This Broccoli and Caramelized Onion Hummus Pizza is 100% vegan and gluten-free! Steamed broccoli, caramelized onions and hummus is laid on top of a simple homemade lentil pizza crust before being sprinkled with dairy-free cheese.
I have no words for this pizza y’all. No. Freaking. Words.
Alright so we all know that’s a lie. What the heck kind of blogger would I be if I didn’t tell you guys all about my thought process behind this incredible pizza? A sucky one, that’s what. So I’ll do my best to put into words just how amazing this pizza is but I suggest you make the recipe anyway, because my words can’t even begin to justly describe it.
I’ve been craving pizza a lot lately, so I figured I would put the craving to good use and develop a pizza recipe for the blog. I didn’t want to create just any kind of pizza though – I wanted something with bold flavors that was out of the norm. Well, a Broccoli and Caramelized Onion Hummus Pizza is pretty out of the norm if you ask me! 😉
I went back and forth trying to decide on what type of crust would be the perfect vessel for these flavors before eventually opting for a lentil pizza crust. I’ve had a bag of lentils sitting in my pantry for months now unopened – and that made my heart break just a little. Lentils are seriously little nuggets of nutrition – I’m talking about protein, fiber and vitamins and minerals. In my opinion we don’t eat enough of them!
I’d seen a few lentil pizza crust recipes floating around so I decided to try my hand at one and see how it turned out. Guys this crust is so good. Not only does it require just a few ingredients but it is also made in a blender in five minutes flat. Super simple, no fuss but still crispy yet thick – aka the perfect pizza vessel. As an added bonus the crust can totally be frozen for a later use. Simply allow it to cool to room temperature before stowing it away in a freezer-safe ziplock. How perfect is that?!
Now for the flavors.
Am I the only one who enjoys out of the box toppings when it comes to pizzas? Don’t get me wrong, I love a good cheese loaded pizza as much as the next person, but for some reason my favorite pizzas have always been the ones that contain a random ingredient that has people quirking their eyebrow up. I imagine its the reaction that people initially had when pineapple started getting added to pizza, and now look at how “normal” that is! [ Hawaiian is Ninja’s favorite – I’m not a fan of pineapple on pizza]
Caramelized onions are legit crack to me so I knew I wanted to toss those onto this pizza but the broccoli decision kind of came out of nowhere. Basically I saw it in my fridge and thought, “I like to dip my broccoli in hummus, so it should be good on a hummus pizza too!” And you know what? I was right. So, so right.
I went dairy-free for the cheese as I’m still working on cutting back on the dairy in my diet, but if you have no aversions to dairy then go right ahead with regular mozzarella cheese. I chose Daiya mozzarella and while it doesn’t melt completely, it does melt surprisingly well! I was very happy with the results of cheesy goodness – it stretched and oozed in all the right ways a cheese should 😉
So to recap:
A simple homemade lentil crust topped with flavorful hummus, caramelized onions, broccoli & dairy-free cheese. Yep – I’d say I accomplished my goal of creating a unique pizza! Though with fall now quickly approaching I can’t help but think of how delicious butternut squash would be on this pizza as well…
- For the Crust:
- 1 cup lentils, dried
- 1¼ cups water
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon basil
- 1 teaspoon rosemary
- For the Toppings:
- ¼-1/2 cup plain hummus
- ½-1 cup dairy-free mozzarella cheese [I used Daiya]
- ½ cup raw broccoli florets, steamed & chopped small
- 1 small yellow onion, sliced thin
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- Heat an 8 inch skillet over medium heat along with oil. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until soft and caramelized. Set aside. Place skillet back on heat ource.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment or prepare a pizza stone.
- Add all of the crust ingredients to a high-speed blender. Blend on high until smooth.
- Add half of the batter into the hot skillet. Cover and cook for 3 minutes or until top is almost set. Flip like a pancake and cook for 3 more minutes. Remove from pan and repeat with remaining batter.
- Once crusts have cooked, place onto baking sheet or pizza stone. Top with hummus, cheese, broccoli and onion.
- Bake pizzas for 15 minutes or until cheese has melted and crust has crisped.
What is your favorite unique pizza topping?