Mini Pizza Bites {grain-free, dairy-free option}

The weather in Colorado is a strange thing. Having spent the majority of my life in Florida, I was used to fairly consistent weather year-round. Our brief stint in Minnesota taught me that there were, in fact, 4 seasons each year. Now that we’re in Colorado, I have discovered it’s possible to have all 4 seasons in one day. Like I said, Colorado weather is strange.

Mini Pizza Bites {grain-free, dairy-free option} by Our Paleo Life

That said, this February has been stranger than normal. Yesterday, Denver set a new high temp record of 73°F. Up here in Fort Collins, we were just shy of 70°. Go back about 2 weeks ago, and we had lows in the single digits and got 2 feet of snow. The funny thing about all this is that back in November, we bought a wood-burning stove. Through a series of unfortunate events (read: the company sent us some wrong parts) we didn’t get a contractor scheduled until Feb 2nd to come help us install it. Wouldn’t you know that’s the day we got the 2 feet of snow. Yeah, cutting a hole in the roof during a blizzard just isn’t going to happen. So we rescheduled it for nearly 2 weeks later. And now that we have our wood stove installed, our forecast is nothing but 60°-70° days. Does that stop us from lighting the fire? Of course not.

Mini Pizza Bites {grain-free, dairy-free option} by Our Paleo Life

So the day the stove was installed, we had about 30 kids at our house. Okay, that might be an exaggeration, but it was still a lot of kids. Including our own, I think there were 9 or 10. And lunch time was quickly approaching. I don’t know about you, but when we have non-paleo kids over, I always worry that they’re going to think the food I make is strange and not eat it. So I decided to try and paleo-ize these little pizza bites that I made way back when we were pre-paleo.

Mini Pizza Bites {grain-free, dairy-free option} by Our Paleo Life

Thank goodness for Otto’s Cassava Flour. The reason I never attempted to convert these to grain-free before was because I didn’t have a suitable flour replacement. Almond flour just wouldn’t be right with this recipe. The other problem was getting around adding a ton of cheese because I wanted to keep it dairy free. Fortunately, both of those problems have been solved and all the kids loved these little mini pizzas.

Mini Pizza Bites {grain-free, dairy-free option} by Our Paleo Life

If you’re not dairy-free, definitely add the mozzarella, but trust me when I say these are still cheesy delicious without it. As far as when to eat these pizza bites, might I recommend the following occasions:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Appetizer
  • After-School Snack
  • Late-Night Snack
  • Mid-Day Snack
  • Anytime, really

You have to be sure you’ve got a really great dipping sauce, because as pizza-y as these are, you still need a great pizza-tasting sauce to dip them in to really complete the flavor. You could make your own, which is a really great option, but to keep this quick and easy, I really prefer a pre-made sauce and the new Thrive Market Tomato Sauces are my absolute favorite. The Tomato Basil Sauce is just the perfect compliment to the pizza bites, but I think the Marinara or Roasted Garlic would be great too. The best thing about Thrive Market’s tomato sauces is that they don’t have any added sugar, because who needs that?!

Mini Pizza Bites {grain-free, dairy-free option} by Our Paleo Life

And just a tip, you might want to make a double or triple batch so you always have these on hand. They refrigerate and freeze well, so they make the perfect snack to just pop in the oven and have ready in under 20 minutes.

 

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