Herby Flaxseed Meal Pizza Dough

by Lisa on April 5, 2009

Flaxseed meal is great for making pizza dough. With the advent of low-carbohydrate diets, this dough is not unsimilar to regular varieties, but the outcome is much tastier. It has a slightly nutty flavor and is lighter in texture:


2 cups flaxseed meal
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 teaspoons natural baking powder
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon Italian mixed dried herbs
3 large eggs, beaten until smooth
3 tablespoons sunflower oil
½ cup water


  1. Heat oven to 425 ?F.
  2. Combine flaxseed meal, sea salt, baking powder, sugar and Italian Herbs together until lump-free.
  3. Beat together eggs, sunflower oil and water until smooth.
  4. Pour liquid mixture into flaxseed meal mixture. Blend well until smooth.
  5. Cover with a tea towel and put in a warm place until doubled in size for about 1 hour.
  6. Press into desired shape (oblongs are more traditional in Italy for pizza).
  7. Place on a pre-greased or non-stick pizza pan or sit on a silicon baking mat.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes in the center of the oven until cooked.
  9. Remove from oven and allow to cool until warm to the touch.
  10. Add favorite toppings and then return to the oven to bake as with any normal pizza.

Makes 1 medium (12in) pizza base

Tips: Try to use organic ingredients for toppings. Add meat, poultry, fish or a vegetarian protein for a complete meal.

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Sarah Schatz - menu planners for people with limited diets

This looks very interesting and I look forward to giving it a try. I haven’t tried making anything with just flax meal but I know anything is possible.
I guess it wouldn’t be possible to make this egg-free for people who can’t eat eggs though?
Thanks for the post and the recipe,

Kristin Laible

The cooking instructions refer to the “almond flour mixture”, however the
ingredients do not list almond flour in them. How much of this do you use?

Lisa Bishop

Hi Kristin!
That was a huge typo – sorry! There is no almond flour in this recipe -it should have read the flaxseed meal mixture. I think I have fixed it now. Thanks for calling my attention to it!


What a healthy alternative to eating our favorite junkfoods. Can’t wait to try out it out, thanks for sharing an easy recipe.


Hi… I’m in the middle of making this now, fingers crossed… BUT… how does something rise that doesn’t include any yeast? Mine hasn’t risen at all. I’m just forging ahead. Would love an answer! Thanks.


Hello, I have a question. When covering up the dough in a tea towel, do I take the dough out of the mixing bowl and wrap it in the towel, or do I drape the towel over the bowl?


LOVED this pizza dough!! So did all 3 of my children and my husband. I topped it like a regular pizza, sauce, cheese, roasted chicken and artichoke hearts. My 9 yr old is actually forgoing her regular Pizza Day pizza at school tomorrow and bringing a leftover piece of this one! By the way, we are grain eaters with no real reason to avoid it. I will definitely make this again!!

Podiatrist in Charlevoix

I have to admit I’m a little pessimistic about using just flaxseed flour, but all the pizza doughs I’ve been trying to make grain free using other products haven’t turned out, so I’m excited to try this.


This was great but very dry after I left it for a whole hour, I think it only needs to be left for 20 minutes. But very good in comparison to an almond meal base.



Is the sugar really necessary? And can the sunflower oil be substituted for, say, olive oil or coconut oil?


wow! this is my first homemade gluten-free pizza as well as my first flaxseed meal recipe. i am very happy with it! my only complaint is that the crust was underbaked– next time i will bake the crust on it’s own for longer than 15 minutes before adding toppings, but other than that, fantastic!

K Green

We make this crust about once a week for pizza and a movie and add garlic and spice to the crust but cut back on the salt as we found it too salty for our taste. Best topped with spinach feta cheese and salami


Sarah with egg allergies – I also heard of flaxseed taking the place of eggs in a lot of recipes and you may be able to use an egg substitute in this recipe.

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