Real Food Recipe Re-mix

By: Katrina Morales, Udi’s Director of National Sales and Author of Gluten Free Gidget


Let’s take a poll….

  1. Who loves cake? How about pizza?

  2. Now, who made a New Year’s resolution to eat healthier and to practice mindful eating?


By the second week in January, many of your friends are falling off the healthy eating bandwagon, but don’t despair, my friends! It is possible to eat your favorite, indulgent foods while maintaining your New Year’s resolutions AND your waist line. It just involves thinking outside the box.

Two of my favorite treats pizza and cake, are major culprits when it comes to my starch, sugar, and fat cravings. I have found the key to beating these cravings without feeling deprived is to replace the “bad” ingredients with something nutritious. Take a critical eye to the ingredients and think like a detective. For pizza, I knew the crust was mostly empty starches that would quickly convert to sugar in my blood stream and the cheese was loaded with fat.  The solution?… Finding a way to create a pizza crust with protein and fiber and replacing cheese with flavorful toppings. My Southwestern Avocado Pesto Pizza checks all those boxes and more! Packed with protein and fiber, low in fat, and full of flavor, you can enjoy a slice or two of pizza without the guilt!


Southwestern Avocado Pesto Pizza w/ a Black Bean Crust

(Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)


  • 1 recipe Southwestern Avocado Pesto (see below)
  • 1 recipe Black Bean Pizza Crust (see below)
  • 1 large Organic Tomato, sliced
  • Nutritional Yeast Flakes
  • Salsa & Dairy-Free Sour Cream, for serving


  1. Spread Pesto over the par-baked pizza crust.
  2. Top with slices of tomato and sprinkle with nutritional yeast.
  3. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 10 minutes. (425 degrees F if at a high altitude)
  4. Serve with salsa and dairy-free sour cream, if desired.

Southwestern Avocado Pesto


  • 1/2 Avocado, diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh Cilantro
  • 1 Tbsp Chives, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast Flakes
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground Black Pepper
  • 1/3 cup Hot Water (may use more or less)
  • 1 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil


  1. Combine Avocado, Cilantro, Nutritional Yeast, Garlic, Salt and Pepper, Olive Oil, and 1/4 cup of the Hot Water in a food processor.
  2. Process until smooth, adding more water if needed.

Black Bean Pizza Crust


  • 1 can Black Beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1/2 cup Brown Rice Flour
  • 1 large Egg
  • 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Xanthum Gum
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
  • Pinch of Sea Salt
  • Pinch of Black Pepper
  • 1/4 cup Water, as needed (if cooking at a low altitude, you may only need 2 Tbsp)
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • 3/4 tsp Oregano


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. (425 if at a high altitude)
  2. Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until smooth.
  3. Mixture will be wetter than traditional pizza dough.
  4. Spray a round baking tray with non-stick cooking spray and lightly dust with brown rice flour.
  5. Using moist fingers, spread dough into a thin even circle covering the tray. Have a bowl of water nearby to re-moisten fingers frequently.
  6. Bake dough in the 400 degree oven for 15 minutes.
  7. After baking, remove from the oven and proceed with the above recipe.

Now that you’ve enjoyed a slice of pizza, you can have your cake and eat it, too! Instead of using butter, my Avocado Chai Tea Cake incorporates a heart healthy, monounsaturated fat found in avocados! Avocados are also a wonderful source of fiber, making this treat delicious and guilt-free!


Avocado Chai Tea Cake

(Gluten Free, Dairy Free)



  • 1 ripe Avocado, mashed
  • 1/2 cup Maple Syrup
  • 2 large Eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup strongly brewed Chai Tea, cooled
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ground Cloves
  • 1 cup Brown Rice Flour
  • 1/4 cup Sorghum Flour
  • 1/2 cup Tapioca Starch
  • 1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Xanthum Gum


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, vigorously whisk together the wet ingredients and the spices.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet, stirring until just combined.
  5. Pour batter into a greased 8×8 square pan and bake for 45-50 minutes, until done.
  6. Cool completely before cutting.



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