Amazing Gluten-Free Vegan Pizza

I made a lot of homemade pizza before I was vegan, and this is actually the best one I’ve ever made, cheese or not. Try this incredibly good gluten-free, vegan pizza tonight!

Vegan Gluten-Free Pizza

You guys! This gluten-free vegan recipe earned me the highest of all cooking honors: my husband took one bite and said “Holy crap!”

Now, Andrew enjoys my cooking and compliments me on it regularly, but it really takes something special to earn profanity. And this pizza was something special. It’s a good thing I have a blog I like to make new recipes for, because if I didn’t I’d probably be eating this pizza every night for the next week or two.

Vegan pizza is one of those elusive goals – it’s so hard to get it just right. With the commercial fake cheeses you can get close, but personally I notice a slightly off taste, and I don’t really like to eat fake cheese. With other replacements (no cheese, mashed beans, etc.) there’s a nice pizza-esque quality but you’re not fooling anyone into thinking they are eating real pizza.

I’m not saying this is the perfect pizza either, but in my opinion it’s the closest I’ve had. I made a lot of homemade pizza before I was vegan, and this is actually the best one I’ve ever made, cheese or not. It’s even gluten free, so that old argument kids like to make about pizza being health food (“It’s got all the food groups, mom!”) is getting closer to being reality.

So without further ado, let’s make some pizza! First you want to make your dough. This dough is awesome because it’s really hard to screw up. Even though it has yeast in it, don’t be afraid – it’s not persnickety at all, you don’t even have to worry about letting it rise for more than a few minutes. Combine some yeast with some warm water and stir until it’s creamy. In a large bowl combine flours, flaxseed, herbs, and salt. Make a well in the middle and pour in your yeast mixture, apple cider vinegar, and some agave nectar. Combine. You should end up with a ball of dough like so:

That’s actually enough dough for one large or two small pizzas – it looks small because that’s a huge bowl. You are under no obligation to use a huge bowl, I simply chose it for the same reason I make most of my dish-based decisions: everything else was dirty.

Now cover that bowl with a dishtowel and set it aside. You can put it somewhere warm, like near the oven, but I just left mine on the counter and it was fine. Now you can make your pizza sauce, which is also super easy. Just mix together some crushed tomatoes, herbs, and minced garlic. You don’t even need to heat it.

And now for the cheese! I used the “Melty White Cheez” recipe from The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook. Just blend the ingredients together in the food processor and you’ll have a nice smooth white mixture:

Heat that for a couple minutes until it thickens (I got mine to about the consistency of gravy – thick but not super thick)

While that heats you get to bake your dough. I always prefer to make individual sized pizzas, because they are easier to work with and everyone can customize their toppings. So in this case I split my dough in half and rolled one half out on a floured cutting board. And I mean well floured – like a handful at least. Don’t skimp here, it’ll make your whole experience much easier if you use enough flour that the dough can still easily slide around the cutting board.

Now here’s my fun homemade pizza trick: cook it under the broiler on a cast iron skillet. Just take a 12″ cast iron skillet and flip it upside down and stick it under your broiler. Let it heat up in there for at least 10-15 minutes (I just let it heat up while I make the dough and stuff). Once your dough is rolled out, just slide it onto the preheated upside down skillet and let it cook for a minute or two. Literally – this method cooks your pizza very quickly so keep an eye on it.

You don’t have to use this method – you can always just bake your dough on a pizza stone or a cookie sheet, but this method is fast and it gets you that lovely browned crust like in a restaurant:

There’s a whole science to cooking pizza dough that I haven’t thoroughly studied, but I know this technique works better than any other I’ve tried and a cast iron skillet is cheaper and more multi-purpose than a pizza stone, so I go with it.

So now you’ve pre-cooked your dough, so lets add the toppings! Spread on a layer of sauce (about half of it):

Then pour on your “cheese” – it may seem a little liquidy but it will thicken up when you bake it. I used a gravy boat to pour it on in an even layer, but you could use any spouted cup or even just spoon it on from the pan.

Then add your toppings. I went with grilled onions, red bell pepper, sliced mushrooms and frozen corn, but of course you can use whatever you want – if you don’t know what you like on your pizza by now I don’t think I can help you!

Then slide that back onto your skillet and bake it for maybe 3 minutes or so, until the cheese is just starting to brown.

Repeat the process with the other half of the dough and toppings and you’re all set! Since the pizza cooks so fast, you can really get 2-4 cooked before the first one is too cold.

I went with a sort of sloppy shape but there’s no reason you can’t make a nice clean little circle and cut it like a regular pizza, the dough is easy to work with.

Amazing Vegan Gluten Free Pizza

This recipe makes enough for two 8-12" pizzas or one 14" pizza. I include instructions for a mixed veggie topping below, but you can of course use whatever toppings you'd like. This looks like a complicated recipe but it really is pretty easy, especially once you get used to it. Before you prep your ingredients, put your skillet (or pizza stone or whatever) under the broiler and start preheating it at the highest temperature it will go.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 2
Author: Jessica Verma

Ingredients

Topping Ingredients

  • 1/2 onion sliced
  • 1/2 bell pepper chopped
  • 4-5 button mushrooms sliced
  • 1/4 cup frozen corn
  • sprinkle of fresh or dried basil

Crust Ingredients

  • 1 package (0.25oz) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water warm but not hot. If you can comfortably leave your finger in it you should be ok
  • 1 cup amaranth flour
  • 1 1/4 cups brown rice flour
  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp agave nectar
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar

Sauce Ingredients

  • 1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2-3 cloves garlic minced

"Cheese" Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup water or plain non-dairy milk I used rice milk
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1/4 cup flour any kind, I used brown rice flour
  • 2 tbsp sesame tahini
  • 2 tbsp kuzu, arrowroot, or cornstarch
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp onion powder I used real onions since I was cooking them anyway, about 2 Tablespoons
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder I used real garlic, about 1 clove
  • 3/4 tsp salt

Instructions

Topping Instructions

  • Add onion and bell pepper to a medium pan and saute over medium-low heat until caramelized. If you start this at the beginning they should be nicely done by the time you add them to the pizza. You can also pull a bit of onion out for the cheese recipe (below). Just add the corn, mushrooms and basil uncooked to the pizza before baking it (they will cook at the same time as the dough and cheese)

Crust Instructions

  • In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water until white and creamy. In a large bowl combine flours, flaxseed, salt, oregano, basil, and red pepper flakes. Make a well in the middle and add yeast mixture, agave nectar, and apple cider vinegar. Stir well to combine. Cover and set aside while you prepare the sauce and cheese.

Sauce Instructions

  • In a small bowl, combine all ingredients. Set aside.

"Cheese" Instructions"

  • Place all ingredients in a blender and process until completely smooth. Transfer to a small saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring almost constantly with a whisk until thick and smooth.

Pizza Preparation

  • If you start heating the veggies, then make the dough, then make the sauce and cheese, it should all come together pretty smoothly. Once you’ve got your cheese mixed (but before you heat it) you can roll out and pre-bake the dough for about 60-90 seconds. (Note – in addition to flouring the cutting board really well, use the widest spatula you have to slide the pizza gently onto the skillet. This will help ensure that it doesn’t tear or fall off.) Then heat your cheese until it thickens. You can then assemble the pizzas – sauce, cheese, toppings. Slide the assembled pizza back onto the heated skillet and bake for an additional 3-4 minutes until the cheese just starts to brown. Remove from the oven and let cool while you cook the second pizza. Let cool, slice, and serve.
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68 Comments

  • Ohhh that pizza! Honestly I have had so many pizza dough fails my boyfriend asks me to bake it at 600 degrees if he hears I’m attempting pizza for dinner. Your method makes the dough look wonderful!

  • 5 stars
    Tried this pizza on the weekend. I can’t have tomatoes so I just used a little olive oil and garlic for the base and then the cheese sauce and toppings. It was delicious! I frozen a bunch of it for lunches for me. The dough tore a little bit in the process but I think I might add a little olive oil to the dough next time. Thanks for the great recipe and making me feel like I can eat real food and enjoy it despite all my food limitations!

    • I’m glad you liked it! I use a big wide spatula with rounded corners to help prevent the dough from tearing when I transfer it, that helps a bit.

  • 5 stars
    I just made this pizza tonight for my house of 14 vegetarians (I had the multiply the recipe by 6 to make enough for everyone). I made it with regular flour though as we don’t have gluten-free flour. It was great! The vegans were very happy and the dairy-eaters were very impressed by the fake cheese. It took me over 3 hrs to make 6 batches, by myself, with just one oven, but I think it was worth it. My housemates are full and happy!

  • Is there another flour that you’d recommend using instead of amaranth? I’m not a big fan of amaranth and don’t have any in my stock.
    Your pizza and the baking technique looks awesome!
    Thanks for the recipe

  • 5 stars
    Loved it! We have also been splitting the dough into thirds and baking it to use as flat breads, using your skillet method (which is genius, so quick, so good!)

  • 5 stars
    I made this last night for my family (My husband and 3 boys aged 11, 10, and 8) and everyone loved it! I have been looking for a good “cheese” recipe for pizza and this was amazing! We have been vegan about 3 months and the boys have struggled the most with giving up the old way of eating. This helped in leaps and bounds for them! My 10 year old said it was the best pizza he had ever had 😀 Score 1 for vegan moms everywhere! The only thing I changed was the flour (we only had whole wheat on hand) and I used 4tblsp of flour instead of corn starch in the sauce as we were out. It still turned out thick and delicious! 🙂 Thanks soooo much!

  • Not sure where I went wrong…however the crust was extremely hard to mold. It seemed to remain liquidy…maybe I didn’t let sit long enough? We don’t have a cast iron skillet so we were going to use a cookie sheet. We tried and it seemed to be too think and didn’t cook thoroughly. Any suggestions!?!?! I ended up eating my son’s pizza that was “traditional” crust.

    • Hmm. You could add more flour to the crust, or chill it in the fridge…it should definitely not be liquidy. Maybe you added too much water? Not sure what to say other than maybe try it again sometime, I think it works for most people. Sorry!

  • 5 stars
    Amazing is right!! We loved it! The crust was fabulous. We will absolutely be making this over and over and over…

  • Wow, this looks amazing! I’ll be making the “cheese” sauce tonight for the first time. I don’t know if there will be any leftover, but if so, can it be stored in the refrigerator? For how long? Very excited about trying this!! Thank you for the recipe!

  • Thanks so much for getting back to me. I did put it in the refrigerator but I think I’ll just toss it. The problem is that my husband is vegetarian and eats cheese so I make two pizzas — one with real mozzarella and another with a “faux” cheese. I end up with so much leftover. I’ll just adjust the amounts and that should make a huge difference. Thanks again!

  • YUMMY. Looks like a lot of work but worth it! Can you use guar gum instead of arrowroot? I just bought a bag from whole foods and not sure if it would taste funky in the cheese.

  • 5 stars
    I had to add more flour 2-3 times just to get it to look like yours, but no problem! I only have a 10″ cast iron skillet so I just used my 14″ pizza pan. I put my dough which possibly was a bit softer than yours on my pan and sprinkled it pretty heavily with more flour and just pressed it out. This is BY FAR the BEST pizza I’ve ever made since we’ve been gluten free and vegan! Thank you so much for the beautiful pictures that pressed me to read the ingredients and actually attempt it! I had extra cheese sauce and pizza sauce so I’ll probably be making it again this week! 🙂

  • Wow, this looks great. I’d love to make it for my family but my son can’t have tahini (allergic to sesame). Is there anything I could replace that with?

  • Hello! A friend of mine showed me your pizza recipe and I tried it last night. It was really good. I’m going to blog about my experience. Thanks for sharing! Please check out my blog site and read about me and my ‘ME-gan Lifestyle.’ I am gluten free, dairy,egg, and meat free – so this recipe was fun to try out! Thanks for sharing!

  • […] TagsME-gan Pizza, non-dairy gluten free pizza, non-dairy non-gluten cheese, Pizza night at the Bortelino House, The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook, Trader Joe's A very nice girlfriend of mine, Teresa, introduced me to a homemade pizza recipe last week. Even the cheese is homemade. I know, right? It sounds weird – homemade cheese, but hey…I guess we can come up with anything if we put our minds and taste buds to it! The pizza recipe came from a blog site from fellow-blogger, Jessica, who’s apparently ME-gan too! Check out her site by clicking here. […]

  • I’m really interested in trying the cheese sauce! I’ve tried other recipes but they are too complicated! Would you recommend this cheese sauce for enchiladas..?

  • 5 stars
    I just made this pizza and it turned out amazing!!! Thanks for posting the recipe. I’m going to try it out with different topping combinations for fun, although this one was delicious!! I’ll be searching here for more vegan gluten free recipes. Thanks!!

  • My daughter has food allergies, which is why we are interested in this pizza recipe. She can’t have the sesame tahini called for in the cheese sauce recipe. Is there something I could use to replace it? She can have all natural peanut butter, but would that alter the flavor? What do you suggest? Thanks!

  • Made this pizza tonight & it was great. Next time I’ll make the crust a little thinner cuz I like it crispy. So yummy! I only made one pizza…does the dough freeze well?

  • 5 stars
    I just made this tonight and it was AMAZING! My 16-month old daughter, who is dairy and gluten intolerant, LOVED it and couldn’t get enough. My husband even said it was “pretty good.” I was like, “can I quote you on that?” I love the vegan cheese recipe too and will use it often now. Thanks so much!!

  • 5 stars
    Made the crust with a green pea flour and coconut flour instead of amaranth. Had to add more liquid than the recipe called for to form a dough. It was green but delicious! Topped with roasted pepper sauce, sauteed spinach and mushrooms. Didn’t bother with the “cheese sauce”, maybe another time… Thanks for the recipe, doll!

  • How’s the amaranth in this? I’ve cooked it before and didn’t care for it. Would a buckwheat substitution work?

    PS- made your banana bourbon pie- it was good! (And easy) The family is already demanding another. Great idea!

    • I don’t think you can taste it particularly, but I’m not that sensitive to the flavor of amaranth. I think buckwheat would work fine. Glad you liked the pie!

  • Am I the only one who can’t seem to find an oven temperature?! I’m guess 425 will suffice but I’d like to know what the recipe calls for!

    • There’s no temperature because I put it under the broiler which on many ovens is just “broil” – on some it lets you set the temperature of the broiler, in which case go as high as you can! Mine is 550 degrees.

  • 5 stars
    This recipe turned out really good. My family loved it. I didn’t have red pepper flakes, so substituted cayenne pepper. My husband said he loved that!

  • suggestions for high altitude?

    i made the pizza (and it tastes great) however the crust was a bit crumbly when i went to roll it out so i added a bit of warm water – is this the best solution?

    also – how thick should the crust be when rolled out?

    i’ll send an email as well

    thank you

  • 5 stars
    I made this pizza for a party where 2 of the guests have celiac disease, and one of the guests is lactose intolerant and can’t even eat cheese. It turned out great and everyone wanted some. I like shredded cheese on my pizza so I found a recipe for vegan, shreddable, meltable cheese which was easy to make and quite similar to the cheese in this recipe but with a few hours in the freezer was easily shreddable and tasted great. Thanks so much for this recipe. I will make it again and often as I go to many potluck events where vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free, dairy-free are requirements.

  • Hi Jessica,
    This recipe looks super yummy. I plan to try it tonight and will bake it in a traditional oven.
    My question to you is this: Did you mean to say pre-bake for 60-90 seconds? Is this just if you plan to use a skillet rather than a pizza stone in an oven? Doesn’t seem like much time to pre-bake dough, especially if you are only planning on cooking it for 4 minutes.

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