Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Pizza with Sweet Potato Socca Crust

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Whew! That’s a long title isn’t it? Sorry, but I couldn’t think of any way to shorten it and still describe the awesomeness that is this pizza. It’s not your traditional cheese-laden, greasy pizza. Instead, it has a protein & fiber packed crust, a spicy bean dip for the “sauce” and is topped with delicious veggies and goat cheese.

This Sweet Potato Socca Crust is gluten-free and the perfect base for this Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Pizza!
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I got the idea for this pizza from several places. I’d been thinking about trying socca, thanks to some encouragement from Laura, for a while now. Then Nicole posted this Mexican Socca Tostada and I finally decided I needed to try socca for myself. But I didn’t make just plain socca, I added sweet potato! I got the idea from this post but I made mine a little differently by microwaving the sweet potato before adding it and not using cheese in the crust. As for the pizza itself, my mom sent me an email last week saying that she made this pizza with a few changes and it was delicious.

I wrote back saying it sounded good and that I would have used sweet potatoes instead of squash and an idea was born! So this is how it went down. I made the crust first. While it was baking, I chopped up some sweet potatoes and threw them in the oven with the crust to roast. Then I made the white bean dip to use for the sauce. Finally I caramelized the onions and sauteed the peppers.

The night I made this I just wasn’t in the mood to take pictures. I gave it a half-hearted effort but it just wasn’t working out. Want proof? This is the best picture I took of the first pizza.

This Sweet Potato Socca Crust is gluten-free and the perfect base for this Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Pizza!
Yeah…not good. But this was the scene at the end of dinner:

But this was SO good that I knew I had to share it with you guys. So what did I do? I did what any good food blogger does and I re-made the pizza for lunch the next day and took better pictures:  

Much better. And just as delicious the second time around. I made the crust a little bit thicker, per the hubby’s request and added some balsamic vinegar to the onions while I was caramelizing them.  

Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Pizza with Sweet Potato Socca Crust

by Lindsay L
Prep Time: 30 min

Cook Time: 30 min

Keywords: bake saute roast appetizer entree healthy gluten-free vegetarian chickpeas goat cheese white beans vegetables


Ingredients (1 pizza)
for the crust

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 c chickpea flour
  • 1 c water

for the sauce

  • i use this recipe with no sesame oil, only 1 tsp soy sauce and lemon juice instead of lime juice

for the toppings

  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium sweet potato, diced
  • 1 c sliced bell peppers (any color)
  • 2 oz goat cheese (crumbled or sliced)
  • balsamic vinegar
For the crust
Poke the sweet potatoes all over with a knife or fork and microwave for 6 minutes.
Let cool slightly and scoop the insides into a bowl.

Add the chickpea flour and water and stir well.

Pour into a well-greased 9-inch springform pan and spread evenly around the pan.

Bake at 425 degrees for 35 minutes.

For the sauce

Follow the directions in the linked recipe

For the toppings

Diced the sweet potatoes, drizzle with oil and roast in the oven along with the crust.

Saute the onions and a saucepan over medium heat with a little oil until caramelized.

Add a splash of balsamic vinegar if desired.

Saute the peppers after the onions are done.


Remove the crust from the pan (it will probably stick a little bit).

Top with sauce.

Add the onions, peppers and sweet potatoes.

Top with goat cheese.

Return to the oven for 7-8 minutes or until heated through.

Slice and serve drizzled with balsamic vinegar

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This Sweet Potato Socca Crust is gluten-free and the perfect base for this Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Pizza!   This Sweet Potato Socca Crust is gluten-free and the perfect base for this Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Pizza!  

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About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian and new mom from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!


  1. I love this crust idea more than is normal. Sweet potatoes and socca sounds like perfection! Pinning!

    AND congratulations to you!!! You totally deserved to be included in those noms. 😉
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  2. Congrats on being up for the award!!! So awesome! You’ve got my vote! 😉
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  3. Oh my!! That looks delicious!!

  4. ummm yummmm! yep, i better try this!
    janetha recently posted..try something new: cauliflower crust pizza.

  5. That’s it to make the crust?! Sweet. I love easy recipes! Yum. I would have made it twice too. Especially since the goods seemed to have disappeared quickly!
    Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl recently posted..Red Chard Gruyère Gratin

  6. uh WOW?
    and drool.
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  7. That pizza looks awesome! I love that you made it two days in a row :) And congrats for the nomination! You’re awesome Lindsay and totally deserve it!! I just voted for you :)
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  8. I seriously love everything about this pizza! Especially that it’s made with sweet potatoes in the crust AND on top. That’s definitely my kind of pizza! 😉
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  9. Congratulations for the nomination! That’s awesome.

    The pizza looks delicious, I have never tried socca either!
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  10. I know I tell you this all the time..but you are a kitchen rock star! This pizza looks great!! I’m stopping by your house the next time I visit my dad!
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  11. Um – one word: AMAZING. You’re my hero with this. Love pizza. Love sweet potatoes. How could this not be perfect?!
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  12. Holy yum, Lindsay! This sounds delicious! I’ve been so obsessed with goat cheese lately and this is another recipe I’ll juts have to try! Super big congrats on being nominated too! How exciting!

    • thank you! i’ve also been obsessed with goat cheese! if you like mushrooms- stuff some with goat cheese and cranberries and bake. heaven!

  13. I have a feeling after I make my first socca pizza, it will forever be a part of my weekly meal rotation! This sounds delicious and so healthy. Thanks for sharing!
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  14. I started drooling as soon as I read the title. Mmmmm… totally want to make this soon!
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  15. CONGRATULATIONS, LINDSAY!!! You absolutely deserve it. VOTED. :-)

    Your pizza looks phenom! I’m wondering how it would taste with daiya. Probably fantastic? 😉
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  16. Looks delicious. We did a carmalized onoins and goat cheese panini and it was a great combo!!

  17. oh man. the first two posts i read today are yours & janetha’s. hello pizza craving! this looks awesome. i really like socca and have made socca pizza before, but only with a traditional socca crust. and never with caramelized onions.sounds delicious as always!
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  18. I love the sweet potato crust idea! I bet it would taste awesome as the crust for a dessert pizza too! Very creative! :-)

  19. You know the way to my heart! All of that sounds SO good…then make it in pizza form? I die.
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  20. Oh my gosh. I need to make this ASAP!!!! GENIUS!!!
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  21. Oh and VOTED! :)
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  22. I LOVE the sweet potato crust idea! Genius I tell you!! :)

  23. I LOVE pizza. this looks amazing. I posted pizza today too! LOL. Now I want more.
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  24. I am obsessed with socca pizza – so I must try the sweet potato version! Yum!
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  25. oh wow, i LOVE the looks of this! do you think whole wheat flour would work in place of chickpea flour?
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    • if you’re going to use whole wheat flour, i would find a recipe for a traditional crust. chickpea flour has a pretty distinct flavor/properties and i think just wheat flour and water would be pretty bland. but using a traditional crust with these toppings would be just as good!!

  26. Um hi, please come make this for me. I’m drooling. Signed, me :)
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  27. Sounds soooo good. I’m always making new pizza combos and I hadn’t considered caramelized onions (though goat cheese is a staple!!!)
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  28. Oh wow that looks so good! I’ve never had socca before, so I’m interested to know what it tastes like! And I love that you re-made it so you could take pictures. I am way to lazy for that haha.
    Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health recently posted..Bench Dips

  29. I love socca, and would never think to make it with sweet potatoes! And in my humble opinion, goat cheese & carmelized onions are a more timeless combination than PB & J.
    Claire @ Live and Love to Eat recently posted..Whole Wheat Shrimp and Asparagus Orzo “Risotto”

  30. Ok, I officially <3 you :)

    This looks incredible – I've been wanting to try socca and I actually bought chickpea flour last time I was at the bulk store. Adding sweet potatoes is genius – thanks for sharing!!
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  31. Traditional pizza or not, I love anything with goat cheese and caramelized onions!
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  32. Oh…you and your pizza. I have to save up all of the amazing recipes I’ve been seeing until Lent is over! I’ll be eating pizza for a a month straight!! (and I won’t be complaining!) 😉
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  33. hubba hubbba! This looks so delicious!! I just pinned it haha. And it reminds me of a SUPER healthified version of the Korean sweet potato-filled crust golden pizza from a franchise rest. called “Love Letter”, and there’s one called “Mr. Pizza.” Not sure if they have it in other places other than Korea and Cali though!
    Ellie@Fit for the Soul recently posted..Quick & Delicious Pasta and Intervals

  34. Wonderful! The sweet potato and carmelized onion/goat cheese combo is drool-worthy. And I am so behind on the socca crust – b/c I have some chickpea flour that I need to use just for this purpose.
    Susan (Oliepants) recently posted..Banana Cupcakes with Butterscotch Buttercream

  35. Such an amazing recipe. The crust recipe is basically how I make my sweet potato falafel, I roll them in little balls and bake them. I really need to try it as a crust!
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  36. Adding balsamic to caramelized onions. Why did I never think about doing that? Duh! This is why I love healthy living blogs…you were inspired by several different people to create your pizza masterpiece and then you spread the love. Genius I say!
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  37. Yesterday was such a pizza day! The blog blogosphere had tons of fresh recipes that I can’t wait to try! Oddly enough – I made my first gluten free pizza on Sunday evening. Can’t wait to try your recipe.. I love me some sweet potatoes! YUM!
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  38. I definitely need to try this! Sounds awesome! :)
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  39. Wow! You knocked it out of the park with this recipe. Also thanks for doing so much work for the Foodie Penpals Program! It’s obvious that you really put your heart into this program and lots of time!
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  40. Wheat-free sweet potato crust!? Oooh girl, you KNOW i’m pinning this!
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  41. Oh my goodness – a SWEET POTATO CRUST?! You are a genius, my friend. I will definitely be making this! And soon :)
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  42. i cordially invite you to my house to cook for me :)
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  43. This looks incredible!! And I just LOVE goat cheese on pizza.
    Delicious!!! :)
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  44. I totally just drooled reading this. YUMMMM
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  45. It may have been a long title, but you had me at “carmelized onion” :)

  46. this makes me really miss socca, it has been so long since we have made it. the socca pizza looks great!!! YUM
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  47. WANT.
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  48. I have been meaning to buy chickpea flour for so long. When I went to place my order on iHerb last week they were sold out :( I need to make the crust recipe as soon as I get it — looks delicious!!!
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  49. DElicious! I love your version. Looks super tasty! And definitely looks like everyone enjoyed it. 😉

  50. Ahhhhhhh! This looks amazing! I love goat cheese, it is the BEST!

    Will have to make this sometime for sure!

  51. sweet potato crust is the most novel thing i’ve heard in a long time. adding this one to the list!
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  52. Yum!! I made this today and it was delicious!! Couldn’t find chickpea flour so I used a different type of flour but it still turned out great.
    Emily recently posted..Mmm, Pizza

  53. wondering if canned sweet potato puree might work here, and how much to use?? i’ve got a couple cans of organic puree left over from a pie i made!

    • hmmm, i think it should work. i’d start with 3/4 c and work up from there. I’ve found that a medium sweet potato usually makes about 1/2 c of pureed/mashed once cooked, but i think if it’s canned it will be a bit thinner and more liquidy than just mashing up sweet potatoes so i’d start with less and then add more if you think it’s needed!

  54. what would the nutritional info be for this?

  55. I am SO making this for dinner tonight!


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