Gluten-free Pizza Crust

by autumn on May 4, 2014

Gluten-free Pizza Crust // Autumn Makes & Does

When I first moved to New York, I could eat pizza. Or more accurately, I didn’t know I couldn’t eat pizza. I lived in Morningside Heights, so I ate monster slices at Koronet and V&T on special occasions. When I made the trek to Williamsburg to try to unload bags of clothes at Beacon’s Closet to make a little extra money, I ate the white pie at that pizza place right by the bus stop on Bedford Ave, which was improbably good (I think the secret was smoked mozzarella).


Since needing to be gluten-free, pizza has been my white whale, that recipe that I felt like I could never get quite right. A quick google will tell you that there are plenty of  gluten-free pizza crust recipes out there and at this point I feel like I’ve tried pretty much all of them. Paul started to joke that I might not remember what real pizza tastes like because I had a textural gripe about nearly every recipe I tried. Too gummy, too dense, like a bad cracker, and WAY too much xanthan gum were probably my most popular complaints.

Gluten-free Pizza Crust // Autumn Makes & Does

I think the simplicity of pizza dough is one of the coolest things about it, so I wanted a pizza crust recipe with a pared down ingredient list: less flours, no gums, and no eggs. (Yup, that means this crust is vegan too.) I also wanted to make a recipe with relatively accessible ingredients. I think that potentially the hardest thing to find here is the chia meal and chia is getting pretty ubiquitous. Finally, texture. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, I wanted a pizza crust that was crispy on the outside and light and airy on the inside. It may seem overly dramatic, but I’ve wanted this for a long time and I’m pretty psyched to finally have my pizza recipe.


Also in the category of things I’ve wanted for a long time: leaving New York City, quitting my job, and getting closer to life I want. Surprise, those things are happening and I’m even more excited about them than I am about this pizza crust! I’ll be around until the end of June, so expect gratuitous greenmarket instagramming until then. After that, more cacti because we are heading to the desert.

Gluten-free Pizza Crust // Autumn Makes & Does


Gluten-free Pizza Crust
Recipe Type: pizza
Cuisine: gluten-free
Author: Autumn Giles
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Serves: 2
A gluten-free vegan pizza crust that is also gum-free.
  • 1/3 cup cold water
  • 1 teaspoon tapioca starch
  • 1 tablespoon chia meal
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon organic cane sugar
  • 1/2 cup + 1/8 cup warm water
  • 1 1/2 cups (204 g) Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Gluten-free Flour
  • 1/2 cup ( 62 g) tapioca starch
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  1. Line two baking sheets with parchment.
  2. Whisk together the 1 teaspoon of tapioca starch and the 1/3 cup cold water in a small saucepan. Whisk constantly over medium heat, until it becomes translucent and thick, 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat before the mixture begins to bubble. Stir in the chia meal and set aside.
  3. Combine the yeast and sugar with the warm water in a small bowl and set aside to proof.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, tapioca starch, and salt. Once the yeast is foamy, add it to the flour mixture along with the chia/tapioca gel, and the olive oil.
  5. Using a spatula, stir until combined. The dough will be like a thick pancake batter.
  6. Pour half the batter on to one of the parchment lined baking sheets and use the back of a spoon to spread it into a 1/4 inch thick oval. Repeat with the remaining dough on the second parchment lined pan.
  7. Begin pre-heating the oven to 475 and place the two pans of dough on top of the pre-heating oven to rise for 35 minutes.
  8. After 35 minutes, place the pans in the oven and pre-bake the crusts for 9 minutes, or until the edges just begin to brown.
  9. Remove from the oven and add sauce and toppings as desired.
  10. Return to the oven and bake for an additional 5 minutes or until the edges of the crust are brown and the toppings are warm and cheese is melted (if using).
  11. Let cool for 5 minutes, then cut and serve. Makes 2 small pizzas.



Autumn Giles is the creator of Autumn Makes & Does and the co-host of the Alphabet Soup Podcast.

{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar May 5, 2014 at 12:47 am

This pizza dough looks so incredibly easy! love the recipe!


2 autumn May 6, 2014 at 1:17 am

Thanks, Katrina!


3 Nicole May 5, 2014 at 1:54 pm

That is one beautiful pizza! Well done! I went to a gluten-free pizza place last Friday with friends and it was surprisingly great. Best of luck with the big move 🙂


4 autumn May 6, 2014 at 1:19 am

I’m always so happy to hear when people have good gluten-free pizza experiences, Nicole. Thanks for the well wishes too 🙂


5 Erika May 5, 2014 at 2:06 pm

That is one good lookin pizza! I could eat pizza all day ever day… and good luck with the big move..


6 autumn May 6, 2014 at 1:20 am

Thank you, Erika. I seriously made it my mission to make this good/easy enough that I could make it every day!


7 Laura May 5, 2014 at 2:20 pm

Hooray! Awesome when you get to watch people go after what they want, and see their passion + drive made real (GF pizza miracles AND life changes). Big ups to you today, Autumn! xo


8 autumn May 6, 2014 at 10:46 am

Thank you, Laura <3 <3 <3 That means a lot.


9 Cindy May 5, 2014 at 4:26 pm

Congrats on harpooning your pizza whale AND on the move! So exciting! My husband and I are from northern Nevada, so I have a soft spot for the desert.


10 autumn May 6, 2014 at 1:22 am

Oh, that’s so awesome, Cindy! It’s going to be a new home for me, but it’s the place where my guy grew up. We’re really psyched.


11 Kelly @ Kelly Bakes May 5, 2014 at 5:41 pm

HECK YEAH! I’m so glad you finally got to announce this! I’m all for quitting your job, moving and making steps to follow your dreams, yadda yadda yadda. Oh right and conquering your baking fears and Moby Dick references.




12 autumn May 6, 2014 at 10:45 am

omg double >$$< that's serious. Thanks, friend!


13 Jason @ The Aubergine Chef May 5, 2014 at 10:59 pm

Whoa! You’re moving so far away! Good luck and all but we’ll miss you on the east coast! Although I guess you’re moving closer to where you’re originally from right? So back to Best Foods? hahaha 🙂 But pizza is perfect to celebrate the change! I’m glad you’re pursuing what you want to do. Good luck again!


14 autumn May 6, 2014 at 10:44 am

Hahaha! Yes back to Best Foods, Jason. Thank you.


15 Kris May 6, 2014 at 2:20 pm

Whoa!! Congratulatios on the big move. I’m so happy for you! And this pizza? You know I’ll be giving it a try! 🙂


16 Carol May 6, 2014 at 5:24 pm

Beautiful Pizza Autumn, it looks wonderful! Good luck with the move too, I wish you all the best in your new home.


17 Lindsey (dolly and oatmeal) May 8, 2014 at 7:30 pm

omg, autumn! this pizza dough/crust looks bananas! i’ve never seen a gf pizza with so much air and bubbles – so epic! sad to hear you’ll be leaving the city, can’t wait to hear about your place out in the desert! all the best to you!


18 autumn May 9, 2014 at 10:15 am

Thanks, Lindsey! I appreciate it 🙂


19 Vicky May 9, 2014 at 4:04 pm

This looks heavenly! An amazing pizza!


20 Kerri May 9, 2014 at 11:11 pm

I can’t wait to try this recipe. GF pizza has been my white whale also. Best of luck with your move!


21 Laura Lee July 7, 2014 at 5:22 pm

I knew I had to make this the minute I saw there was no kneading of dough or rolling of dough. Just pour like a pancake…oh so simple. I didn’t have tapioca starch so I used corn starch instead. When I was mixing the flour it was too thick so I add around a 1/2 cup of water. I don’t know if it was the corn starch substitute or I goofed in my measurements along the way. Either way it turned out GREAT!!!! My search (I’ve made quite a few) for an easy, gum free, gluten free, vegan pizza crust is finally over. I can’t thank you enough!


22 autumn July 17, 2014 at 11:06 pm

yay, laura! that makes me so happy! It’s such a good feeling to have a pizza crust recipe that you can rely on, isn’t it?


23 Shagh August 6, 2015 at 11:53 am


Thanks for the recipe.

I was wondering, what happens if I don’t add chia meal? Unfortunately they don’t sell it where I live. I’ve been looking for good recipe online that doesn’t include gum. This is the only one!! 🙂 HELP! 🙂


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