I am not unlike most people: I love pizza. But because I stay away from refined grains (white bread, white flour), and processed dairy (most commercial cheeses), pizza is not a regular meal for me. I’ve been trying to perfect a healthy pizza crust recipe for some time, and find other ways to improve pizza’s nutritional value. The best thing about this recipe is that it’s simple, fast (no kneading necessary!) and doesn’t require any unfamiliar ingredients. You can modify any of these toppings to your liking; this pizza was made half with onion, pepper, and pesto, and the other half with onion, pepper, pesto, and broccoli.
Whole Grain Yeast-Free Pizza
– 2 1/2 cups alternative flour (I used mostly whole wheat pastry flour and some oat flour)
– 1/2 tsp sea salt
– 1 TBS baking powder
– 3 TBS olive oil
– 2 tsp dried basil or oregano (more or less depending on how seasoned you want the crust)
– 1 1/4 cups water
1. Preheat the oven to 445 degrees.
2. Combine all dry ingredients. Add oil and mix. Add water and mix.
3. Mix dough thoroughly. Add more flour if dough is excessively sticky (it should be a little sticky). Transfer dough to an oiled baking sheet, and with floured hands, spread the dough on the sheet to desired thickness and size.
4. Bake for 8 minutes. While baking, prepare sauce.
If there’s a brand of packaged pizza sauce that doesn’t have unnatural ingredients or a high sodium content, feel free to use it. I simply buy organic strained tomatoes and add a few cloves of garlic, a teaspoon of both dried oregano and dried basil, a drizzle of olive oil, and a dash of salt. The quantities of all of these ingredients can be adjusted to your preference. Simmer on the stove for a few minutes.
5. When crust is done, remove from oven and add the sauce.
6. Top with grated cheese. I use all natural goat cheddar cheese. I don’t recommend most cow cheeses and certainly not processed cheeses. Goat cheese has a deliciously rich flavor, but if you’re not a fan, you can omit the cheese and double up on toppings. You can also try dabs of soft goat cheese as opposed to grating hard goat cheese.
7. Add your toppings. This pizza has onion, bell peppers, broccoli, and pesto. Try any combination of vegetables. The vegetables are one of the main components that make this pizza so healthy.
8. Return to the oven and bake another 8-10 minutes.
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