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Focaccia is like a freestyle pizza. It’s perfect for parties because it can be served in any-size pieces (small squares to large slabs) and warm or at room temperature. Learn more about flatbreads and pizzas with our handy guide to plant-based pizza.

vegan focaccia


  • 1 tablespoon date paste
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup potato flour
  • ½ cup white whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup cornmeal
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 cups thinly sliced onions
  • ½ cup thinly sliced sun-dried tomatoes (not oil-packed)
  • ⅓ cup pickled jalapeños, chopped (optional)
  • ⅓ cup chopped olives (optional)


  1. For sponge, in a small bowl stir together ⅔ cup warm water and the date paste. Sprinkle in the yeast and ½ cup of the all-purpose flour; stir to combine. Cover bowl and let stand in a warm place 25 minutes.
  2. In a separate bowl stir together potato flour and 1 cup water. Add the remaining 1 cup all-purpose flour, the whole wheat flour, cornmeal, salt, and ⅓ cup warm water. Add the sponge; mix well. Transfer dough to a floured work surface. Form dough into a ball and knead lightly 2 to 3 minutes or until soft and sticky.
  3. Return dough to bowl; cover with a damp cloth. Let rise in a warm place 1 hour or until double in size.
  4. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan cook onions with ¼ cup water over medium heat about 10 minutes or until starting to turn translucent, stirring frequently and adding water, 1 to 2 Tbsp. at a time, as needed to prevent sticking.
  5. Soak sun-dried tomatoes in ½ cup water 20 minutes or until soft; drain.
  6. Preheat oven to 475°F. Line a 13×9-inch baking pan with parchment paper.
  7. Punch down dough. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into a ½-inch-thick rectangle. Transfer dough to the prepared baking pan. Top evenly with onions, tomatoes, and, if desired, jalapeños and olives.
  8. Let focaccia stand 15 minutes. Bake 30 minutes or until golden brown.

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FRANCES SMITH5 months ago
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Why do you use the word sponge???

Coreena3 weeks ago
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Frances, that is what it is called when making bread. Although there are different ways to make a “sponge”, this way allows the yeast to proof or expand prior to mixing it with the rest of the flour. I am making this recipe now with a few substitutions. One area I am questioning is the amount of water it is calling for. I will let you know after I make this if it turns out and if it does I will write the substitutions that I have made.

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Darshana Thacker

Darshana Thacker is chef and culinary project manager for Forks Over Knives. A graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute, she is the author of Forks Over Knives: Flavor! She created the recipes for Forks Over Knives Family and was a lead recipe contributor to the New York Times bestseller The Forks Over Knives Plan. Her recipes have been published in The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook, Forks Over Knives—The Cookbook, Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health, and LA Yoga magazine online. Visit for more.

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