25 Nov 2012

raw pizza with spinach pesto & marinated vegetables


every saturday for as long as i can remember, we have family video night. this entails pizza for everyone and a good movie or two. it's the night of the week where we can all relax and be together. since adopting a vegan diet, my family has naturally stopped eat most processed foods as well as most animal products. most of the time our meals are vegan now. yahoo! so as you would assume, our pizza nights now include vegan pizza (which is always delicious). the carnivorous men of my family are usually merrily surprised with the taste. this week i decided to make a raw version because, ya know... raw food is totally rad and stuff.


i wish we had some raw cheese to top this off with but alas, not this time - anyway it was delectable sans aged nut cheese. i could seriously eat a bowl of the pesto by itself, i luuuurve me some spinach. and as for the crust - i was schnarfing spoonfuls while i put it in the dehydrator. if you don't have a dehydrator then just use your oven at its lowest temperature. i do this all the time and never fret; work with what ya got. 


one thing (of the plethora of things) i LOVE about raw food - you can eat as much as you want, but often that isn't as much as you might predict because the food is so nutrient dense! it fills you up super fast. so as you can see, these pizzas are pretty small, but very satisfying. i do warn you, don't expect this to taste just like cooked pizza. in all honesty it has nothing to do with it except the inspiration and general shape. it is DIFFERENT and delicious... 

so open your mind (and your mouth). 


raw pizza with garlic & seed crust, spinach pesto and marinated veggies: makes four small pizzas

crust:
1/2 cup each of hemp seeds, raw pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds
1 cup walnuts
1 teaspoon salt & pepper
2 teaspoons dried basil (or a handful of fresh, lucky you)
1 tablespoon agave/maple syrup or a few dates
1-2 tablespoons water, as needed
1/2 onion, sliced
4 peeled garlic cloves

spinach pesto:
4-5 cups organic spinach
1/2 cup raw pine nuts
1 peeled garlic clove
1/2 teaspoon salt & pepper
1/4-1/2 cup water, as needed
1 teaspoon agave/maple syrup or a couple dates

toppings:
3 mushrooms
1 bell pepper
1 tomato 
1 teaspoon tamari
1 teaspoon fave dried herb blend

to make the crust: pulse all ingredients in your food processor until it sticks together (and tastes delicious!) now divide the mixture into four and shape each of them into your desired pizza crust shape with your hands on dehydrator trays or parchment paper. dehydrate (or cook in your oven at the lowest temperature) for 4-5 hours, or until crispy. 

to make the pesto: put all the ingredients in your food processor (no need to wash it after making the crust) and process until it reaches that yummy pesto consistency - not totally smooth, but still quite creamy. mmm. put in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and put in the fridge. 

to prepare the veggies: cut them all into thin slices and mix in with the tamari and herb blend.  marinate them in your dehydrator (or oven) until they are soft and taste freaking amazing. 

put it all together: when the crusts are finished, gently spread the pesto on all of them, followed by the veggies. if you have any raw vegan cheese that would be a tantalizing addition for your taste buds. 

EAT. BE HAPPY. YOU ARE WELCOME. 

63 comments:

lysa jordan said...

This looks delicious...oh beautiful pizza

rachel said...

i'll be making this. i like that there is no buckwheat in the crust. not a big fan of that stuff. it looks awesome.

Emily von Euw said...

thank you, lysa! xox

Emily von Euw said...

thanks, rachel! i love buckwheat myself >< but i wanted to make a crust that was a bit different than most raw pizza crust recipes. no flax seeds either!

x

iam12forever said...

YUMYUMYUM

Emily von Euw said...

<3

Joel Crneck said...

So good! <3

Emily von Euw said...

:) thank you, lovely joel

Christine said...

I just checked your blog, saw these, and immediately made the crusts! It's not often I have all the ingredients.. I will have to go out and get some spinach but I have zucchini, a few leftover cherry tomatoes, and some mushrooms that need some love so they are going to go on the pizza. YUM and thank you!

Christine said...

Oh and quick question... is there supposed to be pine nuts in the pesto? I see them sprinkled around and your pesto looks creamier than straight spinach.
Thanks!

Emily von Euw said...

Thank YOU, Christine. Much appreciated :)

Emily von Euw said...

Wow. Thank you!!! This is why I need you guys. Yes, there should be pine nuts. Fixing the recipe now.

Mini said...

This looks awesome..! I do get some great tips and ideas from your blog. We are not completely raw or vegan, but your recipes surely give us inspiration :-) Will give this a try soon...

Emily von Euw said...

That is perfect :) thanks, mimi xox

TheCookieFairy said...

Yum :)

Heather Pace said...

I love raw pizza! This looks absolutely delicious!

Emily von Euw said...

Hehe thank you ! x

Emily von Euw said...

Thanks, Heather ;) That means a lot coming from you!

Miliany Bonet said...

Your raw pizza looks delicious! I love raw pizza! :) I like the sound of this recipe and I think I will make it soon when I get a dehydrator. What temperature did you heat the dehydrator, by the way? Your pizza reminds me of the raw one I made: 0medz0.com/raw-vegan-pizza-bites-recipe/. But I will make your pizza soon:)!

Emily von Euw said...

Thanks, Miliany :)
You don't REALLY need a dehydrator for this, you can use your oven at it's lowest temperature if you're not too picky. But I'd say around 100 degreas in the dehydrator? That recipe looks super easy and raw-arific!

x

Solveig Berg Vollan l Gluten-Free-Vegan-Girl said...

No way, this looks incredibly good! I have to make some spinach pesto right now, it looks even better than the usual zucchini pesto I make. Keep up the excellent work!! :)

Sue said...

I can't wait to make this!!!! Looks so delish! Only one more thing I would add. If you do not like cheese of any kind, I use grated carrots. When I make home made pizza to cook, I use grated carrots instead of cheese. It would go great with the raw pizza too! I'm going to try this and see how my kids and husband likes it. Thanks for the recipe! I just found your blog and I LOVE it. I really want to turn my family to more raw meals and less processed junk.

Emily von Euw said...

Hehehe it is always a good meal choice. Thanks!

Emily von Euw said...

Yum! That would be delicious, thanks for the tip. And thanks for the compliment! Much love,
Em

heather said...

This looks so yummy! Do you soak the seeds for the crust first ?

Emily von Euw said...

Thanks! I didn't - but I'm lazy sometimes. It would be a good idea to soak them first =)

Gina Andrews said...

Wow! Just made this for dinner and it is AMAZING! Well done and thanks! you are right they are rather filling so we have one each for tomorrow's lunch :-) yay. I think they would be great party food and that it would be good to make mini bases to dip in the spinach pesto...

therawfoodsisters.com said...

We just made this pizza! Sooo good. Loved every single bite of it. Thanks for sharing! We posted it on our blog here: http://therawfoodsisters.com/2013/05/02/raw-vegan-pizza/ Have a Beautiful day!

Emily von Euw said...

awesome thank youuuuuu!!!

Samantha said...

I just finished the Blueprint Cleanse which was the best decision of my life... and today's my first day off of it and I was so discouraged because I didn't want to ruin all that hard work I've done but I had no idea how to stick with the good habits...and then tada I found your blog! Thank you for dedicating your creativity to not only creating good recipes for yourself but also sharing with others!

Emily von Euw said...

That is SO wonderful to hear! Congrats, Samantha! And not to fear :) There's sooo many awesome healthy living websites and resources. Just check out my "resources" tab where I list off my fave healthy food blogs and other sites ;)

Xo

Huru said...

wow raw pizza !
i love you :D

Mary Staples said...

I'm so excited to try this! I just made the crust and turned on my dehydrator, but I'm wondering what temperature to put it on? ANy thoughts? Thanks!

Emily von Euw said...

Meh like 115?

Emily von Euw said...

I don't think it matters too much :)

chris nguyen said...

Thankyou for your recipe!This pizza look so yummy !:)

Anonymous said...

Heya, would love to try this recipe, what would be a good substitute for hemp seeds as they are not sold in NZ!! They are in a few of your recipes!

Thanks

Emily von Euw said...

Hi! Any other seed will do :)

demetria said...

This looks so so so good! So perfect for summer! Going to try it tonight!

Rachel Robinson said...

my first recipe I made off of your blog! thank you so much! it was DELICIOUS! just starting out on this raw vegan lifestyle and what a perfect first meal to begin with! thanks again, I can't wait to make everything on here. keep it up :)

Sharon Odom said...

Those foods are great! I love to eat them all, maybe I will baked some of them to my nephews and nieces one of these days.

Myjim Davis said...

I like the different concept of pizza which has other twist of flavoring and ingredients to make it more attractive and delicious. This is great deal for my big appetite.

katiepotatieblog said...

Looks absolutely amazing! I have been meaning to try cauliflower pizza, but this crust looks even better!

Julie M said...

I made this a few days ago for lunch and it was incredible! I used kale instead of spinach and added in some fresh basil, it worked out beautifully!

lifeaintoveryet said...

I made this for dinner tonight, and it is SO FAB. Like, delicious. I continue to be awed by your recipe creating skills. You have this art perfected.

Amber said...

Looks delicious!

Anonymous said...

So delicious. I just recently became vegan and finding it suprisingly easy and fun so far!

Just one question - how long do these raw pizzas last once prepared? I wanted to make a couple at once for munching on over the next few days. Thanks!

Mark Melvin said...

Sounds great! Thank you for sharing, be blessed:)

Anonymous said...

making this right now :o it smells so good!!!
i used honey instead of agave// dates ( even tho its not vegan ) but i'm 99% vegan!!! lol... | and putting pineapple/peppers/tomatoes on it for toppings.

Anonymous said...

buying a dehydrator this week!!
i made this into one big pizza (woops) didn't read the rest of it :O

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Sara said...

do you need a half cup of all the seeds, or half cup total? (so 1+1/2 or 1/2 cup?)

Emily von Euw said...

1 + 1/2 cups :)

Fi said...

Love your blog, thank you for this recipe, it was great!! Mine didn't turn out as amazing as yours look, but I tried haha. I wrote a blog post on it too and linked you if you'd like to check it out. (:

http://balancedandbliss.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/little-raw-pizzas-vegan-gluten-free/

xxx

Anonymous said...

Is there an alternative to pine nuts? I don't like them


Emily von Euw said...

@Anonymous - sure! any other nut you like will work :)

Nadia Ford said...

This pizza was really delicious! The only problem I had was that when I baked it, it all stuck to the alfoil - do you have any suggestions to prevent this?
Thanks!

Emily von Euw said...

@Nadia - hmm try wax or parchment paper next time. Sorry about that!

Anonymous said...

I would like to make this recipe but am not sure what you mean when you say "Dehydrate". I don't have a food dehydrator so what would I do to make this recipe turn out.

Emily von Euw said...

You can just set your oven at its lowest temperature and let it "bake" until it dries and becomes pliable. :)

Anonymous said...

Can this give you gas??

Anonymous said...

Hi~ I was wondering if the agave/dates or maple syrup is necessary for the crust recipe? Is there anything i can use to substitute? I cant eat anything with any sugar content

Emily von Euw said...

@ANONYMOUS - it didn't give me gas! haha

@Anonymous - you don't have to add dates at all, no worries :)