This recipe is a great alternative to traditional pizza, it’s quick and easy (no waiting for the dough to rise) and fun to make with kids who can chose their own toppings and help shape the dough. It’s also an amazing and delicious way to sneak vegetables into your kids (or your own) diet.

 

Broccoli pizza base

  • 1 head of broccoli (roughly 350g), you can also use cauliflower if you prefer.

  • 200g oats

  • 2 medium eggs

  • 1 pinch sea salt

  • freshly ground pepper to taste

Tomato Sauce

  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes

  • 1 tablespoon tomato puree

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 clove garlic, roughly chopped

  • Pizza toppings of your choice

  • Olive oil

Preheat your oven to 200ºC (180ºC fan) and line 2 large baking trays with parchment paper.

Chop the broccoli into florets then pulse in a blender. Tip into a bowl.

Pulse the oats to a flour-like consistency, and then stir into the broccoli along with the eggs, salt and pepper. The dough will be quite sticky.

Divide the broccoli mixture into 4, and place onto your parchment lined baking trays (2 pizzas per tray). Get your kids to help you flatten the dough into 4 discs (roughly 17cm diameter); the bases should be no more than 1cm thick.

Place in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until beginning to lightly brown.

Meanwhile, make the tomato sauce by simply blending the tin of tomatoes with garlic and oregano, this will make more sauce than is needed but it will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days and can be used as a base for pasta sauce, or can be frozen for next time.

Once out of the oven, assemble your pizza toppings (and your family). Spread about 3 tablespoons of the tomato sauce onto each pizza base and get creative with toppings. I would recommend artichokes, red pepper, olives and mozzarella but you can choose whatever you and your family like. The great thing about this recipe is that everybody can make their pizza their own.

Finally, drizzle with a little olive oil and return the pizzas to the oven for a further 10-15 minutes, or until your toppings are perfectly cooked.

Let cool slightly before removing from the parchment with a spatula and serve.

My recommendations to get your kids cooking:

Kitchen Tool

A great way to enable kids to assist in the kitchen, safely raising them up to be able to see what’s happening at kitchen counters and get involved

Kids Cookery School

Great cooking classes using fresh ingredients for kids ranging from 3-14 years old, based in West London. They also host birthday parties (and they do the clearing up!)

1 ¼ hour classes from £17, 2 ½ hour workshops from £32. Assisted rate classes are also available.

Eating the Alphabet

A beautifully illustrated book to help engage children with food, encouraging them to see fruit and vegetables as fun and exciting.