An easy and delicious way to make a family favorite healthier, this Soaked Pizza Crust is naturally gluten-free and vegan!
A family favorite.
In my family’s opinion, you can never eat too much pizza. We have been known to enjoy it many different ways: thick, thin, personal pan, whole wheat (I don’t enjoy this one!), grain-free… but this was my first attempt at a soaked crust.
All grains contain a certain amount of a little enzyme inhibitor call phytic acid. This basically makes it so that you can never fully digest the grains you eat, leaving them floating around in your gut, slowly tearing up your intestinal lining.
Sounds fun, right? Not so much.
But after just 7 hours of soaking, the phytic acid in most grains is significantly reduced, making them more easily digested, as well as releasing more of the grain’s nutrients and upping its vitamin content.
So, in this family, we try to soak our grains as much as possible. Especially oats. They happen to be some of the hardest grains to digest!
But enough about digestion. On to pizza!
Soaked pizza crust.
Don’t let the “soaked” part of this recipe dissuade you, it’s honestly super simple. Just a few ingredients thrown into a bowl and left on the counter for about 8 hours. I have played around a little with the grains I recommend for this recipe, and the two listed in the recipe card are the ones that work the best. Other grains, like sorghum and rice tend to be more crumbly. But if you don’t mind that, go ahead and switch things up a bit.
I also use water kefir during the soaking process. This gives the dough a little boost and helps along the fermenting process. If you don’t have kefir (why not?), you can just use water and a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar.
More pizza goodness.
Want more delicious pizza recipes, or things that go with pizza? Here ya go…
- Spaghetti Squash Pizza Casserole
- Grain-Free Mini Pizzas
- Pizza Meat Muffins
- Easy Sweet Potato Oven Fries
- Homemade Pickle Chips
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- 2 cup gluten-free oats or oat flour
- 2 cup buckwheat groats or buckwheat flour
- 1 cup water kefir (learn how to make it here, buy grains here)
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup olive oil (or coconut oil)
- 1 teaspoon Himalayan salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
Place oats and buckwheat in blender and pulse until ground (skip this step if using flour). Pour into large ceramic or glass bowl (don’t use metal!) and add remaining ingredients except the baking soda. Cover with plastic wrap and set on the counter for at least 7 hours.
When the dough has sufficiently soaked, preheat oven to 425° and grease two cookie sheets or circular pizza pans.
Stir in the baking soda and scoop one half of the dough onto each prepared pan. Using plastic wrap or well greased hands, evenly spread dough to edges of the pans.
Top with desired sauces, toppings, cheeses (use this one for dairy-free!), etc., and bake for 12 minutes. Enjoy!
This recipe makes two thin pizza crusts. If you enjoy thicker crusted pizzas, you might want to make just 1 1/2 pizzas.
Pinned! This sounds great! We love pizza and I have yet (in spite of the best of intentions) to make a gluten free version. This recipe just sounds so easy, and looks so tasty 🙂
Thanks for stopping by and pinning, Yuliya! I understand how hard it is to switch over. Pizza crust was one of the most annoying breads for me when we went gluten-free. Just takes a little extra getting used to. 😉 I hope you like this crust if you get a chance to try it. 🙂
Thanks for this recipe, Raia! Even though I'm currently on a grain-free diet, my husband is not. And I have the hardest time finding "soaked" recipes for him. So needless to say, your recipes are super helpful (we really like the soaked granola muffins too). Thanks again for sharing!
I'm so glad you liked the muffins! I hope you enjoy the pizza crust, too. 🙂
What a great idea to soak your grains. Love this recipe and I know personally the problems that gluten can have on the digestive system and whole body. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays Blog Hop!
HI Raia! I'm stopping over from Let's Get Real. I love to see soaked grain recipes. You are doing a great job educating folks here.
Glad to share, Marla! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂
Thanks for the encouragement! 🙂
Yum Yum Yum – Thanks for sharing at the #WWDParty – Happy Summer Solstice 2014!
Thanks, Antionette! Happy summer to you. 🙂
Great recipe Raia. I'm stopping by from the Let's Get Real link party. It great to have you join us again this week. I always enjoy the recipes you share.
Thanks for stopping by, Nicky! I'm always glad to share. 😉
YUM! Thank you for sharing at Real Food Friday!!! I have featured your recipe today at Mary's Kitchen. Have a wonderful week!
Thanks for sharing this awesome Pizza Crust with Full Plate Thursday, it looks delicious! Have a great week and come back soon!
My pleasure 😉 I definitely agree – it's just annoying to switch over with pizza crust. I already find doughs/baking a bit more difficult than cooking, so it's just something I probably need to practice. I hope to try this soon!
I also just saw that you have a recipe for water kefir! That's really awesome – we made it a lot right before I was pregnant, and haven't again for some reason. You reminded me that we should again. You're such a great inspiration for keeping me healthy 😉
Thank you so much, Mary! 🙂
Thanks, Helen! 🙂
Haha, well, glad to help. 😉 There are some days when all I drink is water kefir! I can't get enough of it. Recently I've been giving home brewed kombucha a try too, and I really like it! I hope to get a post about that up soon. 🙂
Let me know if you need any help troubleshooting your baking – it's my first love, cooking is not my favorite thing. 😉
WOOP WOOP! As a dairy free girl this makes my heart happy beyond belief. 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing on the Merry Monday linky party! We hope you come back this week! – Treana @ House of Bennetts
Thanks, Treana! 🙂 I hope you enjoy it if you get a chance to try. 🙂
Raia – this looks and sounds fabulous. I'm going to give it a try.
Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the SHINE Blog Hop – I hope you'll join the party again tomorrow)!
Wishing you a lovely evening.
Thanks, Jennifer! I hope you enjoy it if you get a chance to try. 🙂 I plan on being back! 🙂
Pinning this looks really good. I can't have wheat so I'm interested.
Thanks, Diane! 🙂 I hope you enjoy it. Please let me know if you have any questions about the recipe! 🙂
Stopping by from the Yuck Stops Here. This is by far the most interesting pizza crust I have ever seen. We don't have any food allergies, but certain health problems have the Dr talking about low glycemic. I just trying to eat as healthy as I can. This actually looks like something I might try! Chrystal @ YUMeating.com
Haha. Well, I hope you like it if you ever try it. 😉 Thanks for stopping by, Chrystal!
I've been wanting to try a soaked pizza crust for a while, and now I have one to try. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and sharing this recipe with us – you're featured this week on Five Friday Finds! I'm looking forward to what you share this week. 🙂
This looks delicious! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week
That's really interesting, great recipe. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!! Laura@Baking in Pyjamas
Thanks so much, CJ! I hope you enjoy the crust if you get a chance to try it! 🙂
Thank you! 🙂
Thanks, Laura! 🙂
Does the title sound too good to be true? Is it possible to have really good gluten-free dairy-free pizza? I’m not talking about something that can pass for a pizza-like food and I’m also not talking about a pizza without cheese. If you have the misfortune of needing to avoid gluten and all dairy, it can sometimes seem hopeless to have some of the foods you may have once loved. This can especially be true if pizza is one of those foods, as my wife and I can attest. How can a person avoid all dairy and gluten and still enjoy a tasty piece of pizza with cheese?
I personally would rather eat pizza without cheese than eat the cheese substitutes. But the crust is definitely dairy-free, you can top it with whatever you want. 🙂
Do you have a recommended buckwheat flour? I ground buckwheat groats & it tastes quite bitter. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you!
I usually get mine from Azure Standard (linked here). If you don’t have a drop near you, then I would get the one that I linked in the recipe card. 🙂