After trying out a recipe in Women’s Health Magazine for pizza with chickpea crust, I wanted to share my own take on it.

The magazine’s version instructs you to top the pizza with tahini sauce, but that did not sound appetizing. I like tahini in my falafel and I like my pizza to be pizza. Let’s get weird, but let’s not get too weird. At least, for the first attempt at making this.

This pizza was so delicious and filling! I’ve tried cauliflower pizza crust before, but I didn’t like the texture, taste or how time intensive it was. It made a big mess, too. Crust using chickpeas (garbanzo beans) and chickpea flour is much easier to make.

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I took a picture of part of the pizza after eating the rest of it. I also didn’t have parchment paper on hand, so the pizza made a mess of my baking sheet. Beware!

Ingredients for the crust

  • 3 tablespoons ground flaxseed meal
  • 1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas/garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups of chickpea flour
  • 1/2 – 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup water

I found the garbanzo bean flour at New Season’s Market in the bulk section for $1.69 per pound, but I imagine you can get it at just about any specialty foods store. (Maybe try Whole Foods?)

Steps

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and brush with olive oil. In a small bowl, soak the ground flaxseeds in 6 tablespoons of water. While that’s soaking, put the chickpeas in a food processor, along with the chickpea flour, garlic powder, salt and water. You could also add some Italian seasoning if that sounds good to you. Lastly, add the flaxseed meal. I blended all of this on the “dough” setting until it was smooth. Spread the mixture evenly over the baking sheet.

The toppings can be just about anything you want. I used pesto sauce for my base, and then sprinkled on some grated mozzarella and parmesan. Then, I covered it in onion and olive slices. Use whatever sounds appetizing. (I also had broccoli and asparagus on hand, both of which would be good.) I added a second layer of mozzarella and parmesan.

Stick the pizza in the oven for about 15 minutes. I like my pizza to be slightly crunchy, so after 15 minutes I turned the oven off, allowing the cheese to brown.

Enjoy!

P.S.: I finished Various Positions…it was disturbing but engrossing at the same time. Like the scene of a gruesome accident. It was detailed, well written and I absolutely hated the self-centered, somewhat oblivious main character. The reviews on Goodreads are a hoot.

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