Supplementing with probiotics is great, but how do we feed those good critters in our gut, and what should we feed them? I attended a class that addressed this dilemma beautifully, the answer; prebiotics, specifically, Resistant Starches. While I could write an entire post on resistant starches and their benefits, suffice to say that these starches travel to the colon intact feeding the good bacteria and improving the integrity of the gut.
Some of the best grain free resistant starches include: cooked and cooled potatoes, rice and legumes, unmodified potato starch, casava/tapioca starch, green plantains, green bananas, and tiger nuts. Thinking about resistance starch led me to develop the recipe for the plantain pizza crust below. Not a thin and crispy crust, this pizza has a crisp edge and a denser, slightly sweet dough. My family loved it, and it’s certainly a great option for those who are vegan or have allergies to nuts and eggs .
3 Medium Sized Green Plantains
1 Cup Tapioca or Arrowroot Flour
1/4 Cup Organic Coconut Oil (melted)
1 Tablespoon Organic Italian Seasoning
1 teaspoon Organic Onion Powder
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 Clove Organic Garlic (minced)
Your favorite Pizza Toppings
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Prepare a pizza pan by greasing with a bit of coconut oil or lining with parchment paper.
Using a small sharp knife cut the top and bottom off of the plantain, then use the knife to cut straight down the plantain so that you can easily remove the plantain from the peel.
Cut the plantain into medium sized chunks and place them in your food processor or blender.
Pulse several times until a paste is formed.
Add the coconut oil, seasonings, and tapioca (or arrowroot flour) and pulse to combine until it reaches a dough consistency.
Using wet or slightly oiled hands press the dough onto the prepared pizza pan.
Cook for 10 to 15 minutes until it begins to brown at the edges.
Remove the crust from the oven and cool slightly before adding your favorite pizza toppings.
Cook another 10 minutes or until done.
NOTE: The photo is of the barbecue chicken pizza which my boys devoured!