Pizza doesn’t have to be loaded with meat to taste delicious. Some of my favorite pizzas are completely vegan, and when you make it at home, you can choose your own toppings and make up the crust for yourself.
If you’ve never made pizza before, it’s not something you ought to be intimidated by. I’ll show you how to make vegan pizza dough and give you some topping ideas you can use for your vegan pizza.
Vegan Pizza Recipe
- One ball of pizza dough
- 1/4 cup of chopped red onion
- 1/2 cup of cooked corn kernels
- 1 small head of broccoli, chopped into florets
- 1/2 of a jalapeno, sliced
- 1/3 cup of cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1/2 cup of basil leaves
- 2 tablespoons of thyme leaves
- 4 diced sun dried tomatoes
- 2 pinches of red pepper flakes
- 2 pinches of black pepper
- 2 pinches of sea salt
- Olive oil for brushing
- Cashew cream
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Mix together tomatoes, broccoli, onion, corn, tomatoes, and jalapeno. Add in salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Toss everything so it is well coated.
- Brush oil cross a pizza pan and stretch out the pizza dough across the pan. Brush the edges of the dough with a little olive oil.
- Put a few scoops of cashew cream into the middle of the dough and then spread it around to make a thin layer.
- Sprinkle the vegetables across the dough
- Bake the pizza for 15 minutes, or as long as it takes for the dough to turn golden and cook all the way through. The broccoli is the key ingredient here. Check to see if it’s been properly roasted and made tender enough to eat.
- Once you take the pizza out of the oven, drizzle cashew cream and top with red pepper flakes, basil, and thyme.
How to Make Vegan Pizza Dough without Yeast
Some pizza dough contains yeast, and if you buy the dough already pre-made, it may contain yeast in it. If you’re not able to find any pre-made dough on the grocery that is yeast free, because you’d like to keep that out of it for whatever reason, you can make it yourself at home. Some premade dough also contains milk, which is not vegan, of course. Let me share a pizza dough recipe with you that is completely vegan and contains no yeast.
- 1 1/3 cups of flour
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1/2 cup of non-dairy milk
- Mix together all of your dry ingredients in a bowl. You can use whisk or wooden spoon to mix them.
- In a separate bowl, combine all of the wet ingredients with a whisk.
- Then, pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and work them together with your hands until they make a thick dough. You may need to add a little flour or more non-dairy milk, if the dough is too wet and sticky or too dry, respectively.
This is a very simple method for how to make vegan pizza base. It will rise just as well as if you use yeast, so you don’t have to worry about that.
How to Make Vegan Pizza Sauce
While most pizza sauce is already vegan and contains no animal components, some pizza sauce includes cheese. It’s pretty easy to make your own pizza sauce at home, using canned crushed tomatoes or tomato paste as your base.
You’ll definitely want add something else to that and not just use with tomatoes to make your pizza sauce. I recommend adding Italian seasoning, as well as garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, and then perhaps some chunky vegetables to get the sauce more texture. You may want to use chunks of onion or mushroom in your sauce.
How to Make Raw Vegan Pizza
How would you like to make a vegan pizza that doesn’t require a flour dough? This is great for people with a gluten allergy or for anyone who just wants to try something different.
Try this recipe for the crust.
- 1/3 cup of hemp seeds
- 1/3 cup of sunflower seeds
- 1/3 cup of flax seeds
- 1 red bell pepper
- Salt, to taste
- Pepper, to taste
- Combine all of the above listed ingredients into a food processer and let them process until they have turned into a dough that is somewhat wet.
- Spread out the dough onto a pizza pan prepared with parchment paper.
- Allow to dehydrate in the oven by setting the oven to the lowest temperature setting and cook for 3-5 hours. You will know the crust is ready when it has the consistency of a cracker.
What kind of ingredients can you use as toppings for this version of a vegan pizza? You may want to keep the toppings completely uncooked for that authentic raw experience, as much as possible. You can make the sauce on your own from scratch, using the recipe I gave you above or a tweaked version with your own seasonings and ingredients.
For the toppings, consider drizzling olive oil over the top of the pizza and then put whatever veggies you want on there. I think cauliflower, mushrooms, dried tomatoes, peppers, corn, and black beans make good toppings for this type of pizza.
Tips for Making Vegan Pizza
The joy of making vegan pizza is that you have tons of options. You choose what goes on the pizza and how each part of the dish is made. You can cook the pizza for as long as you like to give the crust the texture you want.
A thin crust pizza with a crispy crust will need to be rolled out thin and then cooked in either the top or bottom of the oven at a high temperature for a while. For a thicker, bread-like crust, consider using extra yeast and cooking the pizza low and slow to ensure the crust cooks all the way through.