Monday, May 25, 2009

Avocado Topping for a Dairy Free Pizza

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When you love pizza and you can't have cheese, life is tough! But thank goodness I found this recipe for a creamy avocado pizza topping in 'Rejuvenate Your Life' by Serene Allison (which I've slightly altered). It is so delicious, even my kids love it and come back begging for more. Yay! So for all you dairy-free pizza lovers out there - here's one for you! (By the way, you don't have to be dairy free to love it. And it's great as a dip too.)

I also like to sprinkle macadamia 'cheese' on top - you can find that recipe here in this post.

1. First, make and cook your pizza bases - I usually make either a yeast spelt crust, or a yeast-free scone dough crust, or a gluten free crust. (The gluten free crust can be made with 2 tsp baking powder instead of yeast, if you want it to be yeast free.)  You can even make a raw, dehyrdrated crust if you like.

2. While they're cooling, make the topping. In your Thermomix, mince the garlic on speed 7 for 3 seconds, then add the remaining ingredients and mix until smooth & fluffy:
- 2 cloves garlic
- 4 large avocados
- 4 tblspns raw almond butter (or you can just chuck in a couple of handfuls of roasted or raw almonds and a tablespoon of olive oil if you don't have any almond butter made up already)
- 2 tblspns Tamari
- a small piece of fresh chilli (optional)
- handful of fresh parsley
- 1/4 tsp cumin powder
- 1/4 tsp curry powder
- 1/4 tsp ginger powder
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- sea salt to taste
- juice of 1 lemon 

3. Spread a good, thick layer on each pizza base, and top with some or all of the following:
- sun dried tomato strips
- kalamata olives
- green olives
- raw capsicum strips or pieces
- roasted red capsicum or eggplant
- diced fresh tomato or cherry tomato halves
- chopped fresh herbs (chives, lemon balm, oregano, basil)
- drizzle of fresh lemon juice (opt.)

I like to put all the toppings into separate bowls and let everyone choose their own toppings - the kids enjoy eating this way.  Warning: you will have garlic breath afterwards, but it will be completely worth it!!!  :D


Susan said...

Yum! I need to come and check out your blog more often!!

Thank you for your comment about my cupcake gift box, Jo :) I do have a pattern for it but I am not allowed to share it as I got it as a free gift from a designer on the understanding that I wouldn't :(

You can buy it for a couple of dollars though? Here's the link to Kelleigh Ratzlaff's store (the designer):

and here's the link to her blog post where she shows you how to put the cupcake box together:

(I reckon you could work something similar out really :))

Jo said...

Thanks! I'll have a look!

Tenina said...

Hey Jo I am in the process of doing a little raw food booklet, any great ideas you think I should include?

Jo said...

Hi Tenina! Yes, I think the raw pasta sauce would be a good one, and this one, and I can think of a couple of others if you'd like more. I'll send some to you! Jo

Anonymous said...

This was amazing Jo - thanks!

Janelle said...

Thanks Jo! I've been a bit concerned how our first cheese free pizza would go since going dairy free recently, but the whole family loved this - yeh!! Just love your recipes :)

Jo Whitton said...

Oh great, Janelle! So glad you liked it :D I have a whole section in my book on dairy free pizza toppings - yahoo! :) (Out early next year)

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