This vegan BBQ pizza recipe is simple to make and topped with delicious high protein toppings plus a vegan avocado sauce! Made on pita bread, this is a quick and easy recipe any day of the week.
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High Protein Vegan Pizza Toppings
Need some high protein vegan pizza toppings? This recipe uses BBQ chickpeas and smoked tofu for lots of flavour and protein but some other fantastic options are:
- Tofu (cooked/ flavoured to your liking)
- Tempeh (cooked/ flavoured to your liking)
- TVP (cooked/ flavoured to your liking)
- Black beans (good for a “Mexican” style pizza)
- White beans
- Refried beans
- Vegan meat substitutes
- Sausage, ground sausage
- Veggie ground round
- Bacon, bacon bits
- Vegan cheese substitutes:
- Read ingredient label to see if it’s a source of protein
- Creamy vegan ricotta cheese
- Corn (a higher-protein vegetable)
I find smoked tofu next to all the other tofu options in my local grocery store. They also sell smoky tempeh strips which are delicious on a vegan barbecue pizza!
Vegan BBQ Chickpea Pizza
This recipe is a fantastic option when you want a vegan BBQ chickpea pizza. Barbecue chickpeas are a simple and delicious vegan substitute for barbecue chicken.
I’ve been making the BBQ chickpea “recipe” below quite a lot lately. Recipe is in quotes because it’s not much of a recipe at all since it’s so unbelievably simple to make.
You simply toss a drained and rinsed can of chickpeas with some barbecue sauce and cook them in a pan or roast them in the oven, until the sauce is sticking to the chickpeas. That’s it!
Chickpeas are cheap, nutritious and accessible so can be a fantastic option when making vegan barbecue pizza or a high protein vegan pizza! I love the versatility of chickpeas.
Making Vegan Pita Pizza
While you can absolutely make your own pizza crust, for this BBQ vegan pizza, I’ve decided to keep it simple by using pita bread as the crust.
Pita breads make a perfect pizza crust and where I live, they are very inexpensive which is always a plus!
Vegan pita pizza can be topped however you like. It’s easy to make a classic pizza on pita bread as well.
Where possible, I aim to purchase whole wheat pita bread as it contains more fibre compared to a white pita bread option. Use whatever works best for you.
Vegan Avocado Sauce for Pizza
Lastly, we’re topping our epic vegan BBQ pizza with a rich and delicious vegan avocado sauce!
This sauce is simple to whip together and adds all the rich, creamy flavour that a good vegan pizza needs. The avocado sauce also adds some healthy fats to the pizza. Fats are important to make food taste good, keep us feeling full and are essential to help with absorption of nutrients.
Other options besides the avocado sauce are vegan cheese shreds or some type of vegan cheese sauce. For BBQ pizza, sour cream would also be a nice topping. It’s great to pair a tangy and spicy sauce (like barbecue sauce) with something creamy!
A drizzle of Caesar salad dressing would also be fantastic!
I hope you enjoy this simple BBQ vegan pita pizza recipe. Please customize the toppings to your liking or use whatever you have on hand!
Vegan BBQ Pizza on Pita Bread with Avocado Sauce
- Large pan
- Cutting Board
- Baking tray
- Silicone baking mat
- Food processor
- Can Opener
- 4 10-inch whole wheat pita breads
- ½ C BBQ sauce (can use store bought)
- 1 large green bell pepper
- 1 small-medium red onion
- 1 block smoked tofu
- 1 C corn , cooked (I use frozen)
- ½ C cherry tomatoes
- 1 19 oz can chickpeas
- ¼ - 1/3 C BBQ sauce (can use store bought)
- Drain and rinse the can of chickpeas.
- Toss the chickpeas with the BBQ sauce in a non-stick pan over medium heat.
- Cook until the BBQ sauce is no longer runny and is sticking to the chickpeas; about 8 minutes.
- Use a food processor or blender to mix together the 3 avocados, juice of 1 lime, ½ tsp salt, ½ tsp garlic powder. Add up to ¼ C of oil, as needed, to get a smooth consistency.
- Adjust seasoning (lime juice, salt, garlic powder) as needed.
- Set aside.
- Preheat the oven to 350 °F.
- Thinly slice the 1 bell pepper, 1 red onion, block of smoked tofu and ½ C cherry tomatoes.
- Cook the corn.
- Lay out the 4 pita breads onto parchment-lined baking trays.
- Spread about 2 tbsp BBQ sauce onto each pita.
- Top each pita with the bell pepper, red onion, smoked tofu, cherry tomatoes, corn and BBQ chickpeas.
- Bake for about 12 minutes, until the pita bread is crisp on the bottom.
- Drizzle avocado sauce over the top of the pizza.
- Serve and enjoy. Note: these pizzas contain a lot of toppings and are difficult to pick up and eat (without toppings falling everywhere). This is more of a fork-and-knife pizza recipe.
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This is an updated post: Original post date October 2019.