Reaching for Normal & a Homemade Paleo Pizza Crust

I’ve been home from the Dominican Republic for over two weeks now. Some things I left: toys, stickers, bubbles. Pieces of heart. Some things I brought: stories, new friends, that clear reminder that God is using us to save lives.

But, like I said, I’m home. Still a little tired and emotionally hung over. But I came back to Beau. Fell hard into his arms. His comforting love entering my weary.

I usually try to cling fast to some kind of new normal when I get home. Defiantly opposing any attempt to become numb.

So we entered the kitchen and cooked. We made our Friday night meal because we always have the ingredients. We made pizza. Pizza with a paleo crust.

The BEST homemade paleo pizza crust! Healthy and delicious!

And I accepted my new normal. Same home. Same love. New perspective. Bigger heart.

If you followed our trip, thank you. The encouragement. The prayers. They all echoed bright when the days were so long. The reality so weighty. The smiles so bright.

So, maybe you need pizza too? I think yes.

Homemade pizza with paleo crust

I actually prefer this crust now to anything else.

This crust uses potato flour and tapioca starch. The base of this recipe was inspired by my favorite cookbook – Primal Cravings. I’ve only mentioned this cookbook like 343 times on this blog ☺

We modified it a bit by adding some dried spices, sometimes cheese, and flavored oils. The crust tastes like a thin crust pizza. Extra crunchy and, well, thin. Don’t expect it to rise – it won’t.

The BEST homemade paleo pizza crust! Healthy and delicious!

It is quick. And like I mentioned, it is so easy to have all the ingredients on hand at a moment’s notice.

We have a recipe for homemade pizza sauce but we actually also love this jarred pizza sauce: Rao’s Homemade Pizza Sauce. It usually lasts us about three pizzas and we stock up on it. It contains only all natural ingredients.

A pizza stone is a must. It helps get the crust nice and browned and cooked through. If you don’t have a pizza stone, use a cast iron skillet! You can pre-heat it just like a pizza stone and use your hands to flatten the dough.

The BEST homemade paleo pizza crust! Healthy and delicious!

Toppings make it a family event. We love pepperoni, fresh mozzarella and jalapeños. Some nights we do red onions. Some nights reduced balsamic with sautéed onions  and prosciutto.

The BEST homemade paleo pizza crust! Healthy and delicious!

When the pizza comes out we brush the crust with melted butter and sprinkle fleur de sel (finishing salt) on the edges.

The BEST homemade paleo pizza crust! Healthy and delicious!

It is what Friday nights were made for. A close to the work week. Slipping into pajamas as early as possible. Eating slices of pizza and mending up slices of heart from a long week.

What is your favorite way to make pizza?! Your Friday night routine?

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Homemade Paleo Pizza Crust

20 minsPrep Time

45 minsCook Time

1 hr, 5 sTotal Time

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  • 1 cup tapioca flour
  • 1/4 cup potato flour
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tsp powdered gelatin
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp dried Italian herbs
  • 1/4 tsp dried garlic
  • 1 TBS Harissa oil (optional)
  • 1 TBS melted butter (optional)
  • A sprinkle of fleur de sel (optional)
  • 1/4 cup parmesan (for the dough - optional)


  1. Put your pizza stone or cast iron skillet in the oven. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together tapioca flour, potato flour, dried herbs, dried garlic and parmesan cheese if using.
  3. In another small bowl sprinkle the powdered gelatin over the water. Add the egg and oils and whisk to combine.
  4. Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. I use my hands for this part. Mix everything together. A dough should start to form. If the dough is too dry add water by the teaspoon. But the dough should not be sticky.
  5. Once the dough has come together bring the pizza stone out. Because this is not a traditional dough you can only roll it out until it is somewhat flat (make sure to spray the rolling pin with olive oil). After this use your hands to stretch the dough out onto the stone.
  6. Prebake the dough for 15-20 minutes. It should be golden brown around the edges.
  7. Remove pizza crust and coat with pizza sauce and desired toppings. Put the pizza back in the oven for another 15-20 minutes until the cheese is melty and delicious looking.
  8. Remove pizza. We like to brush melted butter on the crust and sprinkle with some fleur de sel. Enjoy!

The BEST homemade paleo pizza crust! Healthy and delicious!
  • Abby in Ohio - Thank you for the paleo pizza recipe! I can’t wait to make it for Friday date night with the hubby. Could you please share your recipe for homemade pizza sauce too?ReplyCancel

    • Bri McKoy - I love that you are making this for Friday night date night! I don’t think I’ll be able to post my pizza sauce recipe in time but I found this recipe online: – it is a little more work intensive than what I do but it looks delicious and you can freeze it for use later! Hope you enjoy.ReplyCancel

  • Karla - How did it take so long for me to make this?! It was WONDERFUL. I put cheese, spinach, arugula, olives and prosciutto on it … perfect! Another GREAT recipe girl!ReplyCancel

    • Bri McKoy - Aah!! Sweet Karla! So glad you enjoyed it – I wish I could have enjoyed it with you! xoxoReplyCancel

  • Ada - Yum! Is there any substitute for the powdered gelatin?ReplyCancel

    • Bri McKoy - Hi Ada! You can substitute with agar powder (this is the vegetarian option). 1 teaspoon gelatin = 1 teaspoon agar powder. It is really important to use one of these binding and thickening agents for the pizza since it is grain free! Hope you enjoy.ReplyCancel

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