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Chickpea Flour Pizza with Hummus

Do you love pizza? Duh, who doesn’t, right? If you’re like us, then any night is a potential pizza night. I’ve tried lots of different pizza recipes over the years and this chickpea flour pizza with hummus just might be my new favorite. Why? Because it’s so easy. No need to fuss with yeast and wait an hour and a half for the dough to rise. Also, it smells ah-mazing as it bakes and will fill your kitchen with herby, nutty deliciousness.

Chickpea flour pizza with hummus is quick and easy! Made without animal products, it's vegetarian- and vegan-friendly. Also naturally gluten-free.

The crust is basically a flatbread, very similar to a French socca cake. I’ve used socca before for my mini socca with ratatouille, and as you can well imagine, you could top socca with just about anything. As well as ratatouille, my mini socca bites had a dollop of vegan pesto, which would make a great sauce on this chickpea flour pizza as well. But this time I chose to use hummus.

Chickpea flour pizza with hummus is quick and easy! Made without animal products, it's vegetarian- and vegan-friendly. Also naturally gluten-free.

If you read regularly then you know that I’ve been experimenting a lot with aquafaba (see Spanish alioli, strawberry mousse cake, and raspberry-lemon meringue pies). If you’re as obsessed about aquafaba as I am, then you might consider chickpeas to be a by-product and struggle with how to eat so many “leftover” chickpeas. Hummus is an obvious answer. It turns out that not only is hummus good for pita bread and in sandwiches, but it also makes a great pizza sauce! If you’re making a vegan pizza without cheese, then hummus adds back that extra creaminess that you might miss by taking the cheese off.

Chickpea flour pizza with hummus is quick and easy! Made without animal products, it's vegetarian- and vegan-friendly. Also naturally gluten-free.Since the chickpea crust is a bit less stable than regular pizza crust (I might say it’s a bit floppy), I found that making small individual-sized pizzas the best way to go. These small slices still have enough structure to be able to pick up and eat with your hands like a regular pizza. You could also make one medium-sized pizza, but you may need a knife and fork. Make them in any oven-safe pan, I had two 15 centimeter paellas, but skillets will also work well.

Chickpea Flour Pizza with Hummus

Chickpea Flour Pizza with Hummus

Yield: Makes 2 individual 15 cm (6 inch) pizzas or one medium 30 cm (12 inch)
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Quick and easy from-scratch vegan pizza

Ingredients

For the chickpea crust

  • 1 cup chickpea (gram) flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon herbs de Provence (or any combination of herbs: thyme, rosemary, oregano, basil, etc.)
  • Pepper, to taste

For the pizza

  • 200 grams (7 oz) hummus
  • Small handful of cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 2 artichoke hearts, quartered
  • Half a green pepper, diced
  • A quarter of a red onion, sliced
  • 3 – 4 button mushrooms, sliced
  • Small handful of black olives, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon capers
  • A few leaves of fresh basil, cut in chiffonade

Instructions

  1. Combine the chickpea flour, water, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, salt, herbs and pepper. Mix well to remove lumps and set aside to rest for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 250°C (500°F) and put your oven-safe pan(s) or skillet(s) inside to heat up. Once hot, remove pans from the oven and add 1/2 a tablespoon of oil to each. Swirl to coat evenly and add the chickpea batter.
  3. Place pans on a middle rack and bake for 5 – 10 minutes until the batter is set and beginning to brown.
  4. Move to a top rack to fully brown and slightly blister the crust in the centre. Remove from the oven and reduce the heat to 200°C (400°F)
  5. Brush the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil over the chickpea crusts. Spread over the hummus, sprinkle over a pinch of salt and pepper if desired, and top with your toppings except for the fresh basil.
  6. Bake for about 10 more minutes until the toppings are done to your liking.
  7. Let the pizzas cool for a couple minutes and then sprinkle over the basil chiffonade and serve.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 652 Total Fat: 42g Saturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 34g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 1638mg Carbohydrates: 53g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 15g Sugar: 9g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 21g

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2 Comments

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    Jessica
    May 10, 2016 at 2:50 am

    I just tried this tonight. It was very good. Even my kids liked it. They used marinara sauce instead of hummus.

  • Reply
    Magdalene
    November 18, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    I like your blog very much, Melissa, thank you for all these recepies 🙂

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