Gluten Free Paleo Gourmet Pizza

This is a healthy gluten free Paleo gourmet pizza that you can customize for your favorite toppings. I recommend you read all of the instructions before diving into making this pizza because I have a lot of notes about alternatives you can choose based on your own health and nutritional goals. In other words, at first glance, this may seem like a complicated recipe, but it’s longer because of the options I am going to suggest for you.

Crust Challenge Accepted

When it comes to making pizza, the crust is the biggest challenge if you are going grain-free. Some recipes get a crispy crust by using tapioca flour and if you are not following GAPS, SCD or Paleo, this may be a gluten free option for you. If you are avoiding grains for health reasons, follow this recipe and you’ll get a wonderful pizza crust that, while not crispy, allows you to have the experience of pizza!

Guest Chef

I recommend making delicious food with your friends — it’s so much more fun and everyone always learns something. Being with friends in the kitchen is a great way to learn to love cooking. Today, I had Louise L. Hay in the kitchen to contribute her great skills and intuition as we created a healthier version of the gluten-dairy-sugar filled pizzas we see so often today.

Louise taught me some tricks with getting the skins off tomatoes and had some key suggestions for spices that made everything taste even better! She also has a great serving suggestion for this pizza that you’ll see in the “Assembling the Pizza” section of this recipe.

Preparation Time

You can shortcut this process to 1 hour if you skip making your own cheese.

  • Start 48 hours in advance if you want to make your own cheese out of sunflower seeds.
  • I have alternative suggestions in the cheese recipe directions, below. If you choose not to make your own cheese, you can cut the preparation time down to as little as 1 hour.
  • You can also make the ingredients for the cheese, sauce and toppings — and even some baked crusts — ahead of time, freeze them and make pizza in just 20 minutes of heating in your oven at 350 degrees F. Everything here freezes well. You can make several crusts ahead of time, let them cool, put parchment paper between them and put them in a Ziplock freezer bag to store for fast meals.

*** I am organizing this recipe in terms of what you may want to start first, so that you can finish this recipe as quickly and efficiently as possible. For example, the sunflower seed cheese, while fast to prepare, takes planning to soak and ferment, so I will start with that first (along with time saving alternatives). The next longest cooking time is the toppings and after that, the sauce. The fastest is the crust. If you start first with the things that take longer to cook, you can focus on the easier items while those are cooking so that you can make this pizza much faster and easier.


8 generous slices of pizza

Cheese Notes

More and more people are avoiding dairy for a variety of reasons, particularly because it is one of the major foods that produce food allergies, cravings and mood symptoms. I have created a cheese recipe that makes a wonderful pizza topping or even a cheese pate for vegetables or gluten free crackers at parties. This cheese is also fantastic on burgers – including ground chicken burgers and lamb burgers.

If you are eating dairy, you can choose your favorite cheese option. My recommendation is to choose one of the raw organic, unpasteurized cheeses that are coming on the market. You can typically find them in the specialty cheese section in your health food store. If you can find cheese from grass fed cows or goats, that is wonderful! The key is to choose a cheese from hormone-free, antibiotic free animals. I like raw, unpasteurized dairy better than pasteurized because the milk proteins are in tact, unheated and easier to digest. These cheeses are naturally fermented, just like in the days of our ancestors.

If you are vegan, some people like vegan cheeses on the market. I’m not a fan of these cheeses because they often use soy or other unsavory ingredients. Daiya is a popular cheese and it has canola oil, “salt” instead of sea salt and “vegan natural flavors,” which I’d want to investigate to make sure those “natural” flavors aren’t MSG (an excitotoxin and cravings booster) or some other type of ingredient with adverse health consequences.

This cheese recipe is vegan, raw, Paleo, GAPS and SCD compliant, so all your bases are covered! If you are allergic to sunflower seeds, try macadamia nuts. I tend to avoid cashews because they can have mold in them.

Cheese Ingredients

Cheese Directions

Gourmet Pizza Topping Ingredients

Gourmet Pizza Topping Directions

Sauce Ingredients

Sauce Directions

Crust Ingredients

Crust Directions

Assembling Your Pizza

  • Now that you have all of your pizza ingredients ready, it’s time to assemble! Put your baked pizza crust on a serving platter.
  • Add the amount of sauce you like. I don’t like to overwhelm the pizza with a lot of sauce, particularly when using a no-grain crust that doesn’t hold a lot of toppings as well. Start with about ¼ cup sauce per pizza (if you made the crust recipe into 2 crusts as noted in the instructions).
  • Next add the cheese – if you are using the homemade sunflower seed cheese, scoop it out and gently press the amount of cheese you want onto the sauced crust.
  • Next add the vegetable and ground chicken topping – as much as you like, but keep in mind that you don’t want to overwhelm the crust.
  • Serve with forks and knives. This crust makes a wonderful base, but does not have the strength to hold a lot of toppings, as the gluten and grain doughs have.

Serving Suggestion from Louise Hay – Who Makes Everything Taste Better!

Have some organic Dijon mustard at the table and let everyone choose the amount they want on their pizza. While it may not sound like it goes together, it takes the taste up several notches and makes it even more magical to your taste buds! Try about 1/4 teaspoon on your pizza and see what you think — our taste testers loved it! We used the Whole Foods brand 365 Organic Dijon Mustard, made with apple cider vinegar instead of white vinegar.



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As a coach, writer and recovered former executive, I understand the challenges of creating a balanced, healthy lifestyle when over-scheduled. In my journey to radiant health, I created a whole health system of eating, exercise, renewal and recharging -- a roadmap toward health & vitality. I empower clients to create their own whole health systems, in their own unique ways. I have seen amazing results in working with my clients!