Arugula, Pear, and Balsamic Pizza with Almond Crust

Yield: 2 Servings

Marley gets creative in his Produce Shopping Challenge by making oatmeal and almond crust pizza topped with arugula, pears, onions, tomatoes, then drizzled with a balsamic glaze.


  • 2 ¼ cups water
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup roasted almonds
  • Baby arugula
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 head of garlic
  • ½ pear, sliced
  • ¼ sweet onion, diced
  • Balsamic glaze for drizzling
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • Dried oregano to taste


  1. Add two cups of water to a pan and bring to a boil. Next add 1/2 cup of oats to the boiling water and cover, cooking on low until the oats absorb the water.
  2. Add the ½ cup almonds to the blender with a ¼ cup water and blend until you have almond butter. Add the almond butter to the pan with the cooked oats and stir until they’re blended together.
  3. Take the oatmeal almond batter and spread into a thin pizza shape on a sheet of parchment paper. Place the crust in oven at 450 F degrees and bake until crispy.
  4. Next add your head of garlic into the oven to bake along side your pizza crust.
  5. While the pizza crust and garlic are baking, add the diced tomatoes to a blender with salt, pepper, dried oregano and some fresh basil to taste. Pulse until you get a smooth tomato sauce.
  6. When the pizza crust is finished, remove from the oven and spread the tomato sauce on top.
  7. Once the garlic is soft to the touch and the skin resembles lightly browned parchment, remove from the oven. Peel and chop a couple cloves of the garlic and add that to the pizza along with fresh basil leaves, sliced Roma tomatoes, sliced sweet onion, and sliced pear.
  8. Place the pizza back into the oven for another few minutes to warm up the toppings. Remove from the oven then top with fresh arugula, a pinch of salt and a drizzle of balsamic glaze. Slice and enjoy!

Marley Ficalora is a television actor and founder of the “Produce Section Challenge” who grew up in New York and currently lives in Los Angeles. Marley’s passion is showcasing the many positive benefits of accepting a plant-based diet. He was born and raised a vegetarian and has never eaten meat or fish. Marley’s growing 100,000+ fans engage him daily on how to eat healthy, how to protect our environment, and how to save the animals. You can follow him on Facebook, Instagram @marleyficalora, and Twitter @marleyficalora.
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