I often 'bleat on' about the amazing cruciferous vegetable cauliflower, now let’s put that knowledge into practice and make one of my (new) favourites with cauliflower… Cauliflower Pizza Base! Cauliflower base has become very popular within the low carb and paleo communities because it’s loaded with all the flavours of pizza without using refined carbohydrates or any fuss with baking breads. I pair cauliflower with familiar pizza seasonings such as oregano, garlic, and onion amongst an entire menu/meal plan with ideas on how to make your own pizza crust.
I’ve played around with this recipe for a while now and it was hard work (especially for my children and husband), having to eat all the pizza crust “failures” - of which there were lots ! When I think of pizza base I think of a several variations- doughy, crispy, thick crust, thin crust, New York style, Chicago style, flatbread, etc. This pizza base recipe is more thick and doughy than thin. If a thin crust is what you’re after, a couple modifications to the recipe should lend a thinner crust (see in the Note section of the recipe).
First and foremost, we forgo all the heavily processed carbohydrates that taste great for a second on the tongue; but leave us feeling heavy, weighted down, and down right lethargic afterwards. Food should not only taste great, but it’s gotta make us feel great! If you’re eating foods that make you feel like there’s a brick in your stomach or you want to take a nap after, check out what you’re putting in that beautiful body of yours (and let’s start with that pizza we all love so much).
CAULIFLOWER CRUST TUTORIAL
This pizza crust is made without any of the standard “dough” ingredients, no gluten, no dairy, no grains, nothing but goodness from cauliflower and some fun ingredients you’ve seen here before on Nutrition Stripped. I love incorporating chia seeds into this pizza crust as it creates a “doughy” texture and moistens the overall crust (if you don’t have chia seeds, this recipe still works). Since this may be a very new concept using a vegetable as a “dough”, I thought it’d help everyone out to show you step by step how to make the crust. Let’s take a peek at the recipe and dig in!
TIPS TO KEEP IN MIND
Think outside the box with this one and the possibilities are endless!
The Classic // tomato sauce + Cashew Nut Cheese
EON Style // sun dried tomato puree + fresh sliced tomato + fresh basil + rocket + hemp seeds + nutritional yeast
Gorgeous Greek // sun-dried tomato puree + kalamata olives + pepperoncini’s + capers + Cashew Nut Cheese
Skinny Italy // basil pesto + fresh sliced tomatoes + eggplant +spinach + fresh basil + Cashew Nut Cheese
The Hawaiian // tomato sauce + sliced pineapple + fresh cilantro
White on white // white sauce + hemp seeds + organic tofu
Mexican // roasted red pepper compote + roasted corn + beans +Cashew Nut Cheese + jalapeños + fresh cilantro
Mushroom Madness // tomato sauce + portabella mushrooms + shiitake mushrooms + white button mushrooms + Cashew Nut Cheese
Rose // white sauce + rosemary + chicken + Cashew Nut Cheese
The Californian // tomato sauce + courgette + tomato + rocket + fresh avocado
The Herbivore // tomato sauce + spinach + any and all veggies! + vegan cheese + farm fresh egg (optional)
CAULIFLOWER PIZZA CRUST
PREP TIME - 20 mins // COOK TIME - 40 mins // TOTAL TIME - 1 hour
A naturally gluten-free, vegetarian friendly pizza crust made only from cauliflower to be topped with your favorite toppings.
Author: Emma Olliff Nutrition
Recipe type: pizza base
THIN CRUST: Simply spread the mixture to a thinner thickness. You may also turn over the crust mid way through the baking process to help “dry” out the bottom so both sides are “crispier”
BAKING: All ovens are different, and the time may take longer if you choose to make a thicker dough. Use a chia egg to make vegan.
TOPPINGS: Some toppings are more moist than others, this will require more baking after you've put on the toppings
NUTRITIONAL YEAST: optional
NOTE* be careful when flipping, this is a very fragile “dough”
Serving size: 1 recipe Calories: 250 Fat: 8 Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 24 (net 10)Sugar: 3 Fibre: 14 Protein: 20 Cholesterol: 210
I want to hear from you! What are your favourite pizza toppings? Have you ever had cauliflower pizza crust before? Be sure to click “save” on the recipe to save this recipe to your Recipe Box to use later.
Your guide to living whole and well. Emma Olliff is a Registered Nutritional Therapist, wellness expert, food lover, and advocate for healthy living!