This healthy recipe for a gluten free polenta pizza base is simply made from polenta (yellow cornmeal) and water. It holds together well with a soft light texture and is a moreish alternative to the traditional pizza base.
Garnish with your favorite toppings, bake then serve hot from the oven.
Makes 1 12inch (30cm) Pizza Base
Continue reading for money saving tips and gluten and dairy free options. There is also a PDF version of this recipe at the end of the post which can be printed or saved to your device to save on paper.
- 1 Tsp. Butter or Margarine
- 1 Cup Polenta (Yellow Cornmeal)
- 1 Litre (4 Cups) Water
- Oil or Non-Stick Spray
- Line a 12-inch (30cm) pizza pan with parchment or baking paper then grease with the oil or non-stick spray. Non-stick pans may not need to be lined.
- Grease the surface of a large saucepan with the butter or margarine. This will help to prevent the polenta from sticking.
- Add the water then bring to a boil.
- Place the polenta into the water then reduce the heat to medium. Cook stirring constantly for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Turn the heat down to low then continue cooking while stirring for 5 minutes more.
- Tip out onto the pizza pan then spread evenly out to the edges. You will need to work quickly as the polenta will become stiff as it cools.
- Place the pizza pan into the fridge to set for at least 30 minutes before adding your toppings.
- Bake in a preheated oven 425ºF (220ºC) for 15 to 20 minutes until the topping is cooked and the edges are golden brown.
If you would like a crispier base; precook for 10 minutes in the oven then place on a pizza stone before adding the toppings. Cook for a further 10 to 15 minutes.
It is important to cook polenta for the time specified or it can be heavy and grainy. The stirring will give your arms a good workout but it’s worth it!
|Amount Per Serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 3.39 g||5.2%|
|Saturated Fat 0.812 g||4.1%|
|Trans Fat 0g|
|Cholesterol 2 mg||0.7%|
|Sodium 16 mg||0.7%|
|Total Carbohydrate 62.41 g||20.8%|
|Dietary Fiber 3.1 g||12.4%|
|Sugars 1.26 g|
|Protein 5.6 g|
|Vitamin A 252 IU||Vitamin C 0 mg|
|Calcium 50 mg||Iron 0.87 mg|
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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*The Nutrition Facts label above should be used as a guide only. The amounts can change depending on the brands you use. To reduce the fat content always try to buy reduced fat products and lean meat when you can afford it. Look for reduced salt products and low sugar without artificial sugar replacements.
Are you looking for a pizza stone? This 15 inch pizza stone from Pizzacraft is great value and top rated on Amazon. (Paid link)
Polenta Pizza Base Additions
To keep this pizza base healthy, I have omitted the salt. You may like to add ½ teaspoon of salt to the polenta before cooking.
You can add the following to the polenta before spreading onto the pizza pan:
- ½ cup of parmesan cheese.
- 1 teaspoon of oregano or mixed Italian herbs.
- 1 to 2 cloves of minced garlic.
Gluten and Dairy Free Options
This pizza base is gluten and dairy free. When choosing toppings always check pizza sauce ingredients or make your own by blitzing a tin of tomatoes with your favorite herbs and a teaspoon of sugar.
Look for dairy free or lactose free cheese. Some people with dairy intolerances can eat hard cheeses such as cheddar. Be wary of processed meats which may contain gluten or dairy. Consider poaching a chicken breast then shred the meat for a healthier option.
Save money by buying polenta or yellow cornmeal in bulk packs. It will keep for up to 12 months when stored in a cool dark place such as your pantry. Once opened store in an airtight container.
This organic gluten free yellow cornmeal from Arrowhead Mills is perfect for this recipe, made in the USA and comes in a pack of six. (Paid link)
Save even more money by growing your own vegetables to put on your pizza. See this Homesteading guide for more information.
This guide to Creating Budget Friendly Meals covers everything from planning to making the most of in season vegetables and meat to using raw ingredients to create healthy and nutritious meals which cost less to make. A little forethought can save you a great deal of money over the course of the year.
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