Cauliflower Pizza Crust, Healthy and Delicious!

This recipe for cauliflower pizza crust is entirely gluten free and after you bake it, you can even pick it up like a regular pizza slice!  You can add your favourite toppings, or if you use the same toppings as I did here, it makes the most delicious greek pizza!

This recipe for cauliflower pizza crust tastes amazing! You can even pick it up like a regular pizza slice. This recipe for cauliflower pizza crust tastes amazing! You can even pick it up like a regular pizza slice.

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Adapted from: The Lucky Penny Blog

Ingredients

  • 1 small head or 2/3 large head of cauliflower
  • ¼ cups Parmesan Cheese
  • ¼ cups Monterey Jack Cheese
  • ¼ teaspoons Sea Salt
  • ½ teaspoons Dried Basil
  • ½ teaspoons Dried Oregano
  • ½ teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • 1 Egg

Instructions

  1. Wash and thoroughly dry the cauliflower.
  2. Cut off the florets.  You don’t need the stem.
  3. Pulse in the food processor until you get cauliflower “snow”.  You should end up with 2 to 3 cups.
  4. Cover the cauliflower and microwave for about 4 or 5 minutes.
  5. Dump the cauliflower out onto a paper towel and clean tea towel and let it cool off.
  6. Preheat the oven to 450ºF.  Place your cookie sheet in the oven to heat it up.
  7. Wrap up the cauliflower in the dish cloth and paper towel and wring out as much excess water as you can.
  8. Combine the Parmesan cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, sea salt, dried basil, dried oregano,  garlic powder, and cauliflower in a medium bowl.
  9. Mix it together with a spoon to combine the ingredients. Then add the egg and use your hands to form it into a dough ball.
  10. Pat it down gently onto a piece of parchment paper with oil spread (or sprayed) onto it.
  11. Use your hands to form it into a pizza crust, about 1/4″ thick.
  12. Optional: Slide the parchment paper onto the heated up cookie sheet and bake the crust without any toppings for about 8 to 11 minutes until it is golden brown.
  13. Remove from the oven and add your toppings.  (I highly recommend spreading on a bit of olive oil and topping it with feta cheese, mozzarella cheese, kalamata olives, red onion, cherry tomatoes and parsley.)
  14. Bake it for another 5 to 7 minutes with your toppings on it.
  15. Note: If you are only going to bake it once, leave it in for about 15 to 17 minutes.

Cauliflower Pizza Crust, Healthy and Delicious!

Place the cauliflower heads into a large food processor.  I tried the Blendtec, and sadly, it failed me.  Definitely do this with a food processor.  Pulse it until it has turned into tiny snow like pieces.

Cauliflower Pizza Crust, Healthy and Delicious!

Place the cauliflower snow into a microwavable dish, cover and microwave for about 4 or 5 minutes.  Lay it out on a paper towel and a clean tea towel to cool off.

Cauliflower Pizza Crust, Healthy and Delicious!

Make sure you wait for it to cool off.  Trust me, you do not want to be doing this next part with hot cauliflower.  Squeeze out as much excess water as you can:

Cauliflower Pizza Crust, Healthy and Delicious!

Combine the other ingredients in a medium sized bowl:

Cauliflower Pizza Crust, Healthy and Delicious!

Add the squeezed out cauliflower to the mixture:

Cauliflower Pizza Crust, Healthy and Delicious!

Stir together the ingredients, then add the egg and form it into dough with your hands: Cauliflower Pizza Crust, Healthy and Delicious!

You’ll end up with a ball of dough big enough to make a 12″ pizza.  It’s should be about this size:

This recipe for cauliflower pizza crust tastes amazing! You can even pick it up like a regular pizza slice.

Spread some oil on a piece of parchment paper and start pressing the dough into a pizza crust.  Don’t be alarmed if the edges crack and separate like mine are doing in the photo below.  They easily press back together:

This recipe for cauliflower pizza crust tastes amazing! You can even pick it up like a regular pizza slice.

I used one hand to flatten the dough and the other hand to form an edge so I could get the curve of the circle:

This recipe for cauliflower pizza crust tastes amazing! You can even pick it up like a regular pizza slice.

And there you have it!  I skipped this next step, but you are supposed to bake the cauliflower pizza crust before you add your toppings.  I’m assuming that helps keep it together?  I totally missed that part of the recipe, but mine still turned out perfectly!

This recipe for cauliflower pizza crust tastes amazing! You can even pick it up like a regular pizza slice.

You can top it however you want, but I HIGHLY suggest making a greek pizza.  It tasted soooooo good.  The flavour combination of the oregano and garlic powder in the crust with the vegetables was seriously delicious!  I topped it with olive oil, feta cheese, mozzarella cheese, kalamata olives, red onion, cherry tomatoes and parsley:

This recipe for cauliflower pizza crust tastes amazing! You can even pick it up like a regular pizza slice.

Besides being delicious, check out how beautiful it looked:

This recipe for cauliflower pizza crust tastes amazing! You can even pick it up like a regular pizza slice.   So this is what it looked like before I baked it:

This recipe for cauliflower pizza crust tastes amazing! You can even pick it up like a regular pizza slice.

And this is what it looked like after I baked it:

This recipe for cauliflower pizza crust tastes amazing! You can even pick it up like a regular pizza slice. Delicious golden brown crust!  It’s a little bit heavier than regular pizza, but it’s delicious. This recipe for cauliflower pizza crust tastes amazing! You can even pick it up like a regular pizza slice.

Unless you are gluten free, this probably isn’t going to replace regular pizza for you, but it certainly is a fun way to switch things up!  This is a recipe that is definitely worth trying!

This recipe for cauliflower pizza crust tastes amazing! You can even pick it up like a regular pizza slice. This is way easier (and way faster for that matter) than making your own homemade pizza crust from flour.  It takes about half an hour to make the cauliflower pizza crust dough and then another 15 minutes or so to bake it.  You can top it with any of your favourite toppings, and you can even pick up the slices with your hands.  Best cauliflower pizza crust ever!

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  • http://www.simplelivingeating.com/ Diane Balch

    What a truly healthy gluten free recipe.. really amazing dough.

  • emily

    I’ve wanted to try this for a long time. I just pinned your recipe so I can actually do it this time!! Emily

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  • http://www.thewellflouredkitchen.com/ Sherri@TheWellFlouredKitchen

    Sounds delicious, cauliflower is my favorite vegetable. Love the step by step tutorial!

  • http://livinglifetruth.blogspot.com/ Amy at {Life to the Full}

    Very unique recipe – I need to try this for our pizza night!

  • Miz Helen

    What a great Pizza, Debbie. We would just love all these veggies! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week!
    Miz Helen

  • http://www.glitzngrits.com/ AlesheaDominique

    Pin, pin, pin away. Thanks for linkin’ up with us at That Fresh Friday

  • Jill

    Found you on Frugality Gal’s link up. I’m not gluten free, but I do garden and I’m always looking for creative ways to use our garden produce – can’t wait to try this!

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  • Marti Cooper

    What a great healthy idea! I bet it’s delicious! Thanks for sharing this with us at Sewlicious Home Decor. Pinned to the party board! :)

    Marti

  • Sara@SewLOVED

    I can’t wait to try this recipe. I’ve tried cauliflower pizza crust in the past and loved it! Best part about it is that my picky husband even liked it too! It is a great tasting, healthy alternative to regular pizza crust!

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  • http://www.yourlife7.blogspot.com/ Joyce Wheeler

    I made this once, but didn’t put the cheese into the crust, next time I will try this. Pinned to my healthy eating board, thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays.

  • Cathy Cortes

    Any suggestions on how to heat the cauliflower in step 4 if you don’t own a microwave? use a steamer on the stovetop?

    • http://onelittleproject.com/ Debbie @ One Little Project

      Hmmmm, I would imagine using a steamer on the stove top would work just fine. You could probably do it in a pot without a steamer too, but you would have to put just a tiny amount of water and really monitor it to make sure it doesn’t burn.

  • Heather Smith

    Wow very interesting idea, I have never heard of this idea!

  • http://www.fabdomination.com/ Delaney Sanders

    I love this. Must pin and try it!

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  • Laura@bakinginpyjamas

    What a great idea, it looks great. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again this weekend.

  • Kelsey

    Just made it and it stuck to the parchment paper, I put olive oil on it and now I have to order pizza!! Wow do NOT bake it on the parchment paper!!!

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  • Ann

    Debbie, this recipie is amazing! I baked on parchment and it did not stick. Li added some flax seeds as well for some texture. Very tasty, chewy and delicious. Thank you so much for sharing! I’ve shared this will all my friends!

  • guest

    Hey Great recipe!! Can I make it without egg??? My son has both wheat and egg allergy.

    • http://onelittleproject.com/ Debbie @ One Little Project

      That’s a great question! I really have no idea? Maybe add a little extra cheese to hold it together if you eliminate the egg? It’s one of those things that you might have to experiment with to see if it actually turns out? I’d love to hear back if you try it!

  • betty

    i tried another recipe that didn’t call for egg, but had to bake it before toppings. it turned out great,however this recipe makes my mouth water just thinking about all the seasoning in the mixture. i just happen to have cauliflower on hand, so i know what i’m having for for lunch tomorrow.thank you for sharing.PS: DON’T U JUST love pinterest

    • http://onelittleproject.com/ Debbie @ One Little Project

      haha… YES! I DO love Pinterest!! :) Thanks for sharing how your crust turned out without eggs. This one really was delicious with all of the seasoning. It’s making my mouth water thinking it!!

    • SA

      Hi there, would you be do kind to share that egg free recipe please? Thanks a lot!

  • Stacy

    Do you think these crusts would freeze well? I’d like to have some frozen pizzas on hand. Would it be better to just freeze the crust or make the pizza with all the toppings and then freeze it that way? And when it comes time to cook them, would I just put the frozen pizza in the oven at a higher temp and/or longer time or let it defrost first?

  • Jade

    Okay, so this is my 23 year old never-cooked-before brain voicing. I made this today and it was DELICIOUS even though…I had some trouble with the crust. I don’t know what I did wrong. Here’s some issues that I had so maybe someone can tell me how to do it right next time? I didn’t use a baking sheet…I just put it on a cookie pan. I fear I might have spread it too thin as well. This resulted in the edges being burned to crumbles, and the inside being too soft so it stuck to the pan. I did a lesser cook time because I thought if it were straight on the pan it would need a lesser cook time. So, I did…10 minutes, and then 8 minutes with the toppings. Also when I was wringing out the califlower, I laid a paper towel down INSIDE a dish towel and wrung it out. I had to pick paper crumbles out of the cauliflower. Mothers, please help this first timer out. What is a better way?

  • Denise

    Tried this tonight and really liked it. It was kinda a pain squeezing the water out of the cauliflower but it is definitely a must so that the crust isn’t mushy. I do think I added a little too much salt to the mix, but I’ll just have to try again. I actually flipped my crust after 9_10 minutes and cooked on the bottom side for about 1-2 minutes so that it got craigslist. I was able to slice and pick up the slices ok, it was just “limp” so I chose to eat with a fork. Great alternative on a night I was really craving pizza!

  • Denise

    *crispy, not craigslist….sorry!!