Gluten-Free Casein-Free Frozen Pizzas

Eating GFCF? These Pizzas Are For You

If you're following a gluten-free casein-free diet (GFCF) or a gluten-free dairy-free (GFDF) diet, you may think pizza — especially the convenience of frozen pizza — is out. Not true! You actually can buy frozen gluten-free casein-free pizza at the supermarket, or you can make your own using cheese substitutes and a frozen pizza crust that's free of gluten-based and dairy-based ingredients

Here's what's available for people following a gluten-free casein-free diet in GFCF pizzas:

Amy's Kitchen GFCF Frozen Pizza

Amy's GFCF frozen pizza
Amy's GFCF Frozen Pizza. © Amy's

Amy's Kitchen produces a single-serving rice crust soy-based mozzarella frozen GFCF pizza and a rice crust frozen vegetable pizza. Both are gluten-free and no dairy ingredients, although both pizzas contain soy. The 14-inch roasted vegetable pizza can feed two people.

The products meet U.S. Food and Drug Administration standards to contain less than 20 parts per million (ppm) of gluten.

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BOLD Organics GFCF Frozen Pizza

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Brand-new company BOLD Organics is making four different GFCF frozen pizzas: "cheese," veggie lovers, meat lovers and deluxe. All use a vegan cheese substitute based on tofu, and two of the pizzas (cheese and veggie lovers) also qualify as vegan gluten-free frozen pizzas.

BOLD Organics holds gluten-free certification from the Celiac Sprue Association, which requires products test below 5 parts per million in gluten cross-contamination. The company also holds organic and non-GMO certifications. Just make sure to grab the correct product, as BOLD Organics also makes regular pizzas (and the regular varieties seem to be more common in stores).

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Ian's Soy Cheesy GFCF Pizza

Ian's GFCF pizza
Ian's GFCF pizza. © Ian's Natural Foods

Ian's Natural Foods offers several gluten-free casein-free frozen pizzas with a French bread crust that are aimed straight at kids who eat GFCF. The pizzas also are soy-free, egg-free and nut-free (the "cheese" is made from cornstarch, canola oil, rice maltodextrin, pea protein and arrowroot flour). The pizzas come in three flavors: pepperoni, "cheesy" and supreme. Ian's GFCF Pizza was a finalist in the 2012 Gluten-Free Readers' Choice Awards Best Gluten-Free Frozen Pizza category.

Each 8-ounce package of Ian's pizza includes two slices. Ian's tests its products to contain fewer than 20ppm of gluten.

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Whole Foods 365 GFCF Frozen Pizza

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Whole Foods makes a GFCF frozen pizza under its 365 in-store brand label. The pizza includes no cheese substitutes; instead, it's topped with roasted vegetables.

The company labels this pizza as containing "no gluten ingredients" rather than calling it gluten-free because it's produced in a plant that also makes gluten-containing items. Whole Foods reports that the plant uses "good manufacturing procedures" to avoid cross contamination.

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Another Option: GFCF Frozen Pizza Crusts

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If you want to make your own GFCF pizza using a pre-made crust, several of these will suit your diet. Udi's Gluten-Free Foods, Gillian's Foods, Glutino and Kinnikinnick all make gluten-free casein-free frozen pizza crusts. Some contain eggs and soy, though, so choose carefully if you're avoiding those ingredients as well.

You can top these GFCF pizzas with rice- or soy-based "cheese" from the supermarket — just make sure the faux cheese product doesn't contain casein, because some do.

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