Who doesn’t love pizza?
The chewy and bready crust, tart tomato sauce, a variety of toppings, oozing cheese…but when you’re gluten, dairy and most nuts free you have to give it up right? Wrong! You can have an amazing pizza for far cheaper than a personal size frozen one. We made 2 pizzas for under $10 and I used lots of organic ingredients!
The “cheese” sauce is made from soaked RAW (don’t use roasted) sunflower seeds! It is so good you might eat it with a spoon. I won’t judge. I kept on dipping my finger in and then would yell from the kitchen at the hubby “it tastes like cheese! Cheese!” Vegans are so creative! Ceara from Ceara’s Kitchen is brilliant, I can’t wait to try her other recipes.
If you want your pizza to be vegan use an egg substitute in the crust and don’t put meat on top (duh. Unless it’s meatless meat, then un-duh). Maybe toss on some drained canned chickpeas mixed with some hotsauce or something. Hotsauce is usually the answer. Or chocolate cake. Just not together 😉
|| Pizza crust ||
inspired by this recipe
1 tablespoon sugar or honey
1 1/2 cups warm water
4 teaspoons yeast
1 1/3 cups tapioca flour
1/3 cup each sorghum flour and potato starch (not potato flour)
2/3 cup of brown rice flour
1 1/2 tablespoons of xantham gum
1 teaspoon of salt
Optional: 1/2 teaspoon each of dried onion, basil and oregano
2 eggs (or equal substitute)
1/4 cup of olive or avocado oil
1. Mix water, sugar or honey, and yeast together in a 4 cup bowls.
2. Mix all dry ingredients together in bowl of stand mixer.
3. The yeast water should be bubbly by 5 minutes. Add eggs and oil to the yeast water, then pour in mixer bowl when beating at medium speed.
4. Beat at medium speed for 3 minutes, then cover the bowl and allow to rise for 15 minutes.
5. While dough is rising preheat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, and prepare your toppings.
6. Place parchment paper over a baking sheet, using a spatula or damp fingers spread half of the dough into a large circle. Add toppings and bake for 10-14 minutes until the crust is cooked and all toppings are heated through. Allow to cool before slicing.
|| Tomato sauce ||
2 cups of whole peeled tomatoes
2 garlic cloves
1 teaspoon each of basil and oregano
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Blend all ingredients until smooth
1 batch was enough for 2 pizza plus some leftover.
|| “Cheese” sauce ||
Follow the recipe or cheat like I did and omit the caramelized onions, omit veggie broth (didn’t have any on hand), add dehydrated onions and salt to taste, add garlic, use dehydrated potatoes, and blend without cooking. 1 batch was enough for 2 pizza plus some leftover.
|| Toppings shown for 2 pizzas ||
Chicken apple sausage (3-4 links), sliced
8 mushrooms, sliced
1 green bell pepper, sliced
Large handful of kalamata olives, sliced
1 small onion, thinly sliced.