Who doesn’t love pizza? Pizza is a popular food for good reason— it’s soooo good! It often doesn’t feel good to eat store bought or fast food pizza though, especially if it includes heavy or greasy toppings that leave you feeling bloated, sluggish or uncomfortable. Thankfully you can make your own delicious and nutritious versions at home in less time than it takes to order delivery with this simple 2 ingredient pizza dough recipe. Pizza can even be healthy when you make it with wholesome plant-based ingredients.
I was a little surprised when I realized I have never shared a plant based pizza recipe on my blog with you, because vegan pizza dough is so easy to make! So when Harmless Harvest shared their secret to a quick and easy two ingredient pizza dough with me using their dairy-free alternative yogurt I knew I had to share it with you. If you’ve ever wondered how to make vegan pizza at home, this super easy pizza dough is a perfect way to get you started.
Pizza Crust Made with Yogurt
I’ve seen two ingredient pizza dough recipes before, but they were always made with Greek yogurt. I’d never considered recreating the recipe with dairy-free yogurt— until now! I promise, you won’t be disappointed.
Harmless Harvest’s plain yogurt is made with organic coconut meat and blended until it’s smooth and creamy. They’re perfect to have in your fridge as an easy mid-day snack, so if you have a last minute craving for pizza or want to surprise the kids with a meal you know they’ll love you’re guaranteed to have the second ingredient on hand.
Dairy Free Yogurt: A Probiotic Powerhouse
We hear a lot about the health benefits of yogurt, especially since it’s a popular and well-known source of probiotics. And beauties, I think we all know how important probiotics are to balancing your gut microbiome and keeping your digestive system running smoothly.
There are two great ways to incorporate probiotics into your diet: one is with a good probiotic supplement, and the other is by eating probiotic-rich foods. This includes fermented foods like kimchi, sauerkraut, as well as dairy-free yogurt.
Dairy-free yogurt gives you all the wonderful health benefits of yogurt (like all those great probiotics, vitamins and nutrients) but without the icky side-effects from consuming dairy. Dairy is a mucus-forming food, which not only can make us feel bad, but it can clog your skin, and contribute to breakouts!
Dairy yogurt can also contribute to acid imbalance in our bodies, which has been linked to calcium loss in our bones by leaching important bone building minerals from our bodies, which can lead to conditions like osteoporosis.
You won’t find any of these adverse health effects in dairy-free yogurt. Instead you get all the probiotic goodness, calcium, and other health perks, but without the acid build-up, mucus, or acne.
Pizza Dough Recipe Without Yeast
This is a no yeast pizza dough, and although we’re over the yeast shortage we experienced in 2020, it’s nice to know how to make pizza dough without yeast. (Especially when you’re in a hurry and can’t wait a few hours for the yeast to do its job!)
Instead you’ll use self rising flour as the first of the pizza dough ingredients. It’s going to save you a lot of time! If you don’t have self rising flour on hand, it’s relatively inexpensive and you can store it for a long time in an airtight container. After you discover just how easy this vegan pizza crust is to make, I promise you’ll always have it on hand.
Self-Rising Flour vs All-Purpose Flour
Self rising flour is not the same as all-purpose flour. Self rising flour however does contain all-purpose flour, but is pre-mixed with baking soda and salt. You definitely don’t want to use all-purpose flour in this recipe, it will never rise!
By adding baking soda instead of yeast to create a self-rising flour, you don’t have to wait for the yeast’s microbes to feast on the sugar— which can take hours! Just remember, if you’re making your own self rising flour and you add yeast it will rise too much.
Can You Make Self Rising Flour?
Yes. Self rising flour is available online or in most grocery stores, but if you want to make your own you can. Most likely you already have the ingredients you need in your pantry.
If you’re wondering how to make self rising flour at home you only need three simple ingredients. (Because this recipe is all about keeping it simple) You’ll need all-purpose flour, salt and baking powder. That’s it!
Gluten Free Self Rising Flour
Some of you may be wondering— can you substitute gluten free flour for self raising flour? You can. There are some great self rising gluten free flour options available, and you can buy gluten free self-raising flour most anywhere you can buy regular self raising flour.
If you don’t want to buy gluten free self-rising flour, you can make it at home easily with the same three simple ingredients, just replace traditional flour with a gluten free version. If you prefer to follow a recipe for exact measurements, you can search online for how to make homemade gluten free self-rising flour from scratch for the recipe.
Vegan Pizza Toppings
Once you’ve made your dough, you can top it with plant-based vegan cheese for a simple but yummy vegan cheese pizza or pile on the leafy greens and vegetable toppings for a really filling meal.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Miyoko Schinner, founder of Miyoko’s, and a pioneer of the plant-based cheese revolution on my Feel Good Podcast.
Miyoko mentions during our podcast interview that pizza is one of most popular foods in America, and they were hard at work developing a revolutionary new plant-based cheese to address American’s love of pizza, and the need for a non-dairy cheese alternative that melts and tastes like “real” cheese.
Once you’ve started to experiment with making the perfect pizza you’ll discover this dough is so versatile. You can even use it to make a “dessert” pizza. Simply sprinkle the dough with cinnamon and coconut sugar, which is lower glycemic than brown sugar and less processed so it retains more minerals and antioxidants.
For a more traditional or savory pizza, there are endless combinations of the many delicious vegetables you can choose from!
The dough is nice and soft, but with a really amazing crispy edge, and goes well with all kinds of toppings. The sky’s the limit here— give some of these versions or combinations a try!
Leafy greens like arugula, spinach or watercress
Mushrooms like button, crimini or portobello
Your favorite herbs and spices, such as basil or oregano
Sprinkle vegan parmesan cheese made from nutritional yeast
Raw or sauteed vegetables, especially peppers of all colors
Onions and garlic (although I often avoid these two personally)
Tips for Your Pizza Sauce
I enjoy a simple vegan pizza sauce made from tomatoes, but you can get really creative when you have more time and can make a vegan pesto sauce or a vegan tzatziki sauce using coconut yogurt like Harmless Harvest’s plain yogurt flavor.
There are so many wonderful organic tomato marinara sauces to choose from, but if you have time and want to make your own sauce, try to use organic fresh tomatoes and tomato paste from glass jars instead of canned tomatoes. I recommend glass jars because BPA, which is a harmful estrogen-mimicking chemical, is often contained in the lining of tin cans and can leach into the tomatoes. In fact, previous independent lab tests found BPA in 57 percent of all food cans tested.
If you have Beauty Detox Foods at home, you can make my Homemade Bella Marinara Sauce. The recipe is delicious and you can make extra, freeze it and have it ready to go anytime!
You don’t have to sacrifice the foods you love in order to follow a healthy lifestyle. But isn’t it great when you can make or find healthy alternatives that are even better than the original? :)
I’d love to see what you make, and can’t wait to see what creative combinations you come up with. Be sure to tag me on Instagram so I can see it. If you’re on Pinterest, pin this to your boards and share with your friends!
Line two sheet pans/cookie sheets with parchment paper, drizzle them with olive oil and set aside.
Combine the flour and yogurt together in a bowl; the mixture will be clumpy. Transfer onto a clean smooth surface, and knead the dough until it is smooth and can easily form a ball, about 5 minutes. The dough will become less sticky as it is kneaded, but if the dough is sticking too much to your hands, add only a sprinkle of flour at a time onto the dough and continue to knead until smooth.
Once the dough is kneaded, divide it in half to form two separate balls of dough. Form the first pizza by pressing or rolling it into a 10” round. Place the pizza-shaped dough onto one of the sheet trays.
Top with your favorite pizza toppings, and bake for 12-14 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown. To get a darker top of the crust, for the last minute of baking turn the oven to “Broil” and broil for 30-60 seconds.
I prefer keeping these simple and adding a few greens on the side with a splash of lemon, but if you’re feeling more adventurous or need more variety in your diet before ending the day, then these healthy vegan salads are the perfect side dish for your plant based pizza creations.