Love pizza but hate the bloat that follows and want to eat healthily? Listen up pizza lovers – I have found a great alternative that, with a portion controlled amount of cheese, is actually quite healthy for you!
Pizza, that’s healthy, gluten free AND full of fibre?
YES PLEASE. Where do I sign?
Chickpea/gram flour, also known as garbanzo bean flour, or besan, is a pulse flour made from ground chickpeas (gram beans). It’s used a lot in Indian cooking for making pakoras or flat breads. It is pale yellow and powdery and has an earthy flavour best suited to savoury dishes. Nutritionally, it contains a high amount of carbohydrates, no gluten and a higher proportion of protein than other flours
Used as a paste when mixed with water or yoghurt, it is also popular as a facial exfoliant in the Indian Subcontinent. When mixed with an equal proportion of water, it can even be used as an egg replacement in vegan cooking.
Essentially it is the flour equivalent of coconut oil – you can use it for so many things!!
So enough of the boring stuff, let’s get down to it. Here are all the ingredients you’ll need:
60g of chickpea flour
60ml of water
One packet of passata tomatoes
Pinch of salt
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon finely chopped rosemary
3 tablespoons olive oil
Grind of pepper
Toppings of choice – peppers, onions, tomato, cheese, olives etc
You can double up on the ingredients depending on how many pizzas you want to make, and how big the pan is. With the vegetable toppings, the more the better!
1. Preheat the oven to 200 C
2. Mix together the flour, water, salt, thyme and pepper together and let this sit for around 30 minutes. It should resemble a pancake batter mix texture.
4. Pour the chickpea batter so it has the thickness of a pancake, and cook for around 6 minutes, flipping every 45 seconds. It may look borderline overdone, but it needs to be cooked all the way through unless you get a doughy texture which isn’t particularly tasty!
5. Place the base on a tray, smear over the passata (be generous!) and add your desired toppings
This meal is so easy to make, as well as being light on both your waistline and bank balance! If you struggle to get your 5 a day in then the crust alone for this pizza is considered one of your 5 fruit and vegetable portions for the day, plus everything that goes on top – you’re on for a winner!
Like I said, be sure to control your cheese portion – and avoid processed meats – for the healthiest version of this meal!
Let me know how you get on over on twitter at @xtakaizerchief 🙂