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 spinach
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

105 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. Just did this and it's so good I dint put the garbanzo flour and instead of almond flour I putted corn meal bc I'm allergic to almonds and it was delicious!!! So impressed

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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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  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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  24. I tought it was a raw pizza, shoot...
    Do you think it would be ok in the dehydrator???

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    1. Humm, I'm not to sure that it would taste as good, especially with the garbonzo flour. I do however plan on making a raw pizza soon, I'll be sure to give you a shout once I post it :)

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  25. This looks amazing, but can you reccomend an alternative for cashews in the green pizza sauce? All other nuts are fine just a mega cashew alergy! x

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    1. Yes, there are plenty of other nut you could use. I would try macadamia, pistachios, or even Brazil nuts :)

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    2. Hey thanks so much that is really helpful! PS I think you are getting popular in England judging from the below comment, and me, and my friends are sharing this too! Thanks again, loving your work! :) x

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    3. Thank you so much! I am so happy you (and England ) are enjoying the site :)

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  26. hello from England, Sophie I've just stumbled on your blog and have fallen in love with it! This recipe looks amazing, and I can't wait to try it out. Sarah x

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    1. Hello to you all the way in England! Thank you so much, Sarah! I'm thrilled you love the blog, that totally makes my day :)
      All my best
      xox Sophie

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  27. Hi Sophie!! I found you blog thanks to Niomi Smart (blogger Lady Smart) and just wanted to let you know that I am absolutely inspired by your recipes!! I can't wait to try this amazing pizza and many more of your awesome concoctions!!

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    1. Hello Courntey!
      I am so delighted you like the site! That is truly wonderful to hear. Thank you so much and I hope you enjoy the pizza (and other goodies) :)

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  28. This recipe looks so delicious. I was wondering, however, should the cashews be soaked beforehand?

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  29. Hello there from California. So, my dough is in the oven and I cant wait to eat! Im a little concerned about the dough being a bit sticky prior to putting it in the oven. I added s little extra garbonzo flour but still sticky. Also, I substituted almond flour for brown rice flour (less fat snd couldnt find it)
    So, is this a concern? Hope it turn out ok after all the work! Keep you posted.

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  30. So this pizza didn't turn out as I would have liked it too. It wasn't really worth all the time, effort and money for me.. I did realize I don't like the taste of butternut squash very much. The dough wasn't cooked all the way through tasting like mashed squash! It wouldn't even cook through although I baked it longer. Hmm, I liked the pesto and I definitely added mozzarella. Would I make it again? No but I had to try it.

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    1. Hey, sorry to hear you didn't care for the pizza. It's true, the crust does taste a lot like squash. I'm happy to hear the pesto was a hit at least. You might prefer the lastest pizza recipe (if you're looking for a gluten free crust). It's a lot easier to make and much more cost effective. All the best,
      Sophie <3

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  31. Made this last week. It was incredible!

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    1. Thanks, Emily! I'm so happy you enjoyed it :)

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  32. I just made this recipe and it was amazing! I didn't have garbanzo bean flour so I used quinoa flour instead. feel free to check it out on my blog at mydigitalkitchen.org. Thanks for sharing!! I love trying out new healthy crust alternatives :)

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    1. So happy you enjoyed the pizza! Your blog looks lovely. I'll have to spend some time checking it out :)

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  33. Such a colourful recipe! I love the green sauce idea as an alternative to regular tomato sauce - I think it tastes better too! This post was my inspiration for a sweet potato crust pizza I made yesterday. :) Thanks for the great idea!

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    1. Yay, I'm so pleased you like the recipe! Sweet potato sounds wonderful -such a great idea. Thanks a bunch, Anna :)

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  34. Just made this last night, such an amazing recipe. I brought the leftovers to work for my lunch, and I saw my coworkers throwing envious glances at my food. Thanks for the inspiration, and I look forward to making more of your recipes. This was the first of yours that I've made, and many others on your blog look delicious. Cheers!

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    1. What a wonderful comment, Markay! I love hearing that - especially the envious glances ;) ha! You totally made my day and I'm so pleased you like the site!

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  35. Hi Sophie! i really want to make this pizza but dont have easy acces to flaxseed. will this matter? could i replace with chia seed maybe?:)

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    1. Hey Jessica,
      yes, ground chia should work just fine (or any egg replacer for that matter). Sometimes flaxseeds are also listed as linseed, if that helps :)
      All the best!

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  36. how many calories ???

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    1. I calculated it with the myfitnesspal "Recipe Nutriton Calculator": the whole pizza has 2700 calories.
      Calories Carbs Fat Protein Sodium Sugar
      Total: 2,700 200 204 64 1,154 34

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  37. Wow Sophie, this is officially the prettiest pizza I have ever seen! Great pictures and recipe!

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    1. Oh, you make a girl blush :) thank you so much, Monika

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  38. Hi Sophie- Do u have IG (Instagram)? I used this amazing recipe and would love to share... It was delicious! Thank you for sharing 😁

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    1. Hello,
      That's wonderful, thank you! And yes I do have a IG (@wholeheartedeats) I would love to see it :)

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  39. Looks amazing I want to try it out tonight. But am I able to substitute the flax eggs for 2 real eggs?

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  40. I just made this and it was Absolutely delicious.... Thank you!!!!!

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    1. Oh, you're so welcome! I'm so pleased you enjoyed it!!!

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  41. I made this and it was amazing! I plan on making it again this week, but because it made so much last time I was thinking about making personal size pizzas. Do you think I could freeze the extra dough I don't use to save for later?

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    1. I'm so pleased you liked it!! Once cooked, I think the bases should freeze just fine. :)

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  42. Hi does anyone know if I could make this minus the flax seed or substitute it for anything?

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    1. Hey Elisha!
      The flax helps it hold together. You can try replacing it with an egg if that suits you, or chia! You luck :)

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  43. Dear Sophie! I made this 'pizza' yesterday and it has blown my mind:-)) me and my guest just loved it...I'm looking forward to experiment with the recipe, with different flours and toppings...thanks for the recipe; I'm loving every recipe I make from your blog...kisses

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  44. thank you so much for this recipe. I only used the crust(used garlic instead of oregano) then made my own toppings. it was wonderful!

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  45. Thank you for the recipe! I tired this yesterday and omg its good!

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  46. It looks amazing !! Just a question, what's flaxseed ? Is there anything that i can replace it with ?

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  47. what's the nutritional info (i.e calories, carbs, protein, fat, etc.)

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    1. I don't have that information, but this site can help http://www.calorieking.com/foods/

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