Make A Healthier Pizza Crust With Oat Flour

Many people find whole wheat pizza crust unappealing because it tends to be tougher and less airy than traditional white pizza crust. If you're trying to make a healthier pizza crust with more fiber and whole grains, using oat flour instead of whole wheat flour is a good choice. Oat flour has a softer texture than whole wheat flour, so it preserves the fluffy, airy consistency better. Here is a basic oat flour pizza crust recipe to try the next time you feel like baking up a healthier pie.

If you can't find oat flour, you can make your own by grinding up rolled oats in a blender or food processor. Make sure you process the oats until they are very finely ground.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water
  • 1 packet (approximately 2 teaspoons) of active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

Directions:

  1. Stir the water, sugar and yeast together in a large mixing bowl. Let stand for 5 minutes, or until foamy.
  2. Add the oat flour, 1 cup of bread flour, salt and olive oil to the bowl.
  3. Using an electric mixer, beat the mixture until a soft dough forms.
  4. Gradually add the remaining cup of flour, stirring by hand until a form dough forms and gathers into a ball.
  5. If you have a mixer with a dough hook, put this attachment on and knead the dough for 5 minutes. Add an additional sprinkle of flour to the bowl every minute or so to keep the dough from sticking to the sides of the bowl.
  6. If you do not have a dough hook, remove the dough from the bowl and place it on a floured surface. Knead it by hand for 10 minutes.
  7. Coat the dough in oil, and place it in a large bowl.
  8. Cover the bowl, and let the dough rise for 2 hours in a warm place.
  9. Punch the dough down to remove the air. Use a sharp knife to cut it into two equal portions.
  10. Shape each portion of dough into a smooth ball, and place each ball in a baking sheet to rise for 20 minutes.
  11. Stretch each dough into a 20-inch circle.
  12. Top your pizzas as desired, and bake them at 400 degrees F for approximately 20 minutes.

This oat flour pizza crust is delicious when topped with marinara, fresh mozzarella and chopped basil. It's also lovely when made into a barbecue chicken pizza by topping it with barbecue sauce, mozzarella cheese and cooked chicken. You can really make it work with any of the best combinations from your local pizzeria (such as Columbus Pizza & Donair).


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