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CANNELLINI BEAN & FENNEL FLATBREAD

Cannellini Bean & Fennel Flatbread with olive spread, protein rich beans, fennel, capers and red pepper flakes is full of flavor, texture and makes a delicious snack, lunch or dinner!

top down view of sliced cannellini fennel flatbread.

Happy New Year to you all!

As much as I enjoyed the last year, I’m happy to begin a new year. I hope everyone finds themselves at peace, healthy and happy as we begin a new year!

I’m starting our year with this vegan Cannellini Bean & Fennel Flatbread. It’s a great way to use this creamy white bean and fennel that I have been loving so much lately!

Inspiration for this fennel flatbread recipe was drawn from Bon Appetit and Food 52.

Cheers to a new year of great vegan food, at least I hope you find it all to be as good as I do!

top down view of ingredients used to make cannellini fennel flatbread.

Ingredients You’ll Need

In this recipe, dough is layered with olive spread and topped with cannellini beans, fennel, spices, and capers and baked until crust is golden and edges are crisp, creating a delicious vegan flatbread perfect for snacking, lunch or dinner.

Here is everything you will need:

  • Pizza or focaccia dough – use this Artisan Bread recipe to make pizza dough or use premade pizza crust (my favorite pre-made pizza crusts are Simple Organic Pizza Crust and Stonefire)
  • Fennel
  • Cannellini beans – sub with your favorite white bean – great northern or chickpeas
  • Olives – kalamata for the most flavor, but use your favorite black or green
  • Capers
  • Fennel seeds – sub with thyme or herbs de provence
  • Lemon
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Parsley

As will all my recipes, feel free to omit anything you don’t care for. I’ve made this flatbread without the olive spread and it’s delicious as well.

side by side photos showing prepped fennel and olive spread.

How To Make Cannellini Bean + Fennel Flatbread

  • Cut the fennel. Slice the stalks and ends off. Discard wilted or discolored outer layers. Slice down the center, lengthwise, slice two halves in half. Slice thinly into 1/4 inch strips.
  • Make the simple olive spread. Add the olives and lemon juice to the cup of a blender (I used a small personal blender (affiliate link)), and blend until roughly combined.

top down view of flatbread bread dough layered with olive spread, cannellini and fennel before being baked.

  • Spread dough on baking sheet. Place the dough on a well oiled baking sheet, let rest for 30 minutes, covered. Spread the dough, using the heel of your hand, and shape into a rectangular (or any shape you prefer).
  • Layer the ingredients. Spread a thin layer of the olive mix on the dough (you may have leftovers). Top with beans, fennel, capers, fennel seeds, red pepper flakes, salt & pepper.
  • Bake the flatbread. Place the flatbread in a preheated oven set at 425 degrees for 20 – 25 minutes.

top down view of sliced cannellini fennel flatbread.

Serving Suggestion

side angle view of sliced cannellini fennel flatbread.

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CANNELLINI BEAN & FENNEL FLATBREAD

A simple flatbread with plenty of flavor! Serve as a meal, side or snack.

  • Author: Julie | The Simple Veganista
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 25 min
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 2 - 3 as meal or 4 - 6 as appetizer 1x
  • Category: Entree, Pizza
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: Vegan

Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1 pizza or focaccia dough (see notes for homemade dough)
  • olive oil
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives (or your favorite)
  • 1 small lemon, juice of
  • 1 fennel, thinly sliced about 1/4 inch or smaller
  • 1 can (15 oz.) cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 12 tablespoons capers
  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds (thyme or herbs de provence would be great too)
  • mineral salt & cracked pepper to taste
  • red pepper flakes to taste, optional
  • chopped flat leaf parsley, to garnish
  • almond parmesan, to garnish

Instructions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Cut the fennel. Slice the stalks and ends off. Discard wilted or discolored outer layers. Slice down the center, lengthwise, slice two halves in half. Slice thinly into 1/4 inch strips.

Make the simple olive spread. Add the olives and lemon juice to the cup of a blender (I used a small personal blender), and blend until roughly combined.

Spread dough on baking sheet.Place the dough on a well oiled baking sheet, let rest for 30 minutes, covered. Spread the dough, using the heel of your hand, and shape into a rectangular (or any shape you prefer).

Layer the ingredients.Spread a thin layer of the olive mix on the dough (you may have leftovers). Top with beans, fennel, capers, fennel seeds, red pepper flakes, salt & pepper.

Bake the flatbread. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes, until edges are golden and bottom is crisp.

Let cool a few minutes and slice. Top with chopped parsley.

Serve with a light dusting of almond parmesan.

Serves 2 – 3 as a meal or 4 – 6 as an appetizer.

Notes

For ease, pre-made pizza or focaccia dough works great. If you prefer to make your own dough I recommend this recipe from Food 52 or use my Artisan Bread recipe.

Here’s a quick tutorial on how to cut fennel from Better Home & Garden

Updated: Cannellini Fennel Flatbread was originally published in January 2014. It has been updated with new photos and helpful tips in February 2020. 

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5 Comments

  1. This looks delicious! I've been looking around for inspiration for another pizza idea, will have to try this soon!

  2. looks so good. I love flat bread and fennel but never tried them together :)

  3. This looks amazing! I love fennel, but I never quite know what to do with it. Definitely have to try this recipe!

    1. I am the same with fennel, I love it but never really know how to use it. Glad to have this one in the collection. I hope this works out well for you too!

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