Pizza | Vegan, Gluten-Free
Vegan Gluten-Free Pizza
If you love pizza but you're following a gluten-free vegan diet, don't despair: you actually have multiple options.
Four manufacturers now make a wide variety of frozen gluten-free vegan pizzas, offering maximum convenience with lots of variety. You also can make your own vegan gluten-free crust using gluten-free pizza crust mix, and then top it with your choice of vegetables.
Feeling more adventurous? Try making your own vegan gluten-free pizza from scratch, using roasted vegetables or soy "cheeze" products from the store. Just make sure any cheese substitute you use also is gluten-free (most are, but always check the ingredients).
Here's what's available in vegan gluten-free pizza:
Amy's Kitchen makes a variety of gluten-free pizzas, including four that are both gluten-free and vegan.
The company's pesto pizza includes mozzarella- and ricotta-style soy "cheeze," along with a rice crust based on organic sweet rice flour, organic potatoes and organic tapioca. It's topped with house-made pesto, sun-ripened tomatoes, and broccoli florets.
Amy's spinach pizza includes the same rice-based crust, topped with organic spinach and dairy-free, soy-based mozzarella and ricotta "cheeze," plus Italian pizza sauce.
Finally, Amy's makes a single-serve roasted vegetable gluten-free vegan pizza and a single-serve plain "cheeze" gluten-free pizza. The roasted vegetable pizza features marinated organic shiitake mushrooms, roasted red peppers, sweet onions, and artichoke hearts on top of a rice crust with organic olive oil and crushed tomatoes.
BOLD Organics makes two vegan and gluten-free frozen pizzas: a "cheese" pizza and a veggie lovers' pizza with organic roasted red peppers, yellow onions and shitake mushrooms.
Both pizzas use mozzarella cheese alternative, which is a tofu-based product. Just be sure not to pick up one of their other gluten-free pizzas, which are topped with meat, or one of their gluten-containing pizzas—I've frequently seen BOLD Organic's regular pizzas displayed in the freezer case right next to the gluten-free options.
Daiya offers eight different varieties of gluten-free vegan frozen pizzas: pepperoni-style, supreme, meatless meat lover's, spinach and mushroom, cheeze-lover's, margherita, fire-roasted vegetable, and mushroom and roasted garlic.
Founded in 2009, Daiya specializes in gluten-free, allergen-free foods. All of its products are free of seven major allergens, including: wheat/gluten, milk/dairy, soy, eggs, peanuts, fish, and shellfish. In addition, all Daiya products are certified vegan, and the manufacturer's gluten-free vegan pizza is no exception.
The pizzas include "crispy"-style gluten-free crust made from tapioca starch, brown rice flour, potato starch, flax seed, cane sugar, yeast, psyllium, and xanthan gum. They feature a tomato sauce, plus Daiya's signature "cheeze" blend, made from tapioca starch, non-GMO expeller-pressed canola oil, coconut oil, pea protein isolate, and inactive yeast.
Daiya products meet gluten-free standards calling for less than 20 parts per million of gluten.
Giant health supermarket chain Whole Foods produces a vegan gluten-free frozen pizza as part of its 365 house brand. The pizza does not use faux "cheese"—instead, it's topped with roasted vegetables.
Whole Foods bills its vegan gluten-free frozen pizza as having "no gluten ingredients" rather than "gluten-free" because it's not tested for gluten cross contamination and it's produced in a facility that also makes gluten-based products. However, the company reports it uses "good manufacturing procedures" to prevent cross contamination.
Vegan Gluten-Free Pizza Crust Mixes
If you want to make your own vegan gluten-free pizza, you can experiment with gluten-free pizza crust mixes. Several of these mixes include no animal ingredients. Most do call for adding eggs and/or milk, but you should be able to make them with egg and milk substitutes.
Namaste's Gluten-Free Pizza Crust Mix actually can be made vegan according to the directions—the product includes brown rice, tapioca, arrowroot and spices, and calls for adding only oil and water.
Video: Easy Vegan Gluten Free Pizza Crust | Minimalist Baker
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