For people going vegan or plant-based for the first time, pizza is one of those things that you think you can’t have. Especially if you need it to be gluten free, too! Traditionally it has a dough base, and it’s laden with cheese and meat – everything you can’t have. Also, meaty, cheesy pizza isn’t so good for the old heart, either.
Well, my friend, I’m here to tell you that you can have pizza! You + pizza = totally happening.
You can buy free from pizza bases from all major supermarkets, or you could choose to make your own. I’ve seen bases made from sweet potato, butternut squash, cauliflower…it’s an opportunity to get really creative in the kitchen. There’s also an abundance of mock meats and cheeses on the market. Personally, I’m not the world’s biggest fan of mock cheeses and meats*, and I like my meals to be full to the brim with delicious, colourful veggies.
Whilst I’d love to have all the time in the world to play around making vegetable pizza bases, I do have a full time job, and at the end of a long day I don’t always have the energy to start making my own sweet potato pizza crust from scratch. With this in mind, today I’m bringing you a quick and easy vegan pizza that you can make in 30 minutes or less. You can thank me later.
For the base I use the Warburton’s Seeded Wraps that you can get in the Free From section at supermarkets. I’ve never used them an actual wrap (they seem a little too thick for my liking), but they do make an excellent thin and crispy pizza base. Then I add hummus (or houmous, whichever spelling you prefer), all the veggies I can get my hands on, then I sprinkle nutritional yeast over the top. I use nutritional yeast primarily to keep my B12 levels topped up, but it does add a subtle cheesy/nutty taste to the pizza, which I’m certainly not complaining about!
Quick & Easy Houmous Pizza (Vegan + GF)
- 1 Warburton Seeded Wrap (Free From)
- 2 tbsp houmous
- A handful of mixed veggies – I like to use cherry tomatoes, courgette, red onion, mushroom and bell pepper
- Black pepper
- Chilli flakes
- Nutritional yeast (optional)
Pre-heat your oven to 180C (fan oven)
Toast your wrap in the oven, just for a minute to make it nice and crispy. Don’t start chopping your vegetables and forget about it. That happened to me once and the result was more like a large burnt cracker than anything else
Once your base has crisped up, smoother it in hummus, making sure to reach the edges
Decorate with veggies, and add a sprinkle of black pepper, chilli flakes and nutritional yeast
Put your pizza in the oven for approximately 10 minutes
When it’s ready, slice up and serve immediately!
We enjoy this with a generous helping of homemade sweet potato fries on the side, and a dollop of ketchup. Hmm hmm. Delicious.
Luke’s Tip: Mix your hummus in with some tomato puree before you spread it on your base!
What’s your favourite pizza topping? Let me know below!
*That’s not to say I never eat them, I love Violife and Linda McCartney sausages. Ooh, and Secret Sausages – they’re the best.