New year, new resolutions, new body? I promised myself that 2018 would be the year where I will get my dream body! Having similar thoughts? I know that it all comes down to the right nutrition. BUT a girl can’t really live without the occasional piece of pizza, can she? I thought so! That’s why I did some experimenting in my kitchen and now I’m proud to present you the healthiest but still outmost delicious pizza recipe out there! Don’t believe me? Well, you better get cooking, good lookin’!
One tiny ingredient makes all the difference! Everyone, fitness nerd or not, knows to stay aways from white EVERYTHING when trying to lose weight. This includes white bread, white flour, white pasta, and even white rice (bye bye beloved sushi). So to make a pizza healthy all you have to do is to find a substitute for the white flour.
With all the #cleaneating food rave lately flour substitutes are popping up like weeds. I experimented with a few of them and must say I’m not really a big fan of most of them. In baked goods I usually opt for oat flour as almond flour seems to give everything an almond paste taste (don’t get me wrong I love almond paste per se but it is not for everything). I don’t really get along with coconut flour at all! Even though I love everything coconut. But the flour and I? Not the best friends out there.
I started googling for healthy pizza options and saw quinoa popping up everywhere! As quinoa is rich in protein, I thought I’d give it a try! And, oh boy, did it turn out delicious!!!! My boyfriend couldn’t even taste a difference between my healthy pizza and the real deal! The great thing is that it doesn’t even require a whole lot of time. All you need are the ingredients and a blender and you are good to go. Oh, and of course your desired toppings. It doesn’ get much better than this!
Are you ready for a healthy indulgence? Here we go!
Healthy Quinoa Crust Pizza
What you need:
- 2 1/2 cups quinoa
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 4 tsp coconut sugar
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- Cayenner Pepper
- 1 Pear
- 1 blue cheese
- handful spinach
- 2 handful cherry tomatoes
- fresh rosemary
Preheat oven to 425 °F/200 °C. Wash and rinse the quinoa. Put it in a blender and add the water. Start blending until you get a smooth batter, almost like a pancake batter.
Pour batter into a bowl and add baking powder, coconut sugar, olive oil, salt, pepper, thyme and rosemary. Mix thoroughly.
Put parchment paper on a backing try and spread out the batter evenly. Put on the lowest tray and bake for 20 minutes.
In the meantime, mix together all the ingredients for the pizza sauce. Slice the pear, cut the tomatoes in half, cube the bluecheese and wash the spinach.
Flip the crust and bake on the other side for an additional 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and top with pizza sauce, sliced pear, bluechesse, cherry tomatoes and fresh rosemary. Bake for 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
Remove from the oven and enjoy!
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Have you ever tried a healthy pizza alternative?