One of my biggest passions is cooking. Over the last couple of years I have found joy in making versions of my favorite foods that are healthier than the originals. Recently I discovered quinoa flour pizza crust. By using quinoa flour you increase the protein and fiber and get rid of the gluten. I thought this recipe would be super simple and quick, since it’s only 5 ingredients. I learned it is much harder than it looks. I got the recipe from Simply Quinoa.
Although the recipe is for pizza crust, I will be splitting up the dough to make small slider sized buns for the sliders I plan on eating this upcoming week. My cooking time is included in this blog, see the original recipe for instructions on how to turn the crust into pizza.
- 1 2/3 Cup of Quinoa Flour
- 2 TSP of Ground Chia Seeds
- 1/2 TSP of Baking Powder
- 1/4 TSP of Salt and Pepper
- 1 Cup of Warm Water
I started by making the quinoa flour. You could probably buy quinoa flour, but I find it more fun to make my own. I used the recipe from The Bird and Her Song. The recipe calls for soaking the quinoa overnight, but I just simmered on low for about 5 minutes. Next, rinse the quinoa and toast it in the oven at 350 for about 10-15 minutes. Let it cool then put it in the blender until it is a fine powder.
This was only my first time trying quinoa flour. I learned a couple of things that I will use next time I make this. Make sure the quinoa doesn’t have any residual moisture before you blend it. Also, you need to blend longer than you would expect. If you’ve ever made nut butter you know it takes a while to get it to the perfect consistency. I was at that consistency but accidentally let it keep going and over blended it as you can probably see in the pictures below.
Now on to the dough. Start by preheating the oven to 400. While the oven is preheating,start grinding the chia seeds. I used my Ninja high powered blender. The original recipe calls for psyllium husk powder, but I did some research and found that chia seeds can be substituted at a 1:1 ratio, and I actually had chia seeds on hand.
Next mix everything other than the water together. I added a little bit of oregano and garlic powder to give the dough a little bit extra flavor. Stir the water in slowly until you get a sticky dough. Because I overmixed my dough and it was a little wet when I blended it, the dough was kind of an odd texture. I portioned my dough into 10 “mini pizzas” for the buns for my sliders. I cooked the dough for 30 minutes.
I’d love to see how yours turn out! Comment below!