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Hummus Pizza Base Recipe

Do you love pizza? What about hummus? If you answered yes to both of those questions, then you will definitely love our hummus pizza! This recipe makes for a light plant-forward dinner or unique appetizer. Give it a try!
hummus pizza base recipe divided into 4 slices

This is one of our base recipes. Do you love pizza? What about hummus? If you answered yes to both of those questions, then you will definitely love this hummus pizza base recipe! Hummus replaces the tomato sauce and mozzarella, then can be topped in endless ways. This recipe makes for a light plant-forward dinner or unique appetizer. Give it a try!

Three Must-Know Cooking Skills

For recipe success, learn how to:

Make Pizza Dough
Stretch Pizza Dough
Chop Parsley or Cilantro

Culinary Tips for the Best Hummus Pizza

Try your hand at making homemade pizza dough. If you don’t have the time or desire to make your own, see if you can buy raw dough from your favorite pizza shop or a local grocery store. Look for a true dough ball – not the kind in a tube.

Stretch your pizza dough on a piece of parchment paper for easy transfer to the oven and quick clean-up. You can also use cornmeal underneath the dough to help it not stick to the pan or stone. Use a generous amount of cornmeal if using this method.

Because the dough doesn’t have any toppings while baking, prick holes in the crust to keep it from puffing up in the oven. Don’t skip this step!

Brushing olive oil over the crust before cooking keeps the dough from drying out too much in the oven. Use a pastry brush for even distribution.

Use homemade hummus to take your pizza to another level! 

A pizza stone is truly the best way to go make a crispy pizza crust. If you are a pizza lover and enjoy making your own, it is definitely worth the investment!

This is a great recipe for kids to help make! Let them help spread the hummus and add their own toppings. Make two, mini 6” hummus pizzas by dividing the dough in half. Make pizza night a family cooking night!

Ingredient Substitutions

  • Pizza Dough: substitute a cauliflower crust, gluten-free crust, or pre-made pizza crust. You can also substitute flatbread to make a hummus pita pizza or hummus naan pizza – any flatbread will work! If using pre-cooked crust or flatbread, follow manufacturer heating instructions.
  • Olive Oil: substitute canola or avocado oil.
  • Hummus: use any flavor of homemade or store-bought hummus– roasted red pepper, garlic, spicy, etc.

Hummus Pizza Base Recipe Variations

Remember that this is a base recipe, so the goal is for you to customize it to your taste! You can change up the hummus and toppings to whatever sounds good to you. Consider different cuisines for more unique variations: Greek, Mexican, Indian, Thai, and more!

Flavor your hummus with your favorite spices and herbs. We love buying our spices from The Spice House. Click on the picture below to view & try out hundreds of delicious spices and herbs!

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Make a Mexican-inspired hummus pizza by using taco hummus, pico de gallo, fresh avocado, and olives. Or create a Mediterranean-Asian fusion pizza by using sriracha hummus, tomatoes, carrots, and green onions.

Make your hummus pizza vegan by leaving off any cheese or meat.

Hummus Pizza Toppings

Veggies:

  • Artichoke
  • Avocado
  • Fresh herbs, such as basil, cilantro, dill, or parsley
  • Bell pepper, roasted or fresh
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Cucumber
  • Leafy greens, such as spinach or arugula
  • Mushrooms, fresh or sautéed 
  • Olives
  • Diced onion, yellow or red
  • Roasted vegetables
  • Fresh tomatoes, cherry or regular

Fruit:

  • Dates
  • Raisins
  • Pomegranate seeds

Protein Additions:

  • Chicken
  • Feta cheese
  • Gyro Meat
  • Tuna
  • Nuts
  • Seeds

Drizzles:

  • High quality or infused extra virgin olive oil
  • Pesto
  • Vinaigrette or aged vinegar 
  • Sriracha or other hot sauce

Need some hummus pizza inspiration?

Use these recipe variations for inspiration, then have fun exploring other flavors, ingredients, and textures!

Taco Hummus Flatbread Pizza

Mediterranean Hummus Pizza

Rainbow Veggie Pizza with Turmeric Hummus

Equipment Recommendations

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Health Benefits of Hummus Pizza

This pizza with hummus is a lighter version of regular pizza because it is free from greasy (although delicious) cheese. Hummus is a nutrient powerhouse made with garbanzo beans, tahini, and extra virgin olive oil. Topping the hummus with other vegetables makes it even healthier! 

Chickpeas / Garbanzo Beans

Beans of all varieties are a great source of plant-based protein and are an important part of a plant-forward diet. They are also high in complex carbohydrates and fiber. These nutrients are all important for steady energy, satiety, blood flow, disease prevention, and digestion.

Tahini

Tahini is made from blended sesame seeds. Sesame seeds contain mono- and poly-unsaturated fats that may support heart health. Sesame seeds also contain fiber, phytonutrients, and plant-based protein – important nutrients for digestion, satiety, stable blood sugar, and anti-carcinogenesis. (1, 2)

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Extra virgin olive oil is a key component of the Mediterranean Diet. It contains high amounts of heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids and polyphenols which may reduce inflammation. Additionally, certain nutrients require fat for absorption; using extra virgin olive oil in homemade hummus can help you get the most nutritional bang for your buck! (3, 4)

Vegetables

All vegetables provide fiber, vitamins, minerals, and disease-fighting phytochemicals. Aim to eat a variety of colors – each color provides a different benefit for our bodies. The more colors on your pizza, the healthier it will be!

A Note on Pizza Dough

We make our own homemade Italian pizza dough with 00 wheat flour. Not sure what to think about gluten? Learn all about it in this article!

Is Gluten Bad For You? Unpacking the Great Gluten-Free Debate

Serving Suggestions

To build a balanced plate, serve hummus pizza with a side salad or roasted vegetables and fresh fruit. It also makes a great appetizer!

How to Store Leftover Pizza

This recipe is best eaten the day it is cooked to get a warm crust and cold toppings. Leftovers can be placed in the refrigerator in an airtight container, but the crust will begin to get soggy over time, so it’s best not to store it for too long. Store for up to 1 week.

Rather than warming leftovers, we recommend eating them cold!

Looking for Pizza Dough or Hummus Recipes?

Check out these tried and true recipes!

Italian Pizza Dough

Hummus Base Recipe

Turmeric Hummus

Taco Hummus

Sriracha Hummus

hummus pizza base recipe divided into 4 slices

Hummus Pizza Base Recipe

Do you love pizza? What about hummus? If you answered yes to both of those questions, then you will definitely love our hummus pizza base recipe! This recipe makes for a light plant-forward dinner or unique appetizer.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 7 mins
Total Time 17 mins
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Mediterranean
Servings 1 12″ pizza

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pizza dough round (~8-10 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ¾ – 1 cup hummus
  • Toppings of your choice (see recipe notes)

Instructions
 

Pizza Stone Instructions

  • Place pizza stone on bottom rack of oven.
  • Preheat oven to 500° F. Heat one hour before cooking for the crispiest crust.
  • Stretch pizza dough into a 12” circle on a piece of parchment paper. Brush with oil. Prick the stretched dough in about 10 different places with a fork to keep it from bubbling.
  • Using a pizza peel, slide pizza crust with parchment paper onto stone. If you don’t have a pizza peel, a baking sheet without a rim or an upside down one will work. Cook for 6-7 minutes until the crust begins to turn golden brown.
  • Remove crust from oven. Spread hummus onto the center of the crust. Sprinkle or arrange ingredients of choice on top. Enjoy!

If you don't have a pizza stone:

  • Preheat oven to 500ºF.
  • Stretch pizza dough into a 12” circle on a piece of parchment paper.*  Brush with oil. Prick the stretched dough in about 5 different places with a fork to keep it from bubbling.
  • Place pizza crust and parchment paper onto your pan. Cook for 10-12 minutes, or until crust begins to turn golden brown.
  • Remove crust from oven. Spread hummus onto the center of the crust. Sprinkle or arrange ingredients of choice on top. Enjoy!

Notes

Veggies:
  • Artichoke
  • Avocado
  • Fresh herbs, such as basil, cilantro, dill, or parsley
  • Bell pepper, roasted or fresh
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Cucumber
  • Leafy greens, such as spinach or arugula
  • Mushrooms, fresh or sautéed 
  • Olives
  • Diced onion, yellow or red
  • Roasted vegetables
  • Fresh tomatoes, cherry or regular
 
Fruit:
  • Dates
  • Raisins
  • Pomegranate seeds
 
Protein Additions:
  • Chicken
  • Feta cheese
  • Gyro Meat
  • Tuna
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
 
Drizzles:
  • High quality or infused extra virgin olive oil
  • Pesto
  • Vinaigrette or aged vinegar 
  • Sriracha or other hot sauce
 
*Stretch pizza to just smaller than the size of your baking sheet. If using a rectangular baking sheet, either stretch dough into a rectangle, or create 2 smaller rounds.
Keyword Hummus Pizza

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Luke Smith

    It’s very nice to know that this recipe can be customized to our liking. My family and I love eating pizza whenever we’re watching movies or a basketball game on the couch. We’ve been meaning to get an excellent quality stainless steel outdoor pizza oven soon and when we do, we’ll be sure to try out this recipe. Thank you for this!

    1. Absolutely! That’s our goal here at To Taste. 🙂 We hope that you can find more recipes that you get excited about customizing to your taste!

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