Vegan Protein Pizza with Pesto Sauce

Vegan Protein Pizza with Pesto Sauce2019-03-02T03:53:49+00:00

Project Description


For the crust:

  • 1 lb. of cauliflower (I used Trader Joe’s frozen bag of “cauliflower rice” but you can also steam fresh cauliflower, grate it and squeeze all the moisture out)
  • 1/2 cup of almond flour (also called almond meal)
  • 1.5 scoop Growing Naturals Original rice protein
  • 3 tbsp flax meal
  • 8 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • spices such as pepper, oregano, and garlic powder to taste
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

For the pesto sauce:

  • 2 bunches of fresh basil
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • juice of one lemon
  • sea salt and pepper to taste


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl add the flax meal along with 8 TBSP of water. Whisk these up and let sit for vegan-pizza-crusta few minutes as they will be your “egg replacement.”
  3. Add the almond flour and the protein powder along with the other dry ingredients and spices.
  4. Rinse the frozen cauliflower rice until thawed and squeeze all the excess liquid out (using a fine mesh colander or cheesecloth) until it is as dry as possible.  Alternately, you can steam a pound of fresh cauliflower, blend it in a food processor and then squeeze the liquid out of that in the same process.
  5. Add the cauliflower rice to the bowl with dry ingredients and  begin forming it into a dough ball. Add the coconut oil at this point since it may get little sticky. Form into a dough ball and roll it out thinly onto a pan lined with parchment paper (non stick and easy cleanup tip).
  6. Bake for about 10 min.
  7. While the crust bakes, add all pesto ingredients into a food processor and process thoroughly. Set aside.
  8. After 10 minutes is up, remove crust from oven and top with pesto and your choice chopped veggies.  Pop the topped pizza in the oven for about another 10-15 min. Keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn.


Recipe Courtesy of Kelly Itsell of Fitness You Can Live With

Approximately (for 1/4 crust with pesto sauce): 16g protein | 3.2g sugar | 12g carb | 13.5g fat | 7g fiber | 220 calories

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