Pizza twists with pesto, cream cheese and vegan bacon

So many variants of pizza…. when does it no longer get to be called pizza.

Well i can say…. this definitely still qualifies as pizza, even if it may not look like.

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In the past i have made sweet potato crust pizza, (video where i show how i make the crust), pizza rolls, cauliflower crust pizza, tortilla pizza, rainbow puff pastry pizza… and have most likely made other variants of pizza in the past.

The question is… when will i go to a pizzeria and order a vegan pizza? This was infact a question i got asked two days ago by my sister.

Do i like pizza? And do i order pizza out at pizzerias?

The first question… yes i like pizza, no it is not my favourite. I will of course eat it and as you can see… i make different variants of pizza when i get cravings for it. And in recipes like this… i buy premade pizza dough instead of making my own or using some other variant of pizza dough.

And do i order pizza out… well, it has been a few years. I just haven’t had a reason to do it… and have never craved a pizza from a pizzeria. Some may find this strange, but i haven’t craved it and often find that it is cheaper to make my own pizza with store bought pizza dough – or using puff pastry, sweet potato crust or other pizza bases.

This is just me and my personal preferences. Some people love pizza, while i would rather go for burgers and fries or sushi or even a buddha bowl if i am going to pay for food when eating out.

So… long story over… onto the recipe?

Yesterday i decided to try making pizza twists. I admit… i have wanting to make this for a LONG time… just never got around to doing it. But yesterday was finally time.

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How to make the pizza twists:

1 package of prebought pizza dough

1 pot of vegan pesto

1 pot of vegan cream cheese – or use grated vegan cheese

1 package vegan bacon, or use tempeh or tofu or skip this substitute

And use example tomato, basil, garlic or any other toppings you want

Dip in guacamole and salsa

How to:

Begin by heating the oven to 225 degrees celsius.

Roll out the pizza dough, and on one half of the pizza dough spread out pesto and then vegan cream cheese.

Add vegan bacon (the best is to fry a little before hand) and seasoning of choice.

Fold the other half of the pizza dough ontop of the other. Press down the sides a little.

Cut into “strips”, c.a 2cm in width. (see picture below)

Then twist each strip, i.e hold onto one end and twist 2-3 times.

Place the strips on a baking tray with parchment paper.

Optional, drizzle over a little oil and sea salt.

Bake in the oven around 7-8 minutes.

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If you try this recipe, or any other pizza recipe i have linked above.. let me know what you think 🙂 You can always tag me on my instagram: Itsahealthylifestyle

 

Sweet potato pizza! Vegan | Gluten free

In the past i have made so many variants of pizza:

Cauliflower crust, puff pastry rolls, rainbow pizza , tortilla pizza but i somehow have missed the fact that you can make a pizza crust from sweet potato!

And it is also INCREDIBLY easy. All it craves is 3 ingredients (& water 😉 ). And then of course whatever you want to top your pizza with!

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I may love puff pastry pizza and  cauflilower crust pizza… but i think that sweet potato crust pizza beats both of them. SOOO soo good. Also i loved that it had this sweet touch because of the sweet potatoes.

I am sure you could make this recipe using normal potatoes, but i am not fully sure so can’t guarantee the results.

If you try this crust… let me know what you think!

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Ingredients:

c. 500g (or one medium- large) sweet potato

180g oats – turned into oatflour

1,5 tbsp chia seeds which you mix with water (c.a 3-4tbsp) and let turn into a gel

Salt & pepper

& pizza toppings such as tomato sauce, vegan cheese.

I topped my pizza with vegan bacon, tomatoes, avocado, sweet corn & ruccola

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How to: 

Begin by peeling the sweet potato and cutting into similar shaped cubes. Then boil until soft (around 15 minutes).

In the mean time, measure out 180g oats and mix – with a food mixer or hand mixer until it turns into oatflour.

Also, mix the chia seeds with water and leave in the fridge for 5-10 minutes until it turns into a gel. If it is too liquid, add more chia seeds. If it is too dry, add more liquid.

Once the sweet potatoes are soft, pour away the water and allow to cool for 30 minutes. Then mash into a puree, mix in the oats, chia seed gel along with salt and pepper.

Then spread out the “dough” on a baking pan with parchment paper. Spread it out evenly and thin so that it cooks evenly and all the way through.

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celsius, and bake the crust for 15-20 minutes. (the thicker the crust the longer it will take to cook – also the edges will most likely get more crispy).

In the mean time, grate your cheese and prepare your toppings.

Then take out the pizza, add your toppings and bake in the oven for another 8-10 minutes!

And then you have an incredibly tasty, filling and nutritious pizza!!

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