Hey, friends!

Wow – long time, no recipe. Where have I been? Well… My professional life has shifted from being on my feet 12+ hours a day cooking delectable plant-based food to helping folks create financial security so they can invest in lifestyle and dietary choices that benefit them. What am I talking about? Head on over to Black Hills Financial Planning and check it out. I’m relying on tech and education to grow a new business that can open new doors for people. In my free time, I still make delicious food. I’m just not as quick at publishing recipes as before.

In addition, my husband Aaron and I have been preparing to welcome our first baby into the world in April 2023. It’s an exciting time! With the entrance of a new one, there is undoubtedly going to be a new channel on this blog devoted to baby and kid food recipes. Get ready for that!

As I am now a busy entrepreneur and mom-to-be, I don’t take as much time to cook dishes from scratch as I used to. A perfect example of this is using the Banza chickpea crusts as a base for a delightful plant-based pizza on occasion. Because it’s proven to be a yummy, protein-rich staple for me, I decided to blog about it! There’s nothing as simple as a pre-prepared crust that you can top with goodies and throw into the oven.

(Broccoli optional!)

Don’t believe me? Check it out.


Simple Veggie Pizza with Cauliflower Pizza Crust

A delightful plant-based pizza that is protein-rich and packed with vitamin C from the marinara.

  • Author: Mandy | Life in Bloom Nutrition
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Entree
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Vegan


  • 1 Chickpea Banza pizza crust
  • 1/21 cup marinara
  • Dash of sea salt
  • Dash of Italian herbs
  • Dash of black pepper
  • 1 green pepper, sliced
  • 1/8 onion, sliced
  • 3/4 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • Optional: your choice of plant-based “cheese”


  1. Following the Banza crust instructions, heat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. While the oven is pre-heating, slather marinara sauce over the crust and add your choice of toppings.
  3. Listed here are onion, green bell pepper, mushrooms, (optional) choice of cheese, salt, and pepper.
  4. Bake for 14-15 minutes and then allow to cool for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Then voila! Eat and enjoy.

Keywords: pizza, chickpea, vegan,

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Mandy Froelich