Friday Finds ‘Organic Oven’ Pizza

by Maggie on February 12, 2010

One of the things we miss most about the gluten world is the convenience of PIZZA.

If you stop to think about it, pizza is a gigantic industry – frozen pizza, fresh pizza, pizzerias, stuffed-crust pizza, four-cheese pizza, meat-lover’s pizza, and the list goes on and on (anyone else thinking of Forrest Gump and Bubba Shrimp right now?).

Pizza can be so convenient.  If you live freely in a gluten-filled world.  If so, you can have pizza in a matter of minutes.

It’s a little harder when you live in a gluten-free world.

We have a great pizza dough recipe , but it’s made from scratch and sometimes ya just want pizza on a whim!  Especially when you have kids who love pizza.

It’s hard to find a store-bought crust that fits our requirements: gluten-free, dairy-free, and egg-free.

Luckily we found one!

Organic Oven is a Canadian company that makes a great pizza crust.  All of the ingredients are organic: brown rice flour, white rice flour, olive oil, flax seed meal, quinoa flakes, tapioca, agar-agar, yeast, and sea salt.  

It tastes great and it is babe approved – Callum has gotten used to gluten-free pizza with nothing but tomato sauce and a little nutritional yeast!  One battle down.

Pete and I also enjoy this crust with our usual toppings.  It’s so nice to be able to pop a crust in the oven and have pizza 10 minutes later.  We usually thaw the frozen crust in the oven for a few minutes, take it out and drizzle it with olive oil, and then add our toppings.  We find that gluten-free crusts, which tend to be a little dry, really benefit from the olive oil.

I love that Organic Oven’s crust has quinoa flakes in it – a little added protein! They also make a number of other baked goods and they have a cafe you can visit if you’re in the Toronto area.

We originally bought our pizza crust at Whole Foods but I’m in the middle of negotiations with my local health food store to bring it to Peterborough.  That would be even more convenient!

When we were living in London PIZZA PIZZA had started making gluten-free pizza crust that was tolerable.  I think Pete ate it just because he could.  Just because it was available.  Just because it brought back his university days (except he wasn’t ordering it at 2am after a night on the town).

And kudos to PIZZA PIZZA for even trying!

What’s your favourite pizza crust?  Is it convenient?

p.s. If you asked Pete what he missed most about the gluten world he would definitely say BEER!

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Stephanie February 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

ohhhh beer….I never thought about that. Poor Pete!


Lisa McCay June 21, 2010 at 9:55 am

Hi Maggie,

There is a company in Toronto that makes amazing bread and pizza crusts. O’Doughs is located in Toronto and you can buy from the factory directly. I love the bread, it doesn’t have to be toasted to eat. It is softer and fluffier then most of the gf breads on the market.



Jennifer February 24, 2011 at 12:58 pm

There is gluten free beer available. It’s a Quebec brewery and the name of the beer is “La Messagere” . You can check out the company here:
I haven’t tried it yet,but look forward to.

I know they carry it at some LCBO stores in Toronto,but I’m not sure about Peterborough.Organic Oven also has a retail location in Toronto,and the breads and pizza crust are cheaper than at Whole Foods.You can call ahead and order if you are going to be in Toronto for the day. 🙂
Hope that helps!


Maggie February 26, 2011 at 11:07 am

Hey Jennifer – Thanks, Pete has tried that brand. Right now he prefers one, I think it’s called Nicklebrook. It’s out of Ontario and they sell it by the can. Thanks for the tips about Organic Oven. I drove by their location on Yonge Street once but it was closed. Next time I’ll make sure to find out their hours ahead of time! Have a great weekend!


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