Sunday, March 30, 2014

Tropical Pizza!

I'm dreaming of summer. This recipe says it all. I'm longing for 80 degree runs, beach vacations, everything that summer brings with it. Mostly warm weather, though. This winter has killed me.
I created this pizza on a snow day, ironically. This is about the most summer-y pizza in the world, which is probably the reason I made it on a day that snowflakes were falling. Wishful thinking, Anna? Guilty as charged...Regardless of what's happening outside when you make this dish, I guarantee you will be delighted with the flavors (and the presentation)! One last thing to say..."Calgon, take me away!"

Tropical Pizza!

Tropical Pizza; Vegan, Gluten-Free; Makes one Pizza.

  1. 1/4 cup plus 1/8 cup coconut flour
  2. 1/4 tsp vanilla powder
  3. 2 T ground flaxseeds
  4. 1/4 cup plus 1/8 cup plus 1/8 cup water, divided
  5. about 1/4 tsp stevia
  6. 1/4 cup coconut cream (I use Trader Joe's brand)
  7. 1/2 cup mango chunks
  8. 1/2 cup pineapple chunks
  9. cilantro
  10. 1 tsp shredded, unsweetened coconut

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium size bowl, combine flour, vanilla powder, flax, and stevia. Stir well to combine. 
  3. Add 1/4 cup water and stir. Gradually add in remaining 1/4 cup water-1/8 cup at a time. It will be slightly crumbly, but should still hold together.
  4. Roll dough into a ball and place in center of bowl. Pour about 1-2 Tablespoons water over ball and roll around. 
  5. Place ball in center of parchment lined baking sheet. Flatten out into crust shape. You will have to work with it a bit, flattening out the cracks that form. Crust should end up being about 1 and 1/2 inches thick--don't flatten too much as it is more delicate than a grain-based crust.
  6. Place in oven and cook uncovered for 17 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. 
  7. While crust is cooling, prepare your topping. Add to a bowl mango and pineapple. Heat in the microwave for about 15 seconds to warm so flavors will mesh better. Remove and stir in cilantro. Let sit a few minutes for flavors to mingle. 
  8. Top crust with coconut cream, spreading evenly. Place mango salsa on top. Sprinkle coconut flakes on top. Serve, slice, and devour!

*The coconut cream will melt unless you let the crust cool considerably (you could actually place it in the fridge for a bit). IF you don't mind a melty cream, go ahead and top after about 7 or 8 minutes. 
*You can use frozen mango and pineapple if fresh isn't in season. Use same method for salsa preparation.

Fruity Deliciousness! Yummy.

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