If you feel like you have to give up pizza because of food allergies or intolerances, this gluten free dairy free pizza recipe will make you think otherwise! You can still make pizza without gluten or dairy, and it still tastes delicious.
Once you start nestling into this new healthy eating thing, you’ll realize you don’t actually have to give up as many things as you thought. You just have to learn a new way of making them differently. And there are many ways to do this, I promise you. 😊
There are a lot of foods that can be swapped out for other more healthy alternatives.
Healthy food swaps
With this gluten-free dairy free pizza recipe for example, instead of wheat flour you can use cassava flour which is made from a starchy tuber – aka a vegetable! which is lower in carbohydrates and other anti-nutrients than it’s wheat filled counterpart. These two flours can be swapped in a 1:1 ratio. Cassava flour is probably one of the closest things to wheat flour that I have found that does not contain grains.
Instead of wheat flour you can also use a gluten free alternative, and there are many of those available in your average grocery store these days. These gluten-free flours usually contain ingredients such as rice, corn, potato starch, tapioca starch, buckwheat, chickpea or others. Wheat flour and gluten-free flour can be swapped in a 1:1 ratio as well.
Wheat and allergy/food intolerance connection
Although I do think some people out there do tolerate wheat flour, I think there are more people that don’t. I am one of those people. I have an IgG allergy to wheat, gluten and gliadin (the other protein found in wheat) which is considered more of a food intolerance than a food allergy. IgG allergies can create problems such as rashes, headaches and gastrointestinal problems, and most often have a delayed onset of symptoms.
Other more commonly known food allergies are measured in IgE antibodies and create more of a classic allergic reaction such as runny nose, watery or itchy eyes and are felt very soon after eating the food.
Many people have IgE and/or IgG allergies to wheat and gluten and thus may experience symptoms anywhere from immediately to even days or weeks after eating it.
There are a number of other problems with wheat including the fact that a large amount of the wheat grown is genetically modified (GMO). Wheat is also known to have a residue of glyphosate, which is a pesticide that is sprayed on the wheat crops and is shown to disrupt our hormones as well as our healthy gut bacteria. Gluten and glyphosate are also thought to contribute to inflammation of the gut lining leading to a condition called leaky gut syndrome.
Dairy and acne connection
Now it brings us to dairy. Similar to wheat, some people do tolerate dairy okay but many others do not. I myself don’t have an actual allergy to dairy but I get really bad cystic acne from eating it. For years I ate paleo and for the most part did not eat much dairy, but I was still having it once or twice a week, or more often when I was on holidays. Even though I felt like I was eating so healthy and only doing minimal dairy, I was still getting really bad cystic acne that would leave scars on my skin.
It wasn’t until I completely cut out dairy to give it a solid try – and I mean 100% – no butter, nothing… that I started to see my skin clearing up. After completely cutting it out, it took almost 3 months for my face to heal and to stop getting new cystic acne. It honestly blew my mind. After probably 20 years of agonizing over having acne and trying everything under the sun, all of a sudden it was gone completely. That was over two years ago now and I am still acne free. I am also still strict dairy free! It wasn’t a one time fix and I have to keep on it to keep getting the benefits.
Over the years I tried every last acne treatment from Accutane, harsh topical treatments, and even oral antibiotics for almost one year of my life. More on that in another post, because I am still dealing with the consequences from all those antibiotics today in my gut health!
But it turns out the whole time I wasn’t dealing with the root issue of my hormonal imbalances – which for me was my intolerance to dairy the whole time.
It turns out dairy is a very common cause of acne for a few different reasons. Research has shown that milk from cows that are given artificial hormones can throw off our natural hormone balance. Some also believe that the cows natural hormones can also throw off our delicate hormone balance.
Maybe most importantly, dairy has been shown to increase insulin secretion which can eventually lead to insulin resistance (also known as metabolic syndrome or prediabetes) over time. Chronically elevated insulin can stimulate production of androgen hormones that can aggravate acne and other hormonal imbalance problems.
I do sometimes wish I could go back and just change my diet from the beginning but I think it was part of the process that I tried all the things that led me down this path of changing my diet. Now I get to help other people do the same! ❤🙌
If you are curious about the connection between dairy and acne, check out my 1-month cystic and hormonal acne clearing meal plan and related recipe book. You will get four 7 day meal plans, grocery lists and recipes. This meal plan is a combination of many years of my own experimentation and this is exactly how I eat to keep my acne from coming back. It is designed to help you balance your hormones as well as bring your blood sugar levels back into a healthy range – two of the most important components of clearing up your acne naturally!
I also have a gluten free dairy free meal plan that can also really help with acne and hormonal balance and general health and wellness.
I hope you enjoy my gluten-free dairy free pizza recipe!
Here are a few notes on my gluten free dairy free pizza recipe:
Choosing a dairy free cheese
I didn’t specify a brand in this recipe because really I think it would be great with any type of dairy free cheese, but for me personally my favourites are Earth Island mozzarella shreds or miyoko’s mozz cheese. Regular cheese can be swapped out for any dairy free cheese of your choice at a 1:1 ratio!
Make this recipe grain free/paleo
Swap the gluten-free flour blend for cassava flour or a mixture between cassava flour and tapioca or arrowroot starch.
Make this recipe vegan
This recipe can be made vegan if you omit the pepperoni.
Gluten free dairy free pepperoni mushroom pizza recipe
- Kitchen Aid stand mixer
- 2.5 cups gluten free flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 cup Water use as needed
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 cup organic pizza sauce use as needed
- 175 grams pepperoni
- 227 grams diced white mushrooms
- 227 grams dairy free cheese
- Separate the dough into two portions and roll into two balls
- Put each ball between two layers of parchment paper and roll out with roller until you’ve achieved the crust size and thickness you desire
- Top each pizza crust with half the pizza sauce
- Top each pizza with all pepperoni, diced mushrooms and dairy free cheese
- Bake at 400°F for roughly 20 minutes or until done to your liking
Tara Klippert is a Registered Health and Nutrition Counselor and holds a diploma in Holistic Nutrition and Health Coaching. Tara helps people clear up cystic acne, balance hormones and blood sugar + improve anxiety and gut health NATURALLY with food.