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Socca Grain-Free Pizza

Socca is like a thin pancake made of chickpea flour
Socca Grain-Free Pizza

Dr. Josh Axe

Recipe Courtesy of Dr. Josh Axe

I’ve done a ton of interviews, and one of the most common questions I get asked is, “What is your guilty pleasure?” People assume that even though I teach people to eat a healing diet that will help treat chronic conditions like leaky gut syndrome and change their entire lives, I must have cheat days where I gorge on unhealthy junk like pizza. But the truth is that pizza is actually one of my favorite foods, and I do have it pretty often. I just make it from scratch using this grain-free, high-fiber socca recipe.

If you’ve never heard of socca, it’s similar to a thin pancake made of chickpea flour. And while it’s only beginning to gain popularity in America, street food vendors in Italy have been selling this nutty and nutritious treat for many years. In keeping with Italian food traditions, I love making socca a little thicker and then using it as a pizza crust. I keep it healthy with the toppings, too, opting for goat’s milk feta instead of mozzarella made from conventional dairy. I also love to add crushed red pepper, as it’s one of my favorite fat burning foods.

And the best part about socca? It’s a cinch to make. No need to proof yeast or roll out dough into the perfect shape. Simply combine chickpea flour with water and health-boosting avocado oil, let it sit for an hour, and then pour it into a pan to bake. At that point you can top it with your favorite flavors—without ever succumbing to greasy takeout.

Ingredients

For the Socca Grain-Free Crust

  • 1 Cup chickpea flour
  • 1 Cup water
  • 1/4 Cup avocado oil
  • 1 Teaspoon oregano
  • 1 Teaspoon basil
  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon garlic

For the Pizza

  • Goat cheese
  • Tomatoes
  • Kalamata olives
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Onions
  • Crushed red pepper

Directions

For the Socca Grain-Free Crust

Preheat oven to 425 F. and allow cast iron skillet to preheat in the oven.

In a medium bowl, mix all the ingredients together and allow mixture to sit for 1 hour.

Remove cast iron from oven, pour in socca mixture and bake for 5–8 minutes.

Remove and drizzle on more avocado oil.

For the Pizza

Add toppings and place back in the oven to cook for an additional 10 minutes.

Allow pizza to cool for 2 minutes before slicing and serving.