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Quinoa Crust Vegetable Pizza

My granddaughter and I made this quinoa crust vegetable pizza together. She had made this before and brought the recipe along as well as her tips and thoughts. It was fun to cook with her. She donned one of my aprons and the kitchen became a busy bustling place as we both did our separate jobs to bring it all together. You can add your choice of vegetables to this pizza and use your favorite cheese. I used a nacho type mix of cheese but feta would really be good too. This pizza tasted so good.
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • Cold water
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 6 tablespoons pizza sauce
  • 1/3 cup sliced mushrooms 
  • 1/3 cup sweet peppers (a mix of red and green), chopped finely
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheese, I used a nacho mix, feel free to use your favorite
  • Basil leaves
  1. Place quinoa in a medium sized bowl, cover with water by at least 2 inches. Let stand at room temperature 8 hours. No need to cover the bowl.
  2. After 8 hours drain quinoa in a fine sieve and rinse well.
  3. Place quinoa, minced garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, and 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons water in blender and puree until smooth. The batter should look like pancake batter, not too thin or thick but just right to pour.
  4. Place a 10" cast iron frying pan in a 450º oven for 8 minutes.
  5. Remove pan from oven (don't forget to use your oven mitts because the pan is really hot), add coconut oil and return to oven for another 3 minutes to melt the oil.
  6. Pour batter in pan and spread evenly with a spoon.
  7. Place back in oven and bake for 15 minutes until crust is golden in color. Remove from oven and flip crust over, return to oven and bake another 8 minutes.
  8. Remove pan from oven, spread pizza sauce on crust, and cover with toppings. Sprinkle cheese over the top and bake for another 7 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  9. Sprinkle with basil leaves before serving.
  10. Serves: 2 if you are serving a salad to go with it.

This is what the crust looks like when it's baked.

Here are the cooks and sometimes it just takes a lot of maneuvering to get the photo just right.


  1. This crust will be a hit with the members of my family who must eat gluten free. Thank you to the "cooks" for sharing.

  2. Thanks for the good chuckle this morning. Kayla....did you learn the art of photography from your grandma? Ha ya girl! Pizza looks tasty.

  3. The picture taking made me giggle - that's exactly what you need to do to get the best angle!! That pizza with the healthy crust looks amazing!

  4. The fun and laughter from your kitchen is the best part Betty. We need to make our kitchens fun for all. It gives pleasure.

  5. Now Betty, we expect more pictures taken from the top! LOL! That looks delicious.
    You can always get up on a chair (like the ad) and say "This is going to be a amazing!"

  6. Possibly I cannot make this recipe, my countertop sitting days quite behind me. It does look delicious.


    1. Then so would mine be! This made me smile.


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