Recipes, Special Diets on April 1, 2011 by

Glutenista’s Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Stuffed Pizza Balls

These little balls of goodness are perfect as a dinner or appetizer!

My nieces and nephews love two things: finger food and “dip-dips” aka dipping sauces. These stuffed pizza balls work great as a kid-friendly dinner or an adult-friendly party appetizer.

Glutenista’s Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Stuffed Pizza Balls

For Dough:

  • 1 Bag Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Pizza Crust
  • 1½ Cups Warm Water
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • Yeast Packet (enclosed)
  • 1 Tbsp. Italian Seasoning – Optional, skip if your kids do not like green
  • ½ tsp. Garlic – Optional

For Filling (using half of pizza crust mix, double for 2 pans):

  • 1½ Cups Dairy-Free Mozzarella Cheese such as Daiya
  • ½ Pkg Gluten-Free Pepperoni such as Hormel

For Dipping:

Pizza Sauce

To Prepare:

Preheat Oven to 400 Degrees (375 if using a nonstick pan)

Grease a pie pan or 9×9 pan

Follow the Pizza Crust Directions on Bag:

“In a large bowl, combine water and yeast. Let stand a few minutes. Add eggs and oil to mixture and blend briefly. Add GF Pizza Crust Mix and blend about a minute on medium speed, until combined. Leave dough in bowl, split in half, cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise 20 minutes.”

Note: If doing two Italian pizza balls, mix in Italian Seasoning and Garlic with mix. If doing one savory and one sweet, wait until dough has been divided

Allow adequate time for dough to rise, this will depend on temperature and humidity.  Roll out one dough ball into a rectangle.  Cut rectangle into similar sized squares, around 2-3 inches.

Note: If dough is too sticky to work with, place in fridge for a few minutes.

Layer cheese and pepperoni in middle of square.  Gently fold up corners to meet in middle, fold up sides and twist bottom slightly to create a ball. Triple-check to ensure there are no holes.  Place twist side down in a greased pie pan.  Repeat until all squares have been done.

Brush tops with Olive Oil and sprinkle with Italian Seasoning and Garlic (optional). Bake for 17-22 minutes, until fluffy and browned on top. Check on them periodically after the 10 minute mark.  If pizza balls brown too fast, place tinfoil over top until fully cooked.

Serve with a side of your favorite pizza sauce for dipping.  For a super fun finish, serve the pizza balls on sticks for pizza pops!

**important, pizza balls will be hot, allow time to cool before serving to children**


SWEET (add ½ cup sugar to pizza dough):

  • Cinnamon Roll Bites: Brown Sugar + Cinnamon + Icing
  • Maple Bacon: Maple Syrup (in dough) + Bacon + Brown Sugar
  • Hawaiian: Pineapple + Ham


  • Buffalo Chicken Bites: Chicken + Buffalo Sauce + Cheddar
  • Meatball: Mini-Meatballs + Mozzarella + Italian Seasoning
  • Chicken Bacon Ranch: Chicken + Ranch Seasoning + Bacon + Cheese


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Glutenista says:

We hope you all enjoy the pizza balls! For an eggless option, use the recommended Flax substitute on the Bob’s Red Mill GF Pizza Package, 2 Tbsp Flax Meal + 6 Tbsp water, visible here:

Sounds wonderful. Will be trying these with my kids soon. I’m sure they’d have fun making them, too! Thanks for sharing…

Lara says:

Perfect timing! I literally was staring at the bag of BRM pizza crust wondering what to do with it. Thanks! Hope the kids like em for lunch in a few minutes.

We LOVE the pizza crust here and we love doing finger food dinners. I’m definitely going to try this out. The boys will be so happy!

These were great! I froze the leftovers and just reheated them last night. This is a great food to keep around in the freezer for a fast meal or snack. Next time I’m making a double batch!

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