Vegan pizza twists (made with flaky puff pastry) are great in lunch boxes as a snack. A cheesy twist on classic pizza with recipe and tips.
Indulge in the ultimate plant-based pizza snack with these easy vegan pizza twists made from golden, flaky puff pastry.
This creative twist on a classic pizza combines a simple sauce, plant-based topping, and a cheesy layer.
Perfect for lunch boxes, picnics, and parties or just for a cheeky wee snack.
- 🍕 Pizza Twist Ingredients
- 🍕 Pizza Toppings
- 👩🏻🍳 Vegan Puff Pastry
- 💭 Can you make pizza twists with pizza dough?
- ♨️ Baking cheese and tomato pizza twists
- 🥗 Serving homemade pizza twists
- ⏲️ How long will pastry twists keep?
- 👩🏻🍳 Related recipes
- 👩🏻🍳 More easy vegan pastry recipes
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- 👩🏻🍳 How to make homemade pizza twists
- 📖 Recipe
🍕 Pizza Twist Ingredients
Here are the simple ingredients for this easy vegan puff pastry recipe with a pizza twist.
- Puff pastry
- Oat milk
- Vegan cheddar
- Tomato puree
- Garlic powder
- Dried oregano
- Chilli flakes
- Salt & pepper
See the printable recipe card below for full quantities and method.
🍕 Pizza Toppings
I've kept these pizza twists quite plain, like a Margherita pizza or a plain old cheese and tomato pizza, but you can add some toppings (fillings and toppings).
Here are some tasty ideas:
- Fresh basil
- Mushrooms - chopped finely
- Onions - chopped finely
- Tomato - chopped finely
- Red, yellow, orange, or green pepper - finely sliced
- Vegan pepperoni - thinly sliced and chopped finely
- Sesame seeds - sprinkled on top of the twists
- Nigella seeds - sprinkled on top of the twists
- Vegan parmesan with garlic and herbs - to sprinkle on top
👩🏻🍳 Vegan Puff Pastry
You may wonder if shop-bought puff pastry is suitable for vegans.
I can happily say that here in the UK it is.
From supermarket own brands to big brands like Jus Rol, they are nearly all suitable for vegans.
They don't often say so, but flip them over and look at the ingredients and you'll see there's nothing that's not suitable.
Just watch out for the pastry that says 'all butter' as it isn't vegan-friendly.
👩🏻🍳 Ready rolled or block puff pastry?
Puff pastry is sold in blocks and ready-rolled, both fresh and frozen.
It's really a personal preference as it's all really good quality.
The ready-rolled is much more convenient and an evenly rolled rectangle of pastry ready to use right away.
However, you do get a better rise with a block of puff pastry which you roll out yourself, so there is a cost for that perfect rectangle of pastry.
Although, for this recipe, the ready-rolled is perfect.
💭 Puff pastry tips
Here are a few tips to get the best out of your puff pastry.
- Take it out of the fridge before you need to use it so it can come to room temperature.
- If you use it straight out of the fridge, block pastry will be tough to roll and ready-rolled pastry can crack as you unroll it.
- If puff pastry does crack when you unroll it, you can gently rub the cracks to smooth them over.
- If it's a hot day, you need to work fast with the pastry, as it will become very soft and hard to handle very quickly.
- For that golden finish without an egg glaze, you can brush the top of the pastry with oat milk (or other plant-based milk) or brush it with olive oil.
💭 Can you make pizza twists with pizza dough?
Pizza dough is another tasty option for making these easy pizza twists.
It is softer to handle, so can be a bit tricky, but will make really delicious twists.
The pastry twists have that buttery, flaky pastry finish, whereas the pizza dough has the texture of a pizza crust.
You could use homemade pizza dough or shop-bought.
♨️ Baking cheese and tomato pizza twists
Vegan finger food at it's best and quick to bake too.
You can bake these savoury pastry twists in an oven or an air fryer.
If you use an air fryer, they will bake quicker, so keep an eye on them as they cook.
If you have an air fryer with shelves, remember it is hotter on the top shelf, so you may need to rotate the shelves or bake the twists in batches.
🥗 Serving homemade pizza twists
Vegan pizza twists are a bit like hand pies, they are the perfect vegan finger food. Here are a few ways to serve them.
- Lunch box - cold as a lunch box snack
- Dipping buddy- serve with a dip, like this creamy ranch dressing or this moreish Russian dressing
- Salad side - on the side of your salad for a bit of crunch
- Pizza night - serve with pizza, garlic bread, and salad, so everyone can help themselves
⏲️ How long will pastry twists keep?
Once cool, you can store pastry twists (or pizza dough twists) in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.
They won't be as crisp the next day, but still very tasty.
You can also freeze these easy pizza snacks.
🌡️ How to freeze cheese and tomato twists
Either flash freeze before they are baked, pop them in a freezer bag until you need them, then cook them frozen.
Or, freeze leftover cheese twists, once cool, and defrost overnight in the fridge.
If you're making them for a picnic, party, or a family get-together, freeze them before they are cooked as this will give you the best results.
And that freshly baked, golden, and flaky finish when you do bake them.
However, if it's just leftovers you want to save for later, then just pop them in a freezer bag and defrost them to eat.
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👩🏻🍳 How to make homemade pizza twists
These step-by-step photos will show you how to make this delicious vegan pizza snack. Keep scrolling for the full printable recipe (with full ingredient list, calories and nutritional info)
- Take your puff pastry out of the fridge to let it come to room temperature.
- Mix up the quick pizza sauce (full recipe below).
- Unroll (or roll out your pastry if you are using block pastry) your pastry.
- Spread the pizza sauce evenly across the pastry.
- Top with grated vegan cheddar and season.
- This is the point to add any finely chopped toppings.
- Slice strips across the width (so the shorter side for shorter twists).
- Pick up each strip and twist each end in opposite directions.
- Place each twist onto a sheet of non-stick baking paper on an oven tray, leaving a space between them so their is room for them to spread.
- Brush the pastry with oat milk (or your regular milk).
- Bake until golden.
Vegan Pizza Twists made with Puff Pastry
- 160 g puff pastry (half a regular sheet, bigger or smaller is okl too)
- 3 tablespoons tomato puree
- 1 pinch garlic powder
- 1 pinch dried oregano
- 1 pinch chilli flakes (more if you like)
- 1 pinch salt & pepper
- 3 tablespoons vegan cheddar (grated)
- 2 teaspoons oat milk
- Preheat your oven to 180c/160c fan/350f/gas mark 4. Same temperature for an air fryer.
- Take your puff pastry out of the fridge to let it come to room temperature.
- Line a large baking tray with non-stick baking paper.
- Make the pizza sauce by mixing together the tomato puree, garlic powder, oregano, chilli flakes and salt and pepper in a small bowl.
- Gently unroll the puff pastry ( or roll it out if you are using a block or homemade pastry).
- Spread the pizza sauce in an even layer across the pastry.
- Top with an even layer of grated cheese and any finely chopped toppings you are adding.
- Slice strips (about 1 inch/2 ½ cm) along the width (shorter strips).
- Twist each strip in opposite directions at each end to make a good twist.
- Place each twist on the baking tray, leaving space in between them.
- Brush the pastry with oat milk and pop the tray in the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes until golden.
- Air Fryer - If baking in the air fryer, keep an eye on them as they bake as they will cook quicker.
- Fridge - Once cool, you can store pastry twists (or pizza dough twists) in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.
- Freezer - Either flash freeze before they are baked, pop them in a freezer bag until you need them, then cook them frozen or, freeze leftover twists, once cool, and defrost overnight in the fridge.
- Picnic or Party - If you're making them ahead for a picnic, party, or a family get-together, I would freeze them before they are cooked as this will give you the best results., then bake from frozen.
- Leftovers - However, if it's just leftovers you want to save for later, then just pop them in a freezer bag and defrost them to eat.