Virtual Vegan Potluck – Easy and Not Cheesy Pizza

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I am delighted to present my dish for the May 2013 Virtual Vegan Potluck. What an amazing opportunity to salivate at the computer screen browsing all these wonderful vegan masterpieces! What’s more, you get to connect with vegans all over the globe! See the links at the end of this post to return to the Moroccan Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Stew from Made of Stars or continue on to another pizza recipe by The Cruelty-free Review! You can also go back to the beginning at Vegan Bloggers Unite! and view a list of links to all participants by order of course. Thank you Annie, Lidia, Somer and Jason for all of your hard work making this potluck a reality for the third time and to all the bloggers taking part!

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So, I’m bringing pizza to the potluck table. Who doesn’t love pizza? No mock meats or cheese here, just pure vegetable deliciousness – the toppings sing a fine tune all by themselves. When I made my first vegan pizza, I genuinely realised I preferred it to the old cheese laden kind I would have before. It was actually light – I know, pizza, light?! It didn’t make me feel heavy and greasy (greasy fingers and lips – yuck!) and most importantly, I could actually taste each topping, not just an overload of dominating cheese!

This recipe is for a quick pizza base – no yeast – no waiting – pizza in minutes!!!


Serves 4 individual (about 8 inch) pizzas or 2 large pizzas – great for sharing!

For the base:

2 Cups plain flour (for best results use one cup of a maize and wheat pastry flour blend)

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

6 tablespoons olive oil (I like to use half plain oil and half flavoured like garlic or basil oil)

2/3 cup warm water


Ready made tomato sauce or homemade (simmer canned tomatoes with garlic, onion and herbs until saucy)

Toppings of choice; my pictures are of peppers and courgettes and avocado, sweetcorn and sliced fresh beetroot. Use anything you like!

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  1. Mix together all the base ingredients but the water. Gradually add the water and mix with your hands until a smooth, soft but not sticky dough is formed – it should clean the bowl. Knead for about a minutes until smooth. Divide into 2 or 4 depending on how many pizzas you are making.
  2. Have your toppings ready to as you need to work relatively quickly once the dough is in the pan.
  3. Heat the grill to high. Place an oven proof pan onto a medium heat (a large one for 2 pizzas or smaller for individual pizzas).
  4. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to a circle roughly the size of your pan. Fold into a half moon then again to make a ‘quarter moon’. Transfer the rounded edge to one corner of your pan and open up. Curl the edges in to make the crust.
  5. Spread on the sauce then arrange your toppings. Transfer to the grill until the toppings are cooked and the crust is golden and crisp.
  6. Don’t burn yourself on the pan handle like I did/always do.

Base adapted from Abel&Cole

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Nutritional information for the base only, based on 4 servings;


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108 Responses to Virtual Vegan Potluck – Easy and Not Cheesy Pizza

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  2. Ally says:

    Poppy, your pizzas look scrumptious!
    I agree with you – once I stopped eating pizza with dairy cheese, I could actually enjoy (and taste!) the other flavours.

  3. Wow, that looks completely amazing!! A must try, thanks so much! xox

  4. Vegan Gypsy says:

    Yummy! I actually prefer my pizza w/o cheese, this looks right up my alley!

  5. sammysfood says:

    Poppy, these look sooo tasty!! Great job 🙂

  6. nburgart says:

    Looks great. We’re also fans of the cheeseless pizza. Every now and then we’ll throw on some daiya or teese, but I just don’t miss it at all. We’ve even made some converts out of omnivore friends. The funniest part is when you go out with friends for pizza and you order, it just gets everyone confused, but it still tastes great.

    • Poppy says:

      Hahaha I agree about going out for pizza;
      Me, ‘I’ll have the veggie pizza without the cheese please’.
      Waiter, ‘without the cheese?’
      Me, ‘Yes, no cheese please’
      Waiter, ‘OK then, would you like something else?’
      Me, ‘No, no that’s fine, thank you’
      Friends, ‘Poppy, what’s pizza without cheese? I just don’t get it?’
      Me, ‘Errr, it’s a crispy bread base with yummy veggie toppings that taste delicious enough on their own’.
      Friends, ‘Oh. Right. Weird’.

      Thus, I am extremely impressed that you have made some converts out of omnivore friends!

      Poppy 🙂

  7. fitfulfocus says:

    Veggie-loaded, cheese-less pizzas are my fav! I never thought to put avocado on top, though. Yum!

  8. This looks so wonderful Poppy, and I love the Easy and Not Cheesy name! Isn’t this pot luck fun!! I just wish I could actually sample everything right now. Celeste:)

    • Poppy says:

      Tell me about it, my tummy won’t shut up, it wants everything and now!! It’s great fun, can’t wait for the next one!
      Thanks Celeste! 🙂

  9. Hannah says:

    Yes, thank you! I’ve always been a cheeseless pizza kind of person. I can be down with some FYH every now and then, by I generally wish I’d kept it off. I’m glad someone has finally brought this subject up 🙂 Happy VVP!

  10. foodiecology says:

    This looks divine! While I haven’t moved completely away from cheese, I do prefer my pizza loaded with veggies. I love how you can top the pizza with essentially ANYTHING once you move past the traditional. Looks like the perfect lunch/dinner.

  11. This looks great! What a shame that I can’t devour it in person…LOL

  12. Laura says:

    I’ll be trying out your crust recipe soon; I love making pizza but don’t always have time to wait for yeast dough to rise.

    • Poppy says:

      Thanks Laura! I hope you enjoy it, I totally agree, trouble with me is that I suddenly crave things so it’s unlikely I’ll plan ahead for pizza and have a yeast dough ready and risen!

  13. Poppy, this looks amazing! I am a long time pizza-lover but have steered away from it because of the cheese. So I’m definitely going to try out this recipe!

  14. Poppy, this looks fabulous! I love how easy it is and love the toppings you chose. 🙂

  15. Kammie says:

    Mmmm I want your pizza in my belly ought now!! 🙂

  16. Sandra Riano says:

    I don’t usually make pizza because I’m too lazy to chop tons of stuff but have bookmarked this recipe for later. It looks delicious and easy!

  17. Looking at these comments I think everyone seems to be of the same opinion – Pizza is better without cheese! Totally agree, and your’s looks so yummy!

  18. You’re the best, Poppy! Thanks for getting that link fixed up :-). Your dish looks mouthwatering for sure! So glad you could join the Potluck! Stay tuned for the November event…

    • Poppy says:

      Oh don’t worry I’m heading off to November already!! I can’t believe how much fun it’s been, I haven’t left my computer all day haha (minus the points to satisfy my tummy from all the hunger inducing recipes!). 🙂

  19. veganmiam says:

    Not cheesy vegan pizzas are still tasty!!! 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by 🙂 xx

    Happy Virtual Vegan Potluck!

  20. Yum!! The pizza base recipe reminds me of the way we make naan(Indian flat bread). Your pizza looks awesome!

  21. veghotpot says:

    Sweetcprn. Beetroot and avocado! yum 🙂 sounds like a winning combo!

    • Poppy says:

      Not your average Pizza Hut combo but only cos they haven’t worked out how awesome those ingredients are!! 🙂 thank you 🙂

  22. OH, I love the blackened crispy bits!

  23. As I’m reading this I’m actually in the middle of waiting for my pizza to finish baking so yay for pizza! This looks so yummy and the pictures are gorgeous! Happy VVP!

    – alexis

  24. I loveeee pizza! This looks awesome 🙂

  25. Beautiful pizza. The crust looks amazing!

  26. Love these gorgeous not so cheesy pizzas! Delicious! 🙂

  27. Starr says:

    Your pizza looks delicious! I’m loving that crispy crust!

  28. Wow you are right, you doesn’t love Pizza. I make my own Pizza too and can vouch for the deliciousness. Love your toppings and the crust.

  29. I love how your pizza looks, especially with that simple thin crust!

  30. Sophie33 says:

    Poppy, what a truly appetizing pizza & pizza base too! Now, I would like to savour it right now! MMMMMMMM!

  31. Brittany says:

    Vegan pizza is my favorite!! This looks so good.

  32. Leigh-Ann says:

    Hey Poppy!

    No link to email you (( I check out your blog daily – I love your food posts – so I have added you to my new blogroll (still figuring out WP … and blogging … and life for that matter ) so thank you for the great food and the great posts!!

    • Poppy says:

      Thanks for the lovely comment Leigh-Ann! I’m glad you enjoy my recipes and hope you continue to do so. I look forward to exploring your blog! Poppy 🙂

  33. That crust looks crispy and delicious! I’ll have to try it!

  34. Becky says:

    Oh man, we eat so much pizza around here. I love that you don’t have to wait for this dough to rise – so much easier than a yeast dough!

  35. Yummy! I am becoming a big fan of vegan pizza 🙂

  36. Somer says:

    I love how quick and easy this is to put together, weeknight vegan pizza baby!

  37. Healthy pizza? Yup, I can totally get down with that! Love how crispy it looks 🙂

  38. Mira says:

    These seem way too easy to be true – and look absolutely delicious. This may just be the recipe to get my lazy self over my fear of making pizza dough 🙂

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  40. brianna124 says:

    I have been CRAVING pizza lately, as I just haven’t found a recipe that will work with my current clean diet. I’m going to try this one out this weekend and I cannot wait. Yummy!

  41. sweetveg says:

    This looks delicious. I hardly ever make pizza anymore, thank you for bringing it to the potluck. 🙂 I love the rustic edge on the crust. It’s beautiful.

  42. mrsgalvan says:

    For the past 2 years, I have been vegan for at least 30 days. The hardest part is giving up cheese. That’s really what keeps me from going vegan,(even though I feel so much better when I’m eating that way) that and PIZZA in general. This pizza looks amazing! I could almost smell it through the computer screen, LOL! I am gonna have to make this now:) Maybe tonight!

  43. spinachrevolution says:

    I love that you have no fake stuff on your pizza. It is much healthier and also tastier. Avo on pizza is the bomb. Thank you for a great, easy to follow recipe.

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  46. would a gluten-free flour work?

  47. junkie stew says:

    This i exactly what I have, thank you. This might just be on tomorrows menu!

  48. Mad for Cycling says:

    Love this recipe, simple and I think the kids will love this too.

  49. Looks delicious! I am not vegan but I enjoy making vegetarian/vegan dinners once or twice a week for my family.

    • Poppy says:

      Thank you. Vegetarian food is delicious even if you don’t follow a vegetarian diet! I know many people who enjoy a break from meat or fish every week. 🙂

  50. Lilian says:

    I love cheese, but your pizza looks and sounds lovely without it!

  51. Lilian says:

    Sorry, should have also said, thank for stopping by my blog!

  52. I completely agree! My friends think I’m mad when I say I prefer pizza without cheese, but you really can taste everything else on it! Thanks for liking my blog, yours is great so will definitely be following 🙂

  53. Your postings are always so nice…:-)

  54. shuchidj says:

    Hi Poppy,
    Lovely pictures and loved the recipe even more. That’s what I call “quick pizza making & baking”. Glad to meet another vegetarian and hope to see more recipes like this posted from your side. I am (sorta) a newbie in baking and recipes like yours will definitely help me to improve even more. Thanks and Happy Cooking!!!

    • Poppy says:

      Thank you for your lovely comment, I hope this recipe inspires your baking adventures – it really is so easy you could make it standing on your head and is delicious too! 😀

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