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Easy, Delicious Wheat Free / Gluten Free Pizza

Updated on September 24, 2012

Wheat free / Gluten free pizza so good you won't miss the 'regular' kind

Been craving a slice of pizza? Real pizza, I mean, not a pizza wannabe that tastes gluten-free. Did you know you can easily make a crust with a wonderful balance of chewiness, crispiness and homemade flavor that will satisfy your taste buds and even earn raves from people without dietary restrictions? Best of all, it's easy and quick to make. No finding obscure ingredients, no waiting for dough to rise, just delicious pizza in about an hour from start to eating.

A pizza crust mix based on a traditional Brazilian cheese bread is the key to this pizza magic. Learn all about it, what's in it, and my tricks for preparing it. I've served this to family and friends nearly every Friday night for over 6 years, so I've really got it down. You'll enjoy fabulous pizza again and feel great about serving it.

photo credit: BunnyFabulous

Chebe brand pizza crust mix

A wheat-free pizza eater's discovery of a delicious crust.

I was diagnosed with mild allergies to both wheat and corn in 1998 after several years of dealing with a lack of energy, and digestive problems. Three months of rapid weight gain led me to consult a nutritionist and an allergist. Years of unknowingly eating bread, corn-based cereals and all those products with high-fructose corn syrup had killed off the good bacteria in my digestive system and food was mostly just fermenting in there and eventually turning into fat. I had to make drastic dietary changes to get back to being able to digest normally and avoid potential thyroid problems.

I was at a loss as to how to completely revamp my eating habits, and scoured health food stores for replacements for my favorite meals. I ended up getting a pizza crust recipe from a friend with Celiac disease, but it was nearly tasteless and doughy in a not-so-appealing way. Even the best toppings couldn't save it.

Soon I moved to a city with a better health food store that stocked Chebe pizza crust in the baking aisle. It looked intriguing, so tried it once, and was hooked. My wheat & gluten-eating husband loved it so much that he declared Friday to be our weekly pizza night. Seven years later, we still look forward to starting off our weekend with Chebe pizza. I've served it to quite a few people who were unaware of my dietary restrictions, and all have commented on what a great pizza I make. They especially remark about the crust.

photo credit: BunnyFabulous

At right: an example of a baked crust

Chebe has changed the preparation instructions from when the product actually came out. Of course, following the instructions on the back of the bag the first time and then tweaking it from there is a great place to start.

Or, you can benefit from my years of Chebe pizza crust baking experience and try it my home-kitchen tested way instead:

  • Prep time: 25 min
  • Cook time: 35 min
  • Ready in: 1 hour
  • Yields: 8-10 slices, depending on how you cut it

Ingredients

  • 1 box Chebe pizza crust mix
  • 2 Tbs. oil (I use olive oil)
  • 2 eggs (or equivalent amount of egg replacer
  • prepared)
  • 4 -5 ounces grated or shredded parmesan cheese (NOT the stuff in the green can)
  • 4 -6 Tbs. milk or soymilk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Using a fork or a dough mixer (I prefer a KitchenAid mixer with the regular mixing attachment), combine Chebe mix with the olive oil, eggs, and parmesan. With the mixer still going, add 4 Tbs of the milk/soymilk. If there is still a bit of powder at the bottom of the bowl after mixing thoroughly, the dough is too dry, so add more milk/soymilk 1 Tablespoon at a time. Make sure the dough is smooth and well-blended
  2. With your hands, work dough into a ball shape. Cover a pizza stone or pizza baking pan with foil or parchment paper. If using foil, spray with nonstick cooking spray. Place the dough in the middle of the foil/parchment paper and flatten to approx. 1/8 inch thickness with a rolling pin. Hint: spray the rolling pin with nonstick cooking spray for best results.
  3. Bake for 22 minutes. Remove from oven and add pizza sauce and toppings. The edges of the crust may have rounded up; don't worry. They'll flatten out a bit and it won't make any difference. Bake the crust with toppings for an additional 12 minutes.
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What Does Chebe Pizza Crust NOT Contain?

According to the manufacturer, it is FREE of the following: wheat, soy, gluten, corn, lactose/casein, potato, yeast, peanuts, tree nuts, and MSG

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Variations on the crust

Other dietary restrictions? Some work-around tips.

Here are a few variations to the actual crust to further tailor it to your dietary needs:

Shredded soy cheese instead of parmesan:

Crust had a somewhat harder, crispier consistency. The soy cheese shreds don't incorporate quite as well, and can get a bit overcooked. Watch the amount of time in the oven.

Egg substitutes:

The Chebe website recommends the following:

* 3 Tbs. liquid gelatin. If dough is too dry, add water by the Tbs. until you reach correct consistency, or

* Use gelatin as above and also add 1 tsp. egg replacer mixed w/ 2 Tbs. of water, or

* 3 tsp Egg Sub + 4 Tbs. warm water, or...

* Mix 1 T. flax seeds in 1 c. of water. Bring to a boil, simmer gently for 15 minutes, then cool. It turns very gummy and egg-like.

Alternative milk products:

I've used vanilla soymilk almost exclusively instead of cow's milk, and it's been delicious. Rice milk would keep the consistency correct but might be a bit sweeter.

Another wheat-free, gluten-free variation to the crust:

For a subtle spicy undertone to the crust, add 1 tsp chili sauce with garlic to the crust mixture. You can usually find chili sauce in the Asian cooking section of your grocery store. The brand we've used is Hokan. A couple drops of Tabasco works too.

Alternative ways to enjoy Chebe pizza crust mix

Get creative. Use these as a jumping off point to think of your own!

Calzones:

Divide prepared dough into 4 even pieces. Flatten each piece to around 1/8". Add filling on one side of piece. Fold over the other half and crimp the edges. Note: if dough edges get wet from filling it is hard to crimp. Be careful to mend any holes. Brush with olive iol. Bake for 20-25 min or until golden. Use whatever you want for filling...pizza filling, tomato sauce, sausage, etc.

Soup Bowl:

Press the dough about 1/4" thick into ovenproof bowls (the mold), and bake for about 25 minutes or until golden. Remove from the bowl and pour in soup. For a harder bowl, bake at 425 degrees for about 20 min.

Crackers:

Flatten dough to the thickness of a tortilla. Place on a baking sheet and cut into bite-size pieces. Bake about 20 minutes at 375 degrees, or until lightly browned and crispy. Keep an eye on them in the last minutes. Store in an airtight container in the cupboard.

The backstory of Chebe Pizza Crust

A cheese bread with South American roots

The Chebe (pronounced CHEE-bee) line of products are based on pão de queijo, described by Wikipedia as

"small, cheese-flavored rolls, a popular snack and breakfast food in Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and northern Argentina. The inexpensive snack is often sold from streetside stands or by vendors carrying a heat-preserving container.

They are distinctive not only because they are made of cassava or corn flour, but also because the inside is chewy and moist."

Chebe's base of cassava (also known as yuca, manioc or tapioca) provides the perfect texture for pizza crust and better yet, is flavorful and can be eaten by people with gluten sensitivities and allergies to many common foods.

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Favorite toppings

Here are my personal favorites, but it's your pizza. It's up to you to decorate it.

After much experimentation, my husband and I have our traditional pizza down cold. Here it is:

Cover the crust with Ragu homestyle pizza sauce then add mozzarella cheese. Add a layer of pepperoni, some green peppers, onions and black olives. Sprinkle with more mozzarella and parmesan.

The crust really does great with any toppings. Try BBQ chicken pizza, shrimp pesto pizza, or any other creative way to top your pie.

So what do you think about this pizza crust?

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    • Lynn Klobuchar profile image

      Lynn Klobuchar 3 years ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota

      Sounds interesting. Nice to see it on Amazon. I will give it a try. The texture issue is what gets me with gluten free items. Thanks for sharing!

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      GlutenFreeGuru 4 years ago

      chebe crust mix is the best! I added this lens as a favorite

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      ohcaroline 4 years ago

      i'm gonna have to try this chebe crust mix. sounds interesting.

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      E L Seaton 4 years ago from Virginia

      It took this pizza lens to get my attention on gluten free. Good on ya! COUNTRYLUTHIER blessed.

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      lshields lm 5 years ago

      Will have to try this, this would be great for my husband. Thanks for the great information.

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      LilyBird 5 years ago

      Thank you for this lens. I'm gluten sensitive and allergic to corn. Occasionally I'll buy a store bought gluten-free pizza crust (which usually has corn in it) because I'm beyond craving pizza. I'm thrilled to know there's another alternative and it sounds like it taste great! Thank you.

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      Tony Bonura 5 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      This does sound good! Thanks, I liked this lens so much that I featured it in my new lens October Is National Pizza Month.

      TonyB

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Sounds tasty!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am a long-time lover of Chebe bread. I have tried different things for pizza crust over the years, but my absolute favorite pizza crust is made from the Chebe bread original mix (not the pizza crust mix), prepare as directed on the box, except I leave out the cheese. Baked on a pizza stone sprayed with nonstick spray for about 15 minutes. Add the toppings and bake for another 10-15 minutes. Best pizza ever.

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      Wedding Mom 5 years ago

      I am sure this is delicious. I'd love to have a slice.

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      jholland 5 years ago

      Sounds great. I'd love to try it.

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      GeekGirl1 5 years ago

      Looks yummy. I will give this a try. Thanks.

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      Black-Hair-Care 5 years ago

      Thank you for this informative page. I eat gluten free foods and had never heard of this brand before reading your page. I'll be trying it out real soon.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I have a friend who eats Gluten Free so will be sharing this page with him. I have never heard of Gluten-Free Chebe Mixes. Interesting.

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      My daughter has celiacs and this is something we will definitely be making! Thank you!

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      My gluten-intolerant daughter is going to love you for this! :)

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      Thanks for this, Bunny! I've been looking for a way to experiment w/ gluten free - just to see how I feel without it in my life for a while. This will be interesting! :) Kath

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      CornellRedhead 5 years ago

      I'm obsessed with gluten-free pizza. Have tried it all. Thanks for the lens!

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      MintySea 6 years ago

      I can eat wheat but I am glad you found a crust you like

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      Looks great!

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      BunnyFabulous 6 years ago from Central Florida

      @anonymous: This pizza is just too good not to share. I'm always glad to get the word out about delicious treats that fellow wheat free and/or gluten-free folks can enjoy. I've eaten too much yucky GF stuff.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wow! This pizza crust mix sounds like a winner for those who have to avoid gluten and other ingredients. It would be so hard to have to live without pizza and now, they don't have to. Thanks for getting the word out.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This pizza is awesome!!! I'm ready to order my own Chebe pizza mix. Great suggestions for alternate pizza creations.

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      spritequeen lm 6 years ago

      I'm always on the hunt for new pizza crust recipes, as I LOVE pizza, and really miss the 'real stuff'. Thanks for sharing!

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      Loretta 6 years ago from United States

      I've only been gluten free for a few weeks and I'd really love some pizza right about now, so I'll have to look for these!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thank you for adding this genuinely wheta free lens to the plexo on my Lens about wheat free dieting. This looks like a great resource for making wheat free pizza, which I think I will just have to try :)

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      JennyShares 6 years ago

      love your lens!

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      Ben Reed 6 years ago from Redcar

      Great lens.

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      BunnyFabulous 6 years ago from Central Florida

      @ChrisDay LM: Here's the ingredient list straight from the package: Manioc (tapioca) flour, modified manioc starch (100% manioc), iodine-free sea salt, garlic, onion, oregano

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      Looks great but Chebe probably not available in UK - anyway, we only buy organic food - do you have the ingredients?

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      BunnyFabulous 7 years ago from Central Florida

      @SlimSylv: Thanks for the feedback, and welcome to Squidoo! In checking with Chebe, it looks like they currently carry it in-store in the USA and Canada only, so it looks like Amazon would be your best bet. Wish a product like this was available in-store worldwide.

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      SlimSylv 7 years ago

      Great lens. Do I have to buy these products through Amazon oe E-Bay, or can I buy them at any stores in Sydney? Particularly interested in the Wheat free Pizza & Bread. Your recipes for the Pizza sound great. I am new to Squidoo, so pls excuse my ignorance of the process.

      Thanks

      SlimSylv

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      SlimSylv 7 years ago

      Can you buy this product, ( Chebe Pizza & wheat free bread) anywhere In Sydney? or do I have to buy it through Amazon?

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      This looks pretty good... I'm glad you're able to enjoy pizza again!