Ah pizza. Available on just about every street corner in America, infinitely customizable and satisfying to all. Well, sort of. If you’re sensitive to gluten or dairy, pizza may be your nemesis – always beckoning with it’s siren song, then leaving you with a literal pain in the gut. Perhaps you indulge fully knowing the consequences, thinking at the time that it’s all worth it, only to regret your decision when you are still hurting long after the euphoria of that last tasty bite. Or maybe avoidance is your strategy. I’ve been guilty of both indulging and then regretting followed by complete avoidance.
I’m being a bit dramatic here, but the reality is that pizza is pretty awesome and we should all be able to have a slice now and again.
Well, my friends, I have found the solution to all of your pizza problems – a healthy slice that’s easy to make on a weeknight and will satisfy even hard-core pizza fans. Now I’ll admit this isn’t a mile high crust with oozy cheese strings pulling from every slice, BUT it’s darn tasty and that’s what counts. Pizza purists can call it flatbread if that makes you feel better.
What I love the most about this recipe is that you can make the crust, pesto and Parmesan ahead of time (and use in other recipes, too!) Then a delicious weeknight meal can come together in a flash with whatever toppings you’re in the mood for – easy peasy. Getting the family involved is great too. Everyone can be the master of their own custom pizza creation!
The base of this recipe is chickpea flour, which is just dried chickpeas ground into a fine powder. If you have a high-speed blender or a coffee grinder, you can make your own (warning: it will be loud). Otherwise you can find chickpea flour (sometimes called gram or garbanzo flour) in health food and Middle Eastern shops.
Chickpeas are a rich source of insoluble fiber that supports intestinal health. They are also an inexpensive source of protein and available year round. Part of what makes this pizza so satisfying, is the protein and fiber packed chickpea crust, also know as socca or farinata, a popular flatbread in Italy and Southern France. Perfect base for a pizza if you ask me…or if you’re feeling particularly lazy you can just eat the socca straight up. Just sayin’.
Well there you have it. Not only is this pizza easy to prep and assemble, it’s also delicious and filling too—all without any dairy or gluten in sight! So the only question is, what are you gonna top yours with?