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Updated: August 18, 2023

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Homemade Vegan Pizza 101

While we are not vegan, we appreciate trying new things and have taken up the meatless Monday challenge. We don’t always do it on Mondays, but we do eat meat-free on one day of the week. And we thought we should explore the world of homemade vegan pizza.

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What is Vegan, exactly?

Vegan is a way of eating without any animal products. So unlike vegetarianism, which is an eating style that doesn’t include meat and fish. Vegan means not eating any animal product, including meat, fish, dairy, honey, gelatin, and basically anything that is made with animals.

So, Why Eat Vegan?

Eating vegan has become more widely spread in the last few years, with plant-based meats hitting the scene in restaurants and grocery stores. Many celebrities tout the benefits of a vegan diet on their health.

Some people eat vegan for weight loss and health, and others because they love animals and can’t bear to eat them. And others for the health of the planet, cows take up a lot of space where veggies can be grown. But we are not here to convince you of anything.

We just want to share some fun ways to make homemade vegan pizza if you decide to go vegan one day a week. Plus, eating vegan one day a week for us has been a way to get more creative in the kitchen, and we love anything that takes our kitchen skills, especially pizzaiolo skills, to the next level.

We are not doctors, obviously, so if you decide to try eating vegan, always check with your doctor before making any big changes.

Homemade Vegan Pizza 

cucumber slices on homemade vegan pizza
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Vegan Pizza Dough

Pizza dough is naturally vegan. It is just water, flour, salt, and yeast. Some pizza dough recipes add olive oil, too. The only time a pizza dough isn’t vegan is when it has lard. Lard in pizza crust gives it a flaky crust, but most traditional pizzerias do not use lard.

But if you are eating out, always ask to be sure. And at home, try making basic homemade pizza dough or other variations like sourdough pizza dough, whole wheat pizza dough, or yeast-free pizza dough.

Vegan Pizza Sauce

Marinara sauce is also vegan. A traditional marinara sauce or pizza sauce has tomatoes, herbs, onion, and garlic; that’s it. Pasta sauce sometimes has chicken broth, but that isn’t very common.

Again always ask if you are out, but at home, any marinara sauce will be vegan. And if you have some time and tomatoes, you can just make your own tomato sauce and tomato paste for an amazing and simple pizza sauce.

White pizza sauce or Alfredo sauce is not vegan, but there are vegan versions available. And you can always make a homemade vegan white sauce and Alfredo sauce.

Pesto can also be made vegan. Traditionally pesto is basil, pine nuts, olive oil, and parmesan cheese. But you can eliminate the cheese and make a vegan version for a delicious homemade pizza.

Other ways to cover your pie include mashed avocado, hummus, chili, peanut sauce, barbecue sauce, or any other vegan favorite.

Vegan Pizza Cheese

Ok, so this is the challenging part of making homemade vegan pizza, finding a good vegan cheese. There are several options. The first is you can just completely eliminate the cheese without a substitute.

Many vegan pizzerias opt for this option in lieu of vegan cheese. But for homemade vegan pizza, you can try a few different cheeses. Vegan cheese is tricky. Some are good, some have a weird texture, and others taste like rubber. 

Here are a few that we have tried and are quite good.

You can also make your own. Here are a couple of simple, easy-to-make vegan cheeses that work great on pizza.

Cashew Cheese

This easy recipe requires the cashews to be soaked for an hour in hot water. Then blend everything together. Pour the mixture into a saucepan and heat slowly, whisking it. When it thickens, it’s done. You can use it right away or freeze it and then grate it for a more cheese-like experience.

Almond Ricotta

This almond ricotta has the texture of ricotta, and it’s so easy to make. Throw everything in the blender. Yep, that’s it. It is done.

  • ½ cup water +3-4 tbsp
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 and ½ cups blanched almonds
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1-2 teaspoons of nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • pinch garlic powder

Nutritional Yeast Cheese Sauce

This is a nacho cheese-like sauce.

Vegan Pizza Toppings

Vegetables are the key to good vegan pizza. But you should prep them before adding them to your homemade vegan pizza.  Try roasting vegetables in the oven, dry skillet, or comal.

Blackened peppers and tomatoes have an excellent smoky flavor. Eggplants and zucchinis roast well with olive oil and sea salt. If you are adding fresh greens like spinach, arugula, or kale, massage them with olive oil, salt, or a vinaigrette to give them extra flavor.

Plant-based meats are another way to add some protein to your pizza. You can find a variety from vegan pepperoni to sausage to crumbles to fish.

We like texture on our pizza, and we love to add sunflower seeds, corn, pepitas, or other crunchy bits. Plant-based bacon bits add crunch and a smoky flavor.

Vegan Pizza Ideas

plant-based homemade vegan pizza in thin slices
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Here are some ideas for homemade vegan pizza. They are so good you won’t miss the meat and dairy, we promise.

Sicilian vegan pizza with almond ricotta and caponata

Taco vegan pizza with mashed avocado, taco crumbles, tomatoes, corn, and jalapeños

Greek vegan pizza Violife Feta, Kalamata olives, marinated artichokes

Turkish lahmacun pizza with flatbread, tomatoes, and parsley

Roasted Veggie pizza with eggplant and zucchini on Victoria Vegan Alfredo sauce 

Pesto Vegan pizza with vegan pesto, mushrooms, mozzarella shreds, eggplant

Nacho Vegan pizza with nutritional yeast sauce, olives, jalapeños, black beans, tomatoes

Vegan Italian Sausage pizza with Tofurky sausage, caramelized onions, almond ricotta

Korean Vegan pizza with marinated tofu, kimchi, and arugula

Thai Vegan pizza with peanut sauce, carrots, zucchini, red peppers, and hot chilies

Vegan pizza does not have to be boring. Making homemade vegan pizza is an excellent way to add more veggies to your diet and still enjoy the best food ever, pizza.

Have you tried vegan pizza?

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DK & Eliana

DK & Eliana

Thanks for reading about our homemade pizza journey! We're a young married couple who started making pizza at home on our wedding night and haven't looked back yet. We've learned over countless attempts of trial and error how to make the perfect pizza sauce, pizza dough, and exactly which pizza accessories to buy for your home setup...

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