Introduction: Raw Vegan Pizza Recipe

My daughter is a vegan and transitioning towards the raw vegan diet. I was delighted to see instructables and contributors sponsoring the Raw Vegan Diet Contest because I want to make a raw food cookbook for my daughter. There have been some very good recipes published here.

It has been difficult for my daughter to pass up pizza causing her to blow her diet. I wanted to come up with a recipe she could make for herself and her husband who is not a vegetarian. This is the recipe I came up with for them that I believe her husband will enjoy after he adds his meat and whatever else.

I made this recipe but did not tell my husband what I was trying to accomplish. He does not rave about any of my recipes very often because he loves junk food and I don't make junk foods very often. It did not take him long to compliment me three times in a short period of time. I made this recipe several times tweaking it along the way. I know that my daughters husband will love this recipe. He like my husband will use ready made pizza crust, olives, and microwave it to their liking. This would taste great on a raw cracker and in time I will experiment using a sun dried method making a cracker of some sort. I was amazed at how close to pizza the texture and flavor was.

Follow through and lets make some healthy delicious pizza!

Step 1: Ingredients and Supplies

Recipe:

I did not measure the herbs for this recipe but it did not take much. I tasted it along the way adding more as needed.

2 large portabella mushrooms or 6 baby portabella mushrooms ( The large are easier to make)

1/2 Cup sun dried tomatoes diced

1/2 Cup clean raw cashews

A few pieces of sun dried fruit diced diced I used dates but raisins would work

2-3 Small crushed garlic cloves

Sliced red onion

Sliced tomato

Sliced yellow or red bell pepper

Fresh basil

Fresh oregano diced

Fresh thyme diced (I did not have any so I did not add this.)

Unrefined sea salt

Add a raw sweetener such as dates for a raw diet or Honey or agave nectar for vegetarians.

Vegetatians may add nutritional yeast for an extra nutty flavor.

Organic wheatgrass for garnish

Organic lemon wedge for garnish

Fresh spinach for garnish

Tools: blender, covered bowls, spoon, mandolin, and cutting board.

Step 2: Soak the Cashews and Tomatos

Prep work for the cashews and sun dried tomatoes:

Wash and the soak the cashews in water for at least 6 hours.

Dice the dried fruit, basil, thyme, oregano, minced garlic, dice the sun dried tomatoes and add salt, raw honey and a little water.

Allow them to soak at room temperature for a couple of hours or marinate in the sun.

The dried tomatoes had a bitter flavor so I added 1 T of raw vinegar to the tomatoes and it seemed to help.

I was going to add a tiny bit of olive oil but was not sure it was considered raw. So I used the vinegar instead.


Step 3: Cashew Cheese

Make the cheese:

Pour off the water from the cashews and rinse again.

Pour the cashews into the food processor. I used a blender but a food processor works much better.

Add the nutritional yeast a little at a time until you are happy with the flavor. I used about 2 T.

Add a pinch or two raw unrefined sea salt if needed.

Add 1-2 tablespoons of water.

Blend.

I added more water 1-2 tablespoons at a time until it was the consistency that I wanted.

Remove the cheese from the blender and put it in a covered small dish and chill for a couple of hours.

Step 4: Pizza Sauce

Make the pizza sauce:

Blend the tomato mixture to a paste

Place the paste in a covered bowl

Set in the sun for a couple of hours to marinate





Step 5: Prepare the Mushroom

Prep the mushroom:

Wash the mushrooms

Remove the stems keeping the cap in tact

Remove the gills

Cover and allow to set out at room temperature before adding the vegetables.

Step 6: Fresh Vegetables

Prepare the vegetables:

Wash the produce

and ( thinly) slice the onion, bell pepper, and tomatoes, and cut a lemon wedge.

Cover them while they set out at room temperature before layering onto the mushroom and serving.

A mandolin works great for making thin slices.

Step 7: Pizza

Layer the pizza:

Layer the sauce, basil, thyme, tomato, bell pepper, onion, cheese, and top with wheatgrass and oregano.

Serve at room temperature or if you have a sunny location safe from bugs or containments, place in a sunny location until warmish.

Step 8: Sunshiine's Final Thoughts

I am tempted to try the raw diet but I am not quite there. I was surprised this recipe tasted so close to regular pizza. I enjoyed it very much and will be making it again. The only thing I did not like about it was the bitter taste of the sundried tomatoes however it was not a big issue. I am wondering if drying tomatoes at home will remedy the bitter flavor. I happened to add some olive oil to mine while I was eating it and it helped a lot. I used to make cashew pimento cheese when I was a vegetarian and my family loved it.

I sincerely thank instructables, contributors, authors, and readers for making this an awesome place to share.

Have a safe and happy day!

sunshiine

Comments

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PickUpLinesscom (author)2015-06-21

OMG this Raw Vegan Pizza made me crazy, I really love it and thank you so much for sharing this amazing recipe.
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Void Schism (author)2014-05-22

These do indeed look tasty, and I am glad to see some less fatty recipes on this site (being an IBS sufferer), but I feel I need to point something out in amongst all this raw vegan hype: It is not healthy.

I'm sure this is considered an unpopular opinion, however it is not opinion but fact.

I suggest before considering this diet you check the facts as Vitamin deficiency (something else I suffer from) can be nasty. Cooking (not overcooking) is not only safe, but beneficial... hence why our ancestors started doing it.

I expect a few negative responses to this post as it is unfashionable to doubt the latest fad diet, but I hope at least a few will help themselves out. I suggest the following article, but take the time to research any diet. Remember what happened to those on Atkins?

http://www.livescience.com/26278-risks-raw-vegan-d...

Lastly I am not picking on this article, it was just the latest one from this site in my feed aggregator.

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antioch (author)Void Schism2014-05-22

I agree with the fashionable diet part and I don't mean to give you a negative response for attacking it. I'd rather give you a negative response for the way that you attack it. You attack it in a very fashionable way and with weak arguments.

Just too easily I could argue that our ancestors started cooking because they had first left their habitat and natural food supply in the green belt and then adjusted their diet from plant based
to meat, and later starch based (settled agriculture). But we would sit here all day, typing our fingers to bloody stumps debating like this, wouldn't we?

But that LiveScience website? Complete bunk. Despite calling itself LiveScience and providing a nice amount of links they all lead to articles created by....LiveScience. They gather the majority of their "science" from other similar websites and magazines.
So while they make every effort to appear super scientific the points they make are conspicuously unscientific and at many times naive. They don't provide much science, no studies, and score high on the scientific bullshit bingo. It's like reading an improvised college debate where the participants came unprepared and make desperate use of pretty much any dishonest debate tactics.

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Void Schism (author)antioch2014-06-25

I appreciate you being honest, but I am surprised you think I was "attacking" anything. I am unsure of what a fashionable way to attack is, but I assure you I have no interested in attacking in any manner.

I agree you can "argue" that various changes to what and how we eat have certain causes, but we have made changes and it has changed us and we need a diet that suits us as we are now.

I am no expert on nutrition, but have done a bit of reading about different diets and the short-comings many have. The site I linked was not the only one I have read and sadly I don't know any experts to talk to directly. I linked that site as I thought it conveyed my point better than I could, I didn't have the time to read the linked pages when I was writing my post. I'm sorry if you thought that was the core of my point.

Perhaps I should state it like this: I want people to research diets rather than jump aboard.

No attacking. No judgement of the author or article. Just trying to feedback something of what I have looked up to a place where people might be able to use it to help make an informed decision.

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antioch (author)Void Schism2014-06-25

I appreciate your honest intentions! And people are indeed right to heed your warning. Among all diets, raw veganism requires the most research because there seem so many false prophets and snake oil sellers among them and yes, whenever something turns into a hype, vital details fall under the carpet and science and wisdom are swept aside.

A few thoughts on the side: while our diet has changed us (a bit, at least, when looking at amylase) and especially agriculture and the things available in supermarkets, the majority of plant-based foods are still better eaten uncooked. There is no doubt cooking destroys vitamins and enzymes, the food loses taste which is compensated with salt, sugar (spices), and fat etc.

While I am too addicted to cheese, salt, wheat and dairy products I am very interested and in favor of the raw vegan diet since the rather numerous raw foodists among my friends have outstandingly good blood tests, especially regarding minerals and vitamins. The only supplement some of them (although not all, weirdly) have to take is B-12. (It seems in prehistoric times we got our B-12 from licking our own butts and from certain bacteria living on the unwashed outsides of fruits and veggies. Modern hygiene changed that.)
Other than that, their health and vitality is absolutely impressive although one is kind of having trouble to meet his daily requirement of calories, working in construction and not having enough time to eat. Being a high carb low fat diet, raw requires you to eat more volume to get the same calories.

Still, no illnesses, no ailments, no caries even with all the fruits, nothing.

Keep up the debate, nutrition is one of the pillars of life.

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sunshiine (author)Void Schism2014-05-22

Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts on vegan diets. I agree with you that we need to research all diets. I might add even discussing it with a doctor if there are health issues to consider. Diets are not meant for everyone because we are all different. Vegan and vegetarian diets often lack iron and other nutrients. People should consider wisely. Thanks again for sharing your opinion and I wish the very best for you and your health! Have a beautiful day.

sunshiine

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faiza007 (author)2014-06-04

congratulations sunshiine..! :D
this recipe sounds really healthy.

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sunshiine (author)faiza0072014-06-04

Thanks faiza007! I am so happy to receive a small blender. Mine broke a while back. Have a beautiful day.
sunshine

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Bhawya (author)2014-06-03

Congrats Sunshiine :) Hi-Five :)

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sunshiine (author)Bhawya2014-06-03

High five back! I knew yours was a first place winner, The presentation was beautiful! I was worried I would not make the cut because there were so many great entries! Hope you enjoy your prize, I know I will! Have a beautiful day!

sunshiine

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Tarun Upadhyaya (author)2014-05-30

I think I missed this one , this looks so scrumptious :). Congratulations for making it to the Finals sunshiine :)

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Thanks Tarun! Congrats to you as well. I knew yours would make finalist. Have a beautiful weekend.

sunshiine

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TheVeganPixie (author)2014-05-28

I love making Raw pizza, but I've never tried using mushrooms as a base. I think I'll have to give this a go! This looks delicious :)

(Also, you can get cold-pressed olive oil which would be considered raw :) Just in case you wanted to use some in a future recipe!)

Thanks for sharing this! :)

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sunshiine (author)TheVeganPixie2014-05-28

I took a peek at your blog. Wow your pictures are amazing and the food looks so delicious!

sunshiine

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TheVeganPixie (author)sunshiine2014-05-29

Aw thank you! That's lovely of you to say :) x

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sunshiine (author)TheVeganPixie2014-05-28

Thanks for letting me know, I thought it was but to be on the safe side I did not add it to the recipe. I hope you try this recipe, it might surprise you. The texture and the appearance of the mushroom was wonderful. Something I would serve to those who are not vegan because it is so good and (very deceiving) LOL. Have a great day!

sunshiine

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HollyMann (author)2014-05-22

Wow Sunshiine! This looks unbelievable! I am amazed and now very hungry! Thanks for sharing. You are an artist with your photos also!

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sunshiine (author)HollyMann2014-05-22

Thanks Holly, it can be a challenge to combine ingredients that turn out so nicely. I am humbly proud of the taste and quality. Photos are so hard sometimes. I have a new camera and have not quite mastered the settings. I tried to go back to my old one to get a good introduction picture but my computer program won't download from my camera. I know it is just a setting but I have not had time to play with it. It is a good thing though it forces me to use the new camera. Have a great day and keep shining.

sunshiine

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HollyMann (author)sunshiine2014-05-27

Hi Sunshiine - I finally came back here to reply! You did such a great job with the photos. It can be hard to get used to a new camera - but once you do - then it's hard to use the old one! I know - it's happened to me! :) Your photo is stunning! Your instructables are wonderful - I look fwd to more!

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sunshiine (author)HollyMann2014-05-27

Hi Holly, I embrace your compliment. I am finding that I learn a little more every time I use the camera. I think the problem in all of my pictures is the aperture setting. I have tried to set it but the method is different than the other camera settings. I am going to try and watch a few videos to see how to set it on my camera. Of course we all are critical of our own work. I am aiming for those clear sharp beautiful pictures that you and other members here have posted. My daughter taught me a few tips when I visited her last. She takes amazing pictures. Thanks for coming back and commenting. Your instructables are always interesting and beautiful. I hope your weekend is filled with pleasant surprises!

sunshiine

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sabu.dawdy (author)2014-05-25

this is a lovely dish and so healthy

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sunshiine (author)sabu.dawdy2014-05-25

Thanks! We loved it. It did not take very long to make either. Have a beautiful day.
sunshiine

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Bhawya (author)2014-05-23

Wow it looks so tempting.. Must try recipe! Thanks for sharing it Sunshine :)

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sunshiine (author)Bhawya2014-05-23

Thank you for stopping by and commenting! I wish you the best in all the contest!
sunshiine

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Passion Make (author)2014-05-22

Will try it out for sure :) amazing combinations !

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sunshiine (author)Passion Make2014-05-22

Thanks, I hope you do! I will be adding a few of yours to my daughters cookbook. Have a beautiful day.

sunshiine

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Passion Make (author)sunshiine2014-05-22

Thank you so much :)

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nic nak (author)2014-05-22

Antioch, we could indeed go around and around in circles, and each to their own and that, but, cooking certain vegetables such as carrots makes the nutrients more easily available to the human body. That isn't a matter of opinion, it's a scientific fact. I applaud the will power of anyone who chooses a raw diet, sitting looking out of my window at another grey and rainy day in England, it certainly isn't one for me, I need warm soup :-)

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macpatica (author)2014-05-21

A great recipe... Thank you

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sunshiine (author)macpatica2014-05-22

Thank you for checking it out! It is quite tasty. Have a beautiful rest of the week.

sunshiine

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kevinbobo (author)2014-05-21

I enjoyed this dish. It's very cool and healthy summer. Kizi 2 :)

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sunshiine (author)kevinbobo2014-05-21

Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! Have a great summer!

sunshiine

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jessyratfink (author)2014-05-21

Whoa, your photos are looking AMAZING these days. :D

I never thought we'd see a raw pizza, I am so impressed. :O

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sunshiine (author)jessyratfink2014-05-21

Wow! Thanks Jessy! It was such a quick and easy recipe after I figured out the blender and I used less basil the second time around. I like basil but not a lot of it. I took a lot of pictures and I still did not get the perfect picture I was aiming for. I am still learning my settings on my camera. Can't use my old one because I don't know how to re-set my upload feature on the PC. I was amazed how good the pizza tasted room temperature. My hubby microwaved it. I am getting ready to share the link with my girls! Both of them will like it. Hubby kept telling me it would be good on toast or adding meat you know, all the bad stuff. Thanks so much for stopping by and do have a great evening on me!

sunshiine

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