Thrive Sweet Pepper and Hemp Seed Pesto Pizza with Broccoli and Basil

Thrive Sweet Pepper and Hemp Seed Pesto Pizza

with Broccoli and Basil


Fresh broccoli and basil come together to create the perfect topping for a crispy mung bean pizza crust. The pesto recipe comes from professional Ironman triathlete Brendan Brazier’s Thrive Energy cookbook — it’ll have you praising the power of green! Along with red peppers and hemp seeds, you’ll love this flatbread-style pizza for its hearty flavors and health-boosting benefits.

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45 min


  1. 5.5 oz mung beans
  2. 1 red bell pepper
  3. 0.25 oz fresh basil
  4. 1 garlic clove
  5. 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  6. 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  7. 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  8. ½ cup chickpea flour
  9. 3 tbsp flaxseed meal
  10. Parchment paper
  11. 4 oz broccoli
  12. 1 shallot
  13. 2 oz arugula
  14. 2 tbsp + 2 tsp olive oil*
  15. Salt and pepper*
  16. *Not Included


  • 2 tbsp + 2 tsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper


Cook the beans
Cook the beans
Preheat oven to 450°F. In a medium saucepan, combine the mung beans with 2 cups water, season with salt, and bring to a boil over high heat. Cook covered until almost all of the water is absorbed, about 20 to 25 minutes — the mung beans will still have a good bite.
Thriving pesto!
Thriving pesto!
Rinse, deseed, and roughly chop the red pepper. Rinse and destem the basil. To a food processor, add the chopped pepper, basil, garlic, nutritional yeast, sesame seeds, hemp seeds, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Pulse to combine and add 2 tbsp olive oil. Blend pesto on high until fairly smooth, and season to taste. Scrape the pesto into a bowl and then wipe your food processor clean.
Mung bean dough
Mung bean dough
Add the mung beans to your food processor. Pulse a few times to break them up, then add the chickpea flour, flaxseed meal, and ½ cup water. Season with salt and pepper. Run on high until well blended, scraping the sides down as needed. The final dough should be fairly stiff.
Make and bake
Make and bake
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Divide the dough in half and shape each half into a ball. Place the two dough balls on the lined baking sheet and gently press down until the crusts are about ¼-inch thick. Place in the oven and bake until the edges are lightly browned, about 10 to 15 minutes.
Veg ready
Veg ready
Rinse and dry the broccoli and peel the shallot. Thinly slice both. Place a medium skillet over medium-high heat and add 1 tsp olive oil. Add the sliced vegetables and 2 tbsp water, and cook until the shallots are translucent and broccoli is tender, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add the pesto to the pan to warm it through. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
No more mungday blues
No more mungday blues
Once the mung bean crusts come out of the oven, top each with the broccoli pesto. Carefully cut the pizza into slices. Rinse and dry the arugula and toss with 1 tsp olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Serve your pizza with some of the arugula on top with the remainder as a side salad. Mangia!