Grain Free Butternut Squash Pizza Crusts

Individual grain free pizza crusts made with simply butternut squash. Super easy and healthy!

The easiest grain free pizza crust. Ever.

Yesterday was an awesome day for a two reasons. First, The Princess Bride was on TV and the whole family enjoyed a movie night. We laughed till we sounded like a herd of snorting hogs. And all anybody said for the rest of the evening was, “My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”

Second, I discovered the easiest grain free pizza crust ever! I was so giddy with excitement that I was bouncing around the kitchen waiting for the crusts to finish cooking.

Cauliflower or zucchini pizza crusts provide an acceptable base for cheesy toppings in many grain free or low carb homes. Unfortunately, these crusts are rather time consuming and rely on eggs and dairy as a binder. This crust requires only about 10 minutes of prep time and is completely allergen free!

Individual grain free pizza crusts made with butternut squashButternut Squash Grain Free Pizza Crusts 

1 butternut squash, preferably wide with a long stem end

Coconut oil, butter, or ghee, melted (about 2 Tbs.)

Sea salt

Pizza toppings of your choice, including tomato sauce and cheese

Preheat the oven to 400. Line 2 or 3 baking sheets with parchment paper. After peeling the squash, slice the stem end into 1/4 inch thick slices. The wider your squash, the larger the diameter of your mini pizza crusts. It’s best to pick a squash with a long “stem end.”

Scoop out the seeds at the bottom part of the squash. Slice and roast these pieces and enjoy as a snack or side dish.

Place the squash slices on the prepared baking sheet. Brush lightly with the melted oil and sprinkle with sea salt.

Roast for 35-40 minutes, until tender and lightly browned. Flip the squash halfway through baking. Add pizza toppings and broil to melt cheese. Serve immediately.


The crusts are not crunchy, but they provide an easy grain free pizza crust that stands up to plenty of cheese and sauce. You can eat these with your hands or with utensils.

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  1. Nicole Warren says

    Please re-word this in your entry. It is only GAPS-legal if you use a GAPS-legal oil. Extra virgin olive oil is only allow if it is raw. Olive oil is not heat tolerant and the proteins are denatured and become rancid when cooked. To make this GAPS legal, use coconut oil, ghee, butter, lard, or tallow when baking in the oven. The pizza could be topped with raw evoo when serving.

      • Ali says

        I know a family who uses carrot baby food instead of tomato sauce for their pizzas due to intolerances, and it works really well.

        If you don’t want baby food jars, surely you could steam or boil carrots and then mash them or whip in food processor. Add oregano / garlic / salt / thyme and voila! Pizza sauce.

        • Teresa says

          I roast red peppers until soft and then blender til smooth with some s&p and spices. Put in small zip locks and freeze flat for pizza sauce for a change from tomato sauce.

        • the salamander says

          I’m calling bullshit on all this, what do you mean you lot are all tomato intolerant – there is a family out there convinced that they can’t eat tomatoes and are using carrot baby food on a day-to-day basis and that is not okay

          • Helena says

            Tomatoes are a part of the Nightshade family. And they are one of the top 5 food intolerance groups, behind wheat, corn, soy and dairy. Many people struggle to eat them. I think this family was trying to replace the smooth tomato-sauce like condiment that makes pizza so good.

  2. says

    I am completely obsessed with butternut squash, I like it sweet as opposed to savory though. I literally could eat it for DAYS! I eat it every single morning with egg whites and cinnamon, delicious! I cannot wait for my Thanksgiving FEAST because I love it paired with turkey as well! :)

  3. says

    Oh my goodness! I was weary to open the link because every other pizza crust for GAPS out there calls for eggs, which I and my son are allergic to. But I’m so happy excited to try this you have NO Idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. says

    This is a great and easy idea! I love butternut squash on its own, and to think of pairing it with pizza toppings makes my heart flutter….hehe. A bit overstated, but this looks really cool. I love your blog, by the way. I’ve been visiting for a while, but this is my first comment. :-)

  5. says

    WOW, this is super neat! I can’t wait to try this!! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :) See you next Friday! Next Friday one lucky blogger will be randomly selected to win a case of Planet Rice! Its yummy! Its gluten free, sprouted and grown in the US. You can link up to 3 entries! The more you link up the better you chances to win! (entries from US only) Cindy from

  6. says

    I have a garden full of butternut squash. I’m so excited to try this! I would love it if you visited my new Gluten-Free Monday party at and linked up this and any other idea you would like to share. I hope to see you there.

  7. Luane says

    These were amazing and my kids loved them too! I am soooo excited to make these again as they were SO easy!! Thanks for posting!

    • says

      So happy you enjoyed them! And they are super fun for kids, because they are “personal-sized” and they can add what toppings they like. Thanks for the comment!

  8. Leigh says

    Just made the same thing but with eggplant! Eggplant is way easier to peel and slice, so I think we’ll stick with that variation.

    • says

      What a great idea! That is a good point about the eggplant being easier to slice, but butternut squash provides a more sturdy base for toppings.

  9. says

    Lauren, I just checked my stats and I’ve been getting loads of views from here – thank you so much for referencing my Legal List! I didn’t notice when I first came over to look at your wonderful idea!

    Hope you’re having a wonderful week x

  10. Kimberly says

    Was completely skeptical about this, but I was a little desperate for pizza. Since I’m not doing grain at the moment, I decided to give it a try. I can’t tell you how absolutely delicious this is! Oh, wow! Topped with sauteed onions and peppers, i will def make again!

  11. Lisa says

    I LOVE that movie “aaaasssss yoouuuuuuu wiiiiisssssshhhhhh”
    Oh love BN squash too, have some on the stove right now. Thanks for the recipe.

  12. says

    Great idea! Do you think these would do well if frozen as pre-made individual pizzas? If so would you cook them all the way and reheat or just par bake them on the first side then load with ingredients and freeze for later baking? Thanks.

    • says

      I don’t know how well they would freeze, but that certainly is a good idea. I would suggest baking them until they are almost done and freezing them separated by wax/parchment paper. Before you are going to serve them, let them thaw completely, and finish baking them. Then add the toppings and broil. That is my suggestion, at least :)

  13. Alice says

    Hi Lauren,
    Thank you for the recipe. I am grateful to have an easy Gluten Free option for pizza and have saved it for future reference.

    We loved “Princess Bride” as well and watched it over and over until my youngest daughter could recite the entire dialogue with drama and actions. We also enjoyed “Willow” with Val Kilmer and “Lady Hawk”.

    • says

      Hi Heather! It doesn’t get super crispy, but I here are my suggestions to make it more crispy. You can try preheating the cookie sheet with some coconut oil while you are preheating the oven. And since oven temperatures vary, you can try raising the oven temperature for the last 10 minutes or so of baking. Hope this helps!

  14. Shannon says

    We made these tonight with ghee, marinara and raw goat cheese. Everyone, including my younger kids were begging for more! Thank you for the great recipe!

  15. says

    I just introduced my daughter to the joys of Princess Bride and we’ve been enjoying regular movie nights watching it OVER and OVER again. :-) For our next movie night, I’m DEFINITELY going to make these, as she’s been begging for pizza, but I’m not eating grain these days, so thank you so much, Lauren!

    If you’re wanting to link it up to more sites, it would fit perfectly with the “Thank Goodness It’s Monday” link carnival. As you wish. :-)

  16. Shelley west says

    Love the idea. I am all about simple. We haven’t liked the almond flour or coconut flour crusts. I tried this with tomato sauce and Daiya cheese. Turned out wonderfully.

  17. says

    THIS is AWESOME…thanks, I have MS and am always looking for healthy ways to fix things and eating more things with nutrition for the family too.

  18. says

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  19. Dawn says

    My husband loves this recipe. Thank you so much! He’s in wheat withdrawal and this recipe helps his cravings. He says, “I can’t believe how much this tastes like REAL PIZZA!”
    More power to you, Lauren, and thanks for all the recipes!

  20. Gary Iles says

    G’day Lauren , just googling everthing to do with homemade shampoo and came across your honey recipe , just wondering is the honey recipe and all your wonderful recipes in U.S. measurement please , thankyou

  21. says

    I just tried cutting & roasting sweet potatoes to use as a bread substitute to eat with my (pre-soaked homemade) hummus, and I love it! (I got larger pieces from the sweet potato cutting it diagonally). Thanks so much Lauren – I had never considered cutting them this thick, as I usually use a mandolin to make sweet potato fries, but this makes them so much more versatile!

  22. Tricia Kauffman says

    “Stop that rhyming and I mean it!”
    “Anybody want a peanut?”

    Princess Bride is totally awesome in our family’s book! And I am excited to try this pizza recipe! I am fairly new to butternut squash, but I discovered I love it when I recently bought a jar of butternut squash pasta sauce and it tastes amazing! I could eat it with a spoon straight from the jar!

  23. Nancy Eckel says

    Julia Child did a take on this years ago, using eggplant. Brush it with a little oil and italian seasonings, add sauce, toppings and cheese. But this sounds delicious. Thanks!

  24. Emma Larkan says

    Hi Lauren,
    these look delish! can you recommend a cheese to use? We do not really eat cheese as a family, but we are starting GAPS. I usually make cashew cheese for the occasional ‘mac&cheese’ do you think I could do that here?

  25. KK says

    I have dug through countless healthy recipes over the past 7 years….THIS is one BRILLIANT idea! Love it and am eating some right now topped with spiced up tomato sauce and goat cheese…yum!

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