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There are three things about this pizza which make it pretty darn fabulous. (a) It’s vegan, which of course most pizzas are not, (b) it’s gluten free, which whilst you can sometimes get at pizza spots, it’s always a trade off in flavour, and (c) the topping combination is delicious. Once you’ve made this pizza I’m pretty sure you’ll be wanting to eat it every night the rest of the week. What’s more, all three elements of this recipe – the base, the mushroom topping, and the mozzarella sauce, are all fabulous recipes in their own right that you’re bound to want to use elsewhere. Think mushrooms on toast for brunch, creamy mozzarella on your favourite lasagna, or your go-to pizza toppings on this little-bit-special base.

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The inspiration for this pizza base came from the Farinata, a chickpea based flatbread that's eaten in Italy. It's so simple to make with only five ingredients, and is naturally gluten free. It’s also really high in protein, and has a wonderful texture and taste. You really have to try it to appreciate how amazing it is! When I’m out at a restaurant, I’ll always opt for the authentic crispy thin Italian pizza base, but when I'm making pizzas at home, this chickpea version is my go to. If you're a pizza fan from way back, definitely give this Mushroom and Mozzarella Pizaa recipe a go - I know you are going to love it.

The most delicious Vegan and Gluten Free MUSHROOM AND MOZZARELLA PIZZA #healthy #recipe #begoodorganics #plantbased #wholefoods

I often top this base with a tomato based sauce, then whatever veges we have on hand. This time though I wanted to get a bit more creative for you, and thought why not combine a pizza Bianca (pizza with just mozzarella, no tomato) with a funghi pizza (mushroom pizza) - my all time favorite pizza topping. Conveniently enough, a cousin of mine has also been growing the most amazing oyster mushrooms recently and gave me a container last week, so I thought what better a time than to get down and funghi on it!

I’ve used a combination of brown, portobello, and those lovely home grown oyster mushrooms, with fresh thyme from our garden, New Zealand garlic (not bleached like the imported stuff!), and shallots, to create a classic but delicious marriage of flavours. The whole thing is then topped off with the most delicious homemade mozzarella cheese sauce. I tested the final version out on my Mum for Mothers’ Day last Sunday (along with this Feijoa Crumble Cake), and it got the thumbs up all round. Mila even sat there picking all the mushrooms and shallots off the top, so yes it’s good for the kiddos too!

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The marvellous mushroom

Whilst the base of this pizza is pretty fabulous, and the mozzarella sauce is to die for, the star flavour that really shines through is the marvelous mushroom. Mushrooms are one of my favourite ingredients I recommend people incorporate on a plant-based diet, as once cooked they take on a really dense and meaty texture and flavour. Perfect for convincing that carnivore in your life that plant-based foods can indeed be filling, substantial, and delicious!

The other wonderful thing about mushrooms is that they are one of the best plant-based sources of vitamin D. Vitamin D is an essential vitamin, that we normally get from the sun. Indeed, it is almost impossible to get all of your vitamin D from diet alone, and so sunlight is still needed to get our fill (ie no hermiting away eating a truck load of mushrooms alone please). The best way to get your sunlight-derived vitamin D is by going for a 30 minute walk outside with your arms and legs bare, before 10am or after 4pm in summer, and around midday in winter. For people who live in very cold climates however, or places like northern Scandinavia where there are only very small amounts of sunlight during winter, then mushrooms are here to the rescue!

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Mushrooms naturally produce vitamin D when they’re exposed to sunlight. An analysis of supermarket bought mushrooms showed they can contain up to 5mcg of vitamin D per 100g, around 50% of our daily needs. Organically grown mushrooms grown in small batches (and exposed to more sunlight) can meanwhile contain up to 10mcg per 100g serve, or 100% of our daily needs. This pizza contains 100g of marvelous mushrooms per serve, so one pizza devoured = your vitamin D done and dusted!

Vitamin D is needed for bone health and to maintain calcium homeostasis in the body, which is vital for muscle function and movement. It’s also important for our immune system, and can enhance our ability to fight those nasty winter colds and flus (which Mila seems to be bringing home a string of from pre-school of late). More mushrooms on the menu for us please!

The most delicious Vegan and Gluten Free MUSHROOM AND MOZZARELLA PIZZA #healthy #recipe #begoodorganics #plantbased #wholefoods

The most delicious Vegan and Gluten Free MUSHROOM AND MOZZARELLA PIZZA #healthy #recipe #begoodorganics #plantbased #wholefoods

So there you have it - make this delicious pizza, and eat it whilst basking in the evening sun. You’ll be sure to be getting a good ol’ dose of your vitamin D needs, as well as pleasantly surprising your taste buds. If you do give it a try, I’d love to see how you go, so tag your versions on Instagram @begoodorganics and #begoodorganics, and leave me a comment below. I love hearing when you’ve made and had success with my recipes – it truly makes my day – especially when the hubby and kids approve too!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and til next week, stay smiling and well.

x Buffy-Ellen

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Mushroom & Mozzarella Pizza
The most delicious Vegan and Gluten Free MUSHROOM AND MOZZARELLA PIZZA #healthy #recipe #begoodorganics #plantbased #wholefoods

VeganVegetarianDairy FreeGluten FreeWheat FreeSugar FreeSoy FreeContains Organic IngredientsCruelty Free

Serves 3-4
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Pizza Base
1 1/4 c chickpea flour 1 1/2 c water
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp fresh or dried thyme (or rosemary/oregano)
1/2 tsp sea salt

Mushrooms
2 tbsp coconut oil 
400g mixed mushrooms, sliced (~6c)
5 cloves garlic, sliced
2 shallots, sliced (~150g)
1 tbsp fresh or dried thyme
1/2 tsp sea salt
Black pepper to taste

Mozzarella Sauce
1 1/2 c cashews, soaked*
1c water
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
1/2 tsp sea salt

c = 250ml cup, tbsp = 15ml tablespoon, tsp = 5ml teaspoon

* Soaked for 1-2 hours in cold water, or 5-10 minutes in boiling water.

How to
  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C (355°F) on fan bake and liberally grease two 21cm (8 inch) round cake tins with removable sides with olive oil.
  2. Base: Put all base ingredients in a blender and blend until super smooth. Then pour into your two tins and bake for 15 minutes until just starting to brown on top and it feels fully cooked but still tender when pressed with your finger.
  3. Mushrooms: Heat coconut oil in a flat pan on low, add sliced shallots and saute for a few minutes until they start to caramelise, then add garlic for 2 minutes, then finally your robust/firm mushrooms (whites/browns/portabellos). Saute for a few minutes until they just begin to release their juices, then turn off the heat and add your delicate mushrooms (oyster/wild mushrooms) and thyme and stir to combine.
  4. Mozzarella Sauce: Put all mozzarella ingredients in a blender and blend until super smooth, then drizzle over 1/4 cup on each pizza. You'll have leftovers but see the notes below for how to use.
  5. Remove your bases from the oven when done, let cool for a few minutes, then carefully with a sharp knife score round the edge to ease them away from the tin. Unlock the sides, then using your knife, carefully slice underneath the pizza moving around the tin, to ease it away from the base. It needs a bit of tender loving care to remove it here so go easy.
  6. Place the bases on a baking tray, cover with mushrooms leaving a 3cm border around the edge, drizzle with mozzarella, then pop back in the oven for 2 minutes to heat up.
  7. Remove and leave for a few minutes before slicing and serving.
  8. Enjoy with a big salad and devour!
Notes
  • You can also use a single baking pan for a rectangle/square pizza, which means less cleaning up, but no authentic round pizza-like shape ;) Just make sure to use a pan or tin that is non-stick, as the chickpea base has an affinity for sticking if you're not careful.
  • Cooking your mushroom mix on low allows the shallots and garlic to caramelise instead of plain fry, giving them a lovely sweet taste. Don't overcook them, only until they start to release their moisture, as they'll continue cooking in the oven once you've added the mozzarella sauce.
  • Adding the more delicate mushrooms last (I used oyster, but any wild mushrooms would be great) retains their nutrients and also maintains their shape and texture. No one wants mushy mushrooms.
  • You will have leftover mozzarella sauce, but you need to make it in this quantity for it to blend properly in your blender. Leftovers will NOT be a problem to use however - think drizzled over pasta, pizza, lasagne, roast potatoes, as a dip for crudites/crackers, as an alternative to hummus, watered down slightly as a salad dressing. 
  • These chickpea bases do need a bit of extra care as they like to stick to things if you're not careful, so make sure you grease your tin well (no need for the final bake off, but just for the initial cook), and be delicate when scouring them around the sides and bottom before removing.
  • These pizzas taste best hot, as the base is nice and light and fluffy. Leftovers though can easily be reheated under a warm grill in the oven for 10 minutes.
  • The recipe can easily be doubled for 6-8 people, but you'll need 4 cake tins, or I recommend just doing the large baking tray version and cutting into triangles from there. 

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