Quinoa Crust Pizza


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My favorite food is pizza. If I had to eat the same type of food every day, I would easily choose pizza. This post comes with something I’ve been waiting a little while to experiment with. It’s a twist on traditional pizza. I know, I know. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Well, pizza tends to be a little high in calories, therefore it is a little broke for me. So, I wanted to try something a little different and lower calorie. I’ve seen cauliflower crust pizzas, which I will eventually try. However, this is a pizza I haven’t seen around much in the social scene. 

Quinoa crust pizza. You may be wondering what the heck quinoa is. For a little light reading on quinoa, I will direct you here. For a no-fuss explanation: quinoa is similar to rice in that it starts out as a hard grain and once it is boiled, soaks up the liquid and puffs up into a tender ball. It tastes nuttier than rice, and has a slightly chewier texture.

Now that you are a quinoa expert, you may be confused why your pizza is going to be made out of it. Quinoa is packed full of protein and pretty low in calories. It is also very flavorful and easy to make. So, I wanted to experiment making a crispy thin crust with it. And it totally worked! It was really good, surprisingly good actually. I will definitely make this pizza again using this crust because it was so successful and delicious.

Quinoa Crust Pizza | jollycrumbs.com

Like with any recipe involving quinoa, you should rise dry quinoa before cooking it. Occasionally quinoa will have a bitter coating on it, so it’s important to was the dry quinoa before cooking it. Place the uncooked quinoa in a fine mesh strainer. Run cool water over the quinoa until the water runs clear. Shake off as much excess water as you can from the quinoa.

Add the rinsed quinoa and 2 teaspoons of olive oil to a medium sauce pot. Turn the heat to medium high and stir occasionally for 6 to 7 minutes. This will start to evaporate excess moisture and the quinoa will begin to toast up in the pot. Don’t be alarmed if you hear popping sounds. After toasted, slowly add the water to the quinoa. Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Let the quinoa cook for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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Remove the lid and turn the heat to low. Let the quinoa cook for 5 more minutes so the remaining moisture evaporates. Transfer the cooked quinoa to a large bowl and let it cool for at least 1o minutes.

Once cooled, preheat oven to 425°F. Line a pizza pan or baking sheet with parchment paper, and spray it with nonstick cooking spray. You can either make a round pizza or square pizza with this recipe, so use whatever pan you’d like. 

Quinoa Crust Pizza | jollycrumbs.com

Whisk together the egg, liquid egg whites, 1 tsp olive oil, garlic salt, basil, and baking powder in a large bowl until well combined. Stir the ¼ cup of cheese into the cooled quinoa. Add the egg mixture to the quinoa, and stir until well combined. Spread the quinoa “dough” into a, even layer (about a ¼ inch thick) on the prepared pizza pan. 

Quinoa Crust Pizza | jollycrumbs.com

Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, and the edges should begin to brown.

Quinoa Crust Pizza | jollycrumbs.com

Top the pizza with the sauce and cup of cheese (add more if you want!) and bake for an additional 5 minutes, or until cheese and sauce are bubbly and hot. Let the pizza cool for 5 minutes before slicing. You can add meats, veggies, more sauce, or cheese to this pizza. You can completely customize it to your own liking.

Quinoa Crust Pizza | jollycrumbs.com

If you haven’t had quinoa or even if you have, this recipe may seem weird. I promise it’s really delicious! It’s also easier and healthier than homemade pizza dough. The crust gets nice and crispy and holds up well. It doesn’t get soggy or floppy. It stays in the perfect pizza slice shape. You can also top it with whatever you want. I kept it classic cheese, but you could add on any meat toppings you like. If you want to try something a little different, but still healthy, this is perfect for you. It’s a really great pizza, and you won’t miss the bread version at all.


Quinoa Crust Pizza
Total calories: 575 for the crust; 410 calories for the toppings, so 985 total pizza calories
Servings: 12” pizza

 Ingredients:

  • ½ cup dry quinoa
  • 3 tsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tbsp liquid egg whites
  • 1 ½ tsp garlic salt
  • ½ tsp dried basil leaves
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ cup finely shredded mozzarella, Italian-blend, or pizza-blend cheese
  • ½ cup pasta or pizza sauce
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded

Directions:

  1. Place the uncooked quinoa in a fine mesh strainer. Run cool water over the quinoa until the water runs clear, about a minute. Shake off as much excess water as possible from the quinoa.
  2. Add the rinsed quinoa and 2 tsp of olive oil to a medium sauce pot. Turn the heat to medium high and stir occasionally for 6 to 7 minutes. The excess moisture will evaporate and the quinoa will begin to toast up in the pot.
  3. Add the water slowly to the toasted quinoa. Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Let the quinoa cook for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the lid and turn the heat to low. Cook for 5 minutes, evaporating the remaining moisture. Transfer the cooked quinoa to a large bowl and cool for at least 10 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a pizza pan or baking sheet with parchment paper, and spray it with nonstick cooking spray.
  5. Whisk together the egg, liquid egg whites, 1 tsp olive oil, garlic salt, basil, and baking powder in a large bowl until well combined.
  6. Stir the ¼ cup of cheese into the cooled quinoa. Add the egg mixture to the quinoa, and stir until well combined.
  7. Spread the quinoa “dough” into a, even layer (about a ¼ inch thick) on the prepared pizza pan. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, and the edges should begin to brown.
  8. Top the pizza with the sauce and cup of cheese (add more if you want!) and bake for an additional 5 minutes, or until cheese and sauce are bubbly and hot. Let the pizza cool for 5 minutes before slicing.

Ingredient substitutions:
2 eggs for 1 egg and 3 tbsp liquid egg whites
Feel free to add more sauce and cheese or any toppings you love on pizza!

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5 thoughts on “Quinoa Crust Pizza

  1. What an interesting concept. I will have to give this a try. I have tried a lot of gluten-free pizza crusts and non of them have wowed me yet. This is something I would have never thought about! 🙂 Great idea!

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  2. Pingback: 4 Ingredient Pizza Dough | Jolly Crumbs

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