Bursting with veggies, smothered in a plant-based cheese sauce and ready in less than an hour, this incredible gluten-free vegan pizza is going to make your next family pizza night amazing! Follow my go-to recipe below or get creative and let everyone add their own toppings for perfect pizzas every time.
Yes, pizza can be healthy!
They say each slice of ordinary pizza has around 1 tbsp of oil in it. Since most people eat at least 3-4 slices of pizza in a sitting, that’s a lot of oil!
This pizza is totally different. There’s no actual oil in the pizza. The only oil in the recipe is used to grease the skillet so the dough doesn’t stick to it. So where an ordinary pizza has 6-8 tbsp of oil in total, depending on the size. This pizza has less than 1 tsp of oil in the whole thing.
The main source of fat in this gluten-free pizza is cashews. As well as helping create the most velvet-smooth cheese sauce without any dairy products at all, they’re also rich in unsaturated fats which lower your risk of heart disease.
Not only that, but cashews are also loaded in antioxidants, they help keep you full to promote weight loss, they may help reduce the risk of disease and they’re beneficial for anyone suffering from type 2 diabetes.
8 veggies in every slice
It’s not just the cashews that make this vegan pizza healthy. There are 8 veggies in every slice!
- Garlic (in the sauce)
- Basil (also in the sauce)
- Orange bell pepper
- Red bell pepper
- Red onion
- Cherry tomatoes
If you know anyone who claims not to like vegetables, serve them up a slice of this pizza and they’re sure to change their mind. The thin and crispy pizza base, deliciously rich tomato sauce and smooth, creamy cheese sauce are guaranteed to win them over.
No yeast, no knead, no rise
If you’re worried about making pizza dough — don’t be. This is one of the easiest pizza doughs to make, even though it’s gluten-free. There’s no yeast, you don’t have to knead it and you don’t have to wait for it to rise. Simply add all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
Perfect for leftovers
Although I love this combination of toppings on this healthy pizza, you don’t have to follow my lead. This recipe is an amazing way to use up any leftover veggies in the fridge that would have otherwise gone to waste. Simply chop them up into bite-sized pieces and toss them onto your pizza before popping it in the oven. You’ll never groan about having leftover veggies ever again!
What to serve with this gluten-free vegan pizza
Everyone loves pizza and fries. To keep things healthy, I recommend serving this gluten-free vegan pizza with a side of air fryer sweet potato fries plus some 1-minute mayonnaise for dipping. If you’re not in the mood for fries, you could continue with the Italian theme and whip up this vegan Italian pasta salad. It’s a great way to get even more veggies into this already super nutritious dish.
Gluten-Free Vegan Pizza
- 1 cup chickpea flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup warm water
- 1/2 tsp garlic
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 3 tbsp tomato paste
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1/4 cup fresh basil diced
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup cashew soaked overnight
- 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1/3 cup soy milk
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp yellow mustard
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup mushrooms sliced
- 1/2 cup orange and red bell peppers diced
- 1/2 cup red onion sliced
- 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes halved
- vegan parmesan cheese
- fresh arugula for serving
- Preheat the oven to 200C/400F. Add all the pizza dough ingredients (except for 1 tbsp olive oil) into a blender and blend until smooth.
- Grease a 10” skillet with the 1 tbsp olive oil and pour in the pizza dough. Use a spoon to spread the dough around the pan right up to the edge.
- Place the skillet into the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, until lightly brown. When cooked, reduce the oven temperature to 180C/350F.
- In a medium-sized bowl, mix together all the ingredients for the tomato sauce. Set to one side.
- Add all the ingredients for the cheesy sauce into the blender and blend until smooth.
- Spread the tomato sauce on top of the baked pizza base. Pour over the cheesy sauce and top with the vegetables.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes, until the veggies have softened.
- Sprinkle over the vegan parmesan cheese and fresh arugula before serving.