Cauliflower Pizza Crust

That’s right.
Pizza crust made out of cauliflower.

Is this possible?
Is this magic?
Is there a leprechaun and a pot of gold involved in some way?

Does Nicholas Cage have anything to do with this?  Surely something this cool involves Nick Cage.

Sadly, Nick Cage was not in my kitchen when this magic occured…

…but you still get the recipe.

I love the idea of pizza but  I don’t like how a traditional pizza is made. Nutrition-less dough, piles of melty cow’s breast milk (well, let’s just call cheese what it really is) and probably not so healthy toppings. *Side note – casein -the protein in dairy –  is linked to a whole slew of disease and cancer and that’s just major yuck!*
So in an effort to recreate the idea of pizza into a healthy, yummy reality, I decided to attempt a veggie crust.
ATTEMPT is the key word here, because it did not perform as a traditional crust would (come on, it’s made out of veggies) and I didn’t know how long I needed to bake it (next time – longer) and I didn’t know the consistency it needed to be thickness wise – (next time-thinner).
Nevertheless, IT WAS DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!!!
Yes, you’ll probably end up eating this with a fork.
No, you won’t care.
TO MAKE THE CRUST:
Grate up a head of organic cauliflower – you can do this in a food processor or by using a grater, or by using your vitamix, or just a big knife and dice dice dice – until it is in tiny rice-sized pieces.  A key trick here is to get the cauliflower as dry as possible.  So after it was grated up, I put it in a bowl, and put it on the stove top to mix with a spoon over heat for just a few minutes to get some of the moisture out.  You could also pat it dry, ring it with a towel, use a hairdryer (just kidding).

To the bowl of diced cauliflower I added 1/2 cup of gluten free organic old fashioned oats.  This was just to help absorb some of the moisture from the cauliflower.

Then I added 3 flax-eggs.  This is the binder.
What the heck is a flax-egg?  It’s one tablespoon of ground flax for 3 tablespoons of hot water.  So what I did was take 3 tablespoons of ground flax meal and put that into a mug.  Then I boiled water in my tea kettle and poured roughly 9 tablespoons of hot water into the mug as well.  Stir stir stir and after a minute or so, the flax-water combination will form this kind of sticky, gelatinous mixture.  This is called a flax-egg because it’s a binder.  It’s also healthy and not from an animal – yay! We win!

Add that flax-egg mixture to the crust mixture and mix together with a spoon.

Add the seasonings.  I added sea salt, pepper, nutritional yeast, oregano, basil, dried tomato seasoning and garlic powder.

I preheated the oven to 425 and placed my pizza stone into the oven to preheat for 15 minutes.  Then I spread the crust mixture out on the pizza stone and baked the crust all by itself for 25 minutes.  Next time I will probably bake the crust for 35 minutes.  It was crispy on the edges, but it was soft/mushy in the middle, so the baking time needs to be watched and tested.

I also forgot to dust the pizza stone with some sort of flour – oat flour, etc, so the crust stuck a little bit.  Next time I won’t forget to dust the pizza stone!

After the crust is done (test the center with a tooth pick and make sure it comes out clean) then add your toppings.
TOPPINGS:

I added: marinara sauce, tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach, sea salt, ground pepper, nutritional yeast.  I also made a side of guacamole because guacamole rocks in every single way.  You can do anything you like!  Get creative!  This is your pizza!  But remember that the cauliflower crust has to hold the weight of your toppings, so don’t get too carried away, or you’ll just have a big pile of baked veggies (which isn’t bad either) 🙂

Bake for another 5-10 minutes after you add the toppings.

Remove the pizza stone from the oven and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving!
I hope this post inspires you to think outside the box when it comes to your food!  Vegetables are so versitile and there is always a way to make something work, you just have to be willing to try!
xoxo
Lauren

Lovely comments!

  1. Anonymous says:

    *Wonderful*! I’m going to try this tonight. Thank you for sharing! (I’ve been in search of a healthy alternative to pizza crust for quite a while. This looks like exactly what I’ve been hoping for.)

  2. this looks awesome – attempting to make it tonight for dinner!

  3. That’s fantastic! I hope you enjoy it!!!

  4. I am making this tomorrow night for myself and my non-vegan husband! I’m really excited. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Anonymous says:

    I have made this a few times and it is great.

  6. I made this a while ago and loved it! I just had to share it on my blog. Definitely going to make it again.

  7. Thanks for posting this! I’m eating vegan for a week as part of a cleanse and had a hard time coming up with creative ideas until I found this site! I made the pizza last night and it was ahhhhmazing, but I had the same problem as you with the crust not really being a crust and had to eat it with a fork. Still delicious though and made for some pretty pictures!

  8. Love this recipe! Just coming from the farmers market with all the ingredients. Im trying this tonight! Thanks 🙂

  9. I made this for dinner and it was absolutely divine. I put tomato sauce, onions and rucola (coated in olive oil, salt and pepper). Thank you so much for the recipe, I put a link to your blog on my Facebook 😉

  10. this looks amazing!!!! think it would work to dehydrate it overnight instead of baking it to keep it raw?

  11. can I use a enerG egg instead of flax??

    • Hi Jessica! I’ve never used enerG egg, but it’s possible it would work as well! Flax is a binder and so are eggs, so if you want to use eggs or enerG egg, I’d say give it a shot! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by! Let me know how it turns out!

  12. I’ve been wanting to make cauliflower pizza for so long but didn’t want to have the eggs and cheese and all those things… this looks great!

    • Thank you! It is very delicious. I need to make it again and adjust the amounts because it really will fall apart on you in the middle – this was my first attempt at it! But it’s really good even eating it with a fork! I think adding more flax or chia (as the binder) is the key here to getting it to stick together. Or even a vegan cheese if that is something that works for you. Hope you enjoy it and have fun with it!

  13. Made this last night, definitely had to eat it with a fork. Ended up cooking the pizza for nearly an hour from start to finish. The sides of the crust were crispy, however the remainder turned out a little gummy. It tasted fine, just not “pizza.” Thank you for the recipe, life is always an experiment 🙂

    • Appreciate the comment, Brittany! This was my first attempt at making this without using eggs or other traditional binding ingredients, and as I mentioned in the post, it was definitely something I needed to try a few different ways before it was perfected. I’ll be trying a different version of it soon! 🙂

  14. Made this tonight, so so yummy! I made two smaller bases to try allow the crust to crisp better. It worked a bit, but it was still a little mushy in the center. Still tasted amazing. Will be making this again 🙂 Thank you

    • You’re welcome! Glad you enjoyed it! I need to test this recipe again and make a few tweaks to it, so maybe I will try that this month! I’ll post it if it turns out!! 🙂

  15. Katherine says:

    I’m trying to get into the raw lifestyle and have been doing research and came across this! Question for you, as I understand raw food cannot be cooked, instead it must be dehydrated, so I’m wondering if this is actually a raw food? It looks delicious, and I’ll be trying regardless, but I was curious to know!

    • Admin - Lauren says:

      Hi Katherine! Thanks so much for your comment! This recipe is not raw since I put it in the oven. I advocate a plant based lifestyle over a 100% raw lifestyle, and I’m not 100% raw myself. I found that it worked much better with my lifestyle for me to be high-raw, and also eat cooked plant based foods from time to time. This is one of the cooked recipes. To make this 100% raw you could definitely put the crust in a dehydrator. I would make them more personal pizza sized though and smaller for that. This was my first attempt at this recipe and I discovered the crusts came out better when I made them smaller. Hope you enjoy getting into a plant based lifestyle! Thanks so much for checking out Raw Is Sexy! – Lauren

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