Sunday, May 15, 2016

Primal Thin Crust Pizza


Eating Paleo / Primal is difficult when everyone around you does not. As wonderful as this lifestyle has been for my health, my energy levels, and has made an all around positive impact in my life - I can't ignore the fact that a lot of times I am socially 'left out'. Gone are the days of sitting around the kitchen with friends laughing and eating brownies. I can no longer attend a football party and be able to join in on eating pizza with friends. The social aspect of this lifestyle can be a drag. It isn't all bacon and weight-loss!


This has become especially true in my own home. Pizza night is as American as apple pie and baseball. It has left me eating a grilled chicken breast and broccoli while the delicious aroma of a fresh pie from our local pizza joint fills my home. Well I have decided enough is enough! I have been trying to come up with a thin and crunchy pizza crust that will allow me to join in on family pizza night. Sans broccoli. I tried many variations of the popular cauliflower crust recipes you have seen online. I have no idea why they are so popular, as I find them soggy and limp. Cauliflower has way too high of a water content. No matter how much you wring out the moisture, quite a bit stays. I have experimented and tried many of my own crusts and I am beaming with pride over my final result. You HAVE TO TRY IT!!!!

Here is what you will need to create your own personal primal pizza crust:

1 cup blanched almond flour
1/4 cup tapioca flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 TBSP grated parmesan
1tsp each oregano, basil, parsley (My Italian BFF's)
2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
1 egg

Place a pizza stone in the middle rack of your oven. Preheat your oven to 500 degrees F. If your oven does not go that high - get it as hot as you can. If you don't have a pizza stone you can use a cookie sheet get one. The stone is the secret to the crunch in this crust.

Combine all ingredients, you may just want to use your hands after a bit. Form dough into a ball.


Next spread out the dough onto parchment paper using your hands. Do not use wax paper. (Don't ask me how I know. Yes that is wax paper in the picture. Yes that round was a complete failure. No more questions, please!)

After you get it spread out with your hands you can use a rolling pin to finish it off if you wish - just use extreme caution as the dough will be sticky. You can try a bit of tapioca flour on the rolling pin to reduce sticking. You want this crust to be ridiculously thin.


Next you are free to top with whatever you would like! My absolute favorite pizza toppings are fresh pressed garlic, spinach, and tomatoes... that's what I used here.


So here is the tricky part. You need to get this beautiful creation into one very, very hot oven. Turn over a cookie sheet and use it like one giant spatula. Slide the pizza carefully off the counter and onto the overturned cookie sheet. Then slide the pizza with the parchment paper remaining underneath onto the hot pizza stone.



Did you burn yourself or drop the pizza? WOO HOO! Success!!!

Cook your pizza for about 4-6 minutes. Keep an eye on it - it won't take long. When the crust is golden on the outside and the cheese is bubbly and browning - take it out!

Wait a few minutes to cut and enjoy.

Now LOOK how crisp this crust is!  Brown on the bottom and it can support all those delicious toppings. TAKE THAT CAULIFLOWER! 


Say hello to pizza night again, my healthy friends! What are you going to top your pizza with?

27 comments:

  1. This looks so delicious and I really love crusty foods! The recipe is also very easy to follow!

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  2. Wow! I think this sounds amazing and I'm not paleo! Your edges are so clean. How did you do that?

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    1. I rolled it out into a square-ish shape and cleaned it up with a large knife. I am not that good!

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  3. I tried to do Paleo once for about a minute until I needed some bread. haha... Stay strong and good for you in making this crust! You are totally finding ways to make it work in a yummy way!
    Karen | GlamKaren.com

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    1. Thanks Karen! It was not easy when I started but next month I will be 'bread-free' for 2 years! I really honestly no longer miss it. It sure took a while though.

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  4. This looks really good. I'm not Paleo or Primal, but I've been trying to avoid grains and beans lately to see if it helped my digestion. I'll have to give this a try.

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  5. Pizza can hurt my stomach so I like that this uses fresh ingredients that are designed to make you look and feel good. Great toppings too!

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    1. Seriously the best topping combination ever. I used to put spinach, fresh garlic, and tomatoes on 'regular' pizza back when I ate it.

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  6. This looks delicious! I haven't ever tried to eat paleo, but it is something I have been considering for our family. I think it would be helpful to some of the digestion issues members of my family have.

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  7. That looks amazing. I would love to try that! I bet my daughter would love it.

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  8. I'm absolutely going to try out this recipe. I've been looking for a good pizza crust recipe that doesn't use flour. As much as I love cauliflower, it never turns out right.

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    1. Right?! Don't get me wrong, I love me some roasted cauliflower. Just keep it away from my pizza, please.

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  9. Wow! That looks really good and easy to make. I always love foods that are more of the alternative variety and healthy for you. I will try this one out soon!

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  10. I have been interested in eating more paleo food. Love this pizza herbal crust recipe I bet it taste so fresh!

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  11. This looks really good! I love pizza and this looks like a healthy version I would love to try. xx Rebeka

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  12. thats a different take on pizza! Great way to get some protein in also with the almond flour! Looks good!

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  13. That seriously delicious! And healthy! I love making pizzas at home so I will be trying this soon.

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  14. That looks so yummy. I'm going to try my hand at a homemade pizza here in the near future.

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  15. That does look crisp! Definitely something I'd like. I love that the recipe uses almond flour, too.

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  16. My husband doesn't really like pizza unless it has an ultra thin crust. I am going to have to try this for him soon!

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  17. I've been gluten free several years and I've yet to find a great gluten free pizza crust. I love that you used almond flour.

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  18. Oh I am so saving this so I can try it. Looks divine

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  19. Oh wow…this pizza looks really good, and the crust so appetizing. I have blanched almond flour at home, but am not familiar with using tapioca flour.

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  20. I love thin crust pizza but I never knew that it was so easy to make. I think I am going to have to make this for my boys.

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  21. It has been ages and ages since I've made my own pizza crust, but I will have to try your version sometime. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  22. Thin crust pizza is my total favorite. I love that you put all of the herbs directly into the crust. I bet its super flavorful!

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  23. This looks so good. I'll have to store this recipe away for later to try! I love pizza!

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