Meatless Monday : Sweet potato crust pizza with vegan 'mozzarella', tomato and basil

This recipe is a healthy version of pizza with all the goodness of sweet potatoes, oats and nuts and yet really tasty - definitely a thumbs up in our house!  The 'mozzarella' is creamy, a great vegan alternative, and this creaminess is balanced by the saltiness of the olives.

Sweet potato crust pizza with vegan 'mozzarella', tomato and basil

Serves 2 

You will need

For the base
1 medium sweet potato, baked or diced and boiled until tender.
100g oats
1 chia seed egg (1 tbsp chia seeds, 2 tbsp water - leave to thicken for 5-10 minutes)

For the pizza sauce
1 tbsp oil
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
4 fresh basil leaves, torn into small pieces 
100g tomato puree
100ml water
1/2 tsp pink salt
pinch stevia 

For the vegan 'mozzarella' 
100g cashews (no need to soak if you have a high speed blender otherwise soak a minimum of 4 hours, then drained)
160 ml water
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
3 tbsp cornflour 
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
1/4 tsp garlic salt

Cherry tomatoes, halved
More basil leaves
Chives, snipped and used to top the 'mozzarella'

Line a baking tray with baking parchment.  Mash the sweet potato and mix with the oats and the chia seed egg. Place the mixture in the centre of the baking tray and flatten with your hand until 1/4 inch thick.  Place in an oven at 180 degrees for 15 minutes.  

Meanwhile make the pizza sauce.  Heat the oil and add the onion.  Cook for 3 minutes until the onion is softening then add the remaining ingredients.  Simmer for a few minutes adding a little more water if necessary but the sauce should be thick.

To make the 'mozzarella' whiz all the ingredients for the 'mozzarella' in a high speed blender then transfer to a saucepan.  Heat over a medium heat until the mixture thickens.  Allow to cool then form into balls to top the pizza.  

Top the pizza base with the sauce then the 'mozzarella' balls.  Return to the oven for a few more minutes then top with the chives, tomatoes, olives, and basil leaves.

Happy Bank Holiday!

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