Banza: the Good-for-You Frozen Pizza We’re Obsessed with Right Now
Move over, cauliflower—there's a brand-new healthy pizza crust in town!
For years, people have been trying to find a way to make pizza—one of the most iconic guilty pleasure foods—even a teeny bit healthier. Cauliflower-crust pizzas have been one of the more successful efforts, but we’re always open to trying a new spin on healthy pizza, which is why Banza caught our eye in the grocery aisle.
We put it to the test—aka had an impromptu pizza party—and we can confidently say that it’s going to give cauliflower pizza a run for its money!
P.S. If you’re a cauliflower loyalist, we also tested the most popular brands to find the best cauliflower crust.
Why Is Banza Pizza So Amazing?
Banza Pizza is crispy, flavorful, and all-around delicious—oh, and did we mention its crust is made from chickpeas? The crust of each gluten-free pizza is more than 60% garbanzo beans, which gives it a crispy exterior with a doughy center, just like traditional pizza crust. And while some imitation crusts taste a little funky, we promise Banza is perfectly pleasing to the palate and could even fool picky eaters. Here’s what one of our taste-testers had to say: “I loved the crust! I thought it had great texture that mimics regular pizza crust.”
Banza Pizza comes frozen, and it takes around 10 minutes to cook in the oven. The brand currently offers three pizza flavors—Four Cheese, Margarita and Roasted Veggie—or you can grab a two-pack of plain crusts and have a DIY pizza night.
“I found each of the three flavored pizzas to be very tasty,” one tester said. “There was fresh and natural (not fake) flavor going on. The toppings were ample, too—good cheese coverage and lots of veggies.”
But Is Banza Pizza Really Healthy?
We know what you’re thinking: is this one of those “healthy” foods that actually has a less-than-healthy nutrition breakdown? Nope! The pizza has a minimal ingredient list with items you’ll recognize (and can pronounce). Plus, it has more protein and fiber than the leading traditional and cauliflower frozen pizzas, as well as fewer net carbs and sodium.
What’s the Best Way to Make a Banza Pizza?
If you’re ready to hop on the Banza train, we’d recommend starting with one of the premade pizzas to get a sense for how the crust tastes.
However, the sky is the limit when it comes to the plain Banza crusts. You can use the crusts as a base for any of our favorite pizza recipes, which include everything from Bacon-Chicken Club Pizza to Turkey Alfredo Pizza. Or just keep it classic with cheese and pepperoni. That’s what’s so great about pizza—it can be as wild or simple as you want.