One of the most common responses we get from people wanting to improve their health, is the fear of ‘restrictions’.  Even using labels like ‘vegetarian’, ‘vegan’, ‘raw vegan’ and especially ‘healthy’ or ‘health food’ can feel limiting to them and unappealing. We all love to eat after all, whether it is healthy or not.  Fortunately, people do not have to fall prey to their fears and assumptions or even the not so accurate advice from mainstream dietitians, or buddies that have ‘tried eating this way’ but stopped because wheat germ, tofu and brussel sprouts are so boring and unappetizing. Or maybe they felt bad or weak, tired or hungry all of the time because unbeknownst to us, they weren’t making wise food choices while ‘trying’ it out.  Let’s face it, we will never be full of energy and vitality eating french fries with vegan cheese and gravy. And yes we would feel hungry and downright bored eating carrot & celery sticks all day long.  Attributing the success or failure of a diet based on one person’s choices that we will never really know isn’t the best source to make decisions about something, especially food.  Fortunately, we are here to help.  Eating all plant source only live foods  for well over a decade and bringing you delicious raw foods in our store has afforded us with a lot of experience in the wide variety of choices we really do have.  Our friends at the Tree of Life in Arizona have provided a delicious recipe for raw vegan pizza for you to try out.  After all, there is no way we would give up pizza, we just make it differently and use different ingredients.  Ingredients that taste great but make us look and feel amazing.  Enjoy!

Do one ever need an excuse to eat pizza? Our famous Raw Vegan Pizza Recipe, created by the Tree of Life Kitchen Staff, is heavenly delicious and can be eaten guilt free any day of the week!

Try it for yourself and let us know what you think! Feel free to upload and share photos of your own creations below!
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ENJOY YOUR RAW VEGAN PIZZA DAY!

RECIPE
CRUST:

4 cups Sunflower Seeds*
2 cups Walnuts*
3 cups Peeled Zucchini, pureed
2 – 3 Tbsp Olive Oil*
2 – 3 Tbsp Lemon Juice
¼ cup Mixed Fresh Herbs (Rosemary, Oregano, Thyme) or 2 Tbsp Italian Seasoning
1½ tsp Salt*
½ tsp Black Pepper*
1 cup Ground Flax*
1 cup Filtered Water

Step 1 – Puree zucchini in blender*.

Step 2 – Process remaining ingredients in food processor with pureed zucchini – (EXCLUDING FLAX).

Step 3 – Transfer to a mixing bowl then add ground flax. Let sit 10-15 minutes, then spread on teflex dehydrator sheets (makes 3 pizzas) let dehydrate for 8 to 12 hours at 115°F, flipping half way through. The crust should be dried but not crispy like crackers!!!

CRUST:

4 cups Sprouted Buckwheat*
2 cups carrot juice or 3 cups of blended zucchini
1 tsp Salt*
½ tsp Pepper*
¼ cup Olive Oil*
3 Tbsp Lemon Juice
2 cups nuts* or seeds* (any type)

Process sprouted buckwheat*, carrot juice & nuts with Italian seasonings in a food processor until fully creamed. Place in a mixing bowl with the rest of the ingredients. Transfer to a mixing bowl and mix in:

¼ cup Fresh Herb or 2 Tbsp Italian Seasoning
1 cup Ground Flax Seeds*

Let sit 10-15 minutes, then spread on teflex dehydrator sheets* (makes 3 pizzas) let dehydrate for 8 to 12 hours at 115°F, flipping half way through. The crust should be dried but not crispy like crackers!!!

CHEEZE:

4 to 6 cups of Brazil Nuts* or (3 cup Brazil nuts, 3 cups almond* or cashews* )
1/4 C Lemon Juice
1 ½ Tbsp Oregano
1 tsp Salt*
1 tsp Hing
¼ tsp White Pepper
1 cup Filtered Water

Blend the above ingredients into a cream. It is best to blend in half batches or use a food processor as the vita-mix works hard. If using a vita-mix add more water. This is a basic recipe. From here you can add any fresh or dry herbs to your liking!

PIZZA SAUCE

6 cups Fresh Tomatoes, chopped or Grape Tomatoes
2 cups Sun-dried Tomatoes*
1 Red Bell Pepper
1 to 2 Tbsp Fresh Rosemary
1 bunch Fresh Basil
¼ cup Olive Oil*
1 ½ Tbsp Lemon Juice
1 ½ tsp Salt*
1/8 tsp Chili Pepper Flakes

Blend all ingredients together.

*Ingredient available at http://www.upayanaturals.com

Recipe Courtesy of Tree Of Life, Arizona.

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