Paleo Nightshade Free Pizza with horopito sauce | Gluten Free | Grain Free

Paleo Nightshade Free Pizza with horopito sauce | Gluten Free | Grain Free

Dean Fountain

When you first discovered nightshade intolerance, you thought pizza was over. Sure, you could have found a decent, gluten free white pizza, but nothing beats a margarita. The game totally changed for me when I discovered a spicy but nightshade free, tomato free, red sauce.  

If you don't know... Nightshades include tomato, potato, eggplant, goji berries, and basically any kind of pepper (bell peppers, jalapeño, etc.) or red spice (paprika, chili power etc.) Nightshade free diets are very common in the AIP community, and has been a huge portion of leaky gut healing. 

It’s not to say that all nightshades are bad. However, it’s a very common intolerance, and options are necessary. 

Its not just the sauce that is nightshade free. If you’re also gluten free, you’ll be very hard pressed to find a pizza crust that doesn’t have potato starch. 

Make a completely grain free, gluten free, and night shade free pizza. Because let’s be honest… pizza just makes life a little richer.

This is great for the whole family/friends not just for AIP or Paleo diet followers.

Nightshade Friendly Pizza Sauce (for the base)


  • 7 carrots
  • 1 medium beetroot
  • 1 medium onion
  • 3-4 stalks of celery
  • 1-2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried horopito leaf
  • 1-2 leaves of fresh basil
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice


  1. Prepare all vegetables by peeling, and dicing
  2. Add all ingredients (except the apple cider vinegar, horopito and lemon juice) to a pot and bring to a low boil
  3. Simmer until veggies are soft
  4. Remove from heat and cool for about 20-30 minutes or so
  5. Remove bay leaf
  6. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth
  7. Season further if desired - if you want spicy - add more horopito


Gluten Free and Nightshade Free Pizza base


  • 1 cup Tapioca Starch
  • 1/3 cup Almond Flour
  • 1/4 cup Cassava Flour (sub for more almond if desired)
  • 1/3 cup of water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 small duck egg (sub for egg)
  • 1 cup nomato sauce (or use recipe above)
  • 2-3 oz buffalo mozzarella (any other cheese)

INSTRUCTIONS (before you start, put the oven on!)

  1. Add tapioca starch to a bowl and set aside
  2. Combine water, olive oil, and ACV in a pot and simmer until it comes to a very low boil
  3. Combine liquid with tapioca starch and let cool
  4. Stir thoroughly or kneed with hands once cooled
  5. Add almond flour and duck egg
  6. Kneed again until combined
  7. Add extra cassava flour or almond flour
  8. Grease cooking sheet generously with olive oil
  9. Cook at 200c or 400 F for 10 minutes
  10. Remove from oven and add nomato sauce and cheese
  11. Cook for another 10 minutes
  12. Serve and enjoy!

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