Bean and pesto pizza

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We made this for our parents first night visiting us 🙂
I’ve made a couple vegan pizzas before and this one is by far the best. Obviously if you are a cheese enthusiast by all means add cheese. Would be really good with some feta. I love it just like this tho and much lower fat than a traditional cheesy pizza.

The dough is from kblog.lunchboxbunch.com and is a nice hearty base that can be either crispy or bready depending on how thick or thin you roll it out.

Flax walnut crust:

2 cups spelt flour ( or whole wheat)
2 tsp baking powder
1 packet of yeast
1 tsp honey
1 cup warm water
1/3 cup walnuts, 1/4 cup nutritional yeast, 2 tsp flax (all blended into a flour like consistency)
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp chilli flakes

Combine yeast, water and honey and set aside.
In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients.
Add in the olive oil and mix.
Fold the yeast mixture into the dry and knead a few minutes.
Cover with a towel and let it rise for 30 minutes (or as long as you can wait!)
Roll out onto greased sheet into desired thickness. It does rise quite a bit because of the baking powder so if you like it thin don’t be afraid to roll it very very thin.

Toppings:

White bean “cheese” base:
– in a blender combine 1 can of white beans, 1/2 lemon squeezed, 2 garlic cloves minced, 1/8 cup nutritional yeast, 1 tomato, a tablespoon or so of olive oil.

Pesto
– I don’t have a recipe as i always just wing my pesto adding more of this or that till it tastes good so just use your fav recipe or look one up!

Tomatoes sliced

Purple onion Sliced

Pre-bake the base for about ten minutes (just because the toppings are pretty thick and you want to get the base nice a crisp all the way through)
Spread the bean spread over the entire base. Drop the basil in spoonfools and spread around into big circles, cover with tomato slices and then onion.
Bake until its cooked! Sorry, didn’t time this bad boy! sprinkle with nutritional yeast and salt and pepper.

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We served it with a rocket, beet root and cabbage salad.

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Served four people with leftovers! 🙂

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