Dairy-Free Pizza Recipe

I am lactose intolerant and have several friends who experience side effects when they consume too much dairy in their diet. I found a cheese substitute for pizza! Vegan Gourmet makes a cheese that melts better than soy cheese or rice cheese made by other companies. Also, the Vegan Gourmet brand does not contain Casein, which is a milk protein and causes chronic sinus congestion for some people. Most soy products claim to be dairy-free, but they contain Casein, so make sure you check the ingredient list. In addition, if you choose soy cheese, make sure the soy is non-GMO. Another great brand of dairy-free cheese is Daiya. Here is a great recipe for dairy-free dough. You can freeze the dough for later too. If you do not have the time to make dough, you can purchase dairy-free dough at your local health food store or Kowalski’s Market. Bob’s Red Mill makes a Gluten Free and Dairy-Free Whole Grain Pizza Crust Mix, which will save you time. As a mom of two, I know how hectic life can be at dinner time :) You can also grill the pizza instead of baking. Follow the instructions and place the pizza on the grill instead of the oven. This gives it an amazing grilled taste.

Here is an article by Dr. Mark Hyman on 6 reasons to be dairy-free: Click Here

Toppings Ingredients:

  • Thinly sliced basil
  • 1 container of tomato sauce or 3 medium tomatoes
  • 1 cup freshly sliced pineapple
  • 1 cup thinly sliced ham or canadian bacon
  • Vegan Gourmet or Daiya mozerralla Cheese (dairy free)

Ingredients For Dough:

  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
  • 2 tablespoon hot water
  • 4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoons white granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup warm water or more as needed, divided
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 ½ cup white rice flour
  • 1 cup tapioca flour
  • 3/4 cup sweet rice flour
  • ½ cup arrowroot starch
  • 2 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Directions:
1. In a small bowl, mix the ground flax seeds and hot water until forming a gooey mixture. Set aside.

2. Place the dry yeast in another small bowl. Add the sugar and ½ cup of the warm water to the yeast and gently stir and agitate to dissolve the yeast. Allow the yeast to rest for 5 minutes or until foamy. (If your yeast mixture does not bubble or foam, your yeast could be “dead.” If this is the case, repeat this step using fresh yeast.) Add the olive oil to the yeast mixture and set aside.

3. In a large mixing bowl that fits into a standing kitchen mixer with a dough hook attachment, sift together the flours, arrowroot starch, xanthan gum and salt until well mixed. Add the flax seed mixture and yeast mixture, mixing on slow until combined. Add the remaining ¼ cup warm water as needed (you may need more or you may not even use it all—each yeast dough is different!) to form a soft dough. (The dough will be stickier than traditional wheat-based doughs, but it shouldn’t stick to your hands.) Knead in the bowl using the dough hook attachment for about 5 minutes on medium speed. Cover and allow the dough to rise for 1 hour in a warm place. (While the dough is rising, take this time to prepare your toppings.)

4. Preheat the oven 500 F. Lightly oil a pizza pan or baking sheet and set aside.

5. Punch down the dough and shape it into a disc. Place the disc between two sheets of parchment paper and roll it into a circle about 16” in diameter or to your desired thickness (if you like super thin crusted pizzas, you might want to just use half of the dough and save the other half or make two pizzas). Remove the top sheet of parchment paper and use the other piece to help transfer the dough to the prepared sheet, flipping the dough over and peeling the parchment from the dough. Use your fingers to tuck, fold and pinch a crust around the edge of the dough.

6. Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for about 6-8 minutes or until golden. Remove the pizza from the oven. Top your pizza crust with the tomatoes, pineapple, ham and cheese. Return to the oven to bake for about 6 minutes more, or until your toppings and the crust are golden brown. Sprinkle with basil. Serve hot.

*Dairy-free pizza dough recipe courtesy of about.com and picture courtesy of recipe.com

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