These bad boys have been something I have been trying to master for a long time now. I had previously attempted cauliflower and quinoa crust pizzas but let’s be honest we all knew it wasn’t real pizza! They never held their shape and admittedly sometimes had to be ate with a spoon! 😦
Until now that is!
I surprised myself with this clean cheat – it really does look, eat and taste like real pizza! Even my pizza-loving sister was amazed! Plus the almond crust makes them really filling so don’t be put off by their size.
Yes they take a bit longer to make then whacking a frozen store-bought version in the oven but that’s part of the satisfaction of making your own healthy clean cheats and not worrying about all the crap you’re putting in your body and onto your waistline!
To make 3 mini pizzas – or 3 individual portions
180-200g ground almonds
2 eggs beaten
2 tbsp nutritional yeast (or parmesan if not dairy-free/vegan)
2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp sea salt
2 crushed garlic cloves
1 tsp oregano or basil (dried herbs are fine)
Plus extra meal for rolling the dough – I ran out of ground almonds so I improvised and used buckwheat flakes which worked perfectly too. The amount used is only minimal and only to stop the dough sticking to the rolling pin.
2 tbsp tomoto paste (sugar free)
1tbsp nutritional yeast
& Whatever tickles your fancy/is in your fridge!
I chose kale, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes and capers purely because that was what I had in my fridge at the sporadic time of making!
What to do:
Begin by adding all of the base ingredients to your blender to make your dough. The mixture should hold together but if too wet add some more ground almonds or too dry add a little water.
Seperate the dough into 3 equal sized portions then roll into circular pizza-shaped bases. Add more ground almonds, as you would do with flour when baking, if the dough is sticking to the rolling pin.
I recommend placing parchment paper on a chopping board and rolling from the centre of the dough outwards, rotating the board as you go, to get a good shape.
Pop in the oven at 200.C and bake for approx. 8 mins or until golden brown. This may vary depending on your oven.
Now add your toppings! Have fun here – why not do 3 different versions?!
Place back in the oven for a further 7 minutes to allow toppings to cook.
Remove & allow to cool for a minute or two before cutting with a pizza slicer!
Then try not to eat all 3 pizzas by yourself!!