Pizza ( vegan/dairy free)

If there is one food that is universally loved by almost everyone, it’s pizza.  I have loved pizza as long as I can remember, and my family makes our own pizza at least once a week.  As I have recently distanced myself from dairy it has been a struggle to find a pizza recipe that will be satisfying, without using faux cheese.

I think I have found a recipe for dairy free/ and cheese lovers alike to enjoy.  My son certainly loved it because he ate his own share, and stole a few bites right out of my hand!
pizza dough (homemade or store bought) I use this recipe:
1/2 red onion
1/2 green pepper
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
cilantro for garnish (optional)
olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
pinch of sugar
cornmeal for dusting

Hummus Spread
1 15oz can chickpeas rinsed and drained
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garam masala
1/4 tsp chili powder
1-2 Tbsp olive oil

To prepare the hummus, saute garlic in a small saute pan over medium heat with 1 Tbsp oil.  Allow the garlic to cook until fragrant.  Approximately 6 minutes.
Rinse and drain chickpeas, place chickpeas, spices, salt, garlic, and oil, or water in a food processor and pulse until smooth.  Approximately 5 minutes.

Preheat oven to 500 degrees.  If using a pizza stone, allow to heat in the oven as it preheats, at least 30 minutes.

Roll out dough on parchment paper sprinkled with cornmeal. Spread the hummus mixture, and arrange peppers, onions, and tomato halves.  Drizzle toppings with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and a pinch of sugar on tomatoes.  Add fresh cilantro.
Bake for 8-9 minutes, until crust is golden brown.  Allow pizza to cool for 1-2 minutes before slicing.  Serve immediately, and enjoy!

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