Plant-based flavourful infused pizza dough…. you can’t go wrong! This pizza recipe is pretty simple to make, everything is homemade, and you’ll feel the freshness in the flavours. It’s the perfect go-to when you’re busy, want a Friday night pizza night, or need something that your kids will eat up.
Did somebody say pizza?
I constantly get asked the question of “Maria, why do you eat a plant-based diet?” and the reason is because it makes me feel good from the inside out. I love using fresh ingredients, I love knowing what I’m putting in my body is good for me and helps keep me healthy, and to be honest, it’s just my preference. However, even if you aren’t eating a plant-based or vegan diet, I promise this recipe will please the meat eaters in your family too. Plus, you can always throw some pepperoni on top if you need to.
Plant-based bread flour
One of the key ingredients used in this recipe is Bob’s Red Mill’s bread flour. This flour is a staple in any pantry of someone who likes to make breads and doughs. It’s great for baguettes, pizza crusts, rolls, bagels, and flatbreads. This flour is made from malted barley which makes it high in protein, rich in flavour and fantastic for plant-based diets.
What I love about this recipe is that it’s very versatile and you can personalize it to what you and your family love the most. If you don’t like garlic and onions, you can try it with herbs, or chilies and olives. My variation for this pizza though I used some superstar ingredients that pack a lot of punch when it comes to flavour and may be a bit more on the untraditional side for those pepperoni and cheese lovers. I used:
Watercress is a powerful ingredient in a plant-based diet
But I really want to dive into the benefits of one of the really unique ingredients on this list that you probably are thinking “what on earth is watercress?” Well Maria’s here to educate! You would never think to add this to recipes because likely you don’t know much about it. Watercress is packed with nutrients and makes a fantastic pizza topping or is great to throw in salads or other recipes too. Some of those A-list nutrients and benefits are:
High in antioxidants
Can help prevent disease
Helps aid in eye health
I feel like your whole family will love this super easy plant-based pizza and pizza dough recipe, and I’d love to hear what you think! So make sure to join me on social media or share below in the comments when you make this tasty pizza. And if you’re interested, you should check out some of my other plant-based pizza variations below:
Combine the water and active yeast in a bowl and set aside for minutes until foam forms.
On a flat surface pile the flour, sprinkle with salt and pepper then make a well in the centre of the flour. Slowly pour the water and yeast mixture into the well. Add the olive oil to the well and then gently mix the dry and wet ingredients, folding the flour into the middle slowly. The is the act of kneading. Knead for around 10 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic.
Brush a bowl with oil and place the dough inside. Put a tea towel over the bowl and allow it to rise in a warm place for 30 minutes to 1 hour. The dough should double in size.
Smash a whole into the dough with your fist, add your onions and garlic, mix a bit and divide into three balls. Flour a surface and use a rolling pin (or a wine bottle if you don’t have one!) to flatten out and shape the dough into a circle. The dough should be an 1/8 to 1/4 inch (3 to 6mm) thick. Poke the dough all over with a fork to prevent air pockets and then top with your toppings of choice. Bake for around 15-20 minutes on a baking sheet, turning halfway through.
After your dough has risen, been divided and is ready to be rolled, you can wrap the dough balls in plastic wrap and freeze for up to 3 months. On the morning you plan to make pizza, grab a dough ball from the freezer and place in an oiled bowl covered with plastic wrap (or a wet towel) in the refrigerator until is it soft. Remove from the refrigerator and let it sit for 30 minutes.