Saturday, December 14

Incredible Squash Pizza


There is an amazing array of pizza choices in this town. For under ten dollars one can get a all organic pizza, a spelt crust pizza, a pizza cooked in a wood-fire oven, a gluten free, vegan, or a totally raw one on a sprouted buckwheat crust, but nowhere can you find a grain free pizza...unless, I guess, you come visit me.

I don't like to consume a lot of flour, but there are just some things I don't want to give up. While there are some dishes, which I find perfectly enjoyable sans bread (burger is the obvious one that comes to mind), there are some things that require their carbohydrate element. Pizza on a lettuce leaf just doesn't cut it for me, and while I have seen things like fritattas used as a pizza base, the addition of eggs makes the dish off-limits for some. Inspired by the idea of the cauliflower crust, I have worked on a grain-free vegetable based pizza, but instead of the mild flavoured cauliflower, I have substituted sweet and creamy winter squash. And boy oh boy, am I happy with the results!
Because there isn't any gluten in this pizza, it's not as durable as the traditional crust. Hannah (whose inner ninja turtle called this pizza "totally awesome") and I had no problem picking up a piece and eating it. Adam on the other hand found it a little delicate and opted for knife and fork option. The durability of your crust will all depend on the weight of the toppings used.


Incredible Squash Pizza 

Recipe: (makes one 30cm pizza)

3 Cups Mashed Butternut Squash (1 large squash)
1 Cup Almond Flour (if you want a nut free pizza, try using fine corn meal)
3/4 Cup Garbanzo Flour
1/4 tsp Sea Salt
1/8 tsp Black Pepper
2 Tbsp. plus 1 Tbsp. Ground flax
1 tsp Dried Oregano

Toppings:

Green Pizza Sauce (recipe below)
A handful of pitted Kalamata olives
1 Cup cherry tomatoes (chopped)
A couple of handfuls arugula, herbs, or baby beet greens
* Or pizza sauce and toppings of choice

Procedure:

Begin by preparing the squash for roasting. Cut the squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Lay cut side down in a roasting pan and fill halfway with water. Cook in a 200 C (400 F) oven for 40minutes to 1 hour (adding more water as needed to top up), or until a fork can easily pierce the flesh of the squash. Let cool, then scoop out the flesh.

In a small bowl combine the 2 Tbsp of ground flax  with 4 Tbsp water. Let sit for 5 minutes.
In a larger bowl combine 3 cups of squash with the soaked flax meal, almond flour, garbanzo flour, salt, pepper, dried oregano, and extra ground flax. Stir to combine.

Spread the mixture onto a parchment lined tray and create a 30 cm (12 inch) circle, making sure that the edges are a little bit thicker. Bake in a 220 C (425 F) for 30-35 minutes or until the edges are crisp and golden and the centre is set (and can peel away from the paper). Top with pizza sauce, tomatoes, and olives, and bake for another 10 minutes. Let sit a few minutes before garnishing with greens.    
 

Green Pizza Sauce


Recipe:

1/4 Cup Cashews
1/2 Cup packed basil
1 Cup packed spimach
1/2 Lemon, juiced
Sea Salt and Pepper to taste
8 Tbsp. Olive oil

Procedure:

In a food processor puree the cashews, basil, and spinach until smooth. Add the salt, pepper, lemon juice, and oil, mix to combine.


xox Sophie

55 comments:

  1. I can't tell you how excited I am to see this posted today. I have been scouring the web trying to find a GF pizza crust for dinner tonight that doesn't involve complicated flour mixtures. This is perfect. I am going to adapt it slightly to use the flours I have on hand (I don't have chickpea), but I'm sure it's going to be phenomenal.

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    1. Thanks Nora. I'm so happy that you are excited! Comments like that make it all worthwhile <3 I know what you mean about complicated flour mixtures, I find some gf recipes rather daunting. Please let me know what flours you ended up using. I would love to know how it turns out.

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  2. I can't wait to make this. I will be using a different squash. I can't remember the name of it... :) first time using it. They seem to be very versatile.

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    1. Oh, let me know how it goes. I can't wait to try it with different squash!

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  3. Wow Sophie this is probably the prettiest and most appealing pizza I've ever seen!! I HAVE to make this as soon as possible :)
    xox Amy

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  4. This looks absolutely amazing and I can't wait to try it! I'm sorry to ask, but what is Garbanzo flour? Can I use my own gf flour mix?

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    1. Sorry... a little search told me it's chickpea. :-D

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    2. Hello Julie, I'm sure a gf flour mix would also work well. There may just be a change in texture from the rice flour <3

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    3. Thanks! I tried with chickpea only and with my mix (which contains chickpea) and both are really good. I missed pizza so much! You can use this recipe for any topping you'd like. Thanks again for this great recipe!!

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    4. Yay, that's awesome it worked with both types of flours! I'm so happy you can eat pizza again - it's one of my favourite foods :)

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  5. Hi Sophie, this pizza looks so wonderful! I had already tried cauliflower crust pizza, but the idea of using squash never crossed my mind.
    Your blog is always so full of inspiration :)

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    1. Thank you so much Blandine! That's lovely to hear. I kind of want to try making a yam one next, I'll let you know how that goes!

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  6. This looks so amazing. I really wanna try it. Have to find out where to find all the ingredients (like almond or garbanzo flour, I've never seen it in shops around, but then again, I haven't tried that much gluten free stuff, yet). I assume I could make it if I had a proper kitchen machine to ground nuts and stuff.

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    1. Thank you, Qantaqa! Sometimes garbanzo flour is labeled as Gram flour. It can often be found at Indian food markets, or even French and Spanish delicatessens. For the almond flour, just simply use finely ground almonds. Good luck finding the ingredients! And yes, proper kitchen gadgets always helps :)

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  7. Oh my gosh this looks amazing! I must try!

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  8. Happy to have stumbled across your blog. This sounds incredible!

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    1. Thanks a bunch, Grace. I'm so happy you found me too!

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    2. P.S. I just checked out your site! What lovely photos!!!

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  9. I am so excited to have found this! It looks amazing, I will have to give it a go next week. Have you got instagram?

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm pleased you like it! And yes, I do have instagram - http://instagram.com/wholeheartedeats

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  10. This looks incredible, can't wait to try the recipe, great idea, beautiful pictures!! I'll make it on Christmas!

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    1. Thanks Lenka! I hope you like it! Happy Christmas <3

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  11. Thanks so much for posting this, your recipe turned out amazing! I made it a second time last night but substituted Almond Flour for Quinoa Flour and added a bit more Garbanzo and the durability was excellent. Everyone thought the consistency was identical to regular pizza crust... still can't believe it! Also experimented with an oil-free sauce which turned out really well: Juice of 1 Meyer Lemon, 1 Garlic Clove, 1 Handful of Raw Cashews, 1 Tablespoon of Raw Almond Butter, 2 Tablespoons of Low Sodium Tamari, 1 Jalapeño, 1 Handful of Spinach, and 2 Handfuls of Fresh Basil. Soooo good

    Thanks Again!

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    1. Oh, I'm so pleased you enjoyed it! It's also great to hear that it works well with other flours - that is something I've mean meaning to play around with!

      Your pizza sauce sounds delightful! The addition of jalapeno has me wanting to make a Mexi style pizza, yum <3

      You're so welcome! I love sharing recipes and love getting such supportive feedback :)

      Take care,

      Sophie

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  12. Sophie, this is an absolutely gorgeous recipe. Thank you!

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    1. Thanks a lot Gena! You're totally welcome <3

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  13. Made it, LOVE it, will eat it a million times over!
    So nice to eat pizza and not feel guilty!

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    1. Hello Claudine!
      Oh, I'm so please you loved it!
      Guilt free pizza is a awesome thing <3

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  14. Sophie!! stumbled upon your recipe on pinterest - now following your blog!! Made the pizza last night and it was AMAZING! Do you think I could put the squash dough directly onto my cooking stone with out the parchment paper? For some reason, my parchment paper stuck to the bottom of the crust after baking - was able to pull it off and only lose a little bit of the crust - was thinking of oiling the stone and baking directly on it?? Would love to know your thoughts! Thanks again - it was a delicious hit at home and the next day when I took it to work and shared :-)

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    1. Hello! I am so happy you loved the pizza, yay! I'm not too sure why it stuck, but parchment paper is one of those things that sometimes just doesn't like to behave. I don't have too much experience with using a baking stone, but I'm pretty sure that it would work well. If worse came to worse, I bet it would be easier to pry off with spatula than the parchment would. I say give it a try :) You're very welcome and good luck with the experimenting!

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  16. I loved this recipe! The center of my pizza came out too soft, so I'll cook it longer than 30 minutes next time... but I'll definitely do it again and experiment with various toppings! Thanks!

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    1. Hello Marilyn,
      You're very welcome! I am glad you loved the pizza, but a little disappointed that it didn't turn out for you. I recall checking mine by (very gently) lifting the base away from the parchment. I kind of feel like this would be pretty hard to over bake, so on that note, you might want to bake it for an extra 10 minutes before adding the toppings. Good luck and let me know how it goes!

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  17. I made this pizza last night and it was delicious! I didn't have any garbanzo flour on hand, so experimented with substituting 1/2 cup quinoa flour and 1/4 cup brown rice flour. It worked perfectly, and the pizza wasn't too delicate to be cut into slices and eaten by hand. I topped it with kale pesto, grape tomatoes, olives, onions, and avocado. Thanks, Sophie!!

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  18. Hello a friend pointed me to this recipe and website. This recipe turned out great and once the pizza cooled it really held form so thank you! I look forward to trying other recipes..

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    1. Thank you Suraj. I'm so pleased you liked the pizza! I love hearing that friends are telling friends about it <3 I hope you do try other recipes, and please let me know how they turn out!

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  19. I just found out I have multiple food allergies (gluten, eggs, dairy) and was so sad about not being able to have pizza. My roommate made this for me last night and it is OUT OF THIS WORLD amazing! I love it even more than traditional pizza! I can already tell we will make this crust and experiment with different toppings on a weekly basis. Thank you so much for this recipe.

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    1. Hello Annie,

      I'm sorry to hear about your food allergies, those can be such a pain. It's wonderful that this pizza works for your diet, I am so thrilled that I could restore pizza to your life. I think we all need a little pizza <3 Let me know how the experimenting goes, I would love to hear what you two come up with! .
      All the best and thanks for the awesome letter,

      Sophie

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  20. I just made this and it is absolutely divine! I didn't have butternut squash so I used a 1/2 and 1/2 mix of acorn squash and sweet potato. It was the perfect sweet contrast to the pesto.

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    1. Thanks Sharaya! I'm so pleased you liked it. Sweet potato sounds like a delicious addition, I'll have to try that :)

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  21. awesome! this turned out great. i found that with a little thicker spread of the crust and alot of the pesto turned out perfectly.... thin crust was good too but the thicker one loaded with the basil pesto was amazing!!! i had no problems with the crust sticking to the baking paper... Thanks :)

    another good version of GF pizza is the cauliflower yam pizza.... mmmm

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    1. Yay, I'm so happy you liked it! Loaded with basil pesto does sound amazing :) Do you make another gluten free base with cauliflower and yam? That sounds pretty interesting, I must give it a try.

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  22. Hi, I made this pizza and brought it to a high tea with friends. I was devine!! thank you so much :D

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    1. That's wonderful to hear! So happy you liked it :)

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  23. i was a little nervous about the smell of the dough after i had mixed everything. It didn't smell very appetizing. I used garbanzo flour and cornmeal like u had suggested. To my surprise after i had put on the sauce and baked it some more, it turned out SO DELICIOUS! i love it! thanks!

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    1. Awesome, I'm so pleased you loved the pizza. Yeah, the batter does smell a little funky - the garbanzo flour is very, well, beany smelling :) I'm glad it wasn't noticeable in the final product.

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