SPINACH VEGAN PIZZA CRUST
Pizza is hands-down a family favourite meal!
But I hate to break it to you. Regular pizza is also one of the least nutritious family meals around. And 99% of the time pizza is definitely not vegan-friendly. I know. I’m the bearer of bad news.
Regular pizza, ESPECIALLY when store-bought, usually contains all sorts of nasty chemicals such as nitrates and nitrites from processed meats. These chemicals are added to meats to prolong their life and give it a better color, so you will most likely see these chemicals on meat packages or anything heavily salted.
Pizza’s are also generally smothered in cheese and most pizzas contain VERY few vegetables (no, tomato paste doesn’t count…), meaning very little fibre, making them a digestive nightmare!
It’s actually good for you to have a break from meat and dairy every so often (read more about the benefits of vegetarian/vegan diets here). It might seem strange at first to have a pizza without cheese but I promise you, it’s actually surprisingly delicious (and super fresh). But the best part about this vegan pizza crust is you won’t feel bogged down after eating it because there is no cheese or gluten to slow down your digestion.
But fear not. Switching to eating a healthy and balanced diet doesn’t mean you have to give up the ‘good’ stuff. You can totally have your vegan pizza crust and eat it too!
This spinach vegan pizza crust is surprisingly tasty (yip, even my husband said so) and it’s ridiculously nutrient-dense! Packed with vitamins, minerals and a good dose of protein, it’s a meal you will be proud to dish up to the family (even if no-one is vegan).
I totally get that sometimes switching to healthier alternatives from our favourite meals is hard. But the best part about recipes like these is that you still get to ENJOY and INDULGE in your favourite meals!
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When it comes to pizza toppings your imagination and taste buds really are your limits. For this vegan pizza crust I used:
- Low sodium tomato paste
- Spring onion
- Sun dried tomato
- Fresh basil
- Salt and pepper to taste
If you love the idea of cheese on pizza but want to keep this vegan you can choose vegan cheeses such as vegan mozzarella (good for melting) or bio-cheese.
- 1/2 cup canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 2 cups baby spinach (lightly packed)
- 2 tsp chia seeds
- 2 tbsp water
- 2 tsp coconut oil
- 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 3/4 cup gluten free chick pea flour (or alternative gluten free flour)
- 1/4 cup almond meal
- salt and pepper to taste (a good few cracks of each)
- Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees celsius and line a baking tray with baking paper;
- Combine the water and chia seeds and set aside for five minutes to form a gel-like consistency;
- Add to a food processor the chickpeas, spinach, apple cider vinegar, coconut oil and chia gel and blend until smooth, pausing to scrape the edges of the blender down. This takes approximately 1-2 minutes;
- Pour the mixture into a bowl or remove the blade from the food processor and add the chickpea flour, almond meal, salt and pepper. Stir until well combined. The mixture should appear dough-like but still slightly sticky;
- Scoop the mixture out onto the baking paper and smooth with the back of a metal spoon over the baking paper, ensuring the dough is no more than 1cm thick;
- Place the baking tray into the oven and bake for 25 minutes or until the crust is crunchy on the outside (you can test by breaking a small piece from the outside);
- Remove from the oven and top with your favourite pizza toppings. Return to the oven for a further 5-10 minutes or until toppings are cooked to preferred liking.
This post is written in conjunction with Chi Of Life. Recipe, photos and opinions are my own – as always