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Kelly, this recipe sounds great and it’s similar to your garlic bread that I made the other day, which was yummy but my concern is about bringing the oilive oil to boil. Olive oil oxides at high heat so wouldn’t this be unhealthy????
Hi Sam, Thanks for sharing your concern. I would also look into the standards that Tropical Traditions uses when harvesting palm.
Le Lan February 27, 2015 at 12:56 pm
Hi Astrid, I come from south of france and we have mediteraen diet, we cook everything in olive oil, and our general way of eating is recognised to have many benefits for your body, and increase life length so you make your decision. I actually read a really interesting article about it`, and it refers to a study , where the authors heated various oils to “deep-frying conditions” and checked oxidative markers every three hours. The olive oils made it 24-27 hours of constant high heating before reaching the maximum legal value of heat damage.”
Thanks for the recipe, I can’t wait to try it out! One question though, how large of a pizza does this make? I’ll be making this for 6 hungry people, so I’m trying to figure out if I need to double the recipe.
You could sub it with Coconut oil? Are you concerned about the fat? I follow more of a Primal diet which has more of an emphasis of fat as a food group. I know that Loren Cordain at first pushed low fat on the Paleo diet however in the 2002 revision of his book he was more accepting of saturated fats.
I made this today in the form of mini pizzas with the intent of sending them in his lunch to preschool. I then had to go to the store to buy more ingredients because we ate them all. I have since made another batch and its killing me not to eat one. I loved the first one, it was crunchy, yet soft and airy. The second batch, I actually did 1 cup tapioca, 1/2 cup coconut flour and I did use less olive oil. They turned out FANTASTIC. taste the same as before, just a little more dense because of the coconut flour. THANK YOU!!
I tried the original recipe and LOVED it! It’s a super easy and tasty recipe. The second time I made the crust, we were out of olive oil so I used coconut oil as a substitute. It tasted fine, but was much harder to work with and a lot of the oil baked out of the crust. It was messy and the crust was a little drier, but still amazing. Anyway, just thought I’d give my feedback. Thanks for such a great recipe!
I really really like this recipe! I’ve tried a variety of paleo pizza crusts and they always turn out mushy. This recipe gave the most crunchy, crust-like result. HOWEVER, 1/2 cup of olive oil was wayyyy too much. I ended up with a dripping heap of dough that I literally squeezed oil out of, and into the sink. Even after squeezing out excess oil the pizza still baked in a puddle of oil. It resulted in crunchy edges but a soggy center. LI will definitely try this recipe again but with much less olive oil. THANKS FOR THE REECIPE!
Hi Kelly…I just made the pizza crust…seemed like there was too much EVOO, is 1/2 cup correct? The crust did get crispy, but seemed to fall apart. Did you knead the dough before? With the toppings, everyone like the crust, but I could just be learning to work with tapicoa flour. Thanks.
Hi Marcia, I have had some people tell me they use less oil (perhaps start with 1/4 cup and add 1 tbsp of oil?) when making the recipe. It might simply have to do with my oven, sea level, etc which is why this varies. I did make a video tutorial to help with the recipe http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRHR5gOnQrQ ?? I was also wondering if my pans have any sway in how this bakes up. I use stainless steel pans and the heat might distribute differently when baking. Let me know if you have any other questions ??
I’m working on a tortilla recipe but that doesn’t help you right now. This would not work as a tortilla. It gets too crsipy and if you didn’t cook it as long as the recipe states, it would be very soggy. I’m sorry hun but I should have my tortilla recipe down shortly and I’ll email ya!
Been paleo since last December for psoriasis issues. Since going paleo, I’ve experienced much improvement but have missed pizza and all the other yummy goodies. Made your pizza crust for chicken margarita pizza tonight. Loved it! And it was a big hit with my pizza-loving hubby! Thanx so much:) Looking forward to trying your cinnamon rolls next ??
I can not thank you enough for bringing pizza back into our lives!!!! Not only is this pizza fantastic and actually TASTES like a pizza (and not nuts!) but you have brought “pizza night” back into our lives, which in essence is what we’ve really missed since having to change our diet due to multiple food allergies/intolerances. Thanks to you, we can have our Friday night “pizza night” again and kick back with a delicious slice of pizza and a movie! xoxoxo
I kind of gave up on ever enjoying pizza again since I became strictly gluten and dairy free, plus mostly grain free. But I was craving it tonight so I tried this recipe and it more than hit the spot! My husband is still a gluten & dairy eater and he even said this pizza blows Papa Murphy’s out of the water! Not that Papa Murphy’s is anything to write home about, but for a guy who is used to cheesy gluteny pizza to PREFER grain-free, dairy-free pizza seems like a big deal to me! It probably helped that I put bacon on as one of the toppings! Thanks so much, Kelly, for sharing this!
I made this pizza last night. The first time I tried to roll it out it was too wet and stuck to the parchment paper so I had to scrape it all off and add more tapioca flour until I could actually handle it without it sticking to my hands. I also added almond flour in the mix about 2 T. When I baked it I flipped it several times and finally removed the parchment paper once the crust was crisp and a solid piece. I baked it for probably 40 minutes before I put anything on it to make sure it was crispy and browned. After adding toppings I baked it even more and I used 400 degrees for the final baking, probably could have started with a higher temp to make it quicker. Now, after all of that I will say that the crust was really good, crunchy with nice texture – it is the best pale crust I have ever had and I am done searching, this is the one!!
OK, I’ve made pizza crust for ten years now, so I though I’d try this new paleo fad crust. First off, the video did not work, but that’s OK I know how to follow a recipe. The first time I made it I Couldn’t find tapioca flour so I subbed it with svelt flour. I gotta tell ya, by following the directions the crust Came out horrible. It had no dough like consistency. It was goeey and too sticky, I had to add at least another Cup of flour for it to be doughy. So then I put it in the oven for the allotted time. It was hard as a rock, then adding the topping and the other ten minutes made it worse. So, I chalked it up to the svelt flour. Next time I made it I was able to use tapioca flour, and it followed the direction to a tee. It came out the same way. Horrible. I think I’ll stick with my tried and true wheat crust, yeast rising pizza, which last time I checked can be considered paleo. Good luck to those that got it to work.
It’s amazing how much difference cooking the tapioca flour first makes. I’ve bought an entire box of Chebe pizza crust mix (modified tapioca starch) and have only made it once with so so results. I tried your method and it came out delicious. Omitted the garlic and spices since it’s already included in the mix. Thanks for the great recipe.
I made this tonight and the amount of EVOO was way too much. I held the dough between the parchment paper and poured the excess in the sink. Then I used paper towels to soak up additional oil. This seemed to do the trick and the dough came out of the oven just fine and tasted great. I opted to go for a thicker softer crust and it was perfect. I’ll definitely make this again and just use less oil. My hubby gave it two thumbs up as well!
Sorry to say but this turned out to be mess for me. I followed your recipe and method exactly and the parchment paper completely pulled off the Pisa mix that I couldn’t even add almond flour on each side as I kept having to re mix and roll the dough. I finally gave up and put the almond flour in the mix and spread it on a tray and it is now in the oven. I am not hopeful. This was far from easy and my kitchen is a mess!
This was awesome, my son loved it – I doubled it to make a large pizza w/a thick, doughy crust for him & used Kerrygold butter + a little palm shortening & substituted 1 tbs of gelatin, 1/4 cup mashed plantain & 3 tbs Heather’s Tummy Care Fiber for the egg, which worked great. I used a big handful of dried basil, to soak up some of the oil & make it taste phenomenal.
My only issue is there is too much oil in this recipe. I will cut it down by 25% next time. The crust was sodden with oil, squish, squish. I will comment after this modification.
I think maybe being used to working with coconut flour caused the high amount of oil in this recipe? The amount looked very similar to those recipes. Tapioca flour doesn’t absorb nearly as much fat, since it starts out in a fat free product, while coconut flour wants its fat back, and it’s not afraid to show it! (I do understand food doesn’t emote, I promise.)
Ok, so reducing the oil was not good! LOL! My son was like, “See Mom, why don’t you listen to my ideas!!!” He’s 12, LOL. Reducing the oil left it unhappily dried out, and not in a fun, crispy way. In a hurt-your-teeth way!
So, I decided to try a trick I usually do when recipes call for honey/agave nectar (whole milk yogurt + stevia), but without the sweetness. I replaced the entire amount of oil with whole milk yogurt, then worked with & added a little flour it until it was doughy but still a tiny bit sticky, then added about a tablespoon of olive oil, which coated it and allowed it to stretch out over the pan. I’m not sure what true-Paleo substitute one could use for this, but we do fermented dairy. Oh, I also brushed the dough with olive oil prior to cooking & had to poke holes in it with an oily knife so it didn’t balloon up. This worked great!
I double the recipe for a large pizza because my son likes a doughy crust – I will try a small, thin one for myself later this week.
Thank you again for providing this recipe! It’s awesome, especially for people allergic to grains/legumes/potatoes LOL Like myself.
I was hesitant to try this because of the disclaimer that some people had trouble with the recipe not turning out. Not sure why I continued to proceed as I definitely don’t consider myself an expert cook, nor baker. I had planned to have pizza, by golly, but it was getting late and I had no back up plan if this crust did not pan out. I dove in anyway. ??
I made up a batch with olive oil, reasoning it might taste better since I like olive oil. I followed the measurements exactly and what I ended up with was a soppy pile of dough. I found the tapioca dough rather string, too. Uh oh. I spread it out, popped it in the oven and checked on it 15 minutes into the bake time. It was drowning in oil. ??
I worried it was not going to turn out well, so I went back and read more of the comments which I should have done the first time. I decided since I had enough flour, I’d make a 2nd crust using red palm oil instead and add more tapioca flour, if needed. I found there was a definite difference in using palm oil vs olive oil. The dough with EVOO was literally dripping and the palm oil dough was not, even though the measurements were the same. But it was still too wet. I added more flour to the dough in 1/4 c increments. I did not track exactly how much more I needed to add in to affect the consistency, but I know I added at least another 1/2 c of tapioca flour. What I was looking for was a dough that reminded me of regular pizza dough and stayed together like regular dough. The first batch was stringy and clumped in wet chunks. The 2nd batch using the palm oil stayed together better but was too wet. After adding the extra flour, it was more doughy like I would expect. It was stickier than some kinds of dough, but not sopping wet. The video really helped me here to see how the dough consistency should look and I was able to make adjustments until I got something that looked similar.
The first batch with EVOO came out of the oven and there was 1/2 inch pool of oil around the crust. I expected the crust to be soggy, but it actually crisped a lot. I rushed off to fan my overly sensitive smoke detector and came back to find the crust had absorbed all of the oil back into itself. There was virtually no visible pooling oil. I broke off a piece and this crust is crunchy, but not rock hard as some crusts I have tried. It was very tasty, but was not what I envision as a pizza crust. I also found it a bit salty. Some might find it has taste that is too greasy, kind of like something deep-fried. I think it reminded me of a type of cracker or maybe if the savory herbs and salt were removed it could actually be used as a pie crust. My husband thought it could be a crouton substitute. I could pick up the whole thing in one piece, it was that crispy.
Pulled out the 2nd crust made with palm oil plus extra flour and wow! It had a delicate crispness on the outside, but it was soft and airy on the inside. It was exactly what I would envision a pizza crust being. Perfect texture! One thing I would change about it is since I had to use more flour, it diluted the crust flavor and made it taste rather bland, so I would add more salt and seasonings. I also wonder what would happen if I added another egg?
The other issue I had with the 2nd crust is when I was trying to spread it out, it kept separating and leaving holes. As I covered up one hole, another one popped up. Even though all the holes were covered up when I put it in the oven, they eventually separated again while baking and the finished crust has holes in it. Guess I’ll have to tweak and figure out what needs to happen to keep the holes from happening. ?? This crust was not as crunchy as the first so I would not be able to pick it up without it falling apart. After adding toppings, we did find the very middle slightly soggy, but nothing terrible. I may have also pulled the crust out a few minutes early because I was getting impatient and that could have some bearing on the middle not crisping up as much.
Some other things to maybe keep in mind that I may have done differently from the original recipe: * I accidentally turned the oven to 450. Maybe it caused the 1st batch to get too hot and the oil to draw out of it too quickly and caused it to have more of a deep fried crust effect. But, the 2nd batch with palm oil and more flour was just fine at 450. It was actually the perfect texture. * I used Shiloh Farms brand of tapioca flour * I live at approximately 1100 ft above sea level. * I used heavy stainless steel jelly roll pan and silicone baking mats. There was so much oil in the first batch that seeped out, a pan with a rim to contain any oil would be important. * I used Nutiva red palm oil instead of regular palm oil. From the research I did, it doesn’t seem that cooking/baking would be affected much by red vs regular palm oil. The red is just less refined and supposedly contains more vitamins/nutrients in it. It may have a slightly different taste, but probably nothing too noticeable. My crust was rather bland, so it wasn’t anything I noticed. However, since it’s a reddish color, it makes everything it touches, including the crust, an orange color. * I did not use the almond four/meal at all. I might use it next time and see if it changes the flavor/texture.
Hope that helps someone make any necessary adjustments. It’s the first crust I’ve tried that is grain and dairy free that tastes good and has good texture, not chewy, not rock hard, not doughy or soggy. Just right!. You can leave off the almond flour if you need to be nut free. It would be interesting to know if using an egg substituted would work, too.
I find it so interesting that there are just as many stories as to how this crust turned out as there are commenters… No two people have the same oven/kitchen temperature/ingredient consistency apparently! Anyway, here’s my story: I halved the recipe, all except for the egg, since I’m just cooking for myself. I used regular unsalted butter instead of olive oil. Then I made 3 small personal-size pizzas, and just spread out the dough with my hands (using the almond meal sprinkled on each) rather than rolling with parchment paper. I baked exactly as you said, and they turned out GREAT. The flavor was spot-on, and the texture was a really good thin crust pizza texture. Also, just had to share what I found to be a really good pizza combination: I found a good low sugar bbq sauce and spread a bit of that on each pizza crust. Added some leftover roasted, shredded chicken (combo of white and dark meat). Then topped with a little organic mozzarella, since I can do some occasional organic dairy. I baked that as per your directions for about 10 min, and it turned out perfectly. Delicious BBQ Chicken Pizza!
Hi Kelly! Just popping in to say that this pizza crust has changed my life. Even my gluten eating husband says, “that is what a pizza crust should always taste like!” Big smiles from Texas- xoxo Kristen
Like lots of people, I found this as delicious as could be! I, too, used coconut flour to soak up some of the extra oil, and it was awesome. I’d like to say the excess oil was a turn off to me… but, um, no way! Thanks for yet ANOTHER awesome idea. -CK
Hi This looks really good! I could live on pizza and have had trouble finding a good healthy replica of the real thing. I’m excited to try this!! Any chance you might know how I can use my thermomix to make this dough?
I’m so glad you posted this recipe. I was looking to make something gluten free that wasn’t like cardboard. I just made it. I just had a little taste from my sons and it seems divine. Mine is in the oven as we speak and I have no idea if I can wait!!! It’s that good and it was very easy to make. Im def sold on this crust. I think it will be my new go to recipe. Thanks a bunch!!!!
My crust is in the oven now. Haven’t had pizza in three months and I am craving for it. I looked in the oven after about 5 minutes and it was drowning in oil, but if I’ve read it correctly, it will soke up the oil after a while in the oven. I am from Europe (The Netherlands to be precise) so I had to get the metric messurements to make it (we don’t use cups). It turns out to be: 180 gr tapioca and 118 ml is half a cup. 350 F is 175 c. I used to make Pão de queijo from tapioca, so the product isn’t completely new (try those! I’ts amazing and I think paleo, I don’t do paleo, just gluten and lactose free, so hard cheeses like parmezan aren’t a real problem). But thanx! I cannot wait for my pizza! (I apologize for any mistakes in my English, as you can read, it is not my first language)
It was lovely, I enjoyed it for two days in a row. I just think there was a bit too much fat in the crust, especially at the ends that were without sauce and/ or toppings. It had a slightly greasy aftertaste, so I think I’m gonna replace a part of the oil for water. But thanks!
One word: AMAZING!!! This recipe was the best. My husband and I both enjoyed it so much. I did not need to make any changes at all. I did place the dough in a round baking pan to get the “pizza feel” This recipe is so great that I am going to make it again tonight but triple it so we can have more! I love the crispiness of the crust. Thank you! I cannot wait to try the other recipes.
Have you checked out the nutritional values for tapioca flour? You might want to sit down first because anyone watching their carbs are going to have a fit. 26 carbs per 1/4 cup. Hoooow much tapioca flour is in this?
Kelly BeJelly- If that is your real name?? If it is, awesome. if not, even better. Amazing Amazing Amazing. I can’t thank you enough for this recipe. I’m embarrassed by and POed at the haters(whom you handled so well) out there who either can’t follow a recipe, can’t modify on the fly or completely change it and complain that it’s not right. Eli “svelt flour” should be taken out back and beaten with a pizza peel.
I tried a bunch of other paleo doughs and most were inedible–I actually threw a pizza away once. But this one–So good. So freakin’ amazingly good. OOOOOOHHH the warm olive oil in a crispy crust and soft middle— fantastic. I even made burger rolls and served up to a couple of friends who loved ’em too.
I did not find this to be nearly as easy as was implied. I probably added an additional cup of various flours in an attempt to get something that resembled dough. The end result tasted good, but my patience was gone and my kitchen was trashed. I’m not sure where I went wrong, as there are so many glowing reviews. I wish it had worked out better!
Hi Kelly, i just made a loaf of your sweetbread .We’ve been Paleo for one month and I have to say,this is one of the nicest recipes I’ve made. It came out of the oven, cooled for approx 5 min, and we had to have a slice ( well, maybe two). The consistency was beautiful and moist. It reminded me of molasses cake and sure was good with a lathering of butter! Thankyou for all your wonderful recipes…Hazel BTW, to date, I have lost 13 lbs…not bad for a 60 yr old that doesn’t really exercise….although, I might start so I tone what’s hanging…lol
Hello! I’m eager to try this recipe, but in the description of the two starches you wrote that they should be mixed with cold liquid to prevent clumping. This recipe says to add the starch to the boiled liquid mixture… Does it not clump? Thanks
OMG!!! That was the best crust I have ever had, paleo or not. We love crunchy crust pizza but hadn’t found one this good until now. Your recipe was easy to make (thanks for video too, it made it even easier). I have been on a paleo diet since March and have been craving pizza…my husband too. Found your recipe online and with all the great reviews had to give it a try. I made two so we would have leftovers. My husband (who is not on paleo diet) said “that was an awesome pizza…I would give it two and a half thumbs up!!” Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Hi, I made pizza tonight and used your crust recipe. It was really good, thank you! The center was a little chewy, maybe too much olive oil, but I still really liked it and would make it again! I think I’d try less olive oil? But I still really liked it either way. Thank you!
I read a lot of comments that said the tapioca was stringy and difficult to spread and here was my solution. After I added the tapioca to the hot water and stirred I put it in a food processor and ground up the mixture. Then I added the egg and pulsed the processor. Sometimes the dough is a bit sticky so I add a little more flour. And wow it becomes the consistency of regular dough and is very easy to spread or make into rolls. I also do this with your cinnamon roll recipe. Thanks for the great recipes! Pizza night is back!
BEST pizza crust ever!!! I even think it surpasses the usual wheat pizza dough with which I have had varying successes! This recipe came out perfectly crispy and tasty the very first time. I did find I needed to add a bit more tapioca flour which didn’t hurt. My husband declared it “a winner”! Thanks Kelly!!!!!
Thanks Kelly, you really are worth saving ?? This recipe is awesome! My family has been on the Bulletproof diet (gluten free, sugar free, yeast free, organic) for about a year and haven’t had pizza for about a year until we stumbled across your blog. This is now one of our weekend treats on days we are upping starches. Have you ever tried substituting the olive oil for avocado oil? I might give that a go next time as it deals better with heat (I believe) than olive oil. Again, thank you!!
I have multiple allergies and have yet to find a recipe to suit for pizza base. Haven’t tried Tapioca flour as yet and would have to leave almond flour out and substitute Olive oil for sunflower but all looking good. Thank you so much.
Made this tonight. Been on paleo diet for 3 weeks now per doc orders and have not been able to have the basic things I take for granted, like pizza. At first I was not crazy about the texture but once it had set it actually got better. The outer crust was crispy, the inner pie was chewy with good texture. I think the only thing I would possibly add would be some sort of yeast to have that nice yeasty bread flavor. Well done.
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