Cauliflower & Spelt Pizza

pizza recipeWith a lot more nutrients and fibre and a whole lot less sugar, additives and saturated fats than a regular pizza, this recipe packs in a whole bunch of vitamins, and is far easier to digest than a traditional wheat-based pizza.

Top with natural passata and healthy ingredients, and you’ll get way more than your 5-a-day, plus plenty of plant based and vegetarian protein. Practice this recipe a few times and you’ll have a delicious go-to healthier pizza recipe that you can still slice and pick up just as you would with a classic crust!

 

INGREDIENTS

(serves 4-6)

For the crust

  • ½ large cauliflower
  • 1 cup spelt flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • a glug of olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • salt & pepper
  • dried oregano / basil / Italian mixed herbs
  • Any other spices you enjoy (I added paprika to the base too)

For the topping

  • 4-5 tbsp passata
  • sliced tomatoes
  • sliced black olives
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 finely sliced leek
  • 1 egg (optional)
  • fresh basil
  • partly cooked asparagus
  • Nutritional yeast flakes / vegan cheese / your choice of cheese (optional)
  • drizzle of olive oil

METHOD

Break apart the cauliflower into florets and pulse in a food processor until it resembles something like cauliflower rice – most recipes say to squeeze all the liquid out using a tea towel, but it’s not necessary if you’re using spelt flour, and you’ll save yourself a lot of cauliflower-scented tea towels!

Add the processed cauliflower, spelt, baking soda and powder, a pinch of salt and pepper, and the herbs and spices to a large mixing bowl

Mix roughly to combine

Add the eggs and olive oil and mix again until you create a dough-like consistency. It may be slightly sticky, so add more spelt until you can handle it without it sticking to your hands

Place the ‘dough’ onto a baking tray lined with brown paper (sprinkle the paper with flour first to stop anything sticking to it)

Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until slightly firmer and browned at the edges, at roughly 180C

Take out of the oven and add your toppings

Place back in the oven for 20-30 minutes at 190C or until the edges are brown and the toppings are thoroughly cooked

Remove from the oven, slice, serve and enjoy!

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