Easy Quinoa Pizza Crust (with Step-by-Step Instructions)

This Quinoa Pizza Crust is the best gluten-free pizza crust alternative out there – crispy on the sides and soft in the middle. It’s holding together perfectly when you take a slice, regardless of the pizza toppings you choose. 

overhead shot of Easy Gluten-free Quinoa Pizza Crust in a springform pan

Quinoa pizza crust is a great gluten-free and more nutritious alternative to regular pizza dough.

It has a delicious nutty taste, without being too strong either. It’s crispy on the sides (like a great pizza should be!) and soft in the middle. And it’s holding perfectly together when you take a slice. I’m loving it!

Out of all the “alternative” pizza crusts, I’ve tried, this quinoa pizza crust is by far my favorite and the one that’s closest to the real deal, both in terms of taste and texture.

Unlike other crusts (I’m looking at you, cauliflower pizza!), it doesn’t take a million steps and 10 bowls to have it ready.

You’ll only need three ingredients (water and salt don’t count, right?) and it comes together very quickly. You’ll need to soak the quinoa in water before-hands, but other than that it’s easy-peasy.

Give it a try and let me know how you like it!

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Easy Quinoa Pizza Crust (Step-by-Step Instructions)

This Quinoa Pizza Crust is the best gluten-free pizza crust alternative out there - crispy on the sides and soft in the middle. It's holding together perfectly when you take a slice, regardless of the pizza toppings you choose. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword alternative pizza crusts, clean eating recipes, easy pizza crust, gluten-free pizza crust, quinoa pizza crust, step-by-step recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 1 pizza crust
Calories 553 kcal


  • 3/4 cup white quinoa
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp olive oil


  1. You will need to start this recipe in the morning for dinner or the night before for lunch.
  2. Place quinoa in a fine-mesh strainer and rinse thoroughly with cool water for at least 2 minutes. Drain. Rinsing quinoa before cooking will remove its natural bitter or soapy taste. Do not skip this step!
  3. Place quinoa in a bowl and cover with water. Set aside to soak on the counter for at least 8 hours.
  4. When you're ready to prepare the pizza, preheat oven to 425F - 220C.
  5. Drain quinoa and rinse thoroughly again.
  6. Place in your food processor with 1/4 cup water, salt and baking powder. 

  7. Process for about 2 minutes, scraping edges if needed, or until very smooth.

  8. Line a 9-inch / 22 cm cake pan (like this one) with parchment paper. Place the cake pan on top of the parchment paper, draw an outline of it, cut it out, and place it into the cake pan.
  9. Pour olive oil on top of the parchment and spread it by lightly shaking the pan. It's alright if the oil goes underneath the paper.
  10. Pour quinoa mixture in the pan and spread it by lightly shaking the pan until smooth.
  11. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and carefully flip the crust, using a spatula. Bake for another 5 minutes.
  12. Top with your favorite toppings and cook for another 5 minutes (more or less depending on your topping). Cut and serve.
  13. For toppings ideas, check out these recipes: Quinoa Pizza with Pesto and MozzarellaSkinny Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from Oatmeal With A Fork

Nutrition Facts
Easy Quinoa Pizza Crust (Step-by-Step Instructions)
Amount Per Serving (1 whole crust)
Calories 553 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 1176mg51%
Potassium 1222mg35%
Carbohydrates 84g28%
Fiber 8g33%
Protein 18g36%
Calcium 276mg28%
Iron 6.2mg34%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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    1. I’m happy to Susan, thank you!! Cauliflower crusts are yummy but I find them a little bit too labor intensive for my taste 😉

    1. Unfortunately it does 🙁 I know it’s frustrating when you want one right.this.instant (been there! haha) but there’s nothing much we can do. I hope you’ll still give it a go though!

      1. What if I soak it 8 hours today – then store it tonight – so I can cook it the following day? Think that would work?

  1. I am so intrigued by this recipe! I have only tried one pizza crust alternative so far (zucchini) and, well, it was not at all what I had hoped for! This looks like the way to go and I love the detailed step-by-step instructions!

  2. Hi! Thanks for the great receipt! will try tomorrow. However do you think it is possible to make it without a food processor? I don’t have any (not even a blender right now), so I wonder if for instance boiling it will do the trick?

    1. Hi Zana, unfortunately you really need a food processor or a blender for this one. If you just boil it, it’ll be cooked quinoa but won’t work at all as a pizza crust. I’m sorry!

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