Few culinary adventures are more enjoyable than pizza…
Just imagine a crispy-chewy crust, baked golden brown… piled high with your favorite toppings… and covered in delicious bubbly, melted cheese.
What’s not to love about that?
Unfortunately, if you avoid dairy, you might have given up on enjoying an authentic cheese-covered pizza. Well, not anymore! Today, we’d like to share with you our favorite dairy-free “cheese”… plus a pizza that will leave dairy-free dieters and cheese lovers alike both clamoring for more!
Introducing a Healthy Dairy Free “Cheese” that Tastes Like… CHEESE!
Over the years we’ve dabbled at making our own dairy-free cheese. Combining a healthy fat (like grass-fed tallow or coconut oil) with a starch (like arrowroot) and coconut milk can create a surprising dead-wringer for gooey cheese and cheese sauces.
There are also plenty of dairy-free cheeses on the market that can save you the time and trouble of making your own. Unfortunately, many of these products leave a lot to be desired when it comes to taste and texture. And that’s not all, because most are also loaded with unsavory and unhealthy ingredients. These can include inflammatory omega-6-rich oils, excitotoxic yeast extract. Some dairy-free cheeses also use titanium dioxide to create a white opaque color in the product.
And research shows that the latter ingredient can be especially damaging. One study, published in Cancer Research, found that titanium dioxide nanoparticles may cause breaks in chromosomes, damage to genes, inflammationa and oxidative stress. Research published in Free Radical Biology & Medicine found that these nanoparticles cause similar damage directly to brain cells.
It’s no wonder that the International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies titanium dioxide as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.”
Cancer and brain damage from fake cheese? We’ll pass on that!
The good news is that there is a cultured, organic, dairy-free mozzarella cheese. It’s made with just six simple, Paleo-friendly ingredients. And it melts, bubbles and browns just like the real thing!
Introducing Miyoko’s Fresh VeganMozz…
Miyoko’s Kitchen is disrupting the dairy-free cheese market with its “I can’t believe it’s not cheese” products. Created using just water, organic coconut oil, organic cashews, organic tapioca starch, agar, sea salt and cultures, Miyoko’s nutritious “cultured nut products” will have you rethinking dairy free cheese.
Miyoko’s Kitchen sells their products via natural and traditional grocery stores in all 50 states. If you’re interested in this unique and healthy product, pay a visit to the Retail Locator on their website to find the nearest location to you.
Dairy Free Pizza with Pepperoni
To highlight Miyoko’s delicious dairy-free cheese in this recipe (and show you how wonderfully it emulates the “real deal”), we suggest a simple and classic cheese and pepperoni pizza with a few fresh basil leaves. As to the pepperoni, we suggest Applegate Farms (hormone, antibiotic and preservative free).
And for the crust, of course, we recommend Wellness Bakeries’ grain-free Paleo Pizza Crust Mix. Whether your favorite “pie” is a Meat Lover’s, Supreme, Neopolitan, Margherita, or something of your own creation, our Paleo Pizza Crust makes the perfect grain-free, egg-free and dairy-free palette for all your favorite toppings.
Cheese Lover’s Dairy Free Pizza Recipe
- 1 Wellness Bakeries Paleo Pizza Crust
- 1 egg or "flax egg"
- ¼ cup water
- 1 Tbsp. avocado oil
- ½ package Miyoko's VeganMozz
- ¾ cup organic marinara
- 4 leaves fresh basil
- 4 slices Applegate Farms Pepperoni
- Make pizza crust according to package instructions and par-bake crust.
- Top with marinara, pepperoni and Miyoko's Vegan Mozz
- Return to oven to melt "cheese"
- Top with basil leaves and serve with your favorite pizza condiments (try red pepper flakes, garlic powder, dried oregano)
Do you feel better when you avoid dairy? We’d love to hear your comments below!