What thoughts come to you when you think of pizza?
Cheese. sauce. toppings.
What about sweet, almond flour crust, and nutritious?
Hmm, but in this case yes. and more yes.
This is my first time blogging as a member of Recipe Redux, a recipe challenge site founded by Registered Dietitians. “…we are reinventing the idea of healthy eating with a taste-first approach. We aim to inspire the food lover in every healthy eater and inspire the healthy eater in every food lover.” Pretty stoked to be accepted into their blogroll and be amongst other bloggers who have the RD credentials I am longing for. Woooo :3
I read this month’s theme, which was pizza, and had no idea what I was going to make. There are tons of “healthy pizza recipes” results in any search engine, I wanted to try out something new. So I created a healthy alternative to a dessert pizza, one that can be enjoyed for breakfast or for a healthy afternoon sweet treat or I mean, anytime anyplace really.
I found this to be delicious with no added sugars, perhaps others may enjoy this with some honey, maple syrup, or coconut palm sugar. I could definitely see this being tasty with the bananas dipped in honey and then caramelized from the broiler. Try it. The crust isn’t overly sweet and the natural sugars from the baked sweet potato and banana sufficed IMO. I found it went purrfectly with the cacao nib crunch and cinnamon. I wanted to keep the added sugar content low here, so I used stevia in the crust. You may use another type of sweetener or none at all if you prefer. I don’t think the liquid consistency of honey or maple would alter the crust much at all, but I haven’t experimented with this yet so use your best judgement. If more dry ingredients are needed then simply add in which ever you’d prefer to achieve balance.
I left the mashed sweet potatoes alone as well, but I’m sure a combination of honey, cinnamon or pumpkin spice, vanilla, raisins and/or nuts mixed in would be a great addition to make this a bit sweeter pizza, or one to convince the kids or stubborn partner that a sweet potato pizza is the way to go.
My recipes always have a tendency to taste better with age and I found that the vanilla really stands out in the crust after day one and the texture improves as well, kinda reminds me of a cookie.
I found this to be a great complex carb snack with fiber and healthy fats to absorb the fat-soluble vitamins from the sweet potato. Perhaps pair a slice of this with some greek yogurt for a well-balanced meal of carbs, fats, and protein. I’m looking forward to eating this after my run.
A nutritious satisfying meal to come home to after a long day at work, or to wake up to on a relaxing Saturday morning. This pizza will support your health, there is no ingredient here that I don’t feel comfortable eating.
I hope you do enjoy.
1 cup mashed baked sweet potato, no skin
1 ripe banana
3/4 cup almond flour
1/4 cup oats
1/4 cup wheat germ (I used raw wheat germ, but any should suffice)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
stevia (to taste)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp coconut oil
1. Prepare a baking sheet/pan with parchment paper and preheat oven to 350 degrees whenever you desire (sooner, or later for the eco-conscious)
2. Mix all dry crust ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl.
3. You’re going to want your coconut oil to be melted prior to mixing. Heat using your preferred method if solid. I used a small microwave safe cup and carefully heated up the oil in 2, 10-second intervals. You do not want to over heat it.
4. Mix in vanilla and egg in with the coconut oil
5. Add in wet ingredients to the dry and mix until a dough is formed
6. Lay dough on parchment paper and spread out to desired shape. I used a separate piece of parchment paper to spread out and design the desired pizza shape. (place extra parchment paper on top of pizza and using your hand, smooth out dough until flattened). You can make this as thin or thick as you want.
7. Bake for about 8 minutes or until crust is slightly cooked and sturdy
8. Take out of oven and spread on sweet potato, sliced bananas, cacao nibs and a sprinkle of cinnamon
9. Brush a little bit of coconut oil on the edges of the crust and/or bananas if you’d like. Although I didn’t partake in this step, now is the time to drizzle some honey or maple syrup on top if that pleases your taste buds.
10. Place back in oven for about 12 minutes
11. Remove from oven and place on cooling rack if you have
12. Slice into squares or your favorite shape and enjoy
13. Store leftovers covered in the fridge
Let me know how your pizza comes out. Did you find this to be a good breakfast, healthy afternoon snack, or more as a naughty but healthy dinner substitute?