Vegan Polenta Pizza Bites

Vegan Polenta Pizza Bites

Vegan Polenta Pizza Bites are gluten free, dairy free, and soy free.  The perfect appetizer for your next vegan party or a simple way to make gluten free vegan pizza.

The first time I had baked polenta bites as at my own wedding.  The caterer made them as one of the hors d’oeuvres. The day was a blur and I was too nervous to eat much, but I still remember the taste of those amazing polenta bites!

Will my kids like polenta?

Kid sized and topped with all their favorites like pizza sauce, pesto, vegan cheese and olives, kids love these vegan polenta bites!  They have fun helping to add their choice of toppings and they’re a hit with kids, and adults, who have to avoid gluten and don’t like gluten free pizza crust.

Vegan Polenta Pizza Bites are gluten free, dairy free, and soy free. The perfect appetizer for your next vegan party or a simple and easy way to make gluten free vegan pizza. Kids love these polenta pizza bites and they are perfect for kids’ lunches. Make them ahead and heat up when you are ready to eat. thehiddenveggies.com

What type of vegan polenta do you use?

You can make your own polenta from scratch, but let’s be realistic, that won’t happen.  I buy the tubes of pre-made polenta.  You can find it in almost any grocery store for around $3.00.  It is usually in the refrigerated section by the tofu or in the dairy case.  Some stores like Trader Joe’s carry a non-refrigerated type that you can find near the pasta.

Vegan Polenta Pizza Bites are gluten free, dairy free, and soy free. The perfect appetizer for your next vegan party or a simple and easy way to make gluten free vegan pizza. Kids love these polenta pizza bites and they are perfect for kids’ lunches. Make them ahead and heat up when you are ready to eat. thehiddenveggies.com

How do I make polenta so that it’s not mushy?

Polenta can have a mushy texture, especially if baked in a casserole or if toppings are put on it before it has time to get crispy.  The key to making these polenta bites delicious is baking them first before adding any toppings.

Open the polenta and cut it in slices about 1 cm thick.  Make sure to cut them all the same thickness or they will not cook evenly.  Put about 1 tbsp of olive oil on a nonstick cookie sheet and spread the polenta circles out so none are overlapping.

Baking the sliced polenta on a cookie sheet for vegan polenta pizza bites.

To make them crispy, bake them for 20 minutes on each side before adding the topping.

 Adding sauce to the top of the polenta to make the vegan polenta pizza bites.

Then bake them again for 10-15 minutes or so to cook the toppings.

The vegan polenta toped with sauce and chees to make little pizza bites.

If you are adding vegan cheese, you may want to set your oven to broil for the last minute or 2 of baking if the cheese has not yet melted.

Vegan Polenta Pizza Bites baking in the oven.

Top them however you want!

Just like there are a 100 ways to make pizza, there are 100 ways to make these vegan poletna pizza bites.  The kids like pizza sauce and cheese, my husband and I love sliced tomatoes and my vegan pesto.  They are also great with bruschetta, olives, pine-nuts or fresh basil!  Use your favorite brand of vegan shredded cheese, sprinkle with nutritional yeast or just leave it off.  I like to use my homemade vegan mozzarella!

Vegan Polenta Pizza Bites are gluten free, dairy free, and soy free. The perfect appetizer for your next vegan party or a simple and easy way to make gluten free vegan pizza. Kids love these polenta pizza bites and they are perfect for kids’ lunches. Make them ahead and heat up when you are ready to eat. thehiddenveggies.com

Can I make these vegan polenta bites ahead of time?

Yes!  You can make these pizza bites ahead of time.  Store them in a covered container in the fridge and then simply reheat on a cookie try in the oven at 350° for about 10 minutes.  They make the perfect appetizer for your next vegan party.  Since they are free of all major allergens, everyone can enjoy them!  They also work great cold in school lunches!

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Vegan Polenta Pizza Bites are gluten free, dairy free, and soy free. The perfect appetizer for your next vegan party or a simple and easy way to make gluten free vegan pizza. Kids love these polenta pizza bites and they are perfect for kids’ lunches. Make them ahead and heat up when you are ready to eat. thehiddenveggies.com
VEGAN POLENTA PIZZA BITES
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

A quick and easy way to make gluten free vegan pizza.  Bite sized vegan appetizers for your next party! 

Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American, gluten free, Italian, vegan
Servings: 8
Calories: 101 kcal
Author: Monica | The Hidden Veggies
Ingredients
  • 1 tube pre-made polenta
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce or 3 Roma tomatoes sliced
  • 1 cup vegan shredded cheese
  • any other pizza toppings of choice
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.

  2. Remove plastic from the polenta.

  3. Cut polenta in 1 cm. thick rounds.

  4. Spread olive oil on the bottom of a cookie sheet and spread the polenta circles evenly.

  5. Bake for 20 minutes then flip each circle with a spatula and bake for 20 more minutes. 

  6. Take out of oven and add toppings of choice.

  7. Bake for 10 more minutes. (After 8 minutes, check to see if cheese has melted.  If not, set oven to broil for 2 minutes).

  8. Serve hot.

Recipe Notes
  • Store them in a covered container in the fridge.
  • If you want to make them ahead of time for a party, simply reheat on a cookie try in the oven at 350° for about 10 minutes. 
  • They also work great cold in school lunches!
  • If using my homemade vegan mozzarella, make sure to make the version that melts!
Nutrition Facts
VEGAN POLENTA PIZZA BITES
Amount Per Serving
Calories 101 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 221mg 9%
Potassium 64mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 12g 4%
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 1.7%
Vitamin C 1.3%
Calcium 1.4%
Iron 2.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Vegan Polenta Pizza Bites are gluten free, dairy free, and soy free. The perfect appetizer for your next vegan party or a simple and easy way to make gluten free vegan pizza. Kids love these polenta pizza bites and they are perfect for kids’ lunches. Make them ahead and heat up when you are ready to eat. thehiddenveggies.com

What a quick and easy vegan pesto recipe?

Try my vegan pesto recipe!  Make it anytime you have extra basil and freeze it so it’s ready to add to any of your vegan dishes!

This vegan pesto recipe is so delicious, you will wonder why regular pesto has cheese in it at all. Make a big batch ahead of time and easily freeze it so its ready for all of your favorite recipes. thehiddenveggies.com

Do you like vegan sausage pizza?

Try adding these vegan sausage crumbles  to make the perfect sausage pizza!

This gluten free and vegan sausage pizza is so surprisingly similar in taste to the real thing, you may even fool some of your omni friends with this recipe! Better yet, it is so simple and easy, you can whip it up so fast that you will want it on your pizza every time. thehiddenveggies.com
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