A delicious, vegan personal pizza! Best day ever. Vegan and gluten free!
A rare occasion around here, today we’re talking savory! Specifically, VEGAN PERSONAL PIZZA. Seriously have been sooo excited to share this recipe with you. Who doesn’t love pizza?! It happens to be Mr. Beaming Banana’s favorite meal ever, so I’m thrilled to share our healthy, plant based version of pizza. Oh and did I mention you get to eat the ENTIRE thing? As a Kindergarten teacher I preach the value of sharing, but when it comes to pizza…well there are exceptions to most rules, no?!
Our vegan personal pizza starts with a chickpea flour crust. We’ve tried our hand at the whole cauliflower pizza crust thing, but never really had success with it. I always found it turned out WAY too soggy – the point of “crust” on a pizza is that it’s able to be picked up and eaten with your hands! So I decided to try with chickpea flour and was so, so happy with how it came out. Also, a lot of people are scared away from trying to healthify pizza at home because the whole cauliflower thing resembles a bread-like crust in absolutely NO way whatsoever. However, this chickpea flour crust is pick-up-able, and has a great chew to it that I love in pizza crust.
Of course it isn’t actual bread, but it’s SO much better for you and just as tasty! I’ve talked a lot about chickpea (garbanzo) flour and it’s health benefits – it’s not unrefined, plain white flour that’ll spike your blood sugar, AND it’s got added health benefits like fiber and protein. I mixed the chickpea flour with some water and seasoned it heavily – you’ll want to give the crust some flavor of it’s own, even though it’ll have toppings on it later.
Once you’ve got the crust dough mixed thoroughly, spray your piece of parchment with nonstick spray and place it on a baking sheet. If the dough is super sticky and just all around annoying to work with, you did it right. I basically curse my dough out every time I make this, but the 5-10 seconds you struggle flattening it into a circle is TOTALLY worth it. I’m thinking maybe putting a little extra chickpea flour on your hands as you try to spread the dough or spraying a spatula with nonstick spray and using that to press it out may help, but I haven’t tried yet (cause struggling with the stupid dough and getting it all over my hands makes more sense…). Either way, a slightly sticky dough is small trade-off for the wonderful pizza that’ll emerge from your oven in about twenty minutes!
Cook the crust for about 15 minutes, then top away! The vegan personal pizza is your blank canvas to turn into your favorite pie. I go with lots of sauce and veggies, specifically onions, mushrooms, and jalapeños. I like to leave part of it plain sometimes too, and for all variations, I def pile on the nutritional yeast, more lovingly known as “nooch” in our apartment. AKA VEGAN CHEESE.
Nutritional yeast is a deactivated form of yeast and it’s a great source of B vitamins. It’s also a complete protein! I get mine at Vitamin Shoppe, but I know they have it at Kroger and online too. Not exaggerating, nutritional yeast may still be the most life-changing ingredient I’ve found since going completely plant-based/vegan. It’s flavor is amazing – nutty, cheesy, and deliciously savory. Honestly, you just have to try it to see for yourself. It looks like yellow fish food (mmm, right?!), and it literally tastes like cheese. But instead of saturated fat/animal products, you’re getting positive health benefits.
As a child I vividly remember dumping ridiculous amounts of parmesan on my spaghetti, so when I discovered nutritional yeast it was literally like angels were singing a chorus of Hallelujah. HEALTHY CHEESE, PEOPLE. You need it in your life! And on this vegan personal pizza.
If you try this recipe, let me know how it goes/what you think! Take a picture and tag me @beamingbanana on Instagram. Happy baking!