Homemade Gluten-Free Pizza Dough

by Katie on October 21, 2014

My life is divided into two categories – life with gluten and without gluten. Most of my life was a normal gluten-filled life. Three years ago it all changed.

A lot of things were difficult for me when it came to giving up gluten. One was that I run a cake business out of my home and I knew it would be super difficult to stay away from it when I was around it so often. It takes some serious will power to resist a cupcake. Right?

Pizza was also a very hard thing to give up. We didn’t eat pizza that often, but loved the convenience of  ordering a pizza on a busy night and the taste of making a great homemade pizza and enjoying a night in.

The first gluten-free pizza crust I bought tasted like a cracker. A cracker with pizza sauce just isn’t good…no matter how hard you try to convince yourself.  I wanted a cracker-less pizza SO bad and wanted to just eat it and deal with it. Lucky for me (and unlucky for me) – the consequence of me eating gluten is pretty much like the effects of food poisoning…so I never cheat and thought it meant a life of no pizza (besides the cracker variety).

Then I tried this recipe in Gluten-Free on a Shoestring: 125 Easy Recipes for Eating Well on the Cheap (a must for fellow gluten-free eaters)!

It’s so good – and doesn’t taste like a saltine cracker! It actually tastes like real pizza!!

I always make my own pizza sauce recipe because it is so easy and tastes better than the kind you buy. And if you eat gluten, you may want to check out this recipe for my pizza crust and this recipe for my wheat pizza crust that I used to enjoy before going gluten free.

Gluten Free Pizza Dough Recipe - this gluten free pizza crust makes a delicious pizza that you will love!

Homemade Gluten-Free Pizza Dough


  • 2 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum (unless your flour includes it - I use Better Batter and it does)
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup warm water (about 100 degrees F)
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (plus 1-2 more for drizzling dough)
  • garlic powder, if desired
  • parmesan cheese, if desired


  1. In a medium size bowl combine the flour, xanthan gum (if using), yeast, sugar and salt.
  2. Add the 3 tablespoons of olive oil and the water in a steady stream to the flour mixture and mix with a spoon to combine. If the dough seems super sticky, add more flour by the tablespoonful at a time. Press the dough into a disk.
  3. Place the dough in a new medium size bowl and drizzle it with olive oil. Turn the dough to coat with the oil. This will prevent a crust from forming while the dough is rising. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow it to rise in a warm place until doubled (about 1 hour).
  4. After the dough has risen, wrap it in plastic wrap and chill for at least an hour before rolling out.
  5. To make the pizza: Roll out the dough and brush it with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic powder and parmesan cheese and blind bake (bake the crust with no toppings) it at 400 degrees for about 5-7 minutes so the crust is crisp. Top with sauce, cheese and toppings and return to the oven for another 5-7 minutes or until done how you desire it.

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