flax crust pizza bites (flourless, gluten-free, low-carb)
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
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Makes: 2 servings
- 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
- Preheat oven to 400°. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.