If anyone ever tells you that you need cheese on your pizza, look them straight in the eye and say, “NO, cheese clogs your colon!” Actually I happen to love cheese, I just don’t eat it these days. I promise I don’t judge those that do, but I think making pizza without cheese forces you to be more creative with your flavor combinations. I’ve had my fair share of vegan pizzas before and each time I do the flavor combinations get a little more wild.
When deciding what to make for dinner the other night, I suddenly remembered I had some walnut cream sauce left from my dinner last week. Pizza immediately popped into my head as a way to finish up the sauce. BOOM. The only problem was that I didn’t have any yeast on deck, and I didn’t want to drive to the store just for that. To be honest I just didn’t want to use the yeast period..so I didn’t! This yeast free dough turned out great!
Yeast Free Pizza Dough
- 2.5 cups whole wheat (or all purpose) flour
- 2 3/4 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 tblsp olive oil
- 1 cup of water (possible a skosh more)
Mix your dry ingredients together and then add in your water and oil. I used a fork for maybe 5 seconds before getting my hands in there and rolling the dough around until it was well combined. Knead the dough on a floured surface for a few minutes and then roll out onto baking tray (I used a pizza stone) and top with desired ingredients!
I topped mine with the walnut sauce, spinach, rosemary potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts, roasted beets, chopped green onions and not photographed nutritional yeast. For my veggies I roasted each of them before topping my pizza dough, the pizza will only take about 20 minutes at 400F so you want these veggies already cooked for the most part. The potatoes were roasted with the rosemary prior to topping the pizza.
This pizza hit the spot, and even my non vegan family members gave it two thumbs up. The best part? Leftovers for lunch! Somehow leftovers make me just as excited.
Q: What’s your favorite pizza topping? Potatoes are essential for me on pizza.
66 thoughts on “Hold the Cheese Please”
The Savvy Sister
Love this! True there are LOTS of reasons why dairy is unhealthy. I use a combo of garbonzo bean flour and tapioca flour instead of wheat in my yeast free crust and it’s heavenly.
Angela @ Health's Angel
Cheese free pizza always grabs my attention! I do my best to avoid dairy because my stomach haaaates it, unfortunately. I need to try making something like this at home.
An Unrefined Vegan
Do not miss the cheese (even vegan cheese) on my pizza. Boy howdy your pizza looks amazing!
I have never had potatoes on a pizza?! And leftover pizza is the best thing EVER. Usually leftovers kind of make me queezy but pizza is one of the things which tastes BETTER a day after you make it! My favorite pizza topping is onions and blue cheese! 😀 Mmm stinky cheese!
That’s a beautiful pizza! If it weren’t for cheese, I’m sure I could be a full-time vegan. I try! But cheese. The worst part is that I’m not even supposed to have it because my system can’t handle it very well in large (pizza-size) portions.
The potato topping thing is new to me, but some friends of ours have a pizza oven and make a pizza with potato on it that is SO good. As for me? I like pineapple. :}
Pineapple is another KEY addition to pizza, it’s SO good!
Her Happy Balance
“No, cheese clogs your colon!” effing hysterical
You are so creative! This looks like a gourmet masterpiece. I usually opt for mushroom pizza, but I like chicken marsala pizza a lot too. I think arugala is a great and underrated pizza topping as well 🙂 And now I must go eat! Haha 🙂
I can’t wait to tell someone that cheese clogs your colon!
I love…. olives, onions, peppers, pepperincinis, sun dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, arugula, and SAUSAGE.
I agree. Hold the cheese or at least most of it! Sometimes when we make homemade pizza on the grill I’ll add a little bit of mozzarella cheese. Essential items: hot Italian sausage, turkey “pepperoni”, or any kind of meet. Pesto is my favorite sauce right now. I never thought about putting potatoes on it. What a fabulous idea!!
YES! Pizza on the grill!! Not enough people know about this amazing cooking method. BEST pizza is on the grill.
While I envy your willpower, I don’t think I could give up cheese, although I am consuming less of it these day! I want to come up with a creative, cheese-less pizza!
looks amazing! I never use yeast haha
I love that you put potatoes on a pizza! That is one of the most random toppings I’ve seen. I used to work at an Italian restaurant and one of the managers used to always have broccoli on her pizza – propped up like bushes – to make sure she got more veggies into her meal!
My favourite pizzas are always filled with veggies and a dab of pesto, and a slash of goats cheese. Mmmmmmmmmmmm!
Ohh broccoli is a good idea too!
Mmm I think this looks amazing. I didnt even know you could make dough without yeast!! Is potato on pizza a popular thing where you live or do you just like it? I’ve never heard of that but I bet its delish!
Nope, not a popular topping in my area! HA! I went to a pizza place last May and they only had one vegan option (which was fine by me!) and it had potatoes on it!! I was soo intrigued and it was one of the best pizzas I’ve ever had. Ever since then I ALWAYS put potatoes on mine!
Nicole @ FruitnFitness
Yum! This sounds wonderful. The combinations on this pizza just sound so wonderful, fresh and flavorful! I think my favorite pizza is the one from mellow mushroom with pesto, sundried tomatoes, artichoke and spinach.
Seriously….. B & B must happen. I told Speedy about my plan and was like ‘HONEY SERIOUSLY- have you heard of a haven for runners, vegans, or athletic souls who want to relax but still get their sweat in?’ and he was hooked. I think we are on to something. You should start selling these pizzas to begin our nest fund and I will start modeling nude again or selling gold tulle decorations to add to it.
I figure in about approximately 30-56 years we will have enough and live like queens and open the most fabulous va-cay house known on the planet.
I looooooooove pineapple on my pizza. or purple onions. they be good.
YAAAYYYY I am so glad Speedy approves! Maybe we can start a nude modeling pizza joint to start funding for out B&B? You model nude while people eat pizza…HAHA! That could get messy though..probably not very sanitary. Pineapple on pizza is GOLD! YUM!
I LOVE putting potatoes on my pizza!! Some of my other favorite toppings are spinach, artichokes, tomatoes, and onions! Heck, pretty much any vegetable ;)…Oh, and pineapple!
Mmmmmm that pizza dough looks tasty AND easy! I mean, I’m a big fan of the good old fashioned cheese pizza but I’d love to try making one from scratch and I’m a cooking fail so I think you just made it possible!
Ooooo very creative! I’ve never really had potatoes on my za, but I think I would like it. My favorite toppings right now are probably jalapenos, tomatoes, avocado and garlic -not all in the same za, but you get what I’m saying 😉
I think that sounds SO good all together on a pizza!! You should try combining all of those!
I haven’t tried potatoes on pizza before, but yours totally convinced me that this needs to change! I love Hawaiian pizzas (sorry about the ham! but the pineapple IS my favorite part), as well as anything piled super high with veggies. Hmm, I wonder how a fruit topping pizza would taste?…
Yesss Hawaiian was always one of my favorites!! While I was never a big ham fan, the pineapple stole the show! Fruit pizza is next on my list to make!
Oh man, I can’t wait to see what you come up with!! I really hope pineapple is on the pizza… And lots of other sweet fruits too! 🙂
too funny, since I am supposed to be dairy free the only time I have cheese is on pizza!! that’s the only time I even crave it!
Okay so I am no pizza philistine I assure you but I have NEVER heard of potatoes on pizza. Maybe french fries on pizza on some crazy Food Network show, but not like this!
Looks delish, I love LOVE rosemary .. I bet it was the Boss.
YUM this looks delicious! 🙂
This is so funny. I’m on my lunch break eating pasta with vegan crumbles and parmesan cheese while reading this. I’m a walking contradiction.
Your pizza looks so rustic and tasty! I’ve never tried dough without yeast before but I’ll have to some time!
Alex @ therunwithin
those pizza toppings look amazing, I won’t lie, I like some cheese but my body doesn’t. holy tummy ache
I’ve never had potatoes on pizza.. I KNOW I know, I’m sorry, I’ve failed you. I’m a huge fan of pesto sauce on pizza.. it’s so delish
Amanda @ .running with spoons.
Potatoes on pizza? And with rosemary?! ❤ Mind.blown. And I couldn't agree more that following any kind of veggie diet brings out the kitchen creativity. My meals were a lot more interesting back when I was veggie… now if only my body would have appreciated it more! But I do love butternut squash on pizza… and fresh basil… and hummus… swoontastic.
Cheese. Oh wait, I’ve just missed the entire purpose of this post. 😉 Actually, I love spinach, artichokes, mushrooms, olives & zucchini on pizza. I never thought to do that until I had a friend who was lactose intolerant and that was the pizza she ordered. Ridiculous good and you’re right, you don’t even miss the cheese (or the meat).
Kristina at damntenpounds
I love artichokes and olives as toppings. As long as those are on there, the rest is a bonus. I haven’t tried potatoes yet though! There’s a place here that has a mashed potato and bacon pizza (creamy sauce instead of tomato sauce). I haven’t tried it since I wasn’t eating meat then but it blew everyone’s mind. I fully support adding my favorite carb on top of my other favorite carb!
I love cheeseless pizza! My fav toppings are pineapple and artichokes 😀
GiGi Eats Celebrities
If I could throw you on a pizza, I would eat it!
AHHHHHHHH HA HA HA HA HA AH AH AHA HA AH! Okay, let me remind you… I am ALLLLLL ABOUT THE SAUSAGE! 😉
Ohhh merrowww you naughty girl. BAHAHAHA!
Jan @ Sprouts n Squats
You can definitely have cheese free pizza and it be delicious. I make a nutritional yeast sauce and drizzle it on top of my pizza and it tastes so so good!
Potatoes on pizza? Never hear it, but not I’m gonna hafta try it sometime. I love to occasionally eliminate ‘staple’ ingredients from a recipe because it requires me to think outside the box in making it just as tasty as ever, or more, without the usual things. 🙂
I *must* have jalapenos on my pizza and I’m pretty sure that potatoes will now be an added obsession. Brilliance.
Davida @The Healthy Maven
This is actually perfect! I miss cheese (tummy hates it!) but have been having massive cravings for pizza! I NEED this in my life!
What an amazing looking pizza! I’ll have to try this!
Sarah @ Feeeding the Brain and Body
I love the taste of yeasty bread, but I am always open to trying new things, especially when they look as delicious as this! I would never have thought to put these types of toppings on pizza, you are so creative 🙂
Yesterday I was with my friend when she got a piece of pizza, and there was so much cheese and grease that it looked inedible! I’m not a fan of cheese. It sounds really weird, but I’ve never liked it. It tastes weird to me and smells bad, so a cheese free pizza has my attention. Cheese free pizza focuses more on flavor I think! All that veg and that yeasty taste sounds amazing!
Matt @ The Athlete's Plate
Confession: I need cheese.
I need to try this crust!
I’m pretty sure I already told you on Instagram, but I’ll say it again. This pizza is gorgeous. I love the colors and I’m even ok with skipping the cheese because the beautiful veggies are the star of the show. If you still have leftovers, feel free to send a slice my way.
Girl you crazy, I finished this pizza in less that 24 hrs hahaha. Next time just come over for half of my pizza!
Heather @ HeatherRunsFast.com
I’m a sucker for ham and pineapple on my pizza, but after visiting Italy, I found I actually like sardines on my pizza! Never thought I’d be a fan. I also like mushrooms and jalapenos! Pretty much anything on bread/pizza dough works for me 🙂 What’s the nutritional yeast taste like? Do you need a lot of it to actually taste it?
The yeast has a cheesy flavor (go figure haha) but you don’t need a lot! I love it on popcorn too! Pineapple is SO good on pizza.
Ja @Ja on the RUN
That looks appetizing yummy! My husband is a legit Texan and definitely loves his meat! LOL! I want him to eat more veggies though! 🙂 I will try to make this and see what he’ll say. I hope he’ll love it! 🙂
Thanks Britt for sharing! 🙂
Brittany @ Dulce Vie
I have no idea why I never thought to ask people to hold the cheese! I will definitely do this next time I order pizza!
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Brussel sprouts on pizza… my heavens you are a pure freaking genius!!!!!
Try telling arabic people to hold the cheese.. 1) they don’t really understand english to begin with and 2) they look at you like your the strangest individual to walk the planet.
Hahaha!! I was once friends with an Arabic guy (he was very Americanized though) and he loved him some meat and cheese. He always made fun of me for my eats. His dad (who was much more Arabic and much less Americanized) thought I was crazy. HAHA.
Khushboo Thadani (@KhushbooThadani)
Mmm pizza! As much as I love cheese, I am equally content with cheeseless pizzas so long as the toppings are good. Favorites include artichokes, mushrooms and spinach!
YES to as much cheese as possible. Seriously, I adore that stuff. Although if there is plenty of veggies on top, I don’t mind going a little bit less on the cheese. But the toppings have to be worth it!
Rach @ This Italian Family
Love your creativity!! I discovered that “marinara” is my new favorite pizza while we were in Italy. No cheese! It’s just sauce topped with garlic, freshly ground salt & pepper and fresh basil leaves. Oh. M. Gee. Girl, it is SO good! And NO cheese! Great for this dairy-sensitive girl. 😉
Amy @ A Desert Girl
Roasted garlic, sundried tomatoes, pesto, and pine nuts are my favorite pizza toppings. Oh and black olives. And even though I know cheese isn’t the best for my tummy, I love it. So it’s hard to hold on the pizza.
I’ve never put potatoes on pizza (although now I pretty much have to after seeing this)
But grilled zucchini on pizza is my FAVORITE. Sooo dang good.
Potatoes are so good on pizza it’s almost crazy. People think I’m nuts when I suggest it. The true best pizza topping combo, though: pineapple and jalapeno. Holy heaven it’s awesome.
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The only think I hate on pizza is the cheese and I always end up removing it with my own fingers creating a mess that sweeps away most of the other toppings! Why haven’t I thought of that recipe before!! Congratulations!!!
Potatoes on pizza is sooooo life changing.