Who doesn’t like pizza? It’s a staple of the North American diet, but we all know how unhealthy a slice can be. Although there might not be a great substitute for your favourite kind, there are great alternatives which taste great (and similar) that can satisfy your pizza palate without the outrageous calories, salt and nutrient-poor ingredients of regular pizza.
Today I’m sharing with you a recipe that I absolutely adore. I’ve experimented with both sweet potato and cauliflower crusts as alternatives to grain-based crusts. Both turned out delicious, but I preferred the sweet potato version simply because it took half the time to make and held together better (easier to eat with your hands).
I really like the combination of the sweet potato crust and the sun-dried tomato pesto. The flavours complement each other so well and overall make a delicious meal. I haven’t tried using regular tomato sauce or cheese, but I don’t doubt that it would produce a great pizza as well. Packed with lots of vitamins and minerals, I really hope you give this look-a-like a shot. I promise it will not disappoint!
- 2 sweet potatoes (~1 lb)
- ½ cup oats (whole or quick)
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp flaxseed (or chia seeds)
- ½ tsp coconut oil
- ¼ garlic powder
- ½ tsp dried oregano
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ¾ cup fresh basil leaves
- ½ cup spinach leaves
- ¼ cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
- ¼ cup hemp seeds
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 3 tbsp water
- ¼ tsp salt
- Peel & dice sweet potatoes into 1 inch cubes. Place in a microwave-safe bowl, add a little water, cover with plastic wrap & microwave on high for 5 mins. Once cooked, drain remaining water from bowl.
- Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Place oats in a food processor & process until fine. Add cooked sweet potato & remaining ingredients & combine well.
- Grease or line two baking sheets with oil or parchment paper. I personally like to bake on silicone mats. Divide the pizza dough in half & spread into two pizza crusts on the baking sheets. I found it easiest doing this with a spatula.
- Bake for 20 mins.
- In the meantime, make the pesto. Place all ingredients in a blender (I used my Magic Bullet) and blend until all is combined.
- Remove the crusts from the oven, add sauce & your choice of toppings. If you would like, place pizza back in the oven to melt cheese/warm toppings for 5 mins.
- Slice & serve immediately.