Everyone is pretty pizza crazy in this house! In case you couldn’t already tell by the multitude of pizza recipe posts that I already have on the blog.
- Quick-Rise Whole Wheat Garlic Pizza Dough
- Whole Wheat Pepperoni and Green Pepper Pizza Calzones
- Pizza Muffins
- Cheesy Herb and Garlic Whole Wheat Pizza Rolls
- Peperoni Pizza Stromboli
- Cheesy Pizza Pasta
- BBQ Spinach, Mushroom, Pineapple and Onion Pizza
While going to make a quick-rise whole wheat pizza crust for the girls so that they could have pizza for lunch yesterday, I realized that I was out of whole wheat flour. Thankfully, I did have spelt flour though and so I made a lovely spelt pizza crust. I think most people would agree that pizza is a pretty awesome meal, especially for kids! 🙂
Just because you are vegan, doesn’t mean you can’t have a healthy, delicious slice of cheesy pizza! Today I wanted to share how I make cruelty-free, healthy and completely drool-worthy pizza for my family. Ready in under 30 minutes!
It all starts with a healthy homemade quick-rise pizza crust…
Quick-Rise Spelt or Whole Wheat Pizza Crust
Makes one large 15″ pizza or two small 8″ pizzas
- 2 1/4 teaspoons quick-rise yeast
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 tablespoon sunflower oil
- 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
- 2 1/4 cups spelt or whole wheat flour, divided
- 1/2 cup organic pizza sauce
- 2 cups shredded vegan mozzarella cheese (I use Earth Island)
- Toppings of your choice; diced peppers, onion, pineapple, tomato, zucchini, mushrooms, etc.
- Whisk together the yeast, sea salt, water, sunflower oil and maple syrup in a medium mixing bowl.
- Add the flour 1 cup at a time and mix until a dough forms. Sprinkle in the remaining 1/4 cup of flour with your hands and gently knead the dough in the bowl a few times, until smooth and soft.
- Cover the dough and allow it to rest for 10–15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 425°F and lightly grease your pizza pan (or pans) with a bit of dairy-free margarine.
- Spread the dough in the pizza pan.
6. Add your favorite organic pizza or pasta sauce, spreading evenly over the crust. I often use pasta sauce in place of pizza sauce when making a pizza if we are out of pizza sauce. Both are delicious!
7. Sprinkle on the cheese and top with desired toppings. My kids love plain cheese pizza best. They are more into raw veggies vs. cooked.
8. Bake for 15-18 minutes, until the crust is golden brown and the toppings are cooked. Broil an additional few minutes to melt the cheese.
9. Allow to cool a little before slicing. This step is a bit torturous.
Give. Me. Pizza.
I told you they love it!
And that is how I make delicious (better than a restaurant) healthy vegan pizza in under 30 minutes!
You can thank me later. 😉