The chickpea-crust pies are coming to Target, Whole Foods, and more national grocers.
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Banza Chickpea Pizza Crust
Credit: Banza

Banza, the company behind popular chickpea-based pasta, boxed macaroni and cheese, and rice, has now entered the frozen food game—with pizza. (And, of course, the crust is made from chickpeas.)

Officially launching nationwide on October 19, Banza Pizza is billed as the “first commercial chickpea-based pizza crust available in [the] U.S,” per a press release. There are three already-topped options in the line: Four Cheese (mozzarella, white cheddar, provolone, and Parmesan); Roasted Veggie (caramelized onions, spinach, roasted red bell pepper, roasted garlic, and yellow bell pepper); and Margherita. 

“Chickpeas are one of the most nutrient-dense and environmentally-friendly foods available, yet we consume far less of them than we should,” Brian Rudolph, Banza CEO and co-founder, said in a statement. “At Banza, we’re demonstrating the versatility of the ingredient and increasing consumption by using them to upgrade some of America’s favorite foods—pasta, rice and now, pizza.”

Banza Chickpea Pizza Crust
Credit: Banza

All three pizzas are gluten-free, and include 16 to 17 grams of protein per serving, which is half a pizza. If you’d prefer to use your own toppings, that’s an option as well—you can pick up a two-pack of frozen plain pizza crusts, which are gluten-free and vegan.

On the website, Banza recommends using a 1/4 cup of sauce and 1/2 cup of cheese for each plain crust. The rest of the fixings are up to you. I recently tried the pizza at home during a virtual pizza-making event with Banza, where we prepared two different recipes to use with the plain crusts—potato, broccoli rabe, and mozzarella pizza from chef Michael Anthony (pictured directly above), and “Pesto Pizza Supreme” from health coach Koya Webb.

The process is simple: Take the crust out of the freezer, remove the wrappings, add the toppings, and place your pizza in the pre-heated oven. (Or, if you're cooking a pre-topped pie, just remove the wrappings and put it right in the oven.) All of the Banza pizza products are recommended to be baked directly on the oven rack.

While cooking time varies slightly from pizza to pizza, you can expect them be ready in under 15 minutes. They’re on the smaller side, and well-suited for a personal pizza—when I tried them with my family (who I’m quarantining with), we all agreed that the taste of the crust was pretty spot-on.

The pies are now available nationwide at Target, Whole Foods Market, Wegmans, and Heinen’s at a suggested retail price of $8.99, and are sold on Banza’s website and Amazon.