GLUTEN FREE PIZZA
One of the things I miss most since going gluten free is a delicious pizza. I decided to review four brands you can find in most grocery stores.
Since many celiacs can’t handle dairy, I chose 2 dairy free pizzas. I also picked 2 pizzas with cheese for those who can eat dairy, or those who just like to indulge once in a while. This won’t be my only pizza review, simply my first—I’m always on the hunt for good gluten free pizza!!
AGAINST THE GRAIN GLUTEN FREE PIZZA
This was probably my favorite of the four. It’s totally grain free and contains no added sugar. The crust is flaky, light, and crispy. The cheese is plentiful and high quality.
The sauce doesn’t have a lot of flavor. I like that, but some people may think it tastes a little flat. In fact my husband thinks it tastes like cheesy bread—he says he can’t even taste the sauce. I do add a little seasoned salt to the top of this pizza to give it a bit of flavor.
I’m a fan of the three cheese but the pepperoni is good too. I think the pepperoni topping is a little sparse, but that may be preferable to some folks.
Against the Grain is a celiac-family owned business that makes all of their products in a dedicated gluten free facility that they built themselves. They don’t use co-packers because they want to oversee and control all aspects of the production process. That makes me SO HAPPY!!!
Their pizza is not certified gluten free, it’s only labeled gluten free. However, they explain their safety measures. “Although all our products are produced in our own, dedicated gluten-free facility, we routinely have our finished products tested by an independent, third party laboratory for the presence of gluten and casein (for the dairy free products).
“We use Bia Diagnostics Laboratory in Burlington, VT, which also does the testing for the Gluten Intolerance Group certification and the Gluten Free Certification Organization certification.
“We test for the presence of gluten using the R5 ELISA Sandwich Assay, which has been validated by the Prolamin Working Group of the Codex Alimentarius Commission. This assay is the most sensitive available and tests for the presence of gluten to 5ppm.”
They explain that ingredient quality is a priority for them: “Processed food is full of ingredients that read like an advanced chemistry textbook.
“The industrialization of our food has moved into the gluten free world and now many gluten free foods are full of preservatives, additives, chemical binders, flavor enhancers, bio-engineered enzymes, and modified starches. We want no part of this.”
I have a lot of food sensitivities (my husband calls me the “canary in the coal mine”) and I always feel okay after I eat their products. And that’s saying something when they contain dairy (my arch-enemy!).
I can’t say enough good things about this company and their products. They are knowledgeable about health and nutrition and dedicated to providing quality food. I really wish they had more dairy free products, but I’m grateful they’re around and selling yummy gluten free food!
DAIYA GLUTEN FREE, DAIRY FREE PIZZA
Next I tried Daiya Cheeze Lover’s pizza. In a nutshell, I would describe this one as lacking flavor.
The crust is crispy but kind of tastes like cardboard. The sauce has a little flavor but it’s hard to distinguish. I could taste the fake cheese a little bit, but it seems like it’s mostly there for texture and decoration.
My biggest issue with this Daiya is that had I hard time breathing after I ate it. As I mentioned earlier I have a lot of chemical and food sensitivities. Unfortunately when you get into plant-based dairy alternatives, chemicals are often critical for binding ingredients, texture, etc.
This pizza is certified gluten free and also soy free, so that’s a plus. But I would not eat this pizza again.
SMART FLOUR FOODS GLUTEN FREE PIZZA
Smart Flour Foods Uncured Pepperoni Pizza with Italian style sauce, mozzarella, and provolone cheese was my next venture.
I wasn’t a huge fan of the crust. It’s technically thin, but it seems thick as it’s very heavy, quite chewy, and the texture is course. The sauce was a bit sweet for my liking. The cheese was tasty but sparse and the pepperoni was scrumptious.
The pizza is certified gluten free which is always a win. They advertise that the crust is made with ancient grains which explains why it’s quite dense. It’s also free of casein/milk, egg, soy, and rice which is great for those of us with multiple food allergies.
They’ve also use no MSG, the pork is vegetarian-fed and never administered antibiotics, and the cheese isn’t treated with synthetic hormones rBGH.
Overall I’d say this pizza was okay. It’s on par with what you’d expect from a frozen, gluten-free pizza in terms of taste. I didn’t feel great after eating it, so it still has some typical ingredients used in processed food. I didn’t feel awful though like I did with the Daiya.
AMY’S GLUTEN FREE, DAIRY FREE PIZZA
Amy’s Roasted Vegetable No Cheese Rice Crust Pizza was my most recent undertaking. That makes it sound like work, doesn’t it? It totally wasn’t.
I have to preface my review by saying I’m not a huge fan of cheese-less pizzas. I think of the bread as a mechanism to get the melted cheese into my mouth. So when I say this is pretty good for a cheese-less pizza, that’s saying a lot!
This pizza had a great overall flavor! I really enjoyed the caramelized onion as a base instead of red sauce. Rice crust isn’t my favorite, but in this instance it’s not bad.
The artichoke, mushroom, and red pepper toppings lend a very unique flavor combination especially when combined with the rather sweet caramelized onion. It’s quite a deviation from what you expect when you think pizza, but it was very appetizing and I’d totally eat it again.
Amy’s isn’t certified gluten free, it’s only labeled gluten free. That said, Amy’s has language printed on the packaging that says: “In addition to gluten testing, strict allergen control measures are implemented at all levels of production.” So that gives me a measure of confidence in eating their products.
Amy’s takes great care with their ingredients, to include a strict non-GMO policy, which is obvious to me because I feel fine when I eat them.
I would first and foremost recommend Against the Grain gluten free pizza! If you’re looking for a dairy free option, I truly enjoyed the unique flavor of Amy’s roasted vegetable pizza. As I have issues with dairy, Amy’s no cheese pizza will definitely have a spot in my freezer going forward.
And both companies make a single serving size you can throw in microwave!
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