Hippie Pizza + video


Two things spinned in my head when I woke up Wednesday morning. Both were related to pizza. I had fallen asleep while watching the first episode of David Chang’s new Netflix series Ugly Delicious. Pizza and authenticity was the theme but the first thought in my head was actually pie. Chang visits a pizza chef in Brooklyn that makes a case for traditional American-Italian toppings but what fascinated me more than his arguments was that he always referred to his pizzas as ”pies”. Apparently they sometimes do that in the US. Why did I not know that? I’m gonna say pie from now on. With a Brooklyn accent. ”Jeetyet? Nah, I’m mad hungry! Try this here Kale Pie.”

My second thought was that I really craved pizza (or, ehm, pie)! The real stuff. Wheat + rye, yeast, salt, water and olive oil. With tomato sauce and lots of cheese. A cheese pie, I guess that Brooklyn chef would call it.

So not too long after breakfast, I whipped up the dough, cooked a tomato sauce and bought lots of mozzarella cheese. While the dough was proofing, I decided to also make a cauliflower pizza base. It’s pretty quick to make, Luise prefers it to the traditional base and I thought ”Better having too much pie than too little” (all my thoughts literally had a Brooklyn accent by this point). We were out of both cauliflower and almond flour so I tried it with broccoli and rolled oats instead. It worked like a charm and had a nice green tone (which turned a little browner when baked). The flavor was less sweet and more earthy but held together really well, Better than our original cauliflower base.

We had a jar of spicy green herb sauce left from our meal prep this week so I used that as sauce and went with the whole green vibe and added lemony kale as topping. Instead of mozzarella, we crumbled feta cheese on top because we were already far off the traditional Italian route. Luise added some chickpeas and sunflower seeds that she tossed in olive oil and sumac and we also cracked two eggs on top. Pretty unconventional. But also pretty exciting. It’s a hippie pizza!

When both pizzas were ready I had completely lost interest in that cheese pie that I originally craved (kids loved that one though). The hippie pizza was so much more interesting. Literally bursting with flavor and spiciness from that green herb sauce. The kale curled up into chips when baked, the sumac sunflower seeds complemented the crunch and the egg yolks added a nice and creamy contrast.

Because I fell asleep, I never saw what conclusion David Chang & Co reached regarding authenticity. But given that this kale pizza probably is as far as you can come from la vera pizza Napoletana and it still was pretty epic, I don’t think authenticity is something we should get too occupied by. As long as it tastes good. Ain’t that right? (still with Brooklyn accent).

We tested the recipe again two days ago to double check all quantities. While we were at it, we also made this video for our youtube channel. Our boys’ preschool was closed so they were home with us helping out. They loved the cooking part (especially Isac) but none of them wanted to eat it. Partly because the green sauce was pretty spicy but also because kale isn’t their favorite pizza topping. That’s however what is so great with pizza, that you can shape two pizzas from the same base. So if you are cooking for kids, make one adult version with kale and spicy sauce, and a simpler one for the kids.

That’s it for today. Three blog posts and three videos in three weeks. We are on a roll! Now go make yourself that pizza.


Hippie Pizza! AKA Kale, Lemon & Egg Pizza on a Broccoli & Oat Crust
Serves 4

Next time we make this I’m going to try half the amount rolled oats and half almond flour for a slightly sweeter base.

100 g / 1 cup rolled oats
450 g / 1 lb raw broccoli (you can use frozen broccoli as well)
3 eggs
1 tsp salt

Spicy Green Sauce (see recipe below) or pesto or another green sauce

2-3 stalks (50 g) kale
1/2 lemon
4 tbsp olive oil
100 ml / 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
1 tsp ground sumac
100 ml / 1/3 cup cooked chickpeas
100 g feta cheese
2-3 eggs

Preheat the oven to 200°C / 400°F and line a baking tray with baking paper.
Place the oats in a food processor and blend until it looks like flour. Discard the thickest part of the broccoli stem, break up the florets and add to the food processor. Mix until it has rice-like consistency. Add eggs and salt and pulse until all is combined. It should be more loose and sticky than a traditional pizza dough. Transfer to the baking paper and form into a pizza base by flattening the dough with your hands, making the edges slightly higher (se video). Pre-bake for 20 minutes or until golden. Meanwhile, prepare the green sauce (see recipe below).

Remove the crust from the oven. Spread the green sauce on top. Discard the thick stems of the kale, chop it into smaller pieces and place in a bowl. Drizzle with 2 tbsp olive oil, lemon and salt and massage the flavor into the leaves. Distribute 2/3 of the kale evenly over the pizza. Stir together sunflower seeds, 1 tbsp olive oil, salt and sumac and toss over the pizza along with the chickpeas. Crumble feta evenly over the pizza, make wells in between the vegetables and crack the eggs into them. Bake for 10-15 minutes more or until the kale is crunchy and the egg whites are firm and the yolks slightly runny. Cut into slices and dig in.

Spicy Green Sauce
This is a variation on one of our favorite green sauces. We adapt the herbs to what we have at home. You can also replace some of the herbs (but not all) with baby spinach to save some $$$. We like the extra flavor that the heated cumin seeds add but if you want to keep it simpler, just skip it.

2 tsp cumin seeds (optional)
1 bunch (20 g / 1 cup) fresh parsley

1 bunch (20 g / 1 cup) fresh coriander / cilantro
1/3 cup / 80 ml olive oil
1/2 lemon, juice
1 tiny clove garlic
2 tsp maple syrup
6-8 slices pickled jalapeño (or other green chili)
sea salt

Heat the cumin seeds in a dry skillet for about 1-2 minutes. Add them to a food processor (or a large pestle and mortar) along with the rest of sauce ingredients. Mix, mix mix, taste and adjust the flavor to your liking.


  • This is a great recipe and it looks delicious; thank you for posting! The combination of a pizza and cauliflower is great. Cauliflower is a very healthy nutrient which is rich in vitamins and minerals but can at the same time improve brain health and mood levels. Thanks again
  • A delicious recipe. Looks yummy both from the pictures and videos. Thank you for sharing this delicious food recipe with us!
  • wow, such an awesome pizza!!! So Brooklyn style huh? xD I've never tried one like this. And That was extremely cute when you cooked it with your children :) it makes the hippe pizza more tasty <3
  • kate
    This was delicious - the base held together perfectly. I happened to have some left over chicken, so used that instead of chick peas. Worked beautifully. I would perhaps simplify it next time and leave out the eggs on top. I couldn't quite get the timing right for them, and the whites were still a bit runny but I didn't want to cook the kale any longer.
  • Viola
    Thanks for the recepie, I made a vegan version with chia "eggs" and add some sun dried tomatos. (Instead of the feta and eggs) and it workt out 🙌🏻
  • Love the idea! Will try it with some adaptations. Thanks
  • I made this last night and it was GREAT! I did the vegan chia version of the crust and it stayed pretty soft, a little difficult to eat without a fork. I noticed in another of your recipes (brownies) that when using the chia egg replacer you increased the oat flour. Would that or another technique help make the crust firmer?
    • Dorsey
      To clarify: I was trying to decide whether to do your cauliflower crust or this one, and although I ended up doing this one, I substituted the chia egg substitute that you suggest on the cauliflower crust recipe. I noticed just now that you don't specifically make that substitution recommendation for the broccoli version. Maybe there's a good reason?! I also used your suggestion to use half the oat flower and sub half almond flour. I did love the crust, but would like to find a way to make it a little more firm.
  • Vilken härlig blogg - hit återvänder jag. Pizzan ser väldigt god ut!
  • I love that you've called this 'Hippie Pizza'. It's an accurate description I guess but I still think the pizza looks amazing. I'm not sure it would satisfy a pizza craving for me but it would still make a great healthy meal.
  • Pizza always sounds delicious! I love how beautifully you've composed this pie. The crust looks perfect!
  • Thanks for the Hippie Pizza recipe. Looks delicious on top of being healthy and green.
  • do you reckon this pizza base recipe would also work by using flax eggs instead of the chicken ones? I would still use the normal eggs as a topping, but would love to cut the total egg amount of the recipe :) Thank you!
  • OLIVia
    I’m going to make this tomorrow :) is it 450 g of broccoli florets, or is it 450 g of a broccoli and when I discard the thick part it becomes less grams for the pizza base? Thank you
    • We usually buy 2 x 250 g broccoli and after we have discarded the thickest part of the stalk we are left with roughly 450 grams for the pizza base. /Luise
  • Maureen Sutherland Weiser
    This looks absolutely amazing and I am hoping to make it tonight. One question about the directions--it says to use 2/3 of the kale when you bake the pizza. What happens to the other 1/3 of the kale? Is it supposed to go on top after cooking or save it for another use? Thanks so much in advance for your help!
    • Hi Maureen, yes the last kale goes on top after it is baked. I like the contrasts between the crunchy bake kale and the lemony fresh kale. You could of course also just bake it all of you prefer that. /David
  • This looks incredible! Love the idea of adding lemon. Breaks up the earthy flavors. Side note, but I totally watch your videos for the babies haha <3
    Can we make this pizza vegan? maybe with flaxseed mix? or chia 'eggs'? XX
    • Hi April, We haven’t tried making it vegan but I know there are vegan cauliflower pizza crust recipes if you google it. You should be able to adapt one of those recipes with this for a vegan version. Good luck! /David
  • AWESOME Video!! Can't wait to do something with this recipe..well done you!
  • I've tried cauliflower pizza crust but this looks very delicious, and healthy as well. I've pinned it for when that craving hits.
  • Sandra Lea
    I have not yet jumped on the cauliflower crust bandwagon even though it has been in the back of my mind for sometime now. Now seeing this I am so intrigued by broccoli crust that I am going to try this for sure.
  • jun
    This looks so good that I think I'm going to have to buy a food processor to make it! Can you tell me what size food processor you are using? I don't want to get one that's too large to save space, but want to make sure the size works with all the recipes. Thanks!
  • Kale Pizza yummy, This looks absolutely delicious. I love pizza and Beautiful Mess
  • Liesa
    What size are your eggs? My pizza base mixture was really sloppy. I initially used 75g oats and 25g almond meal, but had to add another 75g oats to try to firm it up as well as letting the mixture sit for a while so the oats could soak up the liquid. It was still too wet to shape with my hands, but worked ok spreading it with a spoon. The only thing I did differently was process the ingredients separately and mix them by hand, as my food processor is too small to hold the whole mixture.
  • Emma
    That is an awesome looking pizza. Love the idea to put kale on top that curls up into chips. Will try!
  • kamille
    This looks so delicious and awesome, def want to give it a try as with any of your recipes! Although, I'm allergic to oats – what could I substitute with? Quinoa / buckwheat / spelt / rye flakes, any preferences in terms of flavour and texture, or better options?
    • Hi Kamille, easiest substitution would be almond flour. Or half almond flour and half buckwheat flour. Good luck! /David
  • Monica
    My daughters and I have really enjoyed the hippie pizza. We have used half of the greens of spinach and half of kale. We skipped the chickpeas and added little tomatos, thanks for the wonderfull job!!
  • Inês
    That look great! But where I live there is no kale and also no sumac. the first one seems pretty essencial... any suggestions on how to replace it?
    • Hi Inês, you can skip the sumac on the sunflower seeds and use fresh spinach or chard instead of kale. Enjoy! /David
  • I happen to have all these ingredients in, and we are snowed in, so going to try this today! I'll replace the egg with a box of 'egg replacer' that has been asking to used in the storecupboard, and report back. This looks great, thank you!
  • Wow, this looks crazy beautiful. Do you think flax eggs would work in the crust for a vegan version? Can't wait to give this a try. Thanks so much!
  • What a combination, such a healthy pizza! I totally feel ya on days where you just wake up and think PIZZA. I have a lot of those, haha! 🙂 I've never tried a pizza topped with mainly kale and lemon before, but it sounds so delicious, with a cauliflower crust too! It's going to be a challenge attempting this recipe but I'll get on that when I have the time. Cheers! ❤️ Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog http://charmainenyw.com

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