I love pizza, so I made pizza pinwheels! In fact, as a child, my mom used to make us those frozen pizza rolls when we came home from school as a snack. Of course, we loved them, even though I probably would die if I knew what was in them. My pizza pinwheel recipe, however, is healthy, vegan, and oil-free.
Whenever I cook, I keep my family in mind. Since the kids come to dinner on the weekends, they test my food. Let's say these pizza pinwheels disappeared before my eyes.
What ingredients are in pizza pinwheels?
Although any ingredients work well with this recipe, I chose some basic ingredients my family loves. First, choose the dough. To make these pizza pinwheels, I used both my Oil-Free Pizza Sauce and Pizza Dough.
As a reminder, my oil-free pizza dough recipe makes 2 medium pizzas, which is twice the necessary dough for this pinwheel recipe.
For easy food prep, I always double recipes and freeze the second batch of dough and sauce. Then, when I want to use it, I place both in the refrigerator overnight to thaw.
Also, store-bought dough and oil-free pizza sauce can be substituted for the homemade version, but I suggest homemade whenever possible.
- Tomato puree (no oil) I used Muir Glen Organic or POMI crushed tomatoes (these don't have sugar or oil)
- Onion powder
- Garlic powder
- Crushed red pepper
- Ground black pepper
- Maple syrup
- Smoked salt
Oil-Free Pizza Dough:
- Warm water
- Dry active yeast
- Vegan raw sugar (or sub maple syrup)
- Whole wheat flour
- Vital wheat gluten
- Flaxseed meal
- Pure maple syrup
The Ingredients Inside:
- Yellow Onions
- Sun-Dried Tomatoes (not in oil)
- Fresh Basil
- Vegan Parmesan Cheese
The steps to perfectly prepared pizza pinwheels
To roll the dough out and avoid sticking, I roll the dough on parchment paper. Since I use the parchment paper to roll and transfer the pizza pinwheels, this step saves time.
Once the dough is rolled out thin (less than 1/8 inch), I spread the pizza sauce evenly across the entire surface.
Then, I add the sauteed garlic, onions, and mushrooms evenly across the pizza sauce.
Next, add an obscene amount of fresh basil, and top with Vegan Parmesan Cheese. If basil isn't your thing, choose your favorite greens. But, basil gives the pizza pinwheels incredible flavor.
Carefully roll the dough inward, keeping all the ingredients inside. As a result, a dough cylinder is created. But, don't cut the dough yet!
Instead, use the parchment paper and roll it around the dough cylinder. Because the dough is soft, since you have been working with it, it's too soft to cut if cut now, the slices with collapse and not keep their form.
To avoid sloppy pinwheels, place the rolled parchment paper with the pizza pinwheel inside into the refrigerator for at least an hour. This way, the dough firms up and cuts slices beautifully.
Using a sharp knife, cut 1-inch sections from the cylinder, which is now firm.
Place pieces 1 inch apart on a baking sheet, using the same piece of parchment paper.
Once all the pieces are cut, place in a 375-degree oven for 35 minutes until the piece are browned.
I served my pizza pinwheels with extra homemade pizza sauce, but my kids also like Vegan Ranch Dressing with these bite-sized treats.
The next time you are looking for an appetizer, snack, or an entree, your family will love, give pizza pinwheels a try.
If you are looking for family-pleasing treats, check out these fun recipes:
- Vegan Buffalo Chicken Dip
- Crunchwrap Supreme Recipe
- Zucchini Fries
- Portobello Fries
- Nacho Cheese Sauce
- Appetizers for the Holidays
- Chili Cheese Dip
- Sweet Potato Chips
Hi! My name is Kathy, I am a retired high school English teacher & vegan enthusiast and blogger. My entire blog is fully plant-based vegan. I truly believe what we eat & how we live determines our health & the preservation of our planet! 🙂