fresh hot pita pizzas

Want fresh, hot, delicious pizza that looks just like that, in under 10 minutes?

Today I’ll show you how to create your own homemade pita pizzas. After just five minutes of preparation and five minutes cook time, you’ll be enjoying the crisp crust and hot, melting cheese! Anyone can do it – it requires just a few ingredients and it cooks in the toaster oven.

This recipe is ideal for endurance athletes who want a quick post-ride snack (you can cook and eat them within 30 minutes of getting home from a workout) or for anyone on a low-calorie diet who still craves a slice of pizza.

I’ve kept the pizza small (like a VitaPizza), which keeps the calories low and also cuts down on cooking time. It’s also easy to eat – no slicing is necessary.

Not on a diet? Cook up a whole batch in the oven!

These pizzas also make a great appetizer for dinner parties since you can customize one for each guest.

pita pizza ingredients

How to Make Your Low-Calorie Pita Pizza

First, you want to make sure you have all the necessary ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • Whole wheat pita pockets
  • Pizza sauce
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Meat and/or veggie toppings (optional)
  • Seasonings (optional)

You can see from the photo that I bought everything at Trader Joe’s. Here are the specifics:

Trader Joe’s Organic Pita Pocket Bread (100% Whole Wheat)
These small pita pockets are only 80 calories each, and they’re the perfect size for fitting in the toaster oven. I got 8 for $1.99.

Trader Giatta’s Organic Tomato Basil Marinara
This is the classic choice for pizza sauce. It comes to about 23 calories per 1/8 cup (or 2 Tbsp), which is what you’d use on each pizza. It’s cheap, too – $1.79 for a 26oz jar (good for 24 pizzas).

Trader Joe’s Shredded Mozzarella Lite
The key to keeping calories low is to use a cheese like this, which is only 45 calories per 1/4 cup. That’s about 60% fewer calories than normal shredded mozzarella. It’s $3.99 for a small 12oz bag (12 servings.)

The total cost came to $7.77 (add a few dollars if you need toppings and seasonings) and that was enough to make eight pizzas. I had almost the entire jar of sauce and half the bag of cheese left over, too.

Pita Pizza Preparation:

Let’s run through the simple step-by-step process.

pita pizza crust

Heat Up The Crust

I like to heat up the pita for about 30-60 seconds in the microwave to help it flatten out. Some of them will we wavy and curled up otherwise, making it difficult to apply the sauce and toppings without ripping the bread.

If you like an extra crispy crust, you could even pre-toast the pita for a minute to make sure it will be crispy enough for your liking.

(Also, if you opt for full-size pita pockets, try cutting them in half first. This means the crust will still be around 80 calories, and it’s quicker to cook the thinner crust.)

pita pizza sauce

Apply Sauce and Seasonings

I spooned on about 2 Tbsp sauce per pita. For some people, 1 Tbsp will be plenty.

You can also add seasonings at this point – dried basil, dried oregano, and crushed red pepper flakes are great choices.

pita pizza cheese

Sprinkle on Cheese and Toppings

I suggest 1/4 cup cheese, or less, per pita. For a plain cheese pizza I’d use the 1/4 cup, but if I added toppings, I’d use less cheese (as there isn’t much space available!)

My suggested toppings include roasted red peppers, tomato slices, broccoli florets, minced garlic, and turkey bacon. With the pizza itself being about 150 calories, you’d still have 40 calories available for toppings (while staying under the 190 calorie mark of a VitaPizza). So a full slice of turkey bacon is no problem. And you can pile on as many veggies as you can fit!

I also prefer to put my toppings underneath the cheese when working with such a small size pizza.

pita pizzas on tray

Place on Tray

I prepared each pizza on a plate, then transferred them onto the toaster oven’s baking tray.

In the picture, you can see two regular cheese pizzas, one with ground beef (i.e. chunks of a leftover hamburger), and one white pizza (just olive oil and sliced garlic under the cheese).

Cooking Your Pizzas:

Now for the easy part – cooking!

pita pizzas in toaster oven

Place Tray in Toaster Oven

Place your tray of pizzas in the toaster oven. Using the “stay on” setting, cook for 5 minutes at 350 degrees. (Or cook until the cheese melts completely, then you know it’s ready!)

No pre-heating is necessary – in and out in 5 minutes flat! And you still get that perfectly crisp crust and hot melty cheese. That’s why I love fitting these in the toaster oven.

pita pizzas cooked

Eat

Grab a pizza and eat!

Nutrition Facts:

Here is my estimation of the calorie count and nutrition facts for this recipe:

Serving size: 1 pizza*
Calories: 162

Total Fat 4g
Sodium 380mg
Total Carbs 21g
Fiber 4g
Sugars 2g
Protein 9g

*Includes crust, sauce, cheese, and spices.

 

If you like the pita pizzas, please comment below! Feel free to share your favorite toppings, too! 🙂

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3 Comments
  1. Could this work in the microwave instead if you don’t have a toaster oven? I have a plain toaster, I could try toasting the pita before putting it in the microwave… Or will that not produce good results?

  2. @Wendy

    It would probably work out alright, assuming the pita got crispy enough in the toaster. It could end up a bit chewy being in the microwave, but I’d say it’s still worth a shot.

  3. Trader Joe’s, nice choice!

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