There’s no denying it – pizza is delicious. Almost everyone in the world loves pizza. And the people who say they don’t? They just dislike some component of pizza – such as cheese, or tomatoes – but the idea of piling different ingredients on some sort of grain-like base has continued for centuries. The world loves pizza.
We also love pizza. Which is why we’ve compiled a list of our favorite healthy pizza bases. Sure, the title says Pizza Dough Recipes, but some of these aren’t dough recipes. They’re just, um, vegetable bases. And they’re all fantastic.
Honorable Mention: Homemade White-Flour Dough
Although we’re not recommending white flour as the healthiest choice, since it doesn’t really contain any nutrients, and it can spike your blood pressure, the homemade version of any bread product is generally a bazillion times better than the processed stuff! So kudos to you and your homemade white flour pizza dough! It’s better for you and better tasting than any frozen pizza, refrigerated dough, or fast-food delivery!
Whole Wheat Pizza Dough
We love it. It’s chewy. It’s flavorful. It’s sturdy enough to hold up a whole lot of toppings. It can be light and fluffy or thin and crispy, like flatbread. It’s delicious and versatile. Here’s a recipe:
100% Whole Wheat Pizza Dough by Frugal Nutrition
You’ve seen it on Pinterest, you’ve heard your gluten-free friends rave about it, and you might even be sick of it already. But that’s only if you haven’t tried it. There’s something really magical about cauliflower. One of the more picked-around vegetables of childhood years, it’s finally found the spotlight, and it’s not going away anytime soon. There are so many different ways to use cauliflower, and this crust is a sure winner. Cauliflower pizza crust is whatever you want it to be. You can add cheese and garlic powder and red pepper flakes, and all kinds of things. Recipe for your taste buds:
The BEST Dairy-Free Cauliflower Pizza Crust by The Lucky Penny Blog
Portobello Mushroom Pizza
This is a stuffed mushroom. We know. But it’s also a pizza if you stuff it with the right ingredients. For example, sun-dried tomato pizza sauce, bell peppers, onions, sausage, etc. You really can’t go wrong here, and it’s impossible to mess up the dough! Over-stuff your mushroom, and then pop it in a 350-degree (F) oven for about 12 minutes. Dinner!
Eggplant Pizza Rounds
Another “pizza dough” that’s really just vegetables. Er, vegetable. That’s okay though, because it is simplicity at its finest. When all you have to do is slice an eggplant into ¼-inch rounds, you’re winning at the dinner game. Check out this simple recipe:
Eggplant Pizzas by Closet Cooking
This is a super basic and gluten-free way to make an easy pizza that can hold up a lot of toppings – plus it tastes great! (Especially with caramelized onions!) Here’s how you do it: Cook up a batch of firm polenta (4 cups water to 1 cup polenta) until it is pulling away from the sides of the pot. Pour it onto a baking sheet and spread it to about 1/3 of an inch thick. Let it cool and firm up, then brush with olive oil and bake on 400 degrees (F) for about 8 minutes. Add your favorite toppings and return to the oven for 10-15 minutes or until everything is awesome.
Plantain Pizza Crust
You might have missed some of our past recipes, or Instagram posts, or Facebook posts, but we LOVE plantains. We’ve used them to make plantain brownies (for a sugar-free snack) and to make awesome plantain tortillas. Now, you can apply the same basic method to make pizza crust! This one is perfect for the Vegans and Paleos out there, as well as anyone struggling with an autoimmune disorder. CHECK IT OUT:
Autoimmune Protocol Plantain Pizza by Simple and Merry
Spaghetti Squash Pizza Crust
Yet another vegetable that bring so much to the table. Super simple spaghetti without the pasta, Pad Thai without the noodles, and now, pizza! This crust requires the use of cheese to hold it all together, but if you’re already putting chees on top, a little more in the crust is never a bad idea.
Spaghetti Squash Pizza Crust by Delighted Momma
Eggplant Pizza Crust
You thought we were done with eggplant? Nope, not yet. Someone has created a pizza crust using shredded eggplant! We know that eggplant is one of those umami-rich vegetables, but it’s kind of an odd vegetable so it doesn’t get a lot of time in the limelight. Well, now’s its time to shine. Check out the recipe:
Eggplant Paleo Pizza Crust by Lexi’s Clean Kitchen
Our Favorite Pizza Combinations:
- Kim’s Pick: Ricotta, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, and garlic
- Traditional Margherita: fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, ricotta, and basil
- Fig & Brie: red-wine-caramelized onions, thinly sliced figs, brie cheese
- Sun dried tomatoes, feta, onions, and pesto
- Bacon Broccoli Bleu: red onion, bleu cheese, bacon, broccoli
- Classic Pepperoni and Mushrooms