What better way to say “I Love You” than by making a special and yummy treat for the one you love? Better yet, show them you care about their health too, by making something that is not full of sugar and fat and all those not-so-healthy foods associated with the holidays. These lovely little I Love You Pizza Rolls and Sweetheart Calzones totally fit the bill because they are low in fat, contain no sugar, and who doesn’t love pizza?
Additionally, these little Pizza Rolls and Mini Calzones are very customizable – just like a regular pizza. But unlike pizza slices, they can be packed in a lovely little container to take to a friend, family member, party, or the office, for that special occasion when you want to spread a little love.
These Pizza Rolls are totally customizable!
I made them two different ways, but using the same dough and basically the same filling. Both really express the Love because they are shaped into a heart!
The recipe is the same, but the way they are put together is different. You can choose which type of heart you like best, but I will tell you that personally enjoyed the mini calzone hearts stuffed with Vegan Pesto and tofu ricotta the best! Dip them in some marinara for a lovely meal or snack with your loved one.
All the love without all the sugar!
I created these Sweetheart Calzones and I Love You Pizza Rolls because I have family members who are diabetic and I wanted to be able to give them a Valentine’s treat that doesn’t contain sugar. I was really happy with the way these turned out and I hope you and your loved ones will enjoy them too!
Even easier with a bread maker!
The dough I used for these is the same that I always use for my homemade pizza. We have a bread maker at home that we always use to make our dough. If you don’t have one, they are well worth the investment, but you can still make the dough without one!
Just follow the recipe below, but add your ingredients to a large mixing bowl instead of a bread maker. Knead the dough by hand for several minutes on a floured surface until it forms a soft, supple ball. Let the dough rise in a warm place with a slightly damp dish towel covering it for about an hour, or until doubled or tripled in size. Then follow the rest of the recipe.
You can create about 24 or more rolls with this dough, or 2-3 regular pizzas.
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I Love You Pizza Rolls and Sweetheart Calzones
These savory, yet still "sweet" treats make a perfect Valentine treat for the ones you love! Low in fat and sugar, they're not only tasty, but healthy too!
For the dough:
- 1 2/3 cup warm water approx. 80F degrees
- 2 tsp active dry yeast (1 packet)
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- 2 Tbsp plant based milk
- 3 cups all-purpose flour OR 2 cups +1 cup buckwheat flour
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup vegan pesto Try my recipe on Vegerarchy.com!
- 1-2 cups marinara sauce
- 1 cup vegan shredded cheese
- 3 Tbsp olive oil optional
- 7-14 oz pressed firm tofu (1 block)
- 1/8-1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 1-2 Tbs. lemon juice
- 1/8-1/4 tsp salt
- 1-2 dashes ground black pepper
- 1/8-1/4 tsp garlic powder (optional)
- 1/4-1/2 tsp dried oregano or other herb (basil, parsley) (optional)
To make the dough:
This dough recipe will make enough for approximately 24 rolls. You can make both types of rolls by dividing the dough in half and using half for each type of roll. Or you can use all of the dough for just one type. You can also place half the dough in a plastic bag or container and refrigerate or freeze to use another time.
To a bread maker or large mixing bowl, add the warm water, yeast, sugar, and milk. Check to make sure your yeast is active and starting to foam. You may have to wait a few minutes for this to happen if your yeast is not as fresh.
Next add the 4 1/2 cups flour, salt, and olive oil.
If you are using a bread maker, set it to the dough setting and press start.
If you are mixing by hand, use a rubber spatula, a wooden spoon, or your hands to combine the dough until it forms a soft, sticky ball. Sprinkle some flour over your work surface and on your hands. Knead the dough for about a minute. It will still be slightly sticky, but more supple. Place in an oiled bowl with a tea towel over it and set it in a warm place to rise for about an hour. It should double or even triple in size.
To make the I Love You Pizza Rolls
When the dough has risen, divide it in half and place one half on the floured work surface. Roll the dough out into a rectangle with a rolling pin to about 1/4" thick.
This is where you can customize it, but it's best to keep it simple. Here's how I make mine:
Spread a layer of pesto across all of the flattened dough, then a layer of marinara. Add the shredded cheese in a thin layer.
Cut the dough into strips about 1 1/2" wide. Roll the first strip from each end until they met in the center. Pinch the center portion of the dough to form the point of the heart. You can place a toothpick through the point to hold it in place while it bakes.
Place the "hearts" into an oiled baking dish (an 8×8 or 9×13 depending on how many you are making). They should be spread apart a bit because they will continue to rise. Brush the tops and sides with a little olive oil if desired. Let them sit to rise for another 30 minutes to an hour.
Bake at 400F degrees for about 25 minutes. The time may vary, since I bake at high altitude. Check after the first 20 minutes. They will be golden brown when finished.
You will see that I have different measurement options for the Tofu Ricotta ingredients. The amount you use will depend on how many calzones you are making. If you are using all of the dough, you will need the larger measurements (14 oz. of tofu, 2 Tbs. lemon juice, etc…). If you are only using half of the dough, use the smaller amounts listed.
Press your tofu by rolling it up in a clean dish towel and placing something heavy on top (like a heavy pan or a stack of books) for a few minutes. This will help eliminate some excess liquid.
Place your pressed tofu into a bowl and start smashing it with a fork or potato masher. You could also use a food processor. Add the rest of the ingredients and continue to smash or blend until all of the larger lumps are gone and it resembles the texture of ricotta cheese. Set aside.
To make the Sweetheart Calzones:
To make these, you will need at least one heart-shaped cookie cutter that is 3 3/4" – 5" across the widest part. I used two different sizes for some variation.
Take half of the dough and roll it out to 1/4" thick on a floured surface. Cut out as many heart shapes as you can. Gently peel away the dough around the cutouts and set aside. You can re-roll out the leftover dough to make more cutouts until you have used up all (or at least most of) the dough. Try to end up with an even number of hearts.
When you have all of your heart shapes cut out, it is time to fill them. You can use whatever fillings you like, but I find that the best combo is vegan pesto, marinara, and tofu ricotta. You could add a little bit of shredded vegan cheese as well, but it's not necessary. Dab small amounts of each ingredient onto half of your total heart shapes. Place another heart shape over each one and press the edges with a fork to seal. Place onto a baking sheet and brush the tops with a little olive oil.
Place the hearts onto a non-stick baking sheet or heated pizza stone. Bake at 400F degrees for about 25 minutes. As with the pizza rolls, start checking them at about 20 minutes. I bake at high altitude, so the time may vary. They will be golden brown when done.
Serve with warm marinara sauce for dipping.