::Vegan Spicy Chickpea Pizza::

I am constantly looking for healthy pizza alternatives, especially since I have been cutting dairy out of my diet. I found a plethora of recipes on Pinterest and decided to give this one a try tonight.

Per usual, I made slight changes to the recipe. The original recipe can be found here: Vegan Richa

First and foremost there are two options for the crust: 1- you can buy a pre made crust (which I did from Whole Foods) 2- you can make a cauliflower crust. I have done this before and of course this is a healthier option, its just a little more time consuming.

Ingredients (not including the crust):

Spicy chickpeas:

  • 3 tbsp hot sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Sriracha
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 cups chickpeas

White sauce:

  • 1/2 cup cashews-ground
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2/3 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ground black pepper

Garlic sauce:

  • 2/3 of the white sauce
  • 4 garlic cloves-chopped
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
Ranch sauce:
  • 1/3 of the white sauce
  • 1 tbsp ranch seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp celery seeds
  • 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar

Optional toppings:

  • Jalapeños
  • Cheese

Step 1- pre heat oven according to crust, usually 400 degrees.

Step 2- create the chickpea mixture and let marinate, combine the following ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp hot sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Sriracha
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 cups chickpeas

Step 3- create the white sauce by blending the following ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup ground cashews
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2/3 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ground black pepper

Step 4- pour 1/3 of the white sauce into a bowl and set aside.

Create the garlic sauce by adding the following ingredients to the white sauce in the blender:

  • 4 garlic cloves-chopped
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar

Step 5- create the ranch sauce by combining the following ingredients:

  • 1/3 of the white sauce
  • 1 tbsp ranch seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp celery seeds
  • 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar

Step 6- layer the pizza crust with the white/garlic sauce.

Step 7- add the spicy chickpea mixture, smashing a few chickpeas to ensure placement.

Step 8- top with ranch sauce.

Step 9- cook according to crust instructions, usually 10 minutes.

Step 10- broil for 1 minute to melt cheese and make the crust crispy.

Step 11- add additional toppings; jalapeños, green onions, ect.

Spicy Chickpea Pizza