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Fun Fact: Did you know that gluten means “glue” in Latin?
Eating foods with gluten can lead to a sludgy, sticky, sluggish feeling in your stomach, which often effects the way the rest of your body feels. Read on and try today’s Fit Soul and Spice original recipe in an attempt to cut a bit of gluten out of your life…without giving up your favorite flavors and foods!
Everyone loves pizza. What’s not to love? It’s one of those foods you can have anyway, anywhere, anytime, and know that it’s going to undoubtedly hit the spot. Crispy, fluffy, ooey gooey, late at night, early in the morning, hot, cold, fresh, or left over..isn’t it fantastic?! Gotta love it.
Growing up, I made homemade pizza with my mom every Friday night. My grandpa made it his whole life, and it is a delicious tradition that I am fortunate enough to have had passed down to me as well. So, pizza, as loved as it already is by the universe, holds sentimental value in my life as well.
Unfortunately, as most of us know, pizza really isn’t good for you at all. So I accepted long ago that its deliciousness should only be consumed in moderation. This compromise with myself was all good…until a lactose allergy and IBS diagnosis officially [and quite literally] cramped my style a little over two years ago. This actually turned out to be a blessing in disguise, because once I stopped consuming pretty much all dairy and took my clean eating habits to whole new level, my entire body felt SO much healthier! I had no clue how much better I could feel! It led me to live an even healthier lifestyle, drove me to begin creating delicious healthy alternative recipes, and eventually resulted in the birth of Fit Soul and Spice! So, I suppose everything happens for a reason. 🙂
This, combined with already implemented lifestyle decisions to become an extremely clean eater, have brought to light things that I do NOT love so much about pizza, which is the way I feel after eating it: stomach bloated and crampy, body sluggish, eyes puffy, iodized salt water retention, sometimes a headache – imagine a food hangover, only worse; longer lasting, uncomfortable, and sometimes even painful.
In the name of research, I suffered through the discomfort and did some experimenting to figure out exactly what may cause discomfort after eating pizza. (Despite the discomfort, there could’ve been many worse, less tasty areas of interest to experiment with. 😉 ) I learned it wasn’t just about the cheese factor. I tried different variations of pizza: sauce, no sauce, specific toppings, and even pizza without cheese, and I eventually realized another huge factor of discomfort lies in traditional pizza dough.
Even if you don’t struggle with stomach issues, gluten and chemical based ingredients in traditional pizza dough such as white flour, iodized salt, and unhealthy/unnatural oils may mess with your stomach, causing symptoms listed above. These ingredients also aren’t good for your skin, your waistline, or your overall health.
About a year ago, I set out to make a change, and finally, after many, many fails, I’ve succeeded in creating the ultimate gluten free pizza dough! Below is Fit Soul and Spice‘s recipe for Gluten Free Pizza Dough. This recipe is as close to the traditional recipe as you will get! It rises beautifully, bakes well, and even reheats well too! Most importantly, it’s texture and taste is both satisfying and delicious.
Gluten Free Pizza Dough
1 packet perfect rise yeast
1 1/4 cups warm water (bordering hot but NOT hot)
1 cup gluten free whole grain oat flour
1 cup gluten free 1:1 baking flour
1 cup gluten free flour (Trader Joes brand is what I use!)
3 tablespoons organic coconut palm sugar
1 tablespoon all natural sea salt
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
2 1/2 tablespoons organic extra virgin olive oil
Preheat oven to 350
In a bowl, mix perfect rise yeast with warm water. Let sit for 10 minutes.
In a large mixing bowl, mix GF whole grain oat flour, GF 1:1 baking flour, GF flour, organic coconut palm sugar, xanthan gum, and natural sea salt. Toss a bit with a dry spoon to combine ingredients.
Form a well in the center of your dry ingredients. Over the well, pour: yeast/water combination and 1 1/2 tablespoons organic extra virgin olive oil.
Mix ingredients on low until combined well and formed into a ball of dough (5-6 minutes). If you need to stop and scrape the sides of your mixing bowl a few times, that’s perfectly fine!
Let dough sit in a bowl, covered with a dish towel or paper towel, for 1-2 hours in order to rise.
Once risen, spread about a tablespoon of organic extra virgin olive oil on your pizza pan or stone, and roll dough out until about 1/2 inch thick.
Bake on 350 for 10 minutes.
Remove from oven. Add your favorite toppings, and return to oven to bake for an additional 15-20 minutes (depending on your oven), until crust is crispy, bottom is slightly golden (check carefully with a spatula), and toppings have cooked
Bon appétit!! Pizza dough made gluten free, vegan, healthier, lower in calories and carbs, absolutely delicious, and just as enjoyable as your favorite traditional recipes! Perhaps we can enjoy pizza more often than we thought, after all! What a beautiful concept…
Be well, clean eaters. Much love. 🙂