Gluten free hot pockets filled with pepperoni, cheese, black olives and a basic homemade pizza sauce

Gluten Free Hot Pockets {Homemade McCain’s Pizza Pockets}

Gluten free hot pockets made with a perfect and surprisingly easy 3 ingredients pizza dough recipe!

Featuring: easy gluten free yoghurt pizza dough

If you’ve seen any of my latest posts, you might have noticed a yoghurt pizza dough obsession developing at an exponential rate… haha

Just like my recent gluten free Chinese crispy duck streak, I seem to have diverted into a world of yoghurt pizza dough and just pizza flavoured everything in general. But it’s not my fault, this yoghurt pizza dough recipe is just so good and it being the simplest recipe of all makes the combination incredibly addictive. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So after making it into a pizza {recipe here} and baked gluten pizza dough balls {recipe here}, it all made sense… I had to upgrade from my gluten free hot pocket arepasย {recipe here} and try my hand at a proper gluten free hot pockets alternative!

It’s not that big of a deal here in the UK, but back where I’m from (in Canada), I’m sure I’m not the only one who remembers McCain’s pizza pockets as a fond childhood memory. This type of frozen fast food was a rarity in my parents’ freezer – and I bet if I were to eat these now, I’d think they taste like a microwave monstrosity! lol – but as a kid, they were awesome! They always felt like a yummy naughty snack when staying at friends and other family members so I felt like recreating a gluten free (and quite possibly much tastier) homemade version.

And once again this yoghurt dough lived up to all expectation. ๐Ÿ™‚

The result was great and perfect for hot pockets; such a soft, moist dough that holds together very well at the same time. None of that dry, delicate and crumbly texture gluten free baked products can have sometimes. You can pick these pockets up comfortably without any hassle and fear of them falling apart.

Gluten free hot pockets filled with pepperoni, cheese, black olives and a basic homemade pizza sauce

Preparation time:ย 5-10 mins (to make the dough) + 10-15 mins (to make the hot pockets)

Cooking time:ย 15-20 mins

Temperature:ย 200C (392F)


For the dough:

  • 300g (2 cups) gluten free self-raising flour (I used Doves Farmย which includes xanthan gum)
  • 290g (2/3 cup x 2) Greek style yoghurt
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • Salt
  • Black pepper

For the filling:

Yields 8 gluten free hot pockets.



  1. Pre-heat the oven toย 200C (392F) and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. Make the pizza sauce. My favourite thing to do is a basic no-cook tomato purรฉe based sauce with herbs, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, water, salt and black pepper. {recipe here}
  3. Prepare the filling. I personally chose to fill mine with a mixture of pepperoni, black olives, extra mature cheddar, mozzarella and mushroom.Gluten free hot pockets filling ingredients (pepperoni, cheese, black olives and mushrooms)
  4. Mix the dough ingredients together in a bowl with a spoon, then slightly wet your hands (shake off any excess) and mix the dough with your hands until you form a ball.
  5. Separate the dough into 8 equal portions.
  6. Make the gluten free hot pockets: take one portion and separate into 2 equal potions, one for the bottom layer and one for the top. Note: I recommend to work on parchment paper to prevent sticking and make the process a lot easier!Gluten free hot pockets making process - gluten free hot pockets dough
  7. Flatten both portions with your hands (but be careful not to make them too thin) and smooth the edges with your fingers or the back of a spoon or knife to get rid of cracks.Gluten free hot pockets making process - flatting the dough
  8. Add sauce and toppings to the bottom layer.Gluten free hot pockets making process
  9. Cover with the top layer and close off the pocket by pinching the edges together carefully.Gluten free hot pockets making process
  10. Smooth and round off the edges + correct any cracks that may occur with the back of a spoon or knife.Gluten free hot pockets making process
  11. Repeat with all other dough portions and place on the baking tray. Note: if sticking to the parchment paper, use a metal spatula to pick them up or simply lift the parchment paper up, flip and unpeel.
  12. Bake in a pre-heated oven on the middle/top shelf for 15-20 mins.

Freshly baked homemade gluten free hot pockets
And there you have it, freshly baked gluten free hot pockets!

Freshly baked gluten free hot pockets with sliced in half showing the pizza filling


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  1. hey just a tip, try healing your gut by drinking kombucha and 2-3 times, drink cider vinegar organic version.
    also drink broth.
    i would even try fasting for 2 days by drinking broth. wont have that empty feeling in the morning.
    thats what i used to have.
    Thats what i feel if i eat take out pizza.. this uggh feel in the morning. pesky gluten and the gut isnt in good order, so this happens.

    • I’ve been gluten free for many years due to Coeliac Disease so my health/gut is in pretty good shape now. I do like like all these things though, especially bone broth. I make big batches from time to time. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Sarah (Austin and me gluten free)

    Just to prove that I immediately came here! ?
    Also I’m pretty sure McCains pizza pockets were a thing in the UK too in the 90s. My mum never bought frozen or convenience food and I was always jealous of my friends and their pop tarts and McCains microwave chips ?
    These pizza pockets look great for school and work snacks! Think I’ll have a go and make them dairy free too xx

    • Aww thanks, let me know what you think if you try them! And I know the feeling, although in retrospect I suppose we’re lucky we had parents who raised us eating good homemade food. I had never actually heard of those microwave chips until I moved to the UK and was shocked, but I can see the appeal. ?

  3. I made these for my son’s lunches. I found the dough very hard to work with and even more so when I added water to my hands. It was more manageable after I used more gluten free flour for dusting. And before I put them in the oven I basted them with some garlic butter and when they came out a little more garlic butter. My son really enjoyed them. I’m going to do hot pocket sandwiches without pizza sauce for this week. See how it goes.

  4. Can these be frozen and re-heated later in the microwave like the Mccain’s pizza pockets?

  5. These turned out really good! I used the GF flour mix recipe from America’s Test Kitchen and just added baking powder and salt to make it self-rising. My dough was super sticky, though, so I had to add more flour to get it workable. But it turned out great. With Classico Four Cheese spaghetti sauce, ham and pineapple, it tasted just like Pilsbury Pizza Pops! Thanks for the recipe. It’s a keeper. ๐Ÿ™‚

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