Vegan Pizza Rolls (Whole Wheat & Veggie-Packed)

by Alena
May 10, 2020
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The only thing that’s better than pizza are pizza rolls. Fun, tasty and easy to make, these little vegan pizza pinwheels are a must at any party and will convince any picky eater to consume more veggies.

If you’re a fan of this blog, you know we’re not the type to just share some plain old party food recipe devoid of any nutrition – our easy recipe for vegan pizza rolls calls for whole wheat and a huge amount of veggies, cleverly hidden in some flavorful tomato sauce.

If there’s one thing we’ve perfected over the years, it’s finding fun ways to help others (as well as ourselves!) eat some more vegetables. We all know we should be eating a truckload of them, but who can be bothered to make a green salad or steamed broccoli every day?

We love eating creamy blended vegetable soups, but they can be pretty straightforward in their vegetable-ness. Then, we got this brilliant idea one day: why not combine healthy veggies with one of the best comfort foods on earth?

That’s how our veggie-packed, scrumptious and totally whole food plant-based pizza rolls were born.

Children love them. Picky eaters don’t taste a single vegetable or notice any of the “weird texture” they sometimes struggle with.

These wholesome little crowd-pleasers are gobbled up in a heartbeat at any gathering, and we love to make them for our weekly movie nights! Healthy and filling finger food plus a sparkling drink and a good flick? There’s nothing we enjoy more on a Saturday night.

Baked vegan pizza rolls in their baking dish, one of them being taken out and placed on a wooden cutting board

Why These Are the Best Vegan Pizza Rolls

Who doesn’t love pizza? We probably don’t need to do much convincing to get you to eat more of this delicious comfort food!

But here are some good reasons why our recipe might get you the best vegan pizza rolls!

  • Fantastic way to eat more veggies disguised as a fun and tasty finger food
  • Take well under an hour to make from scratch
  • Ultimate healthy comfort food meets portable snack
  • Savory, crusty and packed with flavor
  • Easily customizable with vegetables of your choice
  • Perfect for picnics, parties or lunchboxes
  • Budget-friendly, accessible ingredients
  • True crowd-pleasers and secretly veggie-stuffed
  • Can be made with store-bought pizza dough or flaky puff pastry
  • Work for meal prep & can be made in larger batches

Everyone gets really excited when they see us serving these delicious vegan pizza pinwheels, and no matter how many we make, they never last for too long!

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Ingredients for the Vegan Pizza Pinwheels

  • Pizza Dough – you can choose between vegan puff pastry, store-bought vegan pizza dough or follow our recipe to make a healthy homemade whole wheat pizza dough.
  • Veggies – these will be sautéd and then blended up for the healthy plant-strong filling! We usually choose easy-to-love vegetables like bell pepper, zucchini, carrot and onion.
  • Tomato Paste or Sauce – add to your veggie puree for that delicious Italian pizza flavor. Don’t forget to season generously with Italian herbs, salt and pepper.
  • Dairy-Free Cheese – this is optional, but you can add a layer of homemade vegan cheese sauce or easy almond ricotta if you’d like!

This recipe is fantastic for using up any extra veggies you have at home. Since they are cooked and then blended into the sauce, you can use soggy and less-then-fresh vegetables that would otherwise be thrown away in the coming days.

Just use 1 cup of finely chopped vegetables of your choice and you’re good to go! Now, let’s see how to make these whole wheat pizza rolls.

How to Make Healthy Vegan Pizza Rolls

Are you in the mood for making secretly healthy pizza buns? They are seriously easy to make with only a few accessible ingredients and basic kitchen tools.

You can either use homemade or store-bought dough for your rolls. If you make your own, start with this step so it can rest and rise while you prepare your easy veggie filling.

Once both components are ready to go, create a ½ inch thick rectangle out of dough (10×12 inches) and spread most of your tomato sauce-vegetable layer on it. Make sure to leave a ½ inch border around the edges and not overload the dough for the perfect pinwheels!

If you want to add any dairy-free cheese, now is the time to do so.

Now, begin to roll the dough from one side until you have a single large roll, almost like a pizza log. Slice it into 8-12 individual pizza rolls, depending on your desired thickness. Be sure to use a sharp knife to create less friction and make the whole cutting process easier and cleaner.

Carefully transfer each roll to a baking sheet or mat, setting each roll right next to each other, then bake for 15-20 minutes until slightly crispy and golden brown.

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Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

Now, let’s move along to the whole wheat pizza dough we’ll need to make our rolls. It basically only requires two main ingredients: whole wheat flour and a package of dry active yeast.

Start by adding the whole grain flour, yeast and a pinch of salt to a large bowl and mix everything with a spoon before gradually adding some warm water. Keep mixing to create a slightly sticky dough, then move on to kneading it with your hands for a couple of minutes.

Adjust with some more flour if the dough is too sticky and form it into a ball. Place in your mixing bowl, cover, and let it rise in a warm place.

Ideally, you would make this dough a day or so ahead of time so that the yeast can start to ferment in your fridge – but we often make it the same day and let the dough rise in a warm area for 30-60 minutes.

Once baked, the dough becomes super soft and absorbs the flavors of the tomato-veggie sauce perfectly! Time to challenge the belief that whole grain baked goods are bland.

For a very flavorful dough, add some dried Italian herbs during the mixing process!

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Healthy Vegetable Filling

Who says pizza has to be unhealthy? This nutrient-rich vegetable filling is sure to prove otherwise!

The secret, as always, is in the sauce. For a quick and convenient version, simply use some tomato sauce for your filling. That works perfectly fine, but there’s still some room for improvement in the antioxidant department.

Like we stated before, the great thing about this sauce is that you can really use any vegetables you’d like! Simply make sure you end up with around one cup of chopped veggies, which you can then sauté for a few minutes to soften them.

Now, place them into a blender jar together with some tomato paste and a hefty serving of flavorful herbs, then fire it up to create your smooth veggie filling in a matter of seconds!

When spreading the sauce on your whole wheat dough, make sure to not overload it – the pinwheels still need to be rollable and stick together.

Any leftover filling can be spiced up to create a delicious dipping sauce for your pizza roll-ups!

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Jazz It Up With Some Vegan Cheese

While our basic recipe for healthy vegan pizza rolls can be made in full without any vegan cheese at all, you can totally add some!

Your first option is to make a quick vegan cheese sauce at home using white beans, potatoes, carrots, pumpkin or cashews for a base. Add salt, lemon juice and plenty of nutritional yeast, blend for a few seconds and pour over the veggie sauce on your pizza dough.

Be careful: if you layer your cheese sauce with your veggie sauce, there’s a chance your pinwheels will end up overfilled and won’t hold together properly. Just keep an eye on the thickness of your combined sauce layer, replacing some of the tomato sauce you’d use for the veggie stuffing with your vegan cheese sauce.

Try this easy high-protein and low-fat 5 ingredient cheese sauce we recently shared!

Not only can you work it into the vegan pinwheels, but this delicious sauce doubles as a dip instead of heavy blue cheese or ranch.

The other route you can go is to top your baked pizza rolls with some simple homemade almond ricotta. Making your own from scratch takes only a few minutes and a handful of everyday ingredients – by the time your crispy baked pizza rolls come out of the oven, you’ll already have your healthy dairy-free ricotta ready to go.

We like to top our warm vegan pizza pinwheels with some homemade ricotta goodness before serving them, which definitely takes this comfort food up a notch!

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Tips for the Best Vegan Pizza Rolls

Is pizza a necessary food group in your home? Are you always on a quest for more pizza variety? Don’t worry — we won’t leave you hanging.

Apart from using your favorite store-bought vegan pepperoni and cheese to make a vegan approximation of the childhood classic, why not try and use some of the homemade vegan cheese recipes we’ve shared with you above?

For those of you who are always in a hurry, simply use store-bought pizza dough or even puff pastry to have vegan pizza rolls ready in a flash! If you cannot have gluten, choose a gluten-free all-purpose flour to make your allergy-friendly pizza dough.

We sometimes like to make vegan pinwheels by spreading our oil-free homemade pesto on the pizza dough instead of using a tomato-based filling! You can also dip the rolls in some homemade dairy-free ranch.

These vegan pizza buns can be served as an appetizer or a main along with a simple green salad.

close up of seven freshly baked tomatoey vegan pizza buns with almond ricotta topping

Which Veggies Work for the Pizza Buns?

Apart from the carrots, zucchini and bell pepper we used in the recipe below, you can really use any vegetable of your choice – just keep it to one cup total.

  • Eggplant
  • Mushrooms
  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Cauliflower
  • Fresh tomatoes

Looking for some texture? Don’t blend your sautéd vegetables all the way through, and if you desire, add some chopped olives or cherry tomatoes, cooked lentils, textured vegetable protein or corn kernels.

One of our favorite add-ins is sun-dried tomatoes – the oil-free variety, of course!

By the way, the tomato paste for the veggie filling can be swapped for any tomato sauce you like. 

Play around with the amount of vegetables if you want to keep the filling more tomato-y and use slightly less veggies if you’re still convincing a pickier eater to have a taste. 

Can I Make Pizza Rolls in Advance or Freeze Them?

Yes, pizza dough especially loves to sit in the fridge for 24-48 hours before being baked so that the yeast can slowly ferment and offer a deeper flavor.

You can do this before you spread and roll up your pinwheels by storing the whole wheat pizza dough in one bowl and your blended veggie filling in another before assembling and baking them 1-2 days later. 

Moreover, you can let the yeast ferment in the fridge when you’ve already created the pizza roll-ups, storing them next to each other in a food container for a few hours or overnight.

In any case, let your refrigerated dough sit on the counter for an hour to warm and rise before baking.

To freeze these vegan pizza rolls, let them cool at room temperature and then place them in the fridge for a few hours so that they get really firm. 

Then, transfer the pinwheels into zip lock bags or a freezer-friendly container and put them into the freezer. They’ll stay fresh for a few months and can be reheated in the microwave or a toaster oven at your convenience.

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Delicious Ways to Hide Vegetables

Following a healthy plant-based diet means eating your veggies! They are one of the five main food groups on a vegan diet and should be enjoyed in abundance.

But many people who are new to plant-based eating or healthy food may have a hard time digging vegetables.

Step-by-Step Transition Guide

Blending some milder vegetables into your tomato sauce or using cauliflower to make some vegan alfredo pasta is a great way to get started!

We bake our vegetables into hearty lentil loaves or serve them in our much-loved one-pot pasta marinara.

They also find their way into sweet goodies like vegan carrot cake, zucchini bread waffles or plant-based spinach muffins!

These recipes will win over any picky eater for sure.

More Vegan Baking Recipes

In the mood for baking? Luckily, we have a whole lot of delicious and easy plant-based baking recipes around here. Try these next!

Now, let’s get to the easy vegan pizza rolls recipe! We hope you enjoyed our tips around making them and customization options.

Let us know if you made this recipe and rate it below! Share with us in the comments how you made them and if you liked the vegan pizza rolls! You can also Pin this recipe here and tag us on Instagram – we’d love to see your creations.

close up of seven freshly baked tomatoey vegan pizza buns with almond ricotta topping

Healthy Vegan Pizza Rolls

Yield: 10 Rolls
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

These easy vegan pizza rolls are the healthiest ones you will ever make! Crispy whole wheat dough with a flavorful veggie-stuffed filling, this classic finger food is perfect for meal prep and a true crowd-pleaser at any picnic or party. Our pizza buns are secretly healthy, really scrumptious, easy to customize and very affordable!

Ingredients

Whole Wheat Crust

  • 1.5 cups whole wheat flour (180 g)
  • 1 package of dry active yeast (1 tbsp)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup warm water

Veggie Filling

  • ½ bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 medium zucchini, chopped
  • ½ onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 oz tomato paste (84 g)
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp basil
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp salt

Optional Topping

Instructions

Make the Whole Wheat Dough

  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, yeast and salt with a spoon. Now, gradually add warm water to the dry ingredients, mixing everything well. Make sure you get a slightly sticky ball and adjust water or flour accordingly. 
  2. Knead the dough on a floured surface for around 3-5 minutes and form it into a ball. Cover the bowl and the dough with a towel and allow to rest for 30 minutes in a warm place while making your veggie filling.

Make the Veggie Filling

  1. Place a non-stick pan over medium heat and add the veggies for your filling. Add a splash of water or some veggie broth to sauté the vegetables until they are slightly tender.
  2. Put the sautéd vegetables in a blender jar together with the tomato paste and spices. Blend until you create a smooth and spreadable sauce for your pizza pinwheels. Now, preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).

Make the Pizza Rolls

  1. Remove the whole wheat dough from the bowl and place it on a floured surface. Knead it again, adding more flour if needed until it no longer sticks.
  2. Using a rolling pin, work your way towards a ½ inch thick rectangle, about 12 by 10 inches.
  3. Spread your vegetable filling on top of the dough, leaving a ½ inch border around the edges. Make sure not to overload your dough, otherwise you won’t be able to create the pinwheels. This means that if you find that you have too much filling for your dough, leave some of it in the jar for another recipe.
  4. Begin rolling the dough until you have one large roll, then slice into 8-12 slices using a very sharp knife. Place each of the rolls next to each other on a nonstick baking mat or a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Be careful because the rolls can break easily. 
  5. Place your pizza buns into the preheated oven for around 15-20 minutes, until they are golden brown.
  6. Remove from the oven, let the rolls slightly cool and serve warm. Top with some homemade almond ricotta or other vegan cheese if you like!
  7. Any leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Notes

  • You can “hide” any veggies you want in the sauce, just make sure that they are around 1 cup in volume (or 150 grams) before you sauté them – great if you want to waste fewer vegetables because you can just use up all your soggy ones!
  • Make sure not to use too much vegetable filling; rather, leave some of it to create a tomato-y dipping sauce!
  • For a very flavorful dough, add some dried Italian herbs to the flour and salt mixture.
  • Add chopped bell pepper, dried or fresh tomatoes or olives to your filling to create more texture!
  • You might need to add a little more flour if the dough is too sticky. Making it a few hours or even 1-2 days in advance makes the pizza dough even more flavorful.
  • Find many more tips for this recipe in the article above.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 81Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 359mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 3g

Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated automatically, their accuracy is not guaranteed. Just focus on whole plant-based foods and eat until satiety!

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Alena Schowalter is a Certified Vegan Nutritionist (CPD) who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with her husband, she founded nutriciously in 2015 and has been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages towards a healthy plant-based diet. She’s received training in the fields of nutrition, music therapy and social work. Alena enjoys discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature and creating new recipes.
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2 thoughts on “Vegan Pizza Rolls (Whole Wheat & Veggie-Packed)”

  1. If I were to make the dough 1-2 days in advance as suggested for a more flavourful dough, how would I store the dough??

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    • Hi Jenna,
      to store the dough in the fridge, place it in a large mixing bowl and cover it with some plastic wraps or something similar that’s not fully airtight because the yeast will slowly develop in the fridge and needs some air :)
      Let us know how the rolls turn out!

      Reply

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