Friday night at our house is pizza party and a movie night!   I love Fridays because we get to slow down and regroup as a family after a hectic week.  I was so excited to discover (thanks to Elevate your Wellness) this delicious and easy flat bread that is dairy and gluten free, takes 5 minutes to prep and 40 minutes to bake. It’s called Socca in France and Farinata in Italy.  It’s a simple mix of chickpea flour, water, salt, and oil. That’s all you need for this easy homemade flatbread which I used for the pizza crust.  I also like eat my fresh socca with some homemade hummus, pesto or local raw honey.

 Simple Socca

2 Tbsp olive oil or coconut oil

1 cup chickpea (garbanzo bean) flour

1 cup water 

1/2 tsp sea salt

Feel free to get creative and add some spices!


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line an 8×8 metal or glass pan with parchment paper. Pour the oil directly onto the parchment paper and swirl it around to spread it out. Put the pan with the oil in the oven so the oil heats as the oven heats (at least 5 minutes).

Next, whisk the chickpea flour, water, and salt until well-mixed. Remove the pan from the oven and pour the batter directly into the pan (over the oil). Swirl it or use a spatula to evenly distribute the batter. Return the pan to the oven and bake for about 40 minutes. I usually take it out and flip the whole thing over to get is browned on both sides but this is optional!  Remove from oven and cut into squares.  Socca is best hot and fresh from the oven.

For the pizza, I just baked it on a 7 x10 cookie sheet with parchment paper and used a larger batch (1.5 cups of flour and water).  Check it often as it cooked quicker than the basic socca recipe above.  I then topped it with homemade pesto (detox recipe!), sautéed red onions, chopped garden fresh cherry tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, spinach and zucchini.  Use whatever you have on hand – there are no rules!  For the cheese, I sprinkled nutritional yeast and ground up cashews (used my magic bullet).

This pizza was amazing and I think it will become my Friday night tradition for sure!