Oh pizza, how I love you. Is there anyone who doesn't absolutely love pizza? I mean honestly, there's just so much to love. Well, that is vegan oil-free pizza of course. Traditional pizza is loaded with dairy, meats, and saturated fats, all things I do not love lol. This oil-free vegan pizza on the other hand is loaded with whole foods plant based ingredients making it delicious and nutritious!
How to make oil-free vegan pizza:
I am not going to lie here, there have been many failed oil-free vegan pizza attempts over here. In the beginning I was using my cauliflower cheese sauce (which I love, but not for pizza), and it was coming out super watery. I then experimented with a vegan cream cheese, and that was not good... at all. Finally after many attempts I got it right with this oil-free mozzarella. To make vegan pizza oil-free is pretty simple, let's work our way up:
Most pre-made pizza doughs are oil-free naturally, so this shouldn't be too hard to find. If you guys would like I could share my whole wheat pizza dough, or a gluten-free pizza dough recipe! Next, the sauce. The sauce recipe for this oil-free vegan pizza is made using simple ingredients that are not overly processed, and contain no oils. Last, but not least, the oil-free vegan mozzarella. Like I said earlier, there were many attempts that went into this.
To make this cheese oil-free there's a couple things to remember: you need something to give it a stretch. This could be anything, tapioca flour, potato starch, or in this case psyllium husk. These help your cheese to not evaporate/just boil on top. Nobody wants a soggy pizza. The next thing that's important to remember is that the cheese needs something with a fat content. There are plenty of ways to make low-fat vegan cheese, but for this oil-free vegan pizza recipe it is vital that you use something with a fat content. The fat content helps this cheese to stay solid, and not make the rest of the pizza soggy. Lastly, make sure that you stretch this cheese out. It really helps to spread it with your knife BEFORE putting it on the pizza.
If you're interested in other oil-free vegan cheese recipes, check these out:
Can I store this vegan mozzarella?
Yes! I actually love making this pizza recipe single serve. I simply store the oil-free mozzarella in the fridge covered and it's ready to go. It's important to cover the cheese, because it can dry up if you don't. The sauce stores well too. The only suggestion I would make if you plan to make this pizza for multiple days is to buy pre-made pizza crust. Sometimes fresh can get too acidic the longer it sits, and yeah, it's not good!
Ingredients for this Oil-free Vegan Pizza:
- Cashews "VEGAN10" for $10 off!
- Psyllium husk
- Miso paste
- Plant based milk
- Tomato sauce
- Tomato paste
- Nutritional yeast
- Bell pepper
- Roma tomatoes
Oil-free Vegan Pizza
- 1 package pizza dough gluten-free if you want to make this gluten-free.
For the oil-free cashew cheese:
For the sauce:
- 1 6oz can tomato paste
- 1 8oz can tomato sauce
- 3 cloves garlic
- 6 basil leaves
- 1 bell pepper
- ½ red onion
- ½ cup mushrooms
- 2 roma tomatoes
- Begin by making the cheese ahead of time. If you have not soaked the cashews ahead of time see notes. Combine all ingredients into a blender except the psyllium husk, blend until smooth. Add the psyllium husk and blend again, it will become more solid. Scoop into a shallow dish, cover, and place in the fridge for 2-3 hours.
- When you are ready to make the pizza, preheat the oven to 400.
- Make the sauce by combining all ingredients. Roll out the pizza dough, add sauce and spread over evenly.
- Take the cheese out of the fridge and cut and stretch pieces over the pizza.
- Cut the vegetables and place on top. place in the oven and cook for 20-25 minutes, or until the top gets browned. Serve and enjoy!