This recipe was originally published in July 2018. It has been updated for content and photos.
Pizza dough has never been easier to make, no rising time, no kneading your dough, no rolling and no stretching. You are going to LOVE this lentil pizza crust!
Here’s a few reasons why
- It’s SO easy to make! Like crazy easy. Just add everything to your blender, process till smooth, pour and spread onto your pizza tray and bake. So much faster than traditional pizza dough.
- This lentil pizza is truly HEALTHY! The crust is made using split red lentils, water and seasoning. That’s it!
- Diet friendly. Pizza and dieting don’t typically go hand in hand, but this crust is super low in calories, so go ahead and enjoy, without ANY of the guilt.
- Allergen friendly. This recipe is free from all common allergens. It’s not only gluten free, but also grain free. It’s dairy free, egg free, soy free, nut free and corn free.
Plus, can you ever have too many pizza options?
Nah, I didn’t think so.
How to make it
(This is a summary with step by step photos, full recipe measurements and instructions are in the recipe card below.)
Gather your ingredients and preheat your oven.
Then add all the ingredients to a high speed blender. Process on high until smooth and completely pureed. (photos 1-2)
Pour the batter onto a 12″ pizza tray that is lined with parchment paper. Pour the batter in the center of your tray, as you would a pancake. (photo 3)
Then carefully spread it towards the edges using a silicone spatula. Or lift the pan and tilt it side to side. (photos 4-5)
NOTE: Do your best to get your crust as evenly spread as possible. Be mindful of the center so that it is not too thick, in order to get the crispiest crust possible.
Bake in your preheated oven for about 12 minutes and then remove it and use the parchment paper to help flip the crust over. (photos 6-7)
Once flipped, gently peel the parchment paper off your dough. (photo 8)
Then return it to the oven for an additional 5 minutes, or until nicely golden. (photo 9)
Top your pizza as desired, making sure to use precooked veggies and return to the oven for 3-5 minutes. Enjoy.
How to top your pizza
Top your lentil pizza with your favourite pizza toppings.
Some topping ideas for you:
- Sautéed onions, peppers, and mushrooms with steamed broccoli.
- Jalapeno or hot banana peppers with red onion and pineapple.
- Grilled zucchini, roasted red pepper and caramelized onion.
- Very thinly sliced potato, sautéed onion and rosemary.
- Caramelized onion, roasted red peppers and black or green olives.
Or make it a Mexican style pizza, using salsa or enchilada sauce for your base sauce. Then top it with black or refried beans, corn, green onion and jalapeno. Serve it with guacamole or cashew cream for dipping.
- Make sure it’s evenly spread! For the best tasting, crispiest crust possible, do your best not to leave thicker spots. Be extra mindful of the center when spreading your crust to the edges. Thicker spots won’t crisp up as well.
- Don’t spread TOO thin. Try not to fuss with the parchment paper when spreading your dough. Gently spread the batter across your tray without moving the parchment paper side to side or you may create gaps and lifted spots in your dough. The wet parchment will crease easily, so don’t use much force to spread the batter around.
- Use convection bake. Convection bake uses a fan to blow the hot air around your oven. By circulating the air, you’ll get a steady, dry temperature resulting in even cooking and a crispier crust. If you don’t have a convection bake oven, you may need to cook your crust for a couple of extra minutes. Just keep an eye on it until desired crispiness is reached.
- Use the bottom rack. Cook your lentil pizza crust on the bottom rack for best results. Again, this will help increase crispiness of your dough. Since individual ovens vary greatly, just make sure to keep an eye on it to prevent it from being overdone.
- Parchment paper is your friend. Use the parchment paper to help flip the dough with ease after the first step of baking. Then gently remove the paper and discard to bake the other side.
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- 3/4 cup dry SPLIT red lentils uncooked
- 3/4 cup water
- 1.5 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp dried basil
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 3/4 tsp sea salt
Plus your choice of toppings
- Line a 12" round pizza tray with parchment paper and preheat your oven to 450 degrees F convection bake.
- Add all the ingredients to a high speed blender and process on high for about 1 minute, or until completely pureed.
- Pour the mixture on your prepared pizza tray and spread it out as thinly and evenly as possible, using a silicone spatula.
- Bake for 12 minutes. Then carefully flip the dough, remove the parchment paper and return to the oven for 5 more minutes until the crust is nicely golden.
- Top your pizza as desired and bake for a 3-5 minutes longer. Then remove from the oven and let rest for 1-2 minutes before slicing.