Have you guys heard of socca pizza? Until recently I hadn’t either, but after discovering this simple to make and healthful gluten free crust alternative, socca pizza has quickly become my new favorite thing. Whilst browsing for easy gluten free pizza crusts I could make sans packaged mix, I stumbled upon several recipes for socca pizza. I was intrigued, nay fascinated by this delicious sounding easy peasy crust concoction. I knew I had to try it, and so I got to the kitchen to whip up my take on socca pizza – lightened up and for one.
Socca pizza crust is made using garbanzo bean flour, essentially making a chickpea flatbread, ready to smother with all your favorite pizza toppings and goodies. To make socca pizza crust all you need is a hot oven and a cast iron skillet (and if you don’t have one you can use a round baking pan) and garbanzo bean flour and you’re good to go. This is seriously some pizza you can eat-za each and every day.
Socca Pizza For One
- 1/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons garbanzo bean flour (I used Bob’s)
- scant 1/2 cup cold water
- 1/8 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon olive oil (optional)
To make the batter, combine the garbanzo bean flour, water, olive oil, and seasonings in a blender and blend until thoroughly combined and smooth. The consistency should be a little bit looser than pancake batter. Put the batter into the refrigerator until ready to use.
Spray a 6.5 inch cast iron skillet with a thin layer of olive oil cooking spray. Place the pan in the oven and preheat the oven to 400°F. If you don’t have a skillet use a baking pan instead.
When the oven is preheated, pour the batter into the pan.
Bake for approx 15 minutes, until the top of the socca has started to lightly brown in places.
Remove pizza crust from the oven, add toppings, and return to oven.
Bake socca in the oven for 10-15 additional minutes, or until cheese has melted. (Alternatively, you could broil the pizza for 2-3 minutes.)
Transfer to a plate, cut into four slices and serve!
Nutritional Facts per pizza crust: (with olive oil) 185 calories, 5.3 g fat, 7.5 g fiber, 4.5 g sugar, 9 g protein
Nutritional Facts per pizza crust: (without olive oil) 165 calories, 3 g fat, 7.5 g fiber, 4.5 g sugar, 9 g protein
Not only is this recipe delish but it’s crazy good for you as well. Check out some stellar facts about garbanzos:
Also known as chickpeas, these beans are protein power houses with 10g per 1/4 cup. They contain an amazing amount of fiber with 8g per 1/4 cup. An excellent source of the trace mineral molybdenum, garbanzo beans help in the process of detoxification of sulfites. This mineral is an important component of the enzyme sulfite oxidase, which is involved in this detoxification process.
Amaze. Super healthy, protein packed and SUPAH delicious gluten free pizza crust that’s the simplest thing ever to make?!?!?! Pretty sure that spells pizza party, right now. Seriously. Right. Now.
Andddd since I know you all have missed my super awkward super weird songs I sing whilst baking/eating here’s the diddy that went down for this one:
To the tune of Ricky Martin’s Livin La Vida Loca:
Upside, inside out, she’s eating the pizza socca
She’ll bite the crust right down, eating the pizza socca
The sauce is devil red and the cheese looks like tapioca
She will wear you out eating the pizza socca, Come On!
Eating the pizza socca, Come on!
She’s eating the pizza socca…… (Bite)
(Than I chasse around my kitchen doing what one could call Latin inspired dance moves – think air maracas and fake skirt waves – screaming “ay ay ay!” and eating my pizza in between smooth moves)
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