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The Ultimate Guide to Making Homemade Pizza The Healthy Way

Plus, a sauce and pizza recipe that’ll transform how you do pizza night.

By: Rebecca Jacobs

Healthy pizza — say what? Yep, it’s a thing, and we’re showing you how pizza Friday can actually be one of the healthiest (and most delicious) nights of the week. 

From low-carb crust to delicious all veg options, we have your pizza needs covered. And, we’re sharing how to make delicious dairy-free cheese sauce, plus a dairy-free pizza recipe that will make you question how it’s even healthy. 

Your 5 Step Healthy Pizza Making Guide 

#1 Start With a Healthy Crust

First things first — we have to pick the right crust. And, while cauliflower crust has been having a moment in the low carb scene, there are, in fact, other healthier crust options as well. 

So, in addition to the standard cauli crust, here are some other flour options to make healthy pizza. 

  • Almond 
  • Coconut 
  • Quinoa 

Read on as we share an almond flour pizza recipe below.  

#2 Go for Marinara

Next up is the sauce, because what’s pizza without sauce? You can go for the standard marinara, but if you want to spice things up a bit, give these vegan cheese sauces a try for some added flavor and nutritional value! 

Vegan Cheese Pizza Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups raw cashews 
  • Juice of ½ lemon 
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 pinch of sea salt and pepper 
  • 2 tbsp water 

Add all the ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until it forms a creamy, cheesy sauce! If needed, add more water until the mixture comes together. 

Dairy-free Parmesan Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 4 tbsp nutritional yeast 
  • ½ tsp garlic powder 
  • 1 pinch of sea salt & pepper 

Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until the mixture forms a fine parmesan cheese-like consistency. 

Sprinkle over pizza! 

#3 Skip The Big Heap of Mozzarella and Try This Instead

Speaking of cheese, let’s get serious here for a sec — who loves pizza night mostly for the cheese? Yep, probably most of us because cheese is delicious. But, it doesn’t work for everyone, and it can definitely cause stomach upset in those who don’t tolerate it. Plus, too much of anything is not a good thing, and pizza tends to be super cheese heavy. 

So, let’s look at some healthier options. In addition to the vegan cheese sauce recipes above, try some of these options as well. 

  • Try vegan cheese. Many grocery stores sell shredded cashew or almond-based mozzarella-style cheese that are actually pretty good! 
  • Use half the amount of cheese you usually would and add extra veggies instead. 
  • Skip the cheese altogether and use some pesto. 
  • Sprinkle some nutritional yeast over your pizza for a cheesy flavor without the dairy! 

#4 Swap Greasy, High Sodium Meat for These Options

Ok, so maybe your favorite part of pizza night is the toppings — we feel ya. There’s just something about pizza and all the toppings that just makes it that much more delish. But, here’s the thing — we can do much better than just choosing pepperoni. Why not opt for leftover chicken, turkey pepperoni.

#5 Go Heavy on The Veggies

Skip the greasy meat toppings altogether and choosing some pineapple and caramelized onions instead. Seriously, there are so many healthy pizza toppings that are actually mouthwateringly delish. Here are some of our favs. 

  • Roasted garlic 
  • Red onions
  • Bell peppers 
  • Caramelized onions
  • Fresh basil 
  • Spinach 
  • Pineapple 
  • Mushrooms 
  • Pitted olives 

A Homemade Healthy Pizza Recipes To Make Pizza Friday Nutritious & Delicious 

Ready to make your next pizza Friday healthy? We’re sharing a dairy-free pizza recipe to get you started, using low-carb, gluten-free crust, and topped with plenty of delicious toppings! 

Almond Flour Pepper & Onion Pizza 

Makes: about 8 slices 

Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ cups almond flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 eggs 
  • 2 tbsp olive oil 
  • 1 cup no-sugar-added marinara sauce 
  • ½ cup shredded cashew cheese 
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 green bell peppers, seeded and sliced 
  • 1 red onion, sliced 

Start by preheating the oven to 350 and line a pizza pan with parchment paper. 

Add the almond flour, baking powder, and garlic powder to a mixing bowl and mix to combine. 

Add the eggs and olive oil and stir until combined. 

Shape the dough into a ball and then add to the parchment-lined baking sheet. Press down into the pan, rolling the dough to cover the entire pan. 

Bake for 10 minutes without toppings and then remove from the oven, flip the crust over.

Add the toppings and then bake for an additional 10 minutes. 

Cool for a few minutes and then slice into 8 slices and enjoy! 

Make Pizza Friday Healthy 

And just like that, pizza Friday became healthy. If you’ve been missing out on one of the most loved comfort foods, these healthy pizza hacks make it easy to enjoy this favorite dish without that side of guilt.