little raw pizzas. (V, GF)

Pizza is one of those universal foods that everyone loves. Especially in college, where the only seemingly effective way to lure students to come to anything school sponsored related is by having food.. aka pizza.

See, look at the following lines from emails that pop up when I type in “pizza” in the search bar of my school email account:

“Pizza will be served, so please do come out and join us!”

“The events will be informal and pizza will be served.”

“Reminder: information session with Pizza” (because pizza deserves a capital letter)

“Please come to meet the guest speakers. PIZZA will be served!” (all capitals so you definitely won’t miss it.)

I think this picture sums up the general view:

It is then probably shocking to most people that I rarely eat pizza. Same with Lilly, though her reason is that she doesn’t eat gluten. So, we decided to health-ify this popular food so we can both enjoy it. 

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Recipe adapted from This Rawsome Vegan Life

Ingredients for the crust: (makes 4 little pizzas)

  • 1/2 cup each of hemp seeds, raw pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 tsp salt & pepper
  • 2 tsps fresh basil (or use dried basil)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1-2 tablespoons water, as needed
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • 4 peeled garlic cloves

Directions:

  1. Blend all ingredients in a blender (or food processor) until completely mixed and sticks together.
  2. Divide mixture into four and shape into pizza crust shapes.
  3. Cook in oven at lowest possible temperature for 4-5 hours.

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Notice all the oil on Lilly’s hands! Now notice that there is no actual oil listed as an ingredient. Yes, all of that oil is from the seeds and walnuts!

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This is how the finished baked pizza crusts looked. The hardest part was waiting for it in the oven for hours. Definitely plan way ahead if you try making these. Obviously, they are also very small and don’t look like typical pizza, but try to use your imagination. ;)

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Instead of red pizza sauce, we opted for a yummy spinach pesto sauce.

Ingredients for pesto:

  • 5 cups spinach
  • 1/2 cup raw pine nuts
  • 1 peeled garlic clove
  • 1/2 tsp salt & pepper
  • 1/4-1/2 cup water, as needed
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
Directions:
  1. Blend all ingredients in blender (or food processor) until creamy.
  2. Taste it. (so good)

Add the pesto on your pizza crusts, then add whatever toppings you desire! The pizzas are so small, that I could only fit some tomato and avocado. They are certainly different from “normal” pizza, but we were satisfied. They are worth trying!

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Now here are some beautiful pictures of Lilly thoroughly enjoying her food in the background.

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Mmm pizza!!

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mini chocolate chip pancakes. (GF)

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Who doesn’t love pancakes?

This recipe is quick, easy, and yummy. I’m serious about it being quick though. All you need is a blender, and voila, your batter is ready. Just pour it straight from the jar! The batter is a little thick, so make sure to make the pancakes mini-sized for extra cuteness.

ingredients:

  • 1 cup oats (use certified gluten-free oats if desired)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 banana
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • splash of vanilla extract
  • a sprinkle of cinnamon and sea salt
  • a handful mini chocolate chips

directions:

  1. Put all ingredients except chocolate chips into a blender
  2. Add & stir in chocolate chips into batter.
  3. Heat a pan over medium heat and drizzle some oil. When hot, pour batter onto pan. You know the rest.

I don’t like syrup on my pancakes, but if you do, by all means, drench them to your heart’s content. I added a few extra  chocolate chips, cocoa powder, and berries for decoration. I used frozen berries, popped them in the microwave for 30 seconds, and placed them on top of the stack. So excuse that little blob of berry juice on the right side..