Pizza is my favorite thing to eat for any occasion. I know I mentioned in this post, how much I adore noodles, but pizza is in a league of its own. The nice thing about pizza is that it can be as simple as red sauce and vegan parmesan or more complex with lots of yummy veggies.
I have really been digging on making pizza crusts more nutritious, by going away from the standard whole wheat pizza dough, and experimenting with the many veggie based options. I have been working with less gluten in my meals as well. On my quest for inspiration, I ran across this recipe from Ashley at Blissful Basil which used oats and sweet potatoes to make the pizza crust. I really like the texture of it which is crunchy on the outside but still somewhat soft in the middle. After having it a few times, I wanted to figure out a way to make it a bit more savory and to cut down on the sweetness of the sweet potato. This adaptation of Ashley’s recipe does that by adding roasted garlic into the dough. I like to roast my sweet potatoes in the oven in large batches to use in various ways throughout the week. This recipe calls for two potatoes, so this is a good time to roast a few more if you want.
Garlic is a wonderful dietary staple because of its ability to improve the body’s immune function. It has health benefits both cooked and raw so if you cannot tolerate the strong flavor of fresh garlic, roasting it is a great way to add garlic to your cooking. Roasted garlic is very mild in flavor and is fantastic to use as a spread on bread or crackers.
You can double or triple this recipe and bake off a few more crusts for later use. It store great in the fridge for up to a week or can been frozen. You can make one large pizza or divide the dough in half and make two smaller pizzas if you prefer. This is what I typically do since me and the hubbs usually have different ideas of how to top the pies. What’s new, right? Today I tripled the recipe and made four smaller crusts and one large crust.
For dinner tonight, I dressed the large crust simply to showcase the beautiful roasted garlic sweet potato. I layered it with homemade marinara sauce, fresh basil, chopped garlic, and vegan parmesan. If you do not know how to make vegan parmesan, Dana at Minimalist Baker has a how to here and it is super close to the real thing. Any toppings you add to this pizza should taste delicious on this fun, simple and yummy crust. Enjoy!
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- 2 cups of sweet potato puree (2 large roasted sweet potatoes)
- 1 bulb of garlic
- 1 TB chia seeds
- 3 TBS water
- 1 ¼ cup gluten free oat flour
- ¼ cup almond flour
- 1 TB olive oil
- 1 TB apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- ½ tsp salt
- Olive oil for drizzling
- Your favorite pizza sauce and toppings
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Wash potatoes well and puncture with a fork a few times.
- Lay on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or foil to catch the drips.
- Next prepare the garlic by cutting the top off of the garlic to expose the individual cloves.
- Drizzle with olive oil.
- Wrap the entire bulb in foil, place on the baking sheet with the potatoes.
- Bake the potatoes and garlic until tender, approximately 45 minutes.
- Once finished, remove from the oven and allow to cool.
- Next, prepare the chia egg by combining the chia seeds and water in a small bowl and let it rest for 10 minutes until it forms a gel.
- Remove the skin from the sweet potatoes and from 3-4 garlic cloves and place them in a large mixing bowl.
- Using a fork, mash the potatoes and garlic into a smooth consistency.
- Stir in the oat flour, almond meal, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, basil, oregano, and sea salt.
- Add the chia egg and mix well.
- Line a pizza pan with parchment paper.
- Scoop the crust mixture onto the pan and slowly spread out the dough evenly on the pan using a spatula. This recipe will make one large pizza or two smaller pizzas.
- Place the pan in the 400 degree preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes until the dough has set.
- Remove from oven and add your toppings.
- Place back in the oven for another 10 minutes until the edges are golden brown and your toppings are heated.
Recipe adapted from Blissful Basil's Sweet Potato Pizza Crust.