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Pesto Pizza.. mmm

Today we made a huge batch of pesto pizzas for all the hungry yogis at the loft, to great success! Vegan and potentially sugar free(if you add stevia to the tomato sauce. . I made a quick gluten free base out of buckwheat flour, rice flour, tahini and water for a gluten free option, but next time I’ll be trying an all out yeasted gluten free base too.. I’ll keep you posted! One upside to vegan pesto pizza is definitely the low fat content compared to any other pizza- and I’ve got my best friend nutritional yeast to thank for that..

Vegan pesto pizza

The recipe has 5 parts, but don’t let that put you off- It’s not hard at all!

  • Pesto
  • Tomato sauce
  • Vegan cheese
  • Pizza dough
  • toppings!

Recipe:

Pesto:

1 cup toasted sunflower seeds

2 bunches coriander, leaves and all

1 bunch parsley, stems and all

1/3 cup oil

1/3 cup nutritional yeast

1 cup water

1/3 cup red capsicum, chopped

juice of 1 big lemon

salt (1 tspn)

hing (1/2 tspn)

Blend it all up in a food processor til nice and smooth 😉

Tomato sauce:

1 can tomatoes (400g)

1/3 cup sugar or 20 drops stevia

1 1/2 tablespoon oregano

1 1/2 tablespoon thyme

1 tbspn oil

1 tspn salt

1 tspn hing

Heat oil in a saucepan. Fry hing, salt, oregano, and thyme.  Add tomatoes and sugar. Let it reduce down until its a nice thick sauce.

Pizza dough:

I just used this one from http://www.vegan-pizza.com/Basic%20Vegan%20Pizza%20Dough.html. How cool is it that there’s a whole website called vegan-pizza.com

Vegan “melted cheese”:

You can use this in many places, but its definitely best on baked things. Lasangna, yes. Pizza, yes.Fondue, no.  I have modified this from “the nectar of Gaura Yoga cooking”

1 cup water

5  Tbspn whole wheat flour

1/2 tspn mustard powder

1 tbspn olive oil

1/4 tspn hing

1/4 tspn dried hing

1/2 tspn salt

1/4 tspn ground black pepper

1/4 tspn turmeric

5 Tbspn nutritional yeast

1 Tbspn lemon juice

Whisk flour, mustard powder and water together

Heat oil in a saucepan. Fry the spices, then add flour mixture, turmeric and yeast. Bring to boil, wait 2 mins, then take off heat and add lemon juice. Voila! “Cheese”!

Toppings:

I used thinly sliced tomatoes and sliced black olives- nice and simple

Putting it all together:

Roll out the pizza dough and lay it on a greased pizza dish. Spread on tomato sauce, then pesto, then toppings and then drizzle vegan cheese over the top.

It sounds like a lot of prepping, but I promise that it really isn’t that complicated at all! Have a beautiful Wednesday evening x

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About Madhava.Sangini

Hi, I'm Madhava Sangini. I'm a cook, a naturopath, a Mum, a musician and I practice Bhakti Yoga. I live in rural New Zealand with my husband and 1 year old son. I blog about Vegan/vegetarian cooking, healthy living, conscious parenting, music making, homemaking.... My interests are diverse and this blog is also quite diverse.

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