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Grain Free Crispy Pizza Bites

by Lisa on October 16, 2012

Last night, I really wanted to eat pizza, so I figured I’d concoct some kind of crust with coconut flour. But when I started mixing, I decided to just mix all the pizza ingredients (except the sauce) together and see what happened.

It turned out great! I love it when that happens!

Here’s what I did:

Crispy Pizza Bites

First, melt 2 heaping Tbsp of coconut oil in a pan.

In a bowl, combine:

1 egg
1 Tbsp coconut flour
3 Tbsp parmesan cheese (I used shredded, but grated would work too)
10-15 pieces of pepperoni (chopped into small bits)
½ tsp (or more) pizza seasoning
Other add-ins (just keep in mind that the more you add, the less these will hold together and you’ll have to add more egg/flour)

Stir well, then add melted coconut oil and stir until well combined.

Use a spoon to scoop dollops of the batter into the pan on medium heat. When the bottom is browned, flip over to bake the other side until crispy. This serves one in my house….but if you had a side dish, it’d probably be enough for two people.

Serve with dipping sauce!

Note: You may have to adjust the heat depending on your stove. Medium heat on my stove is volcanic, but it’s just right on my cousin’s stove.

The first trial (last night):

The second trial (today):

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Today I added 15 pieces of pepperoni (last night was 10) and some diced sauteed onion. Plus, my scoops of parmesan were more generous today. These definitely did not stay together as well, but only one fell apart... The heat was on higher today too, so they got crispier. Be sure to have some oil in your pan too so they don't stick.

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This was today's batter...now when I look at this pic, I can see why it didn't hold together as well. I could have added an egg and a little more coconut flour I think! Just keep that in mind when you add your "toppings!"

I’m sure I’ll make many many versions of these! I love coconut flour, but sometimes it doesn’t get crispy enough—the cheese and coconut oil help that effort, and I enjoy most things with pizza seasoning! Last night’s were a little prettier and neater looking I think, but today’s had a little more flavor…both were great! I’m pretty sure they’d work without cheese too, you’d just need to adjust the amounts of seasoning (more) because cheese adds depth to the flavor (i.e. saltiness)! I’ll try them out on K and let you know what she thinks too.

News/Notes: K returned from France last night, so we met for breakfast today to catch up. I love having her close by–we were discussing our Thanksgiving plans at her parents’ house, that her BF will be in town (who I’ve already nicknamed “brother”), and her aunt and uncle will be there as well. So…I’m looking forward to that. I like the idea of holidays being exciting–I know I’ll miss my Mom and Dad and some people I’ve gotten used to spending holidays with, but at least I won’t be spending it alone (and I’ll have my furniture by then too!). Plus, I’ll be at home for Halloween and Matthew’s birthday (and Christmas)…so this geography thing is not bad so far!

It’s another beautiful day in Santa Monica…I’m already used to this, even the chilly mornings are pleasant and not actually cold. If nothing else, this experience has been a defining moment in my perspective on where I want to live — always somewhere warm.

My furniture will be here during the second week of November…whose visiting first?!

What pizza toppings would you add to your crispy pizza bites?!

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  • http://twitter.com/spabettie Kristina

    these sound fantastic – pizza flavors are always good! I would add kalamata olives, maybe diced bell pepper? Mmm…

  • Heather (Where’s the Beach)

    Yum yum – I’m with Kristina on the kalamata olives. I love roasted red bell peppers & banana peppers…and feta… I’ve only spent Thanksgiving away from my family twice. Honestly, I thought I was going to be so much more sad, but we spent it with friends then another time just the two of us in a cabin. Sometimes it’s nice to do something different. And it helps knowing you’ll see them soon of course.

  • http://www.cottercrunch.com lindsay cotter

    i am a coconut addict. the flour is just unreal for baking, as you just demonstrated! and keep them coming

  • Brittany

    These look deeelicious and I LOVE that they turned out so well while you were experimenting!! My toppings would include a TON of veggies, some potato, and maybe some vegan cheese!

  • purelytwins

    drool! toppings would be onions and mushrooms and maybe some arugula with goat cheese

  • meri

    I love this idea. this very type of thing is why i love to play around in the kitchen. I say as long as the ingredients taste good together, it doesn’t matter how you combine them sometimes! I’d add mushrooms for sure :)

  • http://twitter.com/ChefKatelyn Katelyn Block

    I love you and these. I’ll be making them without the cheese though. Merrrrp. Maybe I’ll go out and buy some JUST in honor of you! ;)

  • Faith

    You are so creative — I love this idea!! I really love how crispy version 2 is!

  • cathy@1970kikiproject

    glad your pizza invention turned out so well, lisa!
    and your trip to ny is coming up fast!…matthew will be so excited!
    happy that you have thanksgiving plans set up, too. that is wonderful that you can still be with family.
    enjoy that weather! it’s been feeling like november already over here!

  • Debbie

    Thanks so much for this! I used what I had on hand-all purpose GF flour and canola oil- and they turned out great! I added pepperoni, some mozzarella, and olives to mine….also doubled the recipe so I have leftovers! Yum!! I’m wondering. …has anyone tried or thought of trying these a different way, like with spinach and feta or ham and cheddar and different seasonings of course. ….hmmmmm? Now I’m getting hungry lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1504225764 Julia McCabe

    I am SO making these!!!!! One of our old grab and go treats was always pizza rolls! They are so hard to say No to, but SO BAD for us! I know the Hubs will love these, as he is a HUGE PIZZA LOVER! :) Thanks for the recipe!!!! :)

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