Today I made my very first gluten-free vegan pizza dough, and I have to say it was a huge success. (Neighbor tested!) I took a ton of pictures, because I am ingredibly proud of my creation.
It fell apart a tiny bit in the very center, but what goey awesome pizza doesn’t? But not all the peices fell apart, just a couple, so the only change I would make to prevent that from happening in the future, is to not layer the toppings so heavy in the center. Pre-toppings, the baked crust was crispy and totally together all the way through, it was only after I put the sauce and toppings on that it got too wet.
Cauliflower Pizza Crust:
Makes 1 medium/large pizza Crust
- 1 cup dry chickpeas
- 1/2 head cauliflower
- 6 flax “eggs” – for each Tbls of ground flax seed, you need 3 tlbs of water, let it sit in the fridge for a couple hours
- 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
- pinch of salt
- dash of stevia
Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees.
Ground the chickpeas into a fine flour (I used my vitamix, I think you can use a food processor or even just go buy some chickpea flour, but I have no idea where you would get something like that, chickpea flour is used in African cooking) Ground the cauliflower up in a food processor and put in the microwave for 5 minutes to soften it up, this is called “ricing” the cauliflower. Mix the flax “egg” with the cauliflower “rice” and the chickpea flour, the stevia, the salt, and the nutritional yeast. Mix it all up with your hands, making sure its mixed really well. Spread it out evenly over something….I used the top of a pan since I only had a cookie sheet and I was worried the square shape wouldn’t cook the crust evenly. (Cooking is about getting creative, right? lol) Flour whatever surface you’re going to cook the crust on, so that it doesn’t stick, and spread the cauliflower dough around the pan evenly. Cook it in the pre-heated oven for 25-35 minutes, it will turn a golden brown and be hard when you touch it.
For the Sauce:
2 cups crushed Tomatoes
1/2 can tomato paste
2 tbs oregano
2 tbs basil
2 tbs thyme
1 tbs Italian seasoning
1 tbs garlic powder
pinch of salt
Place all ingredients except the salt in a sauce pan, and while the crust is cooking, let it simmer, about 25 minutes. When its done, season with salt.
You can use whatever sauce you want, but please make sure its organic and it has no additives like high fructose corn syrup or other things that is crap. Eden Organic Pizza Sauce is a good one.
You need to pre-cook your toppings because after the crust cooks, you are only putting it in the oven to melt the “cheese”.
I healthy sauteed 1 onion in 2 tbls of vegetable broth for about 1 minute, (see healthy saute page for how to do this) then added in one chopped garlic clove and cooked them both for another minute, uncovered.
I also blanched 1/2 cup of baby spinach for 1 minute, squeezing out any excess liquid
then I added a handful of halved cherry tomatoes, uncooked
This is your pizza though, add whatever you want!
Put the pizza together:
first lay out the sauce over the finished crust. I didn’t use all the sauce, there was about half left over in the sauce pan. Next add the toppings, like I said, go easy in the center. I finished it off with a sprinkling of Daiya vegan mozzarella cheese. Put it all back in the oven for about 10 minutes, or until the “cheese” melts. Enjoy!