Guess what? Vegans can enjoy pizza too! If you are planning a chill out evening with friends or family and you want to have pizza, don't worry about excluding your vegan friends or relatives, check out these delicious vegan pizza recipes and invite them over too.
What is Vegan Pizza Made Of?
This may be a bit of a revelation to you, but vegan pizza is made of pretty much the same stuff as normal pizza. That's right, a simple dough base, a yummy tomato sauce and your favourite toppings.
The only difference is that obviously there is no dairy cheese, although vegans can substitute with vegan cheese if they want, and meat is of course replaced with yummy veggies and salad.
Keep reading for a great vegan no-knead crust recipe, and some vegan topping ideas.
A Great recipe For a Vegan No-Knead Crust
- One teaspoon of active yeast
- Half a cup (125 ml) of warm water
- One tablespoon of flour
- One and a quarter cups (156.25 g) of flour. You can go for unbleached white, or alternatively why not try out a combination of white and whole wheat?
- A third of a teaspoon (0.33 teaspoons) of salt
- One teaspoon of olive oil
- Half a teaspoon (0.5 teaspoons) of dried oregano or a herb of your choice
- A quarter of a teaspoon (0.25 teaspoons) of garlic powder. This is optional.
- Mix the warm water, yeast and a tablespoon of the flour in a bowl, and let it sit and activate for a few minutes.
- Add a cup of flour, to the mixture, along with the salt, herbs, garlic and olive oil and mix it all up. Use your hands and knead for just a few seconds until the dough is soft and sticky. You may need another tablespoon of flour.
- Bring the dough together in a ball and leave it tosit for fifteen minutes in a warm place.
- Using some of the flour, spread the dough into an oval shape that is about thirteen to fourteen inches, according to how thick you prefer your crust. The edges should be kept thicker than the centre. Allow this to sit for a few minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 435 degrees F / 220c.
- Spread your pizza sauce on the crust and spread out your favourite toppings.
- Mix the chopped garlic with a teaspoon of olive oil and a pinch of salt and oregano, and sprinkle it over the pizza.
- Sprinkle salt over the veggies before applying your choice of vegan cheese to the top. Make sure that the vegan cheese is the melting kind.
- Bake your pizza for seventeen to eighteen minutes. The pizza is ready when the edges become golden. Sprinkle some chopped fresh basil, and pepper flakes if you fancy it. Slice and serve.
Vegan Pizza Topping Ideas
This is the fun part because you can either keep it nice and simple, or get super creative. If you are making a pizza for your vegan friends, check to see if there is anything they don't like. Not all vegans like all veggies.
Here is a list of popular vegan toppings:
- Tomatoes of course - If you are making a simple margarita, why not add a variety of different types of tomatoes? There are normal sliced ones, cherry or plum tomatoes, sundried, and sun-blushed tomatoes. Fresh basil is a must and a drizzle of garlic chilli oil finished it off perfectly!
- Hummus - I know this might sound unusual for a pizza, but have you ever thought of swapping your tomato sauce for something else? Hummus is a really yummy substitute. Try it with artichokes, spinach and olives, or get experimental and flavour your homemade hummus with red peppers.
- Tomato sauce substitutes - Try topping your pizza with your favourite vegan dips instead of a standard tomato sauce. Creamy cashew based vegan dips can be made even cheesier with nutritional yeast.
- Broccoli or Cauliflower - The great thing about vegan pizzas is that we tend to be more open-minded about what we put on them. It's totally acceptable to add spicy cruciferous veggies on a vegan pizza, but imagine if you tried putting cauliflower onto an ordinary pizza, most kids wouldn't be impressed, and your meat-loving friends may raise an eyebrow.
- hickpeas - Ever thought about the fact that your favourite chickpea dishes could be spread over your pizza base for an extremely tasty and healthy vegan pizza? Give it a go.
Alternative Pizza Base Ideas
Here are some creative ways to enjoy your vegan pizza if you are short on time or don't fancy getting flour on your nose.
- Ready-made pizza bases - inexpensive and easy, ready-made pizza bases are available in most supermarkets and you can often get some really good stone-baked ones! All you have to do is buy or make your own pizza sauce, choose your own toppings and pop it all in the oven like any other pizza.
- Pitta Pizzas - Pitta breads or naan bread can make a great quick and easy pizza base, especially for kids, or as nibbles for movie night. You can open up the pitta breads to make them go further, and they are delicious when enjoyed crispy.
- French Bread - A French loaf makes a great quick and easy pizza base and can be chopped up into shareable portions for parties. It offers a nice chewy/crispy base when warmed in the oven, and is very filling too.
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