Yep, it’s another oil-free recipe. I’ll be honest: I was skeptical too. If you remember from a few months ago, my mom has been teaching a class locally to a group of women on the plant-based diet, reversing diabetes, etc., etc. Each week, Mom makes a plant-based, oil-free recipe or two to take to her class to try. This last week, Mom made pizza. I was expecting her oil-free crust to come out all dry and brick-like, but we were both blown away by how delicious this pizza crust turned out. I think you’re going to love it too.
Annnnd, because I had my camera out, and haven’t snapped pictures of much food lately, I had a blast catching almost every step of the pizza-making process.
See that lump of weird-looking stuff in the middle of the bowl below?? It’s applesauce–the secret ingredient.
Make a yummy dough and let it rise.
Choose whatever sauce and toppings that you like.
Roll out your pizza crust on to a cornmeal-sprinkled pan. The cornmeal with help keep the pizza from sticking to your pan, if you don’t want to use any oil. If you don’t have a problem with a little cooking spray, go ahead and use that.
Then, you’ll just slap on your toppings.
And bake that big ol’ pizza.
For this pizza, I used the cashew-based mozzarella recipe found in Chloe’s Vegan Italian Kitchen. I highly recommend getting your hands on that book, if you don’t have it already. After the pizza was finished baking, we just drizzled some mozzarella sauce right over the top. Have I ever told you how much I love stuff that drizzles? Or have I told you that I love the word “drizzle” in general (unless, of course, it’s used in reference to the weather)? Well now you know. :)
Whole Wheat Oil-free Pizza Crust
- 1 cup warm water
- 2 1/2 teaspoons dry active yeast
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 tablespoon vital wheat gluten
- 2 tablespoon flaxseed meal
- 1 tablespoon applesauce
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Use a fork to combine water, yeast, and sugar in a small bowl--set aside until foaming. If mixture won't foam, you may want to start over from scratch.
- Combine all remaining ingredients (except applesauce) in large mixing bowl. Add foamy yeast and applesauce. If dough is too sticky to handle with your fingers, add a tablespoon of flour. If it's too dry to hold together, add a teaspoon or more of water. Knead dough for just a minute or two.
- Set dough aside in a warm place for 1 hour, or until it doubles in size. Preheat oven to 415 degrees F.
- Knead, stretch, and roll out dough to fill pizza pan.
- Cover with your favorite sauce and toppings.
- Bake pizza at 415 degrees F for 15 minutes, or until dough is cooked through and golden brown.