Article Published on May 23, 2016
This healthy, home-made spelt pizza means that you will win dinner-chef tonight! You're welcome!
This recipe can be made gluten-free by substituting the spelt flour for brown rice flour.
Spelt vs. Gluten Free
Spelt is an ancient grain that contains numerous health benefits. Part of the wheat family, it is much more nutritious than whole wheat; however, it is not gluten free. It is only an option for those who can tolerate a moderate amount of gluten on occasion. Spelt is nutty and high in fiber and protein.
In the case of those with gluten intolerance or celiac, brown rice flour is an excellent substitute as it is gluten free. You can simply substitute cup for cup in this recipe. If you find that the crust is too dry, try adding in more water or a 1 tablespoon of arrowroot flour.
- 1 ¼ cup whole spelt flour
- ¼ cup ground flax seeds
- ½ cup water
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon honey or preferred sweetener
- Pinch sea salt
- 2 large onions, finely sliced
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 cup arugula
- 1 bulb garlic, roasted
- 2 tablespoons crumbled goat cheese, or Daiya cheese for vegan option
Preheat oven to 375 F. Cut the tip off the whole head of garlic so that every clove is exposed at the top. Place on square of aluminum foil, sprinkle with tablespoon of oil. Seal tightly and bake at 375 F for 45 minutes to an hour, until the garlic is golden and very soft. Cool about 5 minutes, then pinch the cloves from the bottom up so that the soft garlic meat is squeezed out. Set aside the soft garlic in a small bowl.
Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-low heat in a pan, and add the onions. Sauté until soft and golden brown, about 10–15 minutes.
Line a round pan with parchment paper. Mix flour, flax, and salt in large bowl and set aside. In a measuring cup, measure ½ cup water. Then add oil, honey, and salt and mix well.
Pour the wet mixture over the dry and toss with fork. Once it starts to come together, knead with your hands about 2 minutes. It should be a soft dough, but one that holds together. Using firm pressure, press the dough with you knuckles evenly over the pizza pan. Let the dough extend a little onto the rim of the pan. Prick the surface with a fork and then bake for 10 minutes at 375 F.
Assemble the Pizza
Increase oven temperature to 400F. Spread the roasted garlic evenly over the pre baked pizza crust, then top with caramelized onions, greens and crumbled goat cheese. Bake the pizza for about 15 minutes until heated through and edges of crust are deep golden.
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