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.
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
- Blend all ingredients in a blender (or food processor) until completely mixed and sticks together.
- Divide mixture into four and shape into pizza crust shapes.
- Cook in oven at lowest possible temperature for 4-5 hours.
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!
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. ;)
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
- Blend all ingredients in blender (or food processor) until creamy.
- 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!
Now here are some beautiful pictures of Lilly thoroughly enjoying her food in the background.