Recipe First seen on The Indian SCENE Magazine.
Do you love Pizza but dislike the bloating, sluggishness and discomfort that follows eating pizza with your favorite drink of choice. Don’t you wish that your favorite dishes like pizza were also healthy for you. Look no further. This healthy version of pizza is packed with loads of good veges as the pizza base is made with an easy to make Cauliflower Pizza Crust.
This Cauliflower Pizza Crust recipe is also …
- Gluten free
- Grain Free
- Vegan-Dairy free
- Low carb
If you have never tried cauliflower pizza crust before I can understand your skepticism. I was too !!! Just give it a try and you will be pleasantly surprised at how delicious it is !!!
How to make Cauliflower pizza crust:
1 medium cauliflower head or 4 cups cauliflower “rice”
3 tbsp ground flax seeds for *vegan version of this recipe
3 cloves garlic minced
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp pink Himalayan pink salt
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
How to make Cauliflower “rice”:
As the name implies cauliflower is the main ingredient used to make the pizza “dough”. Start by making Cauliflower “rice”. Cauliflower “rice” or “pearls” can be made in a food processor. If you are using fresh cauliflower, cut the cauliflower into 1-inch florets and steam it until its tender. If you are using frozen cauliflower you can skip this step. Add the florets to a food processor in small batches. Pulse the cauliflower in the food processor until small rice-sized pieces are formed.
You can also buy Cauliflower “rice” from a grocery store which can save you a lot of time.
How to make the pizza dough:
The next step is to squeeze the moisture out of the “riced” cauliflower. This step ensures that the cauliflower pizza crust is light, airy and does not fall apart when its baked. You can use a nut milk bag, cheese cloth or a dish towel to squeeze the moisture out. Most importantly make sure you squeeze out as much water as possible because excess moisture will create a soggy pizza crust that may fall apart. Let this sit for a few minutes to cool down.
To make the vegan flax “eggs” mix the ground flax seeds with 3 tbsp of water and set aside to allow it to thicken.
Now mix the cooled cauliflower “rice” with the rest of the ingredients into a large bowl. Mix all the ingredients until it forms a soft dough. If the dough is too dry you can add up to 2 tbsp of water to get a proper dough like consistency.
How to make the cauliflower pizza crust:
Preheat the oven to 415F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. If you place the pizza crust directly on the backing sheet it might stick to the base making it difficult to lift the pizza crust from the base once its baked. Transfer the pizza dough onto the lined baking sheet spread it out into a thin layer. Do not spread it too thin as it might fall apart when you pick it up. Keep the crust about 1/4 inch shape.
Bake the pizza crust for 25 to 30 mins or until the pizza crust is slightly golden brown and crisp on the edges. Add an additional piece of parchment paper on the pizza crust, carefully flip the pizza over and return it to the oven for an additional 10 to 15 mins.
No Stress No Mess
If making the cauliflower pizza crust sounds daunting and time-consuming. No worries !!! You can still make this recipe by opting for a store-bought Cauliflower Pizza Crust.
How to make vegan cashew cheese
2 cups of raw cheese soaked in water for 2 hrs
1/2 cup nutritional yeast (optional)
1/2 cup water
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt
Drain the cashews and place them in a food processor along with the nutritional yeast, pink salt, garlic powder, lemon juice and water. Pulse the ingredients until they are blended. Add additional water for a creamier thinner cashew cheese, use less water for a thicker consistency.
How to make Cauliflower crust Pizza
Your favorite toppings
3 tbsp Marinara Sauce
Add Marinara Sauce to the on the Cauliflower Pizza Crust you just prepared. Skip this step for a Keto friendly recipe.
Add your favorite toppings and return it to the oven for an additional 6 – 8 mins.
Spread the cashew cheese on the toppings and return to the oven for an additional 1 -2 mins.