact amounts you’d want to use. I suggest adding a little bit at a time until the consistency seems right. And of course stick with a single or half recipe until you get it right so you’re not wasting ingredients! Let me know what you come up with!

      • Am planning on making this at the weekend with the kids and turning into calzone – think I’ll cook for a couple of minutes then stuff with the ‘toppings’ – yum x

  64. For low carb could you use liquid Truvia ? instead of the honey ?

  65. I just made this crust for like, the 5th time. Good news for those with egg allergies! I accidentally omitted the egg white and it still turned out as great as the previous times I’ve made it.

  66. First attempt at a paleo pizza crust for DH and myself. Followed directions and came out great. LOVED IT! Chewy and crisp at the same time. Will make again. Going to attempt making and freezing for those quickly needed dinners. Thank you!

  67. I just made this pizza dough with a one-year outdated packet of yeast, but it still turned out awesome! I have been “mostly paleo” for about two years and got rid of most of the non-paleo baking items. Thank you for your recipes, I have yet to try one that did not turn out as advertised :-)

  68. OMG Amazing!!!! Could hardly tell it’s paleo and we’re a bunch of food snobs! Thank you thank you thank you!

    • Yay! Endorsements from food snobs are my favorite kind 😉

  69. Well this is a game changer!! Simone you are a wizard, a paleo hero indeed! Like most here i’ve run the gamut of paleo pizza crust recipes and kind of gave up for a while, but now this!?! Thank you thank you thank you!!!
    I made it friday exactly to instruction (used home made almond meal) and my husband and i were pretty much speechless. It’s now sunday and I’m making it again (don’t judge! It’s been soooo long since we’ve had pizza that is like -wait, no- better than we remember it pre-paleo days!)
    Cheers :)

    • Hooray! So glad to hear it, thanks so much!

  70. Made this last night and it was AMAZING! Thank you.

  71. Woah this crust is good. I burnt it and it STILL tasted awesome! I call that a win.

    • Can you just call it “wood fired”, maybe? 😉 Glad it still tasted awesome!

  72. WOW! This crust was good!!! No need to ever try another IMO. Only think I’m changing next time is using a milder honey and it’ll be perfect!

    • So glad to hear it! Yay!

  73. Yuuuuuuuum! Thank you. I’ve made this twice now and it is soooooooo worth the effort. :)

  74. Hi! I just wanted to thank you. I have been searching for a grainless pizza crust for a while and was thrilled to have found yours. This crust was amazing and now I can have pizza again!!

    I did a review of it on my blog and just can not stop gushing! Love this crust.
    You can find the short (but glowing) review here:

    Thanks again. Being from NYC myself, I knew after reading your intro the crust was gonna be good.

    • Thanks so much, Jessica! I’m so glad you loved it, and thanks for blogging about it! :)

  75. Just made this, OMG it’s good! Could you use this as a focaccia bread? I miss baked garlic bulbs dipped in an olive oil/balsamic vinegar mix … yummmmm

    • You definitely could make it like focaccia! Yum.

  76. I have made 10+ crusts from this recipe (at different times). Sometimes I triple or quadruple the recipe and it still turns out awesome! In my opinion this is the BEST EVER paleo crust; there is absolutely nothing else comparable. Most of the time we add the typical toppings, but I have also seasoned it sort of like a flatbread, with nooch and italian spices ground together and sprinkled over like parmesan (plus thinly sliced onions & olive oil). Amazing!

    • Hooray! I’m so glad you love it and have gotten so much use out of the recipe! Sounds great as flatbread, too. I actually offered some suggestions in my book for serving it as bite-sized flatbread to be served as hors d’oeuvres :)

  77. I made this pizza last night and everything looked perfect until I put in on wax paper instead of parchment. :( The wax paper melted to the pizza and I couldn’t get it off. My husband and I still tore off the parts that we could and we were both so impressed at how much it tasted like normal pizza dough (it’s actually better). I’m going to the store to get parchment paper today and will be making this the right way tonight. Can’t wait!

  78. I’ve made this twice now and love it.

  79. Wondering if the 1/4 of water is the intended amount…I had to add additional water? Do you mean 1 1/4 cups? Thanks!

    • No, 1/4 cup is the right amount. Some people have commented that their dough was dry, but mine is always quite sticky. I think the type of almond flour you use makes a difference; I use honeyville or wellness bee. And I don’t pack it into the measuring cup, just scoop and level. Did it come out okay once you added more water?

      • Yup, you are totally right – it depends on the type of almond flour. It went from dry and crumbly with my own blended almond meal to almost like muffin batter with Bob’s Red Mill almond flour. Peculiar, but I’ll go with it. This is an amazing crust!

  80. I tried this once and had a great result. Round two tonight. Thank you so very much for the post.

  81. hello there! I just made this and it is incredible!! I have made tons of popular gluten-free pizza crust recipes and this is the best so far. One of my other faves is the epicurious one, but I dont really like using chickpea flour (as I’m paleo) and yours is much better. I’m fairly new to blogging so don’t ‘comment much yet I had to let you know that I loved this recipe and look forward to trying some of your other recipes too! btw, I didn’t have parchment paper so just baked it at 420 instead of 500 and it worked out great. I also left out the egg as I don’t like egg whites (just yolks) and it was fine without it. Thanks again!

    • When you say 3/4 cup, what’s the weight in grams? Thanks :)

      • I measure in cups, not weight for this type of stuff, but maybe this will help

  82. Great recipe, it even passed the school lunch test AND was requested again for tomorrow’s lunch! Thanks so much for sharing, you made our day with this recipe. :)

    • Awesome! I’m so glad to hear it, Angela!

  83. Well, I had leftover pizza. Not that IT was left over, the toppings were leftovers. :-) I also have been craving fruit pizza. I made the dough. Baked the dough. Then I used my DATE PASTE as the something sweet to hold the fruit. Yummy! Apples, bananas, mango, strawberries and apple. This hit the spot.
    Thank you for sharing your recipe.

  84. Would I be able to make this dough in my bread machine or should it be done by hand?

    • I’m not sure! I’ve never used a bread machine… If you’ve had success with other recipes in it that aren’t bread machine specific, I want to say yes?

  85. As others have commented, this is the best paleo pizza dough ever! I make traditional sourdough pizza for our family pizza night using the Tartine bread method, but had not found an acceptable paleo version for myself until now. Thank you for bringing pizza back into my life.

    PS: I have tried many of your other recipes and they are all fantastic. I can’t wait to get your cookbook this August!

    • Thanks, Rachel! I’m so very glad to hear it! :)

  86. This was unbelievable. Seriously. And more forgiving than you’d think…. I was short on yeast because I just used one packet, and I had more egg white than called for because the whole egg white blooped over my spoon while I was trying to measure and fell into the bowl. After I mixed it up, it looked very wet, but I trusted the recipe and it was incredible! Mine did get a bit too done on the pizza stone while I waited for the cheese to melt but that’s an easy fix. My partner was raving about it and asked when we could have it again. Definite keeper!!

  87. Tried this recipe last night, and it was fantastic! I made it with Trader Joe’s rather coarse Almond Meal, and it was still wonderful. It will replace our current (and beloved) Paleofied pizza crust for nights when we have the time to dedicate to this deliciousness. The temperature and cooking time were a bit off for me (even at 5 minutes, the bottom was a tad overdone while the top was just barely done), which I suspect is because I didn’t have a pizza stone. However, tweaking that should be a cinch. Thanks so very much for sharing!

  88. Soooo delicious thanks so much! We aren’t paleo but hubby is cutting down carbs to lose weight and he was surprised to enjoy this pizza so much. Thank you!!!

    • So glad to hear it, Leah! Thanks! :)

  89. This was excellent!!! I didn’t quite believe how sticky, however, and thought I could get away with flour instead of oil. I had to go back and put oil on my sticky hands, and then the crust eventually pushed out beautifully. I wonder if you could add more oil to the recipe from the start? Or would that impede the rising? I have no clue. This is only the 2nd thing I’ve ever made with yeast. :)

    • It’s kind of the nature of grain-free yeast dough, I’ve found- it has to be a lot wetter than traditional dough to work. (I learned this after many trials of trying to get the dough to resemble “normal” dough… The end result never worked) I think adding more oil to the dough would weigh it down too much, and make the crust too greasy. At any rate, I’m glad you liked it! :)

  90. I love this recipe! I made this last night and am so glad I found the perfect crust on my first attempt at paleo pizza. WOW! It performed beautifully and was amazing the next day served cold. Definitely would rate this as a 10! Thanks.

  91. I’ve made this pizza crust more times than I can count, so I figured it was time to stop by and let you know. I’m obsessed! I’ve been making it for everyone that will let me. My young niece asked me to make this crust “forever!” My teenage nephew, who believes YOLO means eating all the junk, went back for thirds. Everyone loves it and never guessed that it wasn’t a traditional white flour pizza. I’ve tried several gluten free crusts the past few year and this one is, by far, the best. I can’t eat gluten so having an option for an occasional pizza night that doesn’t include weird meatza or cauliflower crust is incredibly welcome! So I just wanted to say…thank you! You are a genius.

    By the way, I’ve made it without the egg white (adding additional water) and it was still great. Slight change in texture, but not really noticeable. It also freezes well!

    • I love this!!! Thanks so much for stopping by, Jacqueline!

  92. Love this recipe and so do my husband and toddler son. I have been making a double batch (I don’t double the honey per another reviewer’s comment and it still works great), cooking both crusts, then freezing one for the following week (Friday night is now pizza night!) and it makes prep really easy. In case anyone decided to get lazy and try using the whole egg (I did this with the most recent batch), it does negatively impact the end product. It was more cracker-like. Not bad, just not as good. I will need to find another way to use the yolk from my precious pastured eggs. Anyway, thanks for a fantastic recipe that we all enjoy without gluten or going too carb crazy.

    • So glad you love it! Passing the kids test is always a good feeling :) Homemade mayo would be a great use for those lovely yolks! You could even add some lemon juice and fresh herbs to make it into a creamy dressing and serve it on a side salad with your pizza.

  93. Like everyone else, all I can say is thank-you! I’ve tried so many paleo pizza crust recipes that have failed miserably (Nothing like the teeth screeching on tapioca to ruin your meal). I subbed arrowroot starch for tapioca; added thyme, basil, and chives to the dough. I topped mine with red onion, ham, green pepper, goat cheese, and after the “pizza” was out of the oven, arugula with a balsamic glaze. It was so good I ate the entire dish for dinner!
    Obviously, I will need to make more than a single batch from now on.

  94. Try using processed avocado oil instead of olive oil if you’re worried about the heat. Even non-processed avocado oil would be better than olive oil for high heat cooking. Of course the taste will change some and that might not be acceptable. But, I love avocado oil.

  95. Simone, I just bought your book recently and made this. It’s the best paleo crust EVER. I’m usually not crazy for the taste of pizza crust (really it’s just a vehicle for flavour in my opinion) but this crust ITSELF tasted great. It’s totally worth the wait time for the dough to rise. I think this would even be great to have place of pitas for dipping or naan bread to have with curry. Thank you thank you thank you!

    • Yay! So happy to hear it. I love the taste of it, too, and have always felt that the crust needed to taste good on it’s own. I’m glad you loved it! Great idea about using it in other applications. I bet it would be great as naan, especially if made a teensy bit thicker. :)

  96. OMG i just made this today! It was delicious! I added arugula, prosciutto, herb goat cheese, figs and a balsamic glaze! To die for! I could have eaten the entire thing! But I refrained and ate half! Soooo soooo good!

  97. Oh my goodness! This recipe is amazing and my pizzas turned out so good. Yes, PIZZAS, I doubled the recipe and then ate a quarter of each pizza because it was so good I couldn’t stop! Thank you for a wonderful recipe.

    • Yay! Good call on doubling the recipe. I usually double it and make 4 individual pizzas, so everyone can make their own creation (and I can sneak bites of all the others, let’s be honest) 😉

  98. Do you think it would turn out okay on a silpat, rather than on parchment paper? Thank you! Very excited to try this!

    • I’m not sure! I want to say yes, but am not sure what the max temp is for those…

  99. Made this tonight. AWESOME!!!! This is the best crust ever. I didn’t have the tapioca starch, so used arrowroot. Only had one half cup, so I increased almond flour to one cup. It turned out fantastic. Soooo glad to be able to have pizza agsin. Recently diagnosed diabetic and I’ve dropped .6 points on my A1C in just three months. Thank you so much for posting this recipe!

  100. This is hands-down my favorite grain-free pizza crust recipe; I have made it several times, and it is always a success. Tonight, I did version with Trader Joe’s Cashew Meal and a version with their Almond Meal. The Almond Meal definitely turns out a more traditional pizza crust flavor, however, the cashew meal turned out a crust that was almost like a sourdough. It was fantastic. So, if people are wondering about swapping out nut flours: go for it!

    • Good to know, thanks! I used cashew meal once too, for a friend with an almond allergy. It was different, but still really good!

  101. Can I just say that YOU are AMAZING? It’s obvious that you’re passionate about cooking and you’re good at it.

    Thanks for the pizza crust recipe…gotta feed the non-paleo/non-gluten free peeps in my fam some pizza.

    I am stumped on the olive oil. I am assuming you’re referring to regular olive oil (not EVOO: Extra Virgin Olive Oil), right? So my next question is does it matter what kind of “regular” (cooking) olive oil I use?

    Thanks for sharing your creativity!

    • Thanks, Cindy! :) You can use any kind of olive oil. Technically, you shouldn’t heat EVOO with that kind of heat, but it’s used in this type of recipe a lot, so it’s up to you. It does add some flavor. Regular olive oil works great, too!

      • Thank you! Perhaps you can help me with this other question because you’re a chef. I have been following the “paleo” recipes for about a year. I’ve been on this quest to learn all I can about vegetables from how to pick it out at the market, from preparing it, and cooking it in the most simplest way that I can. Anyhoo, so I picked up a book called “Best Secrets from Chefs” (something like that) and lots of chefs uses canola oil or grapeseed oil. So how is it that these chefs don’t know how harmful it is (well the paleo world says it harmful)? Is it because that what the chefs were taught in culinary school or at restaurants??? I’m just trying to understand as I really want to become a better cook (well, at least my definition of a good cook). Any insights you have will be greatly appreciated!

      • I don’t think the dangers of them are really mainstream knowledge quite yet. Chefs love canola and grapeseed oils because they’re neutral tasting and have a high smoke point. Not to mention they’re CHEAP. The catering kitchen I share has plenty of really large containers of corn oil, canola oil, etc, and I don’t even want to know what their food costs are compared to mine, as someone who uses coconut oil and butter and animal fats and if I’m being frugal, light olive oil… Lots of chefs actually love lard and tallow and duck fat, but are hesitant to put that stuff in recipes because people are still a bit phobic of those types of fats, and they’re not as readily available. I think we’re coming around, though! Slowly but surely…

  102. I have made this recipe four times now. Each time I add different seasonings and BINGO! I have it exactly as my husband and I like! It is the only crust we choose and my hubby is not GF or Paleo diet enthusiastic. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe and making me crave pizza again! P.S. I am going to make 2 half baked crusts and freeze for a quick meal on a busy day!

    • Awesome! I’m glad you played with the seasonings and found a combo you love! :)

  103. I made this for my husband and I on our low carb eating plan…..all I can say is thank you, thank you and thank you again. All those imitation crusts made with cauliflower and such….bleh. I love cauliflower but not as pizza crust.

  104. We’re kinda paleo – no wheat but dairy ok. Was curious about the time frame needed to melt mozzarella – 8-10 minutes. Would that trash this fantastic sounding crust?

    • It shouldn’t even take that long! We eat cheese too, and I just add it with the rest of the toppings; 3 minutes or so is all it takes! If you want to get it more golden, just par bake the crust a touch less to allow for longer on the second round of baking. I hope you love it!

      • Thanks on the cheese cooking recommendation…can’t wait to try this! If it works for us I may make several at once and freeze. Do you think it’s best to freeze before or after cooking the crust?

      • Definitely freeze after par-baking the crust. Then you’ll be able to just pull them out as needed and top and bake! I do that a lot for catering and it works great. I hope you enjoy!

  105. I’m dying to try this recipe but have been told I can’t consume yeast, the kind that goes in bread. Is there any other yeast that could make it rise? Was thinking to add baking powder to ACV for fluff. I’m going to miss that lovely yeast flavor. :/


    • neither is yelling at someone about something you don’t actually know about.

  107. Outstanding! We prefer this to regular pizza dough. Top with crumbled bacon and fresh spinach leaves…..OMG it’s like heaven in your mouth. Thanks for sharing.

  108. Having enjoyed all of the other things I have made from your book, I decided to try the pizza tonight. I haven’t really enjoyed “gluten-free” pizza crusts that I have had at restaurants and didn’t have high expectations for this one either. Boy, was I surprised. Not only was this better than not bad, it was really good! I liked the texture as well as the flavor. It browned nicely and held my toppings as advertised. This will be my go-to for the occasional pizza craving. Thanks so much.

  109. Any ideas on how I can sub out the egg white? I already know what to use to sub out the honey. I’m just dying to make this thing vegan! It looks delicious!

    • You could try a flax or chia “egg”? Or egg replacer, if you use that. Let me know if you tried something that worked! I’d love to give people a vegan option for this too!

      • Thanks! I thought about that, but chia and flax are typically used to replace the binding qualities of an egg (like the yolk). The egg white in this recipe, I believe, is to serve the leavening purpose, yes? If so, I think I can use baking soda and water but I’ll do some more research first. :-)

      • Well there’s yeast, and that’s definitely what gives it the leavening… So I think the egg is more binding in this recipe. Keep me posted! :)

      • Ok thanks for your input! I have plenty of chia and flax at home…I’ll try those things first. Can’t wait!

  110. GUYS- this recipe is the real deal.

    Didn’t want to make anything right away with the egg and have it sit in the fridge so I made it using the whole egg and a slightly higher amount of water with the yeast/honey. Obviously I had to add a bit of extra things to compensate, so I added an additional tablespoon or so of arrowroot starch to the existing tapioca and almond flours, and a 1/4 tsp of xanthan gum….

    …Yeah, I know, kinda frowned upon. But the gums don’t bother me personally, and they can sometimes help improve the texture of gluten free breads in particular. After letting it rise and bubble away for 5 hours covered with a plastic bag and a cloth, in a warm spot at room temp (while I went out), my god, was it ever amazing. Over doubled in size. I scooped it out on to an oiled piece of parchment and spread it out to the size I wanted (left it a little thicker, but made a really great 10-inch) and used a moistened silicon spatula to do this, without adding any extra starch (to keep the carb count as low as possible). After it pre-cooked in the oven at 500, I took it out and it smelled incredible. It smelled like PIZZA DOUGH. It was all bubbly and had a nice crisp exterior, golden, risen. After finishing it off with tomato sauce, mozzarella, blue cheese, and red onion… a thing of absolute beauty: toothsome, well-developed air pockets, great spring-back and flexibility while being crunchy on the bottom and crisp around the edges. Remarkably similar crumb on the inside in comparison to regular dough. It had a sweet and yeasty flavour and aroma, not sour at all even after the longer rise. The only thing I would do differently next time is make extra. 😉

    Thank you SO MUCH to the zenbelly mastermind who created this. Surely this recipe will secure you one of the best reincarnations in the next life. Loved this recipe and will be using it exclusively.

    Usually I’m in ketosis or will eat a few more carbs (from veg or fruit) here and there, but once a week I’ll eat something that is carb-rich and usually gluten free. I’m not even tempted to eat anything else with gluten in it (except for a butter croissant once in a blue moon) now that I am armed with this recipe. Nearly everything made with almond flour is absolutely retched and disgusting and all of these oopsie bread things and “zero carb breads” with psyllium and flax and cashew butter or that nasty paleo “fat bread” omg…. just thinking about it all gives me horrible flashbacks. All those things that turned green… All that awesome almond flour wasted on things I threw away that could have been used on this recipe!!! I can see this recipe working in so many other ways… cinnamon buns, for one. As an infrequent indulgence, this is fantastic.

    I will shut up now. Thanks!

  111. Just tried this recipe and it was incredible (and very edible!) I had to substitute rice vinegar for the apple cider vinegar, but it was still delicious. I also had to bake it in my oven at 450′ (it doesn’t go higher), but came out crunchy golden brown. Thank you soooooo much.

  112. This recipe is amazing! I had high hopes after reading all the reviews and it did not disappoint. Even my husband who is not gluten free thought it tasted great. I originally had Bob’s Red Mill Almond Flour, but ordered the Honeyville after seeing the comments, so thank you for that and for sharing this recipe.

  113. Ohmygosh you are my savior! I’ve been paleo for two years, but whenever I go home to NY I jump on the gluten train faster than anyone! I usually cave and will make a homemade pizza when I’m craving back home goodness here in CO, but my crust definitely contains gluten, so I’m thrilled to try this one. My question is this: do you always only let it rise for up to 90 minutes or have you let it continue to rise for up to 72 hours like a lot of traditional dough? I usually make my dough two days in advance of making pizza to get the best rise and texture, but I’m afraid to do that if you think it won’t work with a paleo crust! Thank you thank you thank you for bestowing the elusive NY foldable pizza pie dough to us!! :)

    • Oh man being in NY is the hardest, I know! I’m glad this gives you a good alternative. I’ve only let it rise for a couple hours at most, so am not sure. But I *think* that if you let it rise for longer in the fridge it would be great, maybe even take on a bit of sourdough flavor. If you try it, definitely let me know how it works!

  114. So, this recipe is basically idiot-proof. Or at least exhausted-mom-proof. I have been wanting to try it but just knew that the 75-90 minute rise time was going to be my issue. I’d get busy with the kids and totally forget about it. And sure enough, I fell asleep putting them to bed and woke up at 11 pm, briefly thought about my dough, decided it could wait until morning, and went back to bed. I picked up where I left off, baked it this morning and all I can say is if it tastes any better with the correct rise time, I probably can’t handle it. My dough ended up sitting for about 12 hours. So now I can mix it in the morning and bake it for supper!!

    Thanks for a great (forgiving) recipe!!


    • That’s so great! I bet the extra rise time actually improved the flavor- it only needs the 75-90 to rise enough, but leaving it longer should develop the flavor even more. I’m so glad it worked out! I think I’ll edit the post to give the overnight option, for those who don’t have the time to sit around and watch dough rise (which is everyone who’s not testing recipes, I imagine!) 😉

  115. Hi , just want to thank you for this recipe . I have been a coeliac for a very long time and never eat pizza that much and ones ive tried here in uk aint that nice .. But this one real nice and chewy maybe a little sweet so will cut down on honey next time . Had with caremelised red onion thyme out of garden , beetroot out of garden and goats cheese as we say here in WALES lush real lush :-)


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