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slice of vegan cheese pizza

Vegan Cheese Pizza

  • Author: Adriana
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2- 12" vegan cheese pizzas 1x
  • Category: recipes
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: Italian, pizza


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



For the Thin Crust Pizza Dough: yield (2- 12″ thin crust pizzas!)

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

For the Chipotle Tomato Sauce:

  • 2 cans diced tomatoes, fire roasted is preferred
  • 2 teaspoon chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons ginger powder (omit if you don’t have it)
  • salt & pepper, to taste

For the Melty Pizza Cheese:

  • 1 cup plain vegan yogurt, Forager brand cashewgurt is my favorite
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1.5 teaspoon salt
  • 12 tablespoon 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 honey/sugar together in a bowl, 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 cutting board and knead the dough for 3-5 minutes. Then place in a large bowl and cover with a towel to rise for 1-2 hours.
  4. This post has tips and tricks on crispy thin crust pizza dough!

Start your sauce:

  1. Peel and chop the garlic. Heat a pan with the olive oil and sautee gently for 3 minutes.
  2. Add the canned tomatoes (and liquid) along with the ginger powder, vinegar, and chipotle peppers in adobo sauce.
  3. Simmer 10- 15 minutes, or until your desired consistency is reached, then reserve for later.

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, or you can freeze it, grate it, and place it back in the freezer until you’re ready to use it.
  5. This vegan cheese recipe has in-depth info about the cheese!

Make your pizza:

  1. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees, yes 500 degrees.
  2. Divide the dough into 2 equal portions.
  3. Flour a working surface and use a rolling pin to roll into 2 thin circles.
  4. Place your crust on a parchment lined pizza pan, preferrably preforated.
  5. Bake for 6 minutes, then remove from the oven. Flip the crust over (optional), add your toppings and bake another 4-5 minutes until the crust is golden brown.
  6. Top with fresh basil and fresh cracked pepper and enjoy!


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

Keywords: Vegan pizza, vegan entree