Sunday, 26 April 2015

Garbanzo Bean Pizza Crust

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A soft, savoury & gluten free pizza crust begging for your favourite toppings.

1 C garbanzo bean flour ( chick pea flour )
1 3/4 C filtered water
1 Tbsp nutritional yeast
Rosemary & Thyme fresh or dried ( I used about 1/2 tbsp each )
Salt to taste ( I used about 1/2 tsp )


Heat oven to 400 F
Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl and let stand for about 1/2 hour or more. This allows flavours to infuse & the mix to get slightly thicker.
Line an oven proof pan with parchment paper, enough to be able to lift out once pizza is cooked. ( I used my 10 inch cast iron pan). If not using parchment paper you may find the crust to stick to much and much more oil to be used.
Spray parchment paper with a little EVOO.
Add pizza mix to the parchment lined pan using a spatula to help spread it out evenly. 
Cook for about 30 minutes & allow to cool and use for later or top it with your toppings of choice and pop it right back in for about another 10-15 minutes. 
Serve & enjoy!

 Should look like this

Nutritional Facts
Per serving 1 piece ( 1/4 of recipe ) not including toppings (approx)

120 calories
2g   fat
7g   protein 
19g carbs
5g   fiber

Ready for the drizzle 

My base & toppings today were:
The Base 
1 c spinach + 2 cloves garlic + 2 pieces of canned artichoke hearts placed in a mixer & chopped to resemble a pesto like texture. 
Chopped red onions, cremini mushrooms, black olives, capers, kale & raw sprouted beans/lentils. 
Once cooked I drizzled with my cheesy spinach dip I previously posted, here is the recipe again.

Cheesy spinach dip

3/4 C cashews
3/4 C cashew milk ( or one of your choice just not sweetened )
2 C spinach
3 Tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice ( or store bought )
1/4 C nutritional yeast
3 garlic cloves
1 tsp salt & pepper 
**use organic when possible
Yields approx 1 1/2 Cups


Soak cashews for a few hours or overnight if you do not have a high speed blender. I use my Vitamix and I still like to soak the nuts as I find them to still be more creamier this way.
Add all ingredients into your blender and blend till creamy smooth. 
Can be used in & on so many dishes.

This pizza crust recipe can be used as a flat bread just the same. Take it out of the oven & brush it with a little EVOO & sprinkle with some course salt. Serve! 
However you serve this up, enjoy and may you be Nutritionally Well.

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