Pizza has always been one of my favorite foods. I remember I ate a ton of pizza growing up. And really, what kid doesn’t like the classic cheese and pepperoni pizza? However, my current dietary restrictions don’t allow for a lot of the popular food’s staple ingredients—cheese, wheat and yeast definitely are off-limits.
I am now on the anti-Candida and anti-parasite diet which comes with a set of challenges. After one month, I’m having trouble coming up with ideas on how to make new and exciting dishes. Is there a way that I can enjoy pizza without the dough and cheese? Well, there is…
It was time for me to get creative. I replaced wheat flour with almond flour, which is gluten-free, high in protein and monounsaturated healthy fats. Almond flour contains 15 g of monounsaturated fat, 7 g of protein and 180 calories per 125 g. The Candida/parasite diet offers an abundance of vegetables, which are low in calories. Organic eggs, sea salt and grapeseed oil help to complete this healthy recipe.
Instead of sugar, you can add stevia leaf powder. But keep in mind that not all stevia is alike. The green stevia leaf powder is rich in vitamins and minerals. The white stevia powder, on the other hand, is highly processed and may contain harmful food additives. With this pizza recipe you can use your own selection of herbs. I like finely chopped fresh basil and parsley to kick it up a notch!
I also added some extra virgin olive oil after the crust became crispy in the oven. Then I added in some zucchini, garlic, shallots, onions, watercress sprouts, as well as some avocado. This recipe feeds two people, but you can easily double the recipe to feed four or five people. Add a mixed greens salad on the side for some additional nutrition, too.
Yeast-Free Crust for Pizza Lovers
- 12 tbsp of almond meal
- 2 organic eggs
- 2 tsp of grapeseed oil
- 1 tsp of sea salt
- 1 tsp of stevia leaf powder (optional)
- Your choice of herbs (optional)
- Your choice of additional toppings, such as: 1 cup of watercress sprouts; 1 medium-sized zucchini; 1 cup chopped onion; 1/2 of an avocado; 3 garlic cloves; 1/2 cup of parsley; 1 shallot; 2 tbsp of sesame seed oil; and/or 3 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
|Sauté one medium-sized zucchini until tender.
|Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
|Mix the crust ingredients into a medium-sized bowl.
|Spread the batter onto a cookie sheet that is covered with parchment paper. (For thicker crust, add additional almond meal to the batter.)
|Cook in the oven for approximately 20 minutes or until desired crispiness.
|Let the crust stand for a few minutes and add the olive oil, zucchini and other raw toppings. If you want the toppings warm, cook pizza in oven for another five minutes.
|Cut with pizza cutter and enjoy!