- Adriano dos Santos
Almond & Quinoa Based Protein Pizza
(Makes 3 small pizzas or 1 large one) Do you want to know secret behind a great protein pizza? A great protein pancake ;-) Yup. It's that simple.
To make a great protein pizza, all you need to do is this: make an ultra-bready and extra-delicious protein pancake, add a base of tomato to it (it can be a homemade sauce or, if you're feeling lazy or are in a hurry, plain old tomato paste) + your toppings of choice + cheese +/- herbs/spices, grill it for five minutes and BOOOOM! ready to munch with gusto :-D
I love love love pizza and really find that protein pizza is sometimes even better than the 'real' stuff (you know, the kind that requires you to create a dough, kneed it, let it rise for a long time, flatten it with a rolling pin, throw it up in the air pretending to be Italian, and then bake it). Protein pizzas are often more fun too as they allow for crazier experimentation with the base and lead to the creation of Pizza magic in less than twenty minutes. What's not to love? You can play around a ton with your protein pizza recipes too. For example, you can add sweet potato to your base or pumpkin and your base doesn't always have to be savory either! A vanilla pizza base, for example, compliments a cheesy pizza particularly well, especially when combined with chicken and spicy red pepper sauce ;-) Ingredients 1/8 cup of ground almonds 1 tbsp of coconut flour 1/2 cup of quinoa flakes (note: you can sub the quinoa with oats too) 1 whole egg 3 egg whites 1/8 cup of coconut milk 1 tsp dried rosemary 1 tsp dried thyme 1 tsp sea salt Directions 1. I was going to make one giant pizza but, last minute, I decided to create smaller ones instead so I grabbed a cake ring and cut out some circles. 2. This is obviously totally optional and actually pretty unnecessary so feel free to ditch this step. 3. What I did was top the pizzas with tomato paste + onions + tomato + cheese + thyme. 4. I then sprayed some extra virgin olive oil on the edges (this is optional but it ensures they're crunchy at the end) and stuck them under the grill (aka broiler) for no more than ten minutes and boooom! 5. Result? Ten out of ten. It was delicious, absolutely finger licking stupendous. Maybe one of my best protein pizza bases ever? 6. The egg + quinoa + almond gave the pizza this deep nutty flavor which went oh so well with the pea and coconut and, together with the cheese and extra toppings, the pizza delivered an entire symphony of flavour to the system. Oh, oh, oh! Try it. I don't know what else to say other than AAAAAA!!!! Macros for the crust (without toppings because these are up to you) 171.3 kcals 14g protein 13.5g carbs 6.1g fat 4.3g fiber