Two High-Fiber, Vegan Pizza Crust Recipes To Make At Home

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There's no doubt that pizza is delicious, but if you're trying to avoid nutrient-depleted white breads, standard crust is not a great choice. To make your pizza more nutritious, start with one of these high-fiber crust recipes. As an added bonus, they're both vegan!

Whole Wheat and Flaxseed Crust

This rich and nutty crust is delicious when topped with bold, flavorful ingredients like roasted red peppers and onions. Its soft texture will remind you of regular, white pizza crust.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ¼ cups whole wheat flour
  • ¼ cup ground flax seed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons agave nectar
  • 1 packet active, dry yeast

Directions:

Combine the yeast, agave nectar and water in a mixing bowl. Allow the yeast to dissolve completely, and then add the all-purpose flour, salt and olive oil. Stir until a soft dough forms. Then, slowly add the whole wheat flour and flax seed, mixing until a solid dough ball forms.

Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for 10 minutes. Transfer it to a greased bowl, cover, and let rise in a warm place for 1 ½ hours. Punch the dough down, and divide it into two balls. Let the dough balls rest for 20 minutes, and then form each one into a crust. Top as desired, and bake for 18 – 20 minutes at 400 degrees F.

Sesame Oat Crust

This is a lighter, crispier crust that is delicious when topped with mildly flavored ingredients like broccoli, snap peas and white sauce.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm water
  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups oat flour
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 packet active, dry yeast

Directions:

Combine the yeast and water, and let rest for 5 minutes. Add the all-purpose flour, salt and olive oil. Stir well, and then slowly add the oat flour. When the flour is completely moistened, turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for 6 – 7 minutes, adding the sesame seeds slowly as you knead.

Transfer the dough to a lightly greased bowl. Cover, and let rest until the dough has been doubled in size. Because oat flour is pretty heavy, this will take 2 hours or more. When the dough has risen, divide it in half and shape each portion into a ball. Let the dough balls rest for 30 minutes, and then stretch them into thin crusts. Top as desired, and bake at 425 degrees F for 15 – 18 minutes. If you're not wanting to make crust yourself, ordering Pizza Delivery from Perfect 2 For 1 Pizza or a similar pizza place is still a great option.

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