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slice of vegan cheese pizza

The Best Vegan Pizza

  • Author: Adriana
  • Prep Time: 90 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 2- 12" vegan pizzas 1x
  • Category: recipes
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Vegan


What do we want? Pizza! When do we want it? Now! This vegan pizza recipe smashes pizza cravings like no other- it is SO cheesy, SO crispy, and SO scrumptious! We hope you love this homemade vegan pizza as much as we do (a lot)!



For the dough: (enough for 2, 12″ pizzas)

  • 1 teaspoon yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh herbs or 2 teaspoons dried (omit if you don’t have any)
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

For the sauce:

  • 1 can diced tomatoes, fire-roasted is preferred
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt & pepper, to taste

For the Cheese:

  • 1 cup plain vegan yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1.5 teaspoon salt
  • 12 tablespoons nutritional yeast (want more cheesy flavor, add more nooch!)
  • 1 tablespoon miso
  • 1/4 cup tapioca starch

Optional toppings:

  • 1 cup fresh chopped basil
  • 12 cups fresh tomatoes (sliced or diced- your preference)


Start your dough:

  1.  Mix the warm water, the yeast, and the sugar together in a bowl, and let it sit for 5 minutes for the yeast to bloom.
  2. Mix in the salt, fresh chopped herbs, and flour. Stir together until a rough dough forms.
  3. Flour a work surface and knead the dough for 3-5 minutes. Then place in a large bowl and cover with a towel to rise until doubled in size, for 1-2 hours.
  4. This post has tips and tricks on our thin-crust pizza dough!

Start your sauce:

  1. Peel and chop the garlic. Heat a pan with the olive oil on medium-low and saute gently for 3 minutes.
  2. Add the canned tomatoes (and liquid) and bring to a simmer. Add salt & pepper to taste.
  3. Simmer for 10- 15 minutes until your desired consistency is reached, then remove from heat.

For the cheese:

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend for 30-60 seconds.
  2. Pour mixture into a small pot and cook on medium heat for 5-7 minutes.
  3. You’ll notice the mixture begin to thicken, the tapioca starch stretchy action occurs as this begins to boil/bubble. Keep stirring for 1 minute after simmering then remove from heat.
  4. You can drizzle/clump this cheese on as is
  5. This vegan cheese recipe has in-depth info about the cheese.

Assemble your pizza:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450*.
  2. Divide the dough into 2 equal portions.
  3. Flour a working surface and use a rolling pin to roll into 2 thin 10-12″ circles.
  4. Place your crust on a parchment-lined pizza pan or baking sheet.
  5. Top with about 1/2 cup of sauce, the vegan pizza cheese, and your toppings of choice. 
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, until the crust is firm and lightly golden around the perimeter and the bottom of the pizza.


** If you have a storebought vegan cheese or tomato sauce, you can use that instead of making your own.

Keywords: Vegan pizza