Grilled Chickpea Flour Gluten Free Pizza

Chickpea Flour Pizza
Chickpea Flour Pizza
“I just don’t have time to be healthy”
“I just need to be more organised, then I can eat healthy”
 
All our silly inner voices that stops us from making better choices. Maybe we think we need to overhaul our lives first.
 
Or somehow stay home all day and cook from scratch.
 
So instead we choose the 2-minute super tasty heart attack meal to pass by our lips. We are a ‘NOW!’ society and sometimes now equals unhealthy.
 
So preparing and eating in a healthy way feels like we are pushing against our modern environment of which we are all a product.  Making our lives more complicated and perhaps a little less fun. Let that never be so!
 
What can help us fight this ‘battle of the health’ for me is having enjoyable go to meals that I am so excited to eat. This pizza is a weekly visitor to my house.
 
It’s so simple and it makes me feel like I’m having something a bit naughty.
 
This pizza crust is also known as socca, cecina, or farinata. Its origins come from Italy and France. It’s made from chickpea flour or as an alternative you can use gran flour which can be found in most supermarkets in the foreign foods aisle. Or very common in Asian markets and of course online.
 
 

Making the Chickpea Flour Pizza

The crust is made like a thin pancake and can be made more crispy by cooking it again in the oven once you put the toppings on. It’s not exactly like traditional pizza but I have served it to people who aren’t health foodies and they have wolfed it down.
 
You can put whatever you want on it depending on your dietary restrictions.
 
In this case, it’s dairy free but feel free to add any cheese you enjoy. I have also chosen no meat but it’s up to you. Hope you like it!

Grilled Chickpea Flour Gluten Free Pizza

  • Prep Time10 min
  • Cook Time25 min
  • Total Time35 min
  • Yield1 Pizza
  • Course
    • Main Course
  • Cooking Method
    • Frying
  • Suitable for diet
    • Vegan

Ingredients

Chickpea Flour Pizza Crust

  • 250ml (1 cup) Chickpea flour or Gram Flour
  • 250ml (1 cup) water
  • a drizzle of olive oil
  • rosemary, black pepper, sea salt

Pizza Topping

  • Green/black olives
  • grilled artichokes
  • sliced avocado
  • sliced and pan fried courgette/zucchini
  • sliced spring onions
  • smoked paprika eggplant almond cheese

Method

1
  1. Whisk the chickpea flour dry to eliminate any lumps then add the water slowly, this keeps the batter free of lumps and air bubbles. If yours is still lumpy even after you slowly added the water you can pour through a strainer. Or use a blender.
  2. Add the seasoning I choose rosemary but any herb or spice would taste great.
  3. Heat a grill pan on HIGH HEAT! The hotter the better as I try to go for a crispy crust.
  4. Add a small amount of oil. Then add your batter a sizzling sound is a good sign. I cook about 5-8 mins each side. You can tell it needs to be flipped as the dough pulls away from the sides. I go for well done as it makes for a crispier crust.
  5. When ready flip with a spatula and cook for another 5-8 min. After flipping, I add the tomato puree/paste that I season with salt/pepper/garlic powder. And all other ingredients. If you want to add cheese add now.
  6. I then put it under my oven grill/broiler so toppings are hot. To make a crispier crust heat oven on full and cook for a further 10-15 min this really makes the edges crunchy.
  7. Slice pizza and add some more rocket leaves or basil and a tall glass of wine.

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3 comments on “Grilled Chickpea Flour Gluten Free Pizza

  1. March 11, 2017 at 8:51 am

    I’m definitely going to be doing this. I’ve got all the ingredients…..including the tall glass of wine.

  2. August 4, 2017 at 4:32 am

    Made this! Such marvelous flavour combination! Toasted nuts with carmelized onion and cheese is marvelous! Couldn’t mess it up! Even when I “burnt” the pizza crust, everyone raved about the delicious carmelization, and we ate healthy dreamy food all night long + apple cider. MMm-wa, Danica!

    • August 31, 2017 at 9:31 am

      thank you co-heart, I find burning the crust makes it extra tasty! Come again!

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