This Easy Healthy Gluten-Free Vegan BBQ Vegetable Pizza, couldn’t be any healthier…I mean we are basically saying that you can have pizza…that’s Healthy? Cruelty-free? And Incredibly delicious? – NO WAY! But we say YES WAY!
A healthy spin on a classic recipe, this vegan BBQ pizza recipe is super easy to make and packed with nutritious ingredients. It’s gluten-free and made with quinoa crust!
It’s a recipe I’ve all been asked for on multiple occasions and I finally got my act together to give it to you. A vegan BBQ pizza, my friends. And it’s got all the goods – chickpeas, caramelized red onions, crispy cauliflower and kale, fresh herbs…. and a bit of cheesiness and smokiness of the BBQ sauce! Hope you are as excited as me.
I’d guess for almost everyone, pizza is comfort food. It’s greasy, cheesy and even if you load it up with veggies, it’s still pretty unhealthy. wanted to give you a way to enjoy this fave food without feeling like you’re “cheating”, in fact, this pizza can definitely be classified as HEALTHY!
How to Make Quinoa Pizza Crust
This quinoa pizza crust is crazy simple to make. All you need is just 5 ingredients and a blender.
Here’s what’s inside:
- White quinoa: make sure that it’s soaked for at least 30 minutes in boiling water so it gets soft enough to blend! But ideally, you would want to soak it overnight!
- Olive oil: adds some moisture – can be swapped with hummus or more water.
- Water: helps to blend everything together.
- Baking powder: just to add a little lightness!
- Sea salt: just for a little flavor! You can also add spices if you want.
And all you have to do is blend the ingredients together in a high powered blender!
It looks kind of like a thick pancake batter that is pourable but don’t worry, it bakes up into a thin, crispy crust that can stand up to all sorts of your favorite toppings. My personal fave is usually Hummus, or with our Spiced Buffalo ‘Cheese’ Spread but I have to say I’m leaning more and more towards this barbecue version right now!
Vegan BBQ Pizza Toppings
Once we have our crust made, it’s time for the toppings! I personally think toppings are the best part of pizza – and I love how personalized they can be. I kept it pretty simple, but feel free to change it up based on what you have/love!
Here are my toppings choices:
- I used this yummy BBQ sauce for my pizza Smoked Pepper BBQ Sauce
- thinly sliced red onions
- diced up cauliflower
- chickpeas/black beans
But please! Feel free to add any toppings you fancy!
Anyway! Please do let me know how you found this Easy Healthy Gluten-Free Vegan BBQ Vegetable Pizza, and if there is anything you tried or something that worked better…Do drop me a comment below, or you can find me/ message me directly on Instagram, Pinterest or Facebook! I love seeing what my lovely readers think of my recipes!
for the crust:
3/4 cup/135g quinoa covered by 1″ of water and soaked for 6 – 8 hours (or overnight)
1/4 cup/ 60g of water
1/2 teaspoon baking powder(use gluten-free)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon of smoked paprika
2 tablespoons olive oil (Its perfectly fine not to add the oil, if you want this recipe oil-free! And simply replace it with more water)
4 tablespoons of BBQ sauce divided (I used smoked pepper, worked great)
1/4 red onion sliced
2 tablespoons of sweetcorn
1/2 cup/100g cooked chickpeas/any beans of your choice, I used black beans
A couple of cauliflower florets picked and sliced into very tiny florets
A handful of kale (optional)
Nutritional yeast + fresh basil to garnish (optional)
Vegan cheese (optional)
1. Preheat the oven to 425ºF/220c and line an 8inch cake pan with non-stick parchment paper. Prepare the pizza batter by adding all the ingredients for the batter in a blender(just make sure you drain the quinoa) and blend till smooth. Then pour it onto the baking pan. Using a spatula, spread the batter into every corner, and tap it so it evens on top!
2. Bake the crust for 12 minutes, then remove, flip and bake for another 5. While the crust is baking, stir the toppings of your choice with 2 tablespoons of BBQ sauce.
3. When the pizza has baked for 17 minutes (total), remove from the oven and top with remaining sauce bbq sauce. Scatter the BBQ veggies and cheese (if using ) on the top and place it back in the oven for another 10 – 15 minutes. (you can also broil it for 2 – 3 minutes, in the end, to get everything super crispy, just watch it carefully!) Remove and slice into triangles. Top with nutritional yeast and basil if using.
Notes: you need to soak the quinoa overnight (or for at least 6 hours) to make the pizza batter, so just do that in the morning before you head to work and you can make pizza when you get home