Upside-Down Dairy Free Pizza Recipe

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Pizza is big business and an American favorite (and one of my kids’ favorites too!).

Experts estimate that half of us eat pizza at least once a week and that in our lifetime, we will eat an average of 6,000 slices! This makes pizza a $37 billion a year industry and a favorite food for many people around the world.

Family Pizza Night

Growing up, I have fond memories of pizza night every few weeks, (though due to budget restrictions, we often made it at home).

When my husband bought a book about the history of pizza home from a book sale for our kids, I decided to re-vamp this tradition with our own family.

The only problem:

I wasn’t going to be making or buying pizza that only consisted of refined flour, processed cheese and vegetable oils. Not only was it unhealthy, but my kids would be hungry again within the hour.

Preference for Pizza

Considering that kids ages 3-11 prefer pizza to any other food group when polled and that 36% of adults consider pizza a perfect breakfast food (especially my husband), I set out to make a high-protein, allergy-friendly pizza.

For us, this meant a gluten-free, dairy-free (and egg optional) pizza recipe. I also wanted one that was higher in protein and vegetables than the average pie.

I also wanted one that we could make from home and that would allow me to keep the tradition of family pizza night alive.

This pizza was the result:

My two year old (at the time) named it because when she saw us making it, she declared it “upside down” because the meat was on the bottom. If you like to DIY, you can make your own Italian Seasoning and homemade Pasta sauce for this recipe.

Allergy-Friendly, Dairy Free Pizza Recipe:


Upside-Down Dairy Free Pizza Recipe

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Katie Wells





  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Grease a lipped cookie sheet with olive oil and set aside.
  • Thinly slice the onion, mushrooms and olives. Place in a medium bowl with the bell pepper and set aside.
  • Place the beef, eggs, salt, pepper and Italian seasoning in another medium bowl and mix well by hand until incorporated.
  • Spread the beef mixture onto the prepared cookies sheet.
  • Roll or press the meat onto the cookie sheet until flat and spread to the edges.
  • Place in the oven and cook for 10 minutes or until browned and most of the moisture has cooked off. It will reduce quite a bit, which is fine, just make sure it is browned around the edges and not pink in the middle.
  • Remove from the oven and pour off any grease from the meat.
  • Turn on the broiler.
  • Spread the pizza sauce over the “crust,” then top with sausage/ham/pepperoni and onion, bell pepper, mushrooms and olives.
  • Return the cookie sheet to the oven and watch closely. It will only need to be under the broiler for about 6-8 minutes. Alternatively, you can just leave the oven at 450 for about 10 minutes if you prefer not to use the broiler.
  • Cook until toppings are slightly browned. Remove from oven. Let cool for three minutes, slice and serve.


This is really good cold as leftovers for lunches. It has a similar texture to pizza with a lot more protein! To make personal pizzas, roll the meat into small (4-5 inch) circles instead of one big crust. If you tolerate dairy, of course, you can add cheese of choice to this recipe.

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


14 responses to “Upside-Down Dairy Free Pizza Recipe”

  1. Sara Atoui Avatar
    Sara Atoui

    5 stars
    This was delicious!! I really couldn’t see the end product in my head- because of postpartum mom-brain. But with my husband’s thyroid issues, we’re trying to do a dairy-free, sugar-free (and not the other toxic ‘sugars’ either), and gluten-free menu for 3 months to see if that helps his levels. This was great. I paired it with a salad- and it was easy and QUICK to make. Thanks!

    Oh- and your other recipes have all been hits as well! We’re working our way through them! 🙂

  2. Cassie Avatar

    This sounds so yummy! I love cassava flour as a pie dough, though I am still experimenting with it as a pizza dough!

  3. Brandi Powell Avatar
    Brandi Powell

    How thick should the meat be before putting it into the oven? Looking forward to trying this!! (And getting my cookbook!)

  4. Teneko Avatar

    Thanks for sharing the tradition and the meatza recipe!
    Hubby has started making the “fathead” pizza on the weekends which is unfortunately not dairy free. Lots of cheese for the crust with a little egg and almond flour mixed in. I am looking forward to trying your tomato sauce recipe from the other day with it some time.
    Hubby and I are on the keto diet, so we do a lot more dairy. I have a probiotic tea every day to help counter that.


  5. Hannah Avatar

    I am really excited to try this! There are lots of gluten-free and grain-free crusts out there, but finding a dairy-free option (without using a fake vegan cheese) is always the problem for me. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Linda Avatar

    We know this as meatza. We make individual ones so everyone can use the toppings of their choice on them.

    1. Lexie Avatar

      My sister loves making veggie pizza bites out of sliced zucchini, tomato sauce, and cheese. I also remember seeing a pizza that used cauliflower for pizza crust. Hope this helped 🙂

      1. Michelle Avatar

        Tried and loved your sisters “pizza bites” idea! A cauliflower crust is quite tasty as well. And both can be done in cupcake tins.

        I remember in Italy they made a sort of pie out of leftover spaghetti: lots of eggs some herbs and whatever bits of veg and ricotta, cheese and meat kicking around. Lots of eggs- to make it pourable. Half the mixture went in the pan then that was topped with choice ingredients. The rest of the spaghetti mixture was poured on top. When bottom is golden brown, flip around with help of a plate and cook other side.

        I am sure a zucchini or cauliflower version of this would be lovely- more cheese to bind. And a sweeter tomato sauce 🙂 will be trying this and Katie’s upside down pizza this week — thank you for the ideas!!

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