Inspired by Dawn Blatner , RD, I tried making a cast iron skillet pizza using chickpea flour for the crust.
I’m not gonna lie…I was intimidated to try this recipe because I have never used chickpea flour before…nor have I seen it in any of my local grocery stores…
However, I was able to find a bag of dry chickpeas that I just popped in my nutribullet and blended until a fine flour-like powder. Pretty thrifty 🙂
Why Chickpea Flour?: While wheat flour is an okay option for pizza crust pending you have no allergies or intolerance’s to gluten, chickpeas are more nutrient dense. Still technically a “starchy” legume, chickpeas are naturally high in fiber and are a plant source of protein. Nutritionally speaking, you get a “bang for you buck” when choosing chickpea flour as opposed to white or whole wheat.
Anyways, on to the recipe.
*Note: Adapted from Dawn Blatner’s version through instagram (@djblatner).
Chickpea Skillet Pizza
- 1/3 cup Chickpea Flour (I made my own grinding up in a high powered blender)
- 1/3 cup Water
- 1/4 teaspoon Salt
- 1 tablespoon Garlic Powder
- 1 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- Pizza Toppings
- Preheat oven to “broil”.
- Heat a cast iron skillet (the larger the skillet, the thinner the crust).
- Mix together chickpea flour, water, salt, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes until batter consistency.
- Add olive oil to skillet.
- Pour batter into skillet and allow to cook on medium heat until bubbles begin to form on top (like a pancake). Time: about 5-7 minutes.
- Flip pizza crust and cook on other side for 5-7 minutes.
- Add favorite pizza toppings; my favorites: marinara sauce, spinach, mushrooms, green peppers, turkey pepperoni, and mozzarella cheese.
- Broil for about 2-4 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and golden.
Honest opinion: I am a pizza lover…so when it comes to my favorite alternative, I love me some cauliflower crust…but overall, the chickpea skillet was not half bad. The hubs LOVED it. It reminded me of cornbread which isn’t my favorite thing to begin with…but it is definitely worth a shot to try it out!
What are your favorite types of pizza?