Here's to my first experience with making my own sugar free recipe, plus, I made it where it was Virgin Diet friendly, basically means Gluten Free and dairy free, so Gluten crust, no cheese, and no sugar!
So if you were thinking...hm that pizza looks kind of weird, it's because there was no cheese, but honestly, I didn't even miss it much. (Although, when I'm done with the Virgin Diet, I will go back to cheese eating! I'm a big cheese eater!)
Now, if you are wondering...what is Gluten anyways, let me tell you.
Gluten is a protein found in many grains, breads, pastas and baked goods, as well as in many processed and prepared foods. It disrupts your digestion by damaging the microvilli of the small intestine, the place where we absorb our nutrients. Gluten also makes your intestines more permeable, which can lead to leaky gut, food intolerance, immune problems, inflammation, and the inability to absorb nutrients. (taken from "The Virgin Diet" by JJ Virgin)
So, although, that fluffy, thick crusted pizza from your favorite pizza place is good, the mass amounts of gluten that have been put into those crusts, can create issues. Not to mention if you are gluten intolerant, then this pizza will definitely work in your favor. I mean I won't say that this was the best pizza I have ever had, but it was still very good, even my husband liked it.
So let's get to it.
First, you preheat the oven to 350 degrees, then mix 1 Tbsp of yeast with 3/4 cup of warm water and set aside for 5 minutes for the yeast to activate. Mix 3 cups of Gluten Free Flour, 1 tsp of salt, and 1 tsp of baking soda in a large bowl. Create a whole in the middle of the dry ingredients, and pour in the yeast mix, 1 Tbsp of honey, 1 Tbsp of safflower oil, and the remaining 1/2 cup of warm water. Use a rubber or wooden spatula to mix together thoroughly.
Spray your pizza pan with a non-stick spray, Plop dough in the middle of pan and spread evenly about pan (dough is a tad crumbly). Dough should be about 1/4 of an inch thick around pan. Use extra flour or oil if the dough is too sticky to spread, then pop in oven and bake for 25 minutes.
After baking, take the dough out, it will most likely crack some. Then use my homemade, sugar free pizza sauce and spread it over the top, and top with your favorite pizza toppings. (I also added some minced garlic over the top of my crust before adding sauce. Just for some extra flavor).
No Sugar, Homemade Pizza Sauce
- Use a can of Tomato Sauce (0g of sugar)
- 2 tbsp of Italian Seasoning (Mix of oregano, Basil, Thyme, etc)
- 1 tbsp of garlic powder
This sauce was super easy, and totally yummy. Plus, 0g of sugar! Which just FYI, the organic pizza sauce in my refrigerator right now has 4g of sugar. Which may not seem much to most, but if you eat various sauces, etc. throughout the day that all contain small amounts of sugar, it adds up. So, taking just a little time to make this homemade pizza sauce is a great choice for you and your family!
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Have you ever had Gluten Free Pizza!? What did you think?