Trying to find an authentic vegan pizza can be tough and so many vegans choose to make them from home. When you do, fortunately, there are so many vegan pizza topping options to explore. So many pizzas we see in commercials and in different media share images of Italian sausage, chicken, meatballs, and dairy cheese. As vegans, however, we don’t eat any of these things. We require healthier options in our pizza toppings.
Here are 14 healthy vegan pizza toppings that also taste delicious:
Avocados are a very diverse ingredient which can be used as a vegan pizza topping, although be wary of what surrounds it. Avocados don’t mix with everything. Avocados are general rich in B vitamins and vitamin K, and have notable amounts of vitamin C, vitamin E, potassium, phytosterols, carotenoids, and have very diverse fats.
2. Cashew nuts
Cashews are vegan pizza toppings and the go-to nut in this category of vegan foods. Cashews are rich in fats and protein, and also contain notable amounts fibre and carbohydrates. In them, you’ll find a lot of dietary minerals as well such as copper, manganese, phosphorus, and magnesium.
3. Plant-based protein
There are different plant-based protein products available on the market and there’s plenty of ways to create your own. If you’re new to veganism or want to impress a friend who enjoys their meat, tossing on some plant-based meat toppings spiced the way you like them might help nab you a new convert.
Also, have you ever looked up a vegan burger recipe – you can adapt most of these into protein pieces to put as your vegan pizza topping.
These are fantastic vegan pizza topping options. For some, coriander can be the perfect end piece to an already eclectic vegan pizza. Although small, coriander is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin K. You won’t get much in the amount added to a pizza however it can help bring up the nutritional content overall and supplement what you’ve already got going on.
Tomatoes are a vegan go-to although it is worth remembering, as you lay them out on your pizza, they are 95% water. When you are cooking the pizza in an oven, your tomatoes will dry up quite a bit although they add some nice taste. The nutritional content is debatable.
Beets are a very diverse vegan go-to, as it turns out. If you’re in the mood to try a substitute for pepperoni, beets are one of your best bets. They mimic the shape and size, and are recommended for marinating in smoky, spicy sauce to come up with something nice and crispy.
7. Bell peppers
Bell peppers are also similar to tomatoes in the sense that they are 94% water. What they have going for them however is they’re rich in vitamin C, with red bell peppers containing more than green peppers.
Dropping some chickpeas on your vegan pizza can help increase your nutritional content without taking away any taste. As one of the most nutrient-dense foods you can throw on, chickpeas come high in protein, dietary fibre, folate, and a variety of dietary minerals including iron and phosphorous. It also has moderate amounts of B vitamins, thiamin, magnesium, and zinc.
9. Chestnut mushrooms
Adding some chestnut mushrooms to your vegan pizza toppings will provide an instant boost of energy as well as be a reliable source of B vitamins, riboflavin, niacin, and pantothenic acids. They’re taste isn’t too dominating and so they make a great addition to almost any vegan pizza.
10. Drops of pesto
Pesto sauce can be an immaculate way to shake things up on a vegan pizza. There are many variants and customizations you can employ in your pesto. If you want to keep things simple, a little basil, garlic, oil, grated hard cheese, and pine nuts are all you need for some delectable sauce.
11. Red onion
Red onions are a nice light choice for a vegan pizza topping and can help add some much needed taste or color to an already spectacular dish. They can be topped after being grilled or raw. Compared to white and yellow onions, reds are higher in flavonoids and fibre.
12. Kalamata olives
Kalamata olives used sparingly can help add some more flavor while providing you with some reliable carbohydrates and fats. Some vegans love olives while others hate them and so, be careful if you’re making a pizza for multiple people. Olives are the type of vegan topping you want to confirm everyone’s good with beforehand.
You’ll notice in some vegan pizza recipes how zucchinis are used to replace the cheese or other elements of the ‘traditional American-style pizza’. Zucchinis contain moderate amounts of folate, potassium, and provitamin. Sadly, zucchinis do not provide much energy or nutritional value beyond this.
14. Vegan parmesan
There’s nothing wrong with taking on some vegan substitutes and getting those in there to help balance out your vegan pizza toppings. It’s a nice way to give everything a unified look, and is instantly recognizable. Authentic and fun, you can use vegan parmesan as sparingly or as generous as you wish!