Mexican Style Veggie Pizza with Creamy “Cheese” Sauce

*Disclaimer: Typically we do not type a whole bunch of background info about each recipe, however on this one we just want to say TRUST US. It may use some ingredients you haven’t tried before, or it may seem like a lot of steps, but really, its super easy to make, and amazing in flavor and texture. TRY IT!

The original recipe can be found here.

Ingredients:

Crust:

1 pkg of active dry yeast

1 cup warm water

1 cup rice flour

1 1/4 oat flour

2 Tbs ground flax

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp oregano

1/2 tsp basil

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1 Tbs agave

a dash of red pepper flakes

Sauce:

1 jar of your favorite pizza or spaghetti sauce

Cheese Sace:

1 1/2 cups almond milk, original or unsweetened

1/4 cup nutritional yeast

1/4 cup oat flour (we made ours by grinding up oatmeal in a food processor)

2 Tbs tahini or peanut butter

2 Tbs corn starch

1/2 tsp garlic powder

one splash of lemon juice

salt to taste

Toppings:

1/2 white onion caramelized

1 bell pepper diced and sauteed

1/4 cup frozen corn, thawed and sauteed

1/4 cup sliced black olives, sauteed

2 Tbs olive oil

1/2 avocado, for garnish

How To:

Crust:

In a small bowl, activate the dry yeast in the cup of warm water and set aside.

Combine the flours, flax, salt oregano, basil, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes in a food processor.

Add the agave to the yeast and water mixture and combine with the dry ingredients in the food processor. Pulse together until it forms a ball or starts to come together well. (we added more water at this stage because the dough seemed too dry). roll this dough out (using plenty of flour on the board) to a rough circle and bake for 2-3 minutes under a broiler on high initially, then added the sauce, cheese, and toppings and broiled it again for 8 minutes more. *We baked our dough on a pizza stone.  If the dough breaks during transporting wet your hands a form dough back together.*

Cheese Sauce:

In a large saucepan over medium heat combine almond milk, nutritional yeast, oat flour, peanut butter, cornstarch, garlic powder, lemon juice, and salt. Whisk until well combined and smooth. Continuously whisk until sauce starts to thicken, increasing temperature slightly if need be.

Toppings:

In a small saute pan over medium heat caramelize onions in one tablespoon of olive oil, remove from heat and set aside. In the same pan, add one additional tablespoon of olive oil and saute peppers, olives, and corn until just softened.

Building the Pizza:

Once the crust bakes for 2-3 minutes, remove from broiler and add pizza sauce to cover the crust. Drizzle the cheese sauce over the pizza sauce and spread gently with the back of a spoon to cover. Sprinkle toppings generously over the entire pizza and place back under the broiler for 8 minutes, checking it every 2 minutes so it doesn’t burn.

Once pizza is bubbly and warm top with chopped avocado and serve!

Just so you know:

Adding avocados to your diet will result in healthier skin, more energy, and is one of the best sources for healthy fat you will find.  This type of fat, although high in calories, is the kind of fat that our bodies need to break up cellulite, improve our nervous systems and increase memory.

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