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The Best Vegan Pizza


If you're in the mood for a pizza recipe that is plant-based and divine, look no further! After a hectic and exhausting week, there is nothing that compares to enjoying a mouth-watering slice of pizza and a glass of wine (or any other drink of your choice) on the couch, right?


While lazy evenings call for ordering pizza, motivated evenings call for a homemade pizza at a fraction of the cost and with thrice as many ingredients. Also, those on a vegetarian or vegan diet, unfortunately, have limited options on the menu, so all the more reason to make your own homemade dream pizza!


Here are a few reasons why this vegan pizza recipe is so much better than others! To make the dough more filling, we added oats to the base. The end result was an extremely filling, thick crust pizza that's highly recommended. Another pro bono of homemade pizza – add as many layers of ingredients as you like! We tried plenty of ingredients and layers, and so should you!


Pizza hack of the day – add a layer of molten vegan cheese on top of an almost ready pizza. In a small saucepan over medium heat add grated cheese and a bit of plant-based milk. Stir until the cheese is consistent and drizzle on top of your pizza. Trust me, you won’t regret this!

Ingredients


Dough

Flour (250g)

Yeast (7g)

Sugar (2 tsp)

Salt (1/2 tsp)

Olive oil (2 tsp)

Oats (30g)


Pizza Sauce

Whole canned tomatoes (1)

Tomato puree (1)

Garlic (3 cloves)

Italian herb mix

Pizza Toppings

Rucola (50g)

Red onion (1)

Bell peppers (2 medium sized)

Tomatoes (200g)

Black olives (50g)

Mushrooms (150g)

Vegan pizza cheese (We used Violife)

Method


Pizza Dough Prep

1. In a large mixing bowl combine flour, yeast, sugar, salt, and olive oil. Stir to combine. Gradually add 1 cup of lukewarm water to the dough and continue folding the dough.

2. Transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead for at least 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl brushed with olive oil and cover with a clean cloth. Let the dough raise for 30- 60 minutes.

Pizza Sauce Prep

1. For preparing the sauce, add canned tomatoes and tomato puree in a saucepan over medium heat. Crush the tomatoes with a spatula. Add crushed garlic and Italian herb mix.

2. Simmer on medium heat until the sauce reaches a consistent, thick texture. Season with salt or pepper to taste.

Pizza Prep

1. Once the dough has risen, add oats and knead shortly to combine.

2. On a floured work surface, spread the dough into a circle or rectangle of desired thickness by using your hands. The edges should be thicker to form a nice pizza crust.

3. Spread the sauce evenly with a spoon on top of the pizza dough.

4. Add layers of your ingredients followed by grated cheese. (We added several layers of each ingredient.)

5. Bake at 200°C for 30 minutes. In case of thinner crust pizza with less ingredients, lower the temperature and baking duration accordingly.



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