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raw vegan Italian Pizza Pockets displayed on the wooden table

~ raw, vegan, gluten-free, nut-free ~

If you want to take a quick trip to Italy but are low on funds… these Italian Pizza Pockets will take you there instantly, and you won’t suffer from jet lag!

There is something very therapeutic and rewarding when making your food from fresh, living ingredients.  There was a time when I never thought such words would flow out of me.   As a little girl I would day-dreamingly gaze upon those ole Betty Crocker cookbooks, never feeling that being a home cook was my destiny.

It took quite some time, but I finally got there… but it wasn’t until I ventured into my raw journey.  In fact, learning how to be a raw chef has made me a better cook too!  I always seem to do things a bit backward.

This bread is moist and pliable when being gentle with it. This isn’t one of those breads where someone across the table hollers, “Hey throw me a piece of bread.” and it goes sailing through the air.  It might get some good air, but I don’t think the judges would issue it a score of 10 upon landing. :)

The bread remains soft, flaky, and almost buttery.  A good combination if you ask me.  Inside the pizza pocket, it is filled with a deep rich pizza-flavored pate. Typically, a filling like this would be made with fresh tomatoes and cooked on the stovetop to create those deep flavors.  Since we are keeping foods raw here, I used sun-dried tomatoes which have that deep, concentrated tomato flavor.  The dehydrating process of those whole pizza pocket also helps

I know many of you know the magical culinary event that takes place when you dip breadsticks or pizza into ranch dressing and if you don’t… this is a fine time to try it. The cool and bright flavors of the Discovered Valley Ranch Dressing, balance the rich, deep flavors of the pizza filling.  Truly a perfect pair.  You will end up with a few extra breads.  You can either make more pizza filling or use the breads for other sandwich creations.  I hope you enjoy this recipe and please leave a comment below. I always love hearing from you! Blessings, amie sue

over head shot raw vegan Italian Pizza Pockets displayed on the wooden tableIngredients:

Yields 6 pizza pockets

Bread dough:

Pizza filling: 


Bread dough:

  1. This amount of dough yields 10 (1/2 cup) 6 1/2″ circular breads.
  2. The night before I soaked the buckwheat, flax seeds, and corn in three separate bowls.  Soaking the corn helps to soften the kernels.
    • You can take the buckwheat to the next nutritional level by sprouting them before continuing with the recipe.  This will take an extra day or two.
    • When you are ready to use the buckwheat, drain and rinse the tarnation out of them.  It will take about 5 minutes.  Make sure that the water runs clear, and you don’t detect any mucilage dripping from the mesh strainer.
    • Strain the corn.
  3. In a food processor, fitted with the “S” blade, combine the buckwheat, flaxseeds, corn, oil, flax, garlic, salt, cumin, rosemary, and thyme. Process until it reaches a dough-like consistency.
    • When adding the soaked flaxseeds, you will add all of it, the seeds and gel that it created while soaking. The seeds won’t totally break down in the batter.
  4. On non-stick sheets that come with the dehydrator, spread 1/2 cup of batter into a 6 1/2″ circle.
  5. If you struggle with making perfect circles or question how big 6 1/2″ is… create a template. (shown below).
  6. Using a black sharpie pen, I took the ring from my Springform pan and traced it onto a piece of paper.  You want to use a marker of some sort so you can see it through the non-stick sheet.
  7. Slide the paper under the non-stick sheet and use this as a template.  Move the sheet to all four corners as you make the wraps. Remove the paper when done and save it for your next creation!
  8. Option: sprinkle extra Italian seasoning on the surface of the wrap before drying.
  9. Dehydrate at 145 degrees(F) for 1 hour, then reduce the temp to 115 degrees (F) for a few more hours, long enough so they dry enough to turn over onto the mesh sheet and peel cleanly off the non-stick sheet.  Continue to dry for another 3or 4 hours or so. Keep an eye on them and test their flexibility.  They shouldn’t be tacky when touched and should remain flexible.
  10. Any leftover wraps should be wrapped individually, slid into a ziplock bag, and stored in the fridge for 5-7 days.

Pizza filling:

  1. Yields 1 1/4 cups of filling.
  2. Place the dried tomatoes and sunflower seeds in bowls, covered with enough water to cover them. Allow them to soak.
    • Soaking the sun-dried tomatoes helps to soften them for blending purposes.
    • Soaking the sunflower seeds softens them and also reduces the phytic acid, making them easier to digest.
    • Once ready to construct the dish, drain and discard the soak water from both.
  3. In a food processor, fitted with the “S” blade, combine the tomatoes, sunflower seeds, nutritional yeast, garlic, seasoning, lemon, oil, and salt.  Process until it forms a thick paste.


  1. Place a wrap in front of you. If the edges dried a bit too much, dip your finger in water and moisten the edges, so they don’t crack.
  2. Place 3 Tbsp worth of pizza filling on half of the wraps, leaving a 1/4″ border.
  3. Fold the wrap in half… gently!  If any sections of the bread form small crackers or tears, smooth them over with a damp finger.  Don’t worry about them needing to look perfect.  If you look at cooked pizza pockets, there are times that the filling oozes out during the cooking process, which gives it that rustic yummy look.
  4. Place the wrap on the mesh sheet and slid it back into the dehydrator at 115 degrees (F) for 2-4 hours.
    • They can be eaten right away, but the drying/warming process developed all the rich flavors in the pocket.
  5. Store leftovers in the fridge, wrapping individually, so they don’t stick to one another.
  6. You can warm leftovers by placing them back in the dehydrator at 145 degrees (F) for 30-60 minutes.

Culinary Explanations:


creating the bread for the raw vegan gluten-free Italian Pizza Pockets


dehydrating the bread for the raw vegan gluten-free Italian Pizza Pockets


a close up dehydrating the bread for the raw vegan gluten-free Italian Pizza Pockets


a single raw vegan gluten-free Italian Pizza Pockets served with raw ranch dressing for dipping




17 thoughts on “Italian Pizza Pockets

  1. elli mor says:

    Hi Amie-Sue, This bread looks amazing and I will definitely going to try preparing it.
    In my effort to reduce simple carbs I’m trying to avoid corn will you kindly be able suggest please an alternative to it?

    • amie-sue says:

      Hello Elli,

      Thank you. We LOVED this recipe. Corn is complex carb, it is as a good source of fiber with a high ratio of insoluble-to-soluble fiber. :) With that being said, I haven’t tested any other veggie in its place. You can experiment with perhaps shredded zucchini but the water content will need to be watched and other ingredients may need to be adjusted. If you play around with other ingredients, please keep us posted. :) Blessings, amie sue

  2. kate says:

    Amy…..are you using fresh, frozen, or dried corn kernels…? didn’t see that written anywhere, but maybe
    i missed it….thank you..k.

  3. Steph says:

    I’m new to raw and this looks great! However I don’t have a dehydrator. Any way to do this without one? Any tips would be great! Thanks!

  4. Daasya says:

    Dear Amie Sue,
    Thank you once again for another fabulous recipe. I have not yet made it yet but when I do, using chia seeds instead of flax, I will let you know how it tastes. Please clarify what is meant by “1 TBS lemon lemon” in the pizza filling recipe? Do you mean 1 TBS of lemon juice? I am assuming that is what you mean. Thank you again. Yours is the best raw food website on the internet, in my humble opinion.

    • amie-sue says:

      Hmmm, I must have been testing a new language. hehe Yes, I meant 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice. Thanks for pointing that out so I could fix it.

      Thank you for the sweet compliment. I am so happy that you are enjoying your time while browsing through my recipes. Please do keep me posted on how this turns out for you. Have a blessed nights sleep. amie sue :)

  5. Daasya says:

    As stated in the earlier post I made, I used chia seeds instead of flax seeds for the dough and it came out great. Tasted fabulous. I did not have sun-dried tomatoes, sunflower seeds or garlic so I substituted fresh roma (plum) tomatoes, pumpkin seeds and onion for the pizza filling. And it tasted delicious. Thank you so much, Amie Sue.

    • amie-sue says:

      Awesome Daasya! Thank you for letting me know. It will be a great help for others who don’t eat flax seeds. Have a blessed day, amie sue

  6. dianadelin says:

    I think I might be misunderstanding…I read this to mean drain the buckwheat until the get is rinsed clean…my buckwheat wasn’t “gelly”…but my flax seeds were that I didn’t rinse. I have them in the dehydrator now…I guess I’ll find out in a few hours!

    • amie-sue says:

      Hello Dianadelin,

      You did it correctly. Under the preparation instructions it reads, “When you are ready to use the buckwheat, drain and rinse the tarnation of out of them. It will take about 5 minutes. Make sure that the water runs clear and you don’t detect any mucilage dripping from the mesh strainer.”

      Buckwheat tends to create a mucilage during the soaking process, and it needs to be rinsed away. While rinsing, you can put your hand underneath and you will be able to feel the difference between that and just water coming through the stainer.

      The flax seeds shouldn’t be strained… so again, you are doing great. Keep me posted and have a blessed weekend. amie sue

      • dianadelin says:

        I used groats so maybe that was why they weren’t “mucousy”…for lack of a better appetizing work ;) I dried the crust too long…but it didn’t matter…because the filling was so good it would work on a shoe. Back in the 70’s our drive-in theater served a pizza that I loved…this filling had a similar flavor. I didn’t have sunflower seeds so used soaked walnuts…delicious. Great complexity of flavor…and that’s not always easy to get with raw cuisine. Next time I’m adding some pineapple chuncks and olives on top for a Hawaiian variation…thanks for responding to my comment and a GREAT recipe ;)

        • amie-sue says:

          You are so welcome, my pleasure. :) You cracked me up when you said “but it didn’t matter…because the filling was so good it would work on a shoe.” Sounds like something I always say to Bob. hehe I love the Hawaiian version… that use to be all time favorite kind of pizza in the day.

          I miss drive-in theaters!!! aaaah. They closed the one here right before we move here. I was bumming. I too have great memories of those. Maybe they will make a come back like bell bottom pants. *here’s to hoping!* hehe

          Thanks so much for sharing your experience. I love it. Have a great evening, amie sue

  7. Azna Dharini says:

    Hi. I think my earlier post of several minutes ago got deleted by me, perhaps, accidentally. Anyway, I don’t see it. So I am re-posting. Are the flax seeds supposed to remain whole, because I noticed that my food processor left them intact regardless of how much I attempted to grind them up along with the rest of the dough to a flax powder consistency. Also, I guess you must be using a smaller springform ring to make your circular template because my springform ring template would fit only one circle on each Texflex sheet. Thanks so much for your amazing recipes!

    • amie-sue says:

      Good day, Azna,

      With this recipe, I was able to make 10 (1/2 cup) 6 1/2″ circular breads. Regarding the flaxseeds; When adding the soaked flaxseeds, you will add all of it, the seeds and gel that it created while soaking. The seeds won’t totally break down in the batter.

      I hope this helps. I hope you enjoy the recipe. blessings, amie sue

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