This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Delicious Alchemy. All opinions are 100% mine.
Most of the time being a vegetarian is easy, but on occasion I'm reminded that having a restricted diet can actually be quite awkward.
I remember making my entire family trek around a coastal village in Croatia to find a restaurant that sold anything other than seafood - only to end up eating take away pizza on the beach because that was literally the only vegetarian option in the whole town. I felt terrible, and that memory has stuck with me for nearly a decade (although to be honest, there are far worse things to be stuck having for dinner!).
Things have become a lot easier for vegetarians in the past decade or so (in the UK, at least), but I still feel sorry for people with other restricted diets, who find it difficult to find suitable things to eat. For example, people with gluten intolerances or coeliac disease - you have all my sympathy! At least my own awkward diet is due to personal choice, not health issues.
Although I don't follow a gluten-free diet myself, I do like to make my recipes as inclusive as possible (hence why I don't add cheese to absolutely everything - fist bump to my vegan friends), and I love it when food brands also play their part in making sure everyone can eat the foods they love, regardless of dietary restrictions - so I bring you, gluten free oats from Delicious Alchemy!
Although oats themselves are gluten-free, they're often processed in factories that are also used to produce things that contain gluten, so it's generally recommended that people with coeliac disease avoid oats. But, not any more! Delicious Alchemy is an awesome brand which produces all sorts of gluten-free goodies, including beautiful bread mixes and cake mixes, which are really easy to use (easy like, add a couple of eggs and stick it in the oven. My kind of easy). Their products are all dairy free too, so everyone can get involved. Since the company was started by a lady who herself has coeliac disease, Emma Killilea, you know the company has a real, personal reason to produce delicious, safe products.
Even just the colourful packaging makes me strangely happy!
If I had to follow a gluten-free diet, I know for a fact that one of the things I would miss most would be pizza (if I'm honest, I was secretly a bit happy that we got to eat pizza on the beach). So, here's my version of a gluten-free pizza crust, made from gluten-free oats.
I know an oaty pizza crust might sound a little bizarre, but trust me. I didn't only think this pizza was great for a gluten-free pizza, I thought it was great pizza full stop - so even if you and gluten are best buds, don't feel you have to skip this one! This crust is crispy around the edges, it's got a great bite to it, and each slice can easily be picked up without the crust giving way.
Now, I'm going to say something that may scare you a little: making this pizza crust involves grinding your own oat flour.
Don't run away! It's super duper easy.
Throw your oats in a blender, and bam. Oat flour. Add a few eggs and a handful of cheese (sorry vegan friends, maybe next time), and your gluten-free pizza crust is ready to use. It's pretty quick to make!
Just press the oat mixture out onto a lightly greased baking sheet (I used some baking paper too, just to be extra safe), and bake it for 15 minutes or so before adding your toppings. Make sure you press it out fairly thin - my first attempt was a little too thick, and since it's a fairly dense crust, it was just too much. So keep pressing it out until it's nice and thin.
Of course, you can top your gluten-free pizza crust with whatever you like. I went for tomato puree (but tomato sauce, salsa, or even pesto would be great too), mozzarella, and my favourite pizza toppings: mushrooms and black olives. If I was going to draw a cartoon pizza, it would be topped with mushrooms and olives - and apparently I like it when real life looks like cartoons.
Another 15 minutes in the oven, and you've got yourself an amazing gluten-free pizza.
Do you follow a gluten-free diet, or are you into all things wheaty? Either way, I'd really recommend giving Delicious Alchemy's gluten-free oats, bread mixes and cake mixes a try - they're great quality, and really easy to use. You can check out the Delicious Alchemy Twitter or Delicious Alchemy Facebook, or visit the website to find out more - oh, and you can even get 20% off with the code DA20%off (just because you're all so awesome).
Oaty gluten-free pizza crust
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For the gluten-free pizza crust:
- 170 g gluten-free oats (~ 1 ¾ cups)
- 3 eggs
- 60 g cheddar cheese, grated (~ ¾ cup when grated)
- Black pepper
- Oil for greasing
- Tomato sauce (or similar)
- Grated cheese
- Your choice of toppings
- Preheat the oven to 190°C (Gas Mark 5 / 375°F).
- Add the oats to a high-powered blender, and blitz until a fine flour is formed.
- Transfer the oat flour to a large bowl, and add the eggs, grated cheddar, and some salt and pepper. With clean hands, mix well.
- Line a baking sheet with baking paper, and lightly grease it.
- Transfer the pizza dough to the baking sheet, and press it out into your desired shape (mine was a rectangle that measured approximately 11 x 9 inches). You want the crust to be quite thin - I found it easiest to disperse the dough in several dollops around the baking sheet before pressing it into one large crust.
- When you're happy with your crust shape, place it in the oven for around 15 minutes, until lightly browned.
- Add the tomato sauce, grated cheese, and your chosen toppings, then return to the oven for a further 15 minutes, or until the pizza is cooked to your liking.
Nutritional information is approximate, and will depend on your exact ingredients. Please calculate your own nutritional values if you require accuracy for health reasons.
Note: nutritional information is approximate, and will depend on exactly what ingredients you choose. Table shows information for one serving, crust only.