Oatmeal Pizza Crust

I am here not to tell you that you should drop your family’s favourite pizza recipe, stop making pizza or that pizza is bad for you. No, none of that is true. What I am here to offer you is an easy flourless oatmeal pizza crust solution, if you are not “a flour girl” (oops, that sounds weird but I like it) like me and are looking for a simple yet lighter Friday night pizza solution.

What I mostly love about a rolled oats pizza crust is an absence of flour mess and no bloating (I just need to place a printed recipe on my husband’s pillow). I do not make my own dough for one of the reasons mentioned before, but rather buy whole wheat pizza dough at my local Italian deli (I special order 10 at a time since it is a special order) and make homemade pizza nights, I absolutely do and will keep doing it. However, it is hard to stop at 2 slices and I end up eating way more and then feeling bloated.

Oatmeal Pizza Crust with toppings

I came to a conclusion that bloating from wheat products is quite “normal” if you eat more than one slice of pizza or a small handful of spaghetti. My stomach just feels heavy and it is not a sign that I am gluten intolerant or sensitive. The key is moderation, in everything. So these 2 reasons above gave me enough motivation to master an oatmeal crust pizza, so I could eat more veggies but still on top of pizza and with cheese. 

Can I confess (have you noticed how honest I am becoming as I age)? I made cauliflower pizza crust recipe only twice in my life. Not because it is bad, not at all, it holds by the slice and is delicious. Because it is just a wee bit too much work and almond flour pizza crust takes much less time.

Slice of pizza with Oatmeal Pizza Crust

Oatmeal crust does hold toppings quite well and no need for a fork and knife.

Oatmeal in food processor

Oatmeal, salt, seasoning and eggs in food processor

I tried to keep cheese and eggs to a minimum, but let’s face it – pizza dough needs a binder since oats do not contain gluten like wheat, to expand and bind together.

Ingredients for Oatmeal Pizza Crust combined in food processor

The dough comes out pretty thick.

Oatmeal Pizza Crust dough

The best way to form a pizza crust is by dropping spoonfuls of dough on a baking sheet and flattening it with wet hands. Wet hands are crucial and think of it similar to working with clay process. Your edges do not have to be perfect, neither does the shape.

Oatmeal Pizza Crust

Oatmeal pizza crust comes out a bit lightly brown.

Oatmeal Pizza Crust pizza going into oven

And here is what I learnt about making pizza in America: any shape baking sheet or pizza stone works (lined with parchment paper for an oatmeal crust pizza). You can also bake both crusts at same time on both racks. Obviously, the top one will bake a tiny bit longer, so once the bottom rack pizza crust is ready, take it out and place a top one on a bottom for a few more minutes.

BBQ chicken on skillet for oatmeal pizza crust topping

OK, now onto the healthy BBQ chicken pizza I have going on here. You can turn your oatmeal crust into any pizza you want: cheese pizza for kids (and you), vegan pizza with only veggies and dairy free cheese or I chose to make a satisfying meaty pizza. I made a double batch of clean eating BBQ sauce, used some for pizza and we still have leftovers for when it’s Alex’s turn to cook (he is always looking for a sauce in a fridge, which is a rare commodity to come by in Olena’s fridge:)).

So that’s it. Easy peasy. Enjoy!

Oatmeal Pizza Crust with toppings

Oatmeal pizza crust with chicken, bbq sauce, red onion and cheese.

Oatmeal Pizza Crust

Oatmeal Pizza Crust Recipe with simple ingredients, uses a food processor, takes minutes to make and creates no flour mess. Not to mention no bloating and delish healthy BBQ Chicken Pizza Recipe included.
5 from 13 votes
Servings 2 approx. 8" pizza crusts
Calories 415
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes

Ingredients 
 

Oatmeal Pizza Crust:

Healthy BBQ Chicken Oatmeal Pizza:

  • 1 lb boneless chicken thighs and/or breasts cut up in small pieces
  • Healthy BBQ Sauce*
  • Favourite cheese sliced
  • Red onion thinly sliced
  • Cilantro chopped
  • Oatmeal Pizza Crusts

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees, line 2 pizza stones, round pans or large baking sheets with unbleached parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.
  • In a food processor, add cheese and process on High until fine crumbs form. Add oats, salt, garlic powder, herbs and eggs; process on High until thick dough forms.
  • Divide dough between 2 previously prepared baking sheets placing it in dollops. Using wet hands, flatten dough and shape it into round thin crust, about 1/4 an inch (just think of the thickness you would like your crust to be - dough doesn’t rise).
  • Bake for 25 minutes (place both trays in the oven at once and then just bake the top one on a bottom rack a few extra minutes). Remove from the oven, top with sauce, your favourite toppings and cheese. Bake at 450 degrees F until cheese is melted.
  • BBQ Chicken Pizza: In a large non-stick ceramic skillet, add chicken and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add desired amount of BBQ sauce and turn off the heat. Spread desired amount of sauce on previously baked oatmeal pizza crust, top with desired amount of cheese, BBQ chicken, red onions and cilantro. Bake at 450 degrees F until cheese is melted.
  • You can hold pizza by the slice, it holds very well and the crust is very crunchy and thin like on a thin crust pizza. If you like that! Enjoy!

Notes

  • Freeze: Crust only. Fully cook, cool completely and freeze in a large Ziploc bag for up to 3 months. Bake with toppings as per instructions + a few extra minutes.
  • *Make double batch of the sauce - it is so easy to make, goes with anything and keeps refrigerated for weeks.

Nutrition

Calories: 415kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 26.5g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 331mg | Sodium: 1461mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 2g
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Author: Olena Osipov
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Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Omg! Made this today! Absolutely love it. Tip…. I added and extra egg and half cup grated zucchini to crust mix. Easier to spread with the extra egg. And crust is still sturdy/firm and supports the toppings. I put sausage, onion, tomato, diced zucchini (my garden is out of control) peppers and olives. Traditional pizza sauce and shredded cheese.
    Love this gluten free recipe!!!
    Will definitely make this again with different varieties of toppings

  2. 5 stars
    This tasted and turned out great. But it is very hard to spread onto the pan. I did it with wet hands and it took forever. I have arthritis and tender hands and it really made my hands hurt. Is there an easier way to spread it on the pan?

    1. You could try a rolling pan sprayed with cooking spray and see if that helps! Glad you enjoyed the end result.

    2. Add and extra egg!!! And spread it with a spatula. I also put half cup shredded zucchini. But I think it was the extra egg that made it spread easily. Good luck! Try it again

  3. 5 stars
    I can’t eat salicylates so oats have been a staple in my diet for a year. I did a different version of this… mixed the crust ingredients in a bowl using my own ground oats, parsley instead of garlic powder or Italian spices, and a little extra cheese. Then after baking the crust, I made a topping with roasted garlic, Parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese. Absolutely delicious! The crust has a corn meal texture that is really lovely. This will be in my regular repertoire from now on!

  4. 5 stars
    I was really afraid it won’t taste good as the majority of healthy food and my entire family was looking at what i was doing like i am crazy but when we all tasted it we were amazed.
    Thank you thank you thank you for making dieting easier.

  5. 5 stars
    This crust was fun to make and tasty. As a traditional rolling pin baker I was somewhat leery of working with the dough, but it turned out well and was loved by our family. We will definitely make this again. Looking forward to following Olena’s other recipes!

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