Dairy Free,  Main Course,  Recipe,  Vegan,  Vegetarian

Cheesy Broccoli “Cheddar” Pizza (Vegan+GF)

Happy whatever today is. Is this mess of a month over yet?


Okay, well maybe some homemade pizza will help us get through.

Ever since I’ve been plant-based I’ve discovered that there are a few standard questions to expect when talking about it with others. Numero uno; “Where do you get your protein?”. Second; “Don’t you miss cheese? I mean bacon tho!?!?”. Third; “Is your whole family vegan?”ย  All of which send me into a fit of laughter, especially three. Let’s just say that I’m the only one in my family who eats this way and they all basically think I’m crazy even though I’m very happy about it.

So I was informed by pretty much everyone in my family that putting broccoli on a pizza is a blasphemous act. Oh, but it gets better. When they found out that it didn’t even have dairy cheese they nearly disowned me. If you’re with them on these opinions, feel free to find another recipe because today we’re making a vegan pizza.

Maybe if I called it a flatbread it would be less offensive? Whatever, we’re sticking with “pizza” and I personally loved how this turned out. It’s a really quick and easy recipe and it’s perfect for any season. I love that it is a sneaky way to make broccoli exciting. Maybe you’ve got kiddos that would dig this or maybe you just need some help getting in more green in your own diet.

If you do try this please share your results! I’d love nothing more than to prove that there are other crazies like me who agree this is, in fact, allowed to be called “pizza”.

Cheesy Broccoli "Cheddar" Pizza (Vegan+GF)

Peppers and mushrooms aren't the only veggies that get to star on a pizza. Here's a fun way to add more veggies to your life.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 - 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pizza crust *see note
  • 3 cups fresh broccoli florets, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, mined
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 cup unflavored plant-based milk
  • 2 tablespoons cashew butter
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • sea salt & pepper to taste
  • shelled hemp hearts optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F (200 C). Line a pizza pan with parchment or lightly grease with oil.

  2. In a medium non-stick pan, cook the onion, garlic, and broccoli with olive oil until the broccoli begins to soften and garlic is browned. Pour in the milk, lemon juice, cashew butter, and nutritional yeast and stir over heat until it begins to thicken.

  3. Add salt and pepper to taste. Roll out the prepared pizza crust dough into a large circle as thin as you'd like (I usually do about a 12-inch circle). Spread the mixture over the pizza and sprinkle the top with hemp hearts. Bake for 15 - 18 minutes or until edges are golden brown.

  4. Remove from oven and allow it to cool for 5 to 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Recipe Notes

Recipe HERE or you can use your own (or try my fave "everything bagel" crust!) For this pizza I actually used a pre-made pizza dough from Trader Joe's. You can find pre-made dough from most grocery stores. If you're gluten free you can buy or make the crust gluten free.

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