flax crust pizza bites (flourless, gluten-free, low-carb)

Posted on Aug 6, 2012 in Food


Costco is simultaneously terrifying and amazing.

Terrifying, because sometimes, when I’m walking the giant aisles with my giant cart picking up giant packages of toilet paper, cheese and frozen broccoli, I feel like it’s a perfect picture of everything that is wrong with this country’s food system. Exploded portion sizes. A desperate need to consume the cheapest edibles available. Oh, and of course, the complete disconnect from the food source. I mean, really, I’m not sure there is anything more distant from the farm than a Costco checkout lane.

But the amazing part? Well, the amazingness is when I can get a three-pound bag of organic ground flaxseed for $8.

What can I say?  I’m a conflicted girl. A conflicted girl who loves flax. I just can’t quit you Costco.

But now that I have three pounds of ground flax, I figured it was time to expand my flax horizons. I’ve used flax in smoothies and oatmeal. And I’ve made a flax egg or two, but I’ve never used flax as the base of a recipe. Mostly because it’s expensive! But with my mondo bag, I can now afford to do some experimentation.

At some point immediately after our move, my Mama handed me a piece of paper for a flaxseed pizza crust recipe. I looked at it, thought, “That’s a cool idea!” and then immediately lost the piece of paper among all the boxes, bubble wrap and change of address forms. But the idea stuck with me. And even though I couldn’t remember any of the ingredients other than, duh, flaxseed, I managed to create a pretty awesome flax crust for a pizza.

There are so many great things about this flax crust. It’s totally flourless. It has four ingredients. It’s gluten-free. Thanks to the fiber level, it’s got almost no net carbs (which also makes it Skinny Rules friendly for dinner). Oh, and it has a crapton of Omega-3s and protein.

Flavor and texture-wise, it doesn’t have that doughy, crunchy texture of normal pizza crust, but it does have an amazing, nutty, fluffy texture that makes one heck of a good pizza. I also think it’ll make a good base for a cookie. But I’m still working on that one.

I chose to make little pizza bites (like Bagel Bites, without the preservatives, artificial colors, or artificial flavors). It would work just as well in full pizza size. Just make sure to spread out the crust to about 1/4″ thick so it cooks all the way through.

One of flaxseed cup down. At least 10,239 to go.

Flax Crust Pizza Bites

by Cassie Johnston

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Makes: 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup finely-ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Your favorite pizza toppings

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine flax, eggs, Parmesan and oregano. Mixture will be sticky. Let rest for 5-10 minutes or until the crust is easy-to-handle.
  3. To make pizza bites, take a small amount of the dough and form into a ball roughly 1-1/2″-2″ in diameter. Press into a flat, thin disc (about 1/4″ thick) and place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough. You should have enough dough to make about a dozen mini crusts.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 8-10 minutes or until the dough is golden brown. Remove from oven, top with pizza sauce, toppings and cheese. Return to oven for 8-10 minutes or until the cheese is browned and bubbly.
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12 Comments

  1. I got a huge container of ground flax from TJ Maxx of all places. That will be put to great use with this recipe, thanks!

    • Huh! I had no idea they sold food at TJ Maxx. I’m always distracted by the crazy cheap clothes and purses. :P

  2. When you live in isolated areas, bulk stores are sort of a must. We make a two hour trek every couple of months to Cash & Carry and Winco. At Winco, I shop almost exclusively in the bulk bins -spices, dried nuts and fruits, etc,, -all to go into my homemade goodness! I buy 25 lb bags of oats and 3lb jars of honey for granola, and vats of olive oil and nuts for home made (garden fresh) pesto. If I were to buy that locally (which I know is good for the ecomy) I would spend at least twice as much for half as much – which isn’t good for MY economy! We do just like you do – buy big portions of things we use often, cook and freeze for two.

    • It definitely is a necessary evil. For us to buy olive oil at the local Mom and Pop grocery store, we’d be spending three or four times what we spend at Costco. It makes me a little sad, but you gotta do what’s right for your family.

  3. Uh- yeah! Totally making this on Friday! This is why I love that we designated that day as “pizza Friday” every week in my house. It seems like I find a new recipe for a different kind of crust every week!
    I will be watching out for that cookie recipe…
    I had to quit my Costco membership. The people with their big giant shopping carts everywhere made me nuts. And don’t even get me started on the parking lot!

    • Every Friday is pizza night in our house, too! :)

  4. Ooh, these crusts sound delicious!

    I LOVE costco. Bulk packs of carrots, dates and spinach are a dream come true – and here in Sydney they have gigantic bags of quinoa which are perfect when you’re a quinoa addict :P

    • We bought two giant things of dates. SO GOOD. And I totally got that giant bag of quinoa last trip. I use quinoa all the time and I’m still working on it!

  5. I tend to have the same problem with Costco. It’s definitely a love/hate relationship but when I can get a 4 pound bag of quinoa for 8 bucks? Uhhhh can’t turn that down!

    • Me either! I love that deal. :)

  6. Wow, these look great! I think they’d make an awesome(and filling!) snack for my kids. And me, of course, :D

  7. Hi Cassie! I started reading your blog a month or so ago and I think you’re my long lost twin sister. The one thing where we might be different is I’m an introvert, which is why I never comment:) But I just have to say that I feel you on the guilt for shopping at Costco, BUT – Costco has really good labor practices. They pay a family wage and good benefits, and employees have opportunities for promotion. So at least you can feel good about that!

    The thing I always remember, too, is that other than shopping farmers markets, there really is no local option for the grocery store. At least where I live, every single one is a chain. So I feel okay buying stuff at Costco.

    Thanks for writing this blog:)

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