Protein Packed Pizza {Vegan GF}

It’s hard to contain myself on this one! Wow! Pizza is probably one of my favorite foods to eat, but due to my nutrition choices, it can be kinda hard to enjoy {tons of white flour/gluten and tons of dairy}. But let me tell you, this pizza is delicious — gluten-free, vegan, EASY and FUN to make! This recipe for protein packed pizza makes four individual crusts, so everyone in the family can have their very own pizza. If you pair this with a huge salad, you have a perfectly well-balanced dinner. Does it get any better? Nah.

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Another reason I’m so excited about this protein packed pizza? It also contains a boatload of iron. See where I’m going with this? Protein… iron… things commonly associated with meat. Myth debunked! This crust is SO simple and made with 6 ingredients.

If there was a problem, yo I’ll solve it…

When my friend came to me with a problem, I was ecstatic to help her find a solution. Her son is anemic, and needs to get more iron. She was using grass-fed beef to supplement his nutrition, even though the rest of their family was starting on the path to a plant-based lifestyle. I suggested she toss lentils in the ring as well. Many text messages, a little research and days later we decided I would test a recipe using lentil flour.

Wait. What? LENTIL FLOUR?! How did I not know about this before?! I ordered a bag online and waited for it’s arrival. I did some more research on how to use lentil flour and voila! Protein packed pizza was born.

protein packed pizza lentil flour

You are basically making a giant pancake.

Another good part about this recipe, or any pizza crust really, is you can make them ahead of time. So when pizza cravings hit, you can just pull one out of the freezer or fridge, add your sauce and toppings and pop it in the oven.

So without further ado, here is the EASY recipe for your very own protein packed pizza!

Protein Packed Pizza
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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 4 personal pizza crusts

Serving Size: 1 pizza crust

Calories per serving: 283

Fat per serving: 2g

Saturated fat per serving: 0g

Carbs per serving: 50g

Protein per serving: 20g

Fiber per serving: 14g

Sugar per serving: 2g

Sodium per serving: 153mg

Protein Packed Pizza

Ingredients

2 c. lentil flour

2 c. water

2 cloves crushed garlic

1 tsp. dried oregano

1/4 tsp. dried rosemary

1/4 tsp. Real salt

coconut oil for frying*

PIZZA TOPPING IDEAS

sliced onion

sliced mushrooms

pepperoncini slices

sliced black olives

sliced green olives

spinach

sliced tomatoes

sliced zucchini

red, orange or yellow peppers

hummus

homemade pizza sauce

Instructions

    1. In a large bowl, combine flour and dried spices.

    2. Add crushed garlic to water and stir.

    3. Add water to dry ingredients bowl, and use a whisk to combine until completely lump free. It will look like pancake batter.

    4. Add a teaspoon or so of coconut oil to a large, heated skillet. (Medium heat is good.)

    5. Measure out 3/4 c. pizza batter into the skillet and spread until 1/4" thick layer. Cook for 3-4 minutes, covered.

    6. Flip and cook on opposite side for an additional 2 minutes. Add more coconut oil before repeating with remaining batter.

    7. Place on a plate covered with paper towels. As you cook the remaining crusts, add a single layer of paper towels in between each crust.

    8. If you are ready to use these, dive right into pizza sauce and toppings. If not, let cool then place in the fridge covered, until ready to use.

    9. Spread your favorite pizza sauce on each crust, along with desired toppings. We like to use hummus and sauce as the base layer. The hummus acts like a cheese and provides a creamy texture. Just remember, the secret to a delicious vegan pizza is a boatload of veggie toppings. See above for some of our favorites.

    10. Once it's all loaded up, bake at 400*F for 10-15 minutes, or until heated through.

Notes

*This may seem weird to use coconut oil vs. olive oil, but coconut oil is far more stable at high heat. Reserve the use of olive oil for cold recipes, like salad dressing to preserve it's beneficial qualities. **Also, the nutrition information listed above is just for the crust, not the sauce, hummus, coconut oil or toppings. The crust is also 40% iron!

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Have you ever used lentil flour in cooking or baking? I’d love to hear if you have. Am I the only one who didn’t know this existed?

protein packed pizza

Lastly, just a quick announcement. I have updated my SHOP section of the site. It can feel overwhelming at first, when you try to add more veggies to your life or even convert to a plant-based lifestyle altogether, so I created a little store with all of my personal favorites. My goal is to make your transition just a little easier, by putting everything in one place! Be sure to check out the categories on the right hand side.

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