Pizza is such a quintessential American food. It’s the perfect choice for a party one of those nights when you just don’t feel like cooking. Unfortunately, the traditional pizza, with its cheesy doughy deliciousness, is not part of a healthy paleo diet. Both cheese and grains are not approved paleo foods. What has a paleo-following pizza lover to do?
Hit the kitchen. These 50 paleo pizza recipes are sure to help you stick on plan. Using paleo-friendly ingredients, they attempt to create everything you love about your favorite pizza combinations. As you experiment, you’re sure to find a few favorites that become your new go-to recipes. While it might be more work than ordering take-out, you’ll feel better after making healthier choices.
1. Paleo Pizza Recipe
To make up for the fact that you can’t have cheese on the pizza, this recipe uses a lot of other bold flavors to make it more interesting. Onions and peppers provide a rich taste while the Thai sauce gives it a big kick. The thin and crispy crust requires a bit of prep, but not as much as if you were making a yeast crust. What’s nice about this recipe is the faux cheese made from eggs and coconut milk. It helps keep the ingredients on the pizza.
2. Cauliflower Pizza Crust
If you’ve been following the paleo diet for a while, you know how versatile cauliflower can be. Did you know that you can also use it to make a pizza crust? You mix cooked, finely grated cauliflower with some eggs and seasonings to create a crust. You’re not going to fool anyone with this. It won’t taste anything like a regular pizza crust, but it’s a sturdy base for your favorite pizza toppings.
3. Mini Paleo Chicken Pesto Pizzas
This paleo pizza recipe makes use of the cauliflower crust, but forms it into delightful mini-pizzas. It then goes on to use a pesto sauce rather than a tomato sauce and tops it off with some cooked chicken. The result is a small burst of flavor that’s perfect for serving at your next gathering. To mix things up, you could even top each mini-crust with a different type of topping.
4. Cauliflower Pizza
The addition of nutritional yeast into this paleo pizza crust is going to give it a slight cheesy favor, which might compensate a bit for the lack of real cheese. Note that rather than using traditional pizza crust, the recipe calls for a thick tomato paste. This gives the recipe a bit of heft that it might not otherwise have. Another key to making this taste great is really piling it up with the veggies and meats you like.
5. Pizza Crust
If you’re really missing the taste of a real pizza crust and just not getting it from the cauliflower pizza crusts, give this paleo pizza recipe a try. With the coconut flower and touch of honey, there’s a bit of sweetness in this recipe, but that’s balanced out with the addition of real salt and any of the savory toppings you choose to add to it. It will produce a thin crust, but it’s a lot more like real pizza crust than some of the other versions.
6. Paleo Pizza Crust
This recipe uses several of the same ingredients from the previous recipe, but it also incorporates time-honored pizza spices like garlic, basil, and oregano into the mix. This gives you a pizza crust that has more of a pizza flavor, even without the added toppings. If you’ve always preferred the thin pizza crusts to the thick styles, this just might be the perfect recipe for you. Once you’ve made the crust, you can top it with whatever toppings you like.
7. Pumpkin Pie Dessert Pizza
When people think about pizza, they’re typically thinking about the spicy, cheesy type, but a lot of pizza restaurants are starting to add dessert pizzas to the menu. You can too, with this sweet paleo pizza recipe. You start by making a sweet crust from almond and coconut flour, then top it with a spiced pumpkin puree and drizzle it with an icing. It looks and tastes decadent, but it’s actually made with healthy ingredients that are paleo-friendly.
8. Rustic Paleo Tomato Galette with Arugula Basil Pesto
Do you know what a galette is? It’s a French dish that looks like a pie cooked without the pie pan. In this version, you start with a paleo-friendly pie crust, roll it out into a thin circle, top with a pesto sauce and some sliced tomatoes, and fold up the sides of the galette to contain the toppings. The result is a delightful pizza bursting with the flavor of tomatoes fresh from the garden. One tip here is to add some arugula to the basil pesto to add a bit more nutrition. You won’t even notice it.
9. Paleo Lebanese Flatbread
If you’re looking for something simple, but different, this might just be your new favorite recipe. This recipe for “manakish” is easy to make and tastes great. Rather than loading up the pizza with a lot of toppings, you simply top a premade paleo pizza crust with a bit of olive oil and a za’atar spread. This is a common blend of spices, and you should be able to find it in your local grocery store. Since there aren’t any toppings on this, it might work better as a small snack, an appetizer at a party or a side dish to go with the rest of your meal.
10. Grilled Paleo Pizza
Grilling a pizza adds a smoky flavor that transforms the dish from boring to fabulous. Start with this crispy paleo pizza crust, add a few toppings and throw it on the grill for a few minutes. You’ll get the grilled lines and the taste you love. This recipe also has a pro tip about creating your own pizza sauce from scratch when you don’t want to use a premade sauce. It’s the perfect solution for those times when opening up a jar might mean wasting a large portion.