Is Friday night pizza night a thing in most homes? It’s something I’ve done forever, because pizza never gets old! But pizza slices got boring, so I mixed it up. Enter pizza buns! These buns are fun to make, and to eat. They are fully customizable to your preferences. Not to mention, you’ll be surprised at how easy they are to make.
Firstly, I know pizza has a bad reputation for not being ‘healthy’. As a dietitian, I’m here to assure you, pizza can absolutely be healthy, and it can and should be enjoyed without being demonized. That goes for most foods.
Of course, if you ate only pizza for every meal for the rest of your life, we might need to have a chat. But enjoying pizza once a week (maybe twice a week, if you’re like me and you have the leftovers for breakfast and/or lunch), isn’t a big deal.
Especially if pizza is homemade, like these pizza buns are, you have full control over the ingredients you’re using.
The crust/dough provides healthy carbohydrates (and if you use whole wheat flour, it will add some additional fibre). The cheese provides some protein (dairy-free cheese will provide smaller amounts), and if you add some olives or sun-dried tomatoes, you’ll add some healthy fats.
Finally, to bump up the nutritional value, I like to enjoy pizza with a big salad. This will add some much needed colour, micronutrients, and fibre.
Anywho, enough about the nutritional value of pizza, let’s jump into the recipe!
If you’re looking for even more recipe ideas, with healthy, plant-based focus? Check out some of my other recipes here.
- 1 9×9 Glass baking dish
- 1 ¼ cup warm water
- 1 tsp instant dry yeast
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup
- ½ Tbsp salt
- 3 cups all purpose flour (most for dusting)
- black olives
- veggie bacon
- sun-dried tomatoes
- cheese of choice, grated
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 Tbsp margarine, melted (more for greasing your dish)
- Combine water, yeast, oil and syrup in a bowl. Wait 5 minutes for yeast to bubble.
- Add salt and flour. Mix by hand in bowl until most of the time flour is incorporated.
- Transfer dough to a lightly dusted surface, knead dough until it's elastic and smooth, and no longer sticky (a couple minutes).
- Transfer to a lightly greased bowl and cover. Let rest about 1 hour, or until doubled in size.
- While resting, prep your toppings. I did a pesto pizza, but you can make whatever you want – tomato sauce & cheese, or something more fancy.
- Preheat oven to 350 °F and lightly grease a 9×9 glass baking dish.
- Once dough has doubled in size, transfer to a lightly dusted surface.
- Stretch (or roll out with a rolling pin) the dough out into a rectangle (about 13" x 16"). You don't want it too thin. If your dough is ripping, stretch it as much as you can, and then let it rest for 5 mins. Come back, and stretch it the remainder of the way.
- Dress your dough with your sauce and toppings. Spread your sauce and toppings right to the edge.
- Starting at one of the shorter ends, roll your dough until it's rolled up completely.
- Using a serrated knife, cut into 1" slices and place in your greased dish. Pack them tightly. Any extras can go on a greased cooking sheet. The more toppings you use, the fewer will fit in the dish.
- Brush the tops with garlic butter.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown. Rotate throughout the bake.
- Let cool 5-10 minutes in the dish, and then remove and let cool on a wire rack another 5 minutes.
- Serve with a salad, and a dip!
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