Cauliflower Pizza Crust
Doesn’t everyone love pizza? The smell and taste of a great pizza brings out something deep in my soul. Pizza is a personal favorite of mine, so I’m always testing different varieties of crusts and sauces for something fun and unique. When I first discovered cauliflower pizza, I admit I turned up my nose just like a true pizza snob. However, after playing around with different flavor and texture combinations, I discovered that you can enjoy a lighter pizza and eat more of it! Cauliflower crusted pizzas are easy to assemble and are definitely a lighter version of most traditional wheat based pizza crusts. This crust requires no kneading or rising and can be made ahead and frozen for easy pizza nights. Take advantage of the variety of frozen riced cauliflower and riced veggie blends that work perfectly in this recipe. Be sure to check out the hints if you are making this recipe from fresh cauliflower. And be sure to bring a fork; this crust is a little softer!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Yields: 1 large pizza crust
2 tablespoons of flax meal + ¼ cup water mixed together
3 cups frozen riced cauliflower (20 ounces)
2 teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon oregano
3 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes
¼ cup oat flour (or 2 tablespoons cornstarch)
Sea salt to taste
Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a pizza pan or baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a small bowl, combine the flax meal and water. Set aside.
Steam or microwave the frozen cauliflower according to packaged instructions. Drain the cooked cauliflower and place it onto a clean dish towel. Wring out as much moisture as possible.
Place the cauliflower mixture into a large bowl and add the flax meal mixture and remaining ingredients mixing thoroughly. Transfer to the center of a prepared baking sheet and spread into a circle or any shape you prefer. Keep the pizza crust about ½ inch thick allowing the edges to be slightly thicker for a crust like effect. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the crust is golden and dry to the touch.
Remove the crust from the oven and top with your favorite pizza toppings, then return to the oven for an additional 10-15 minutes.
You can also buy frozen riced cauliflower blends which can add more flavor and colors to a pizza crust.
If you are using fresh cauliflower, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the cauliflower to the pot of boiling water and cook for about 5-8 minutes or until fork tender. Drain and transfer to a food processor. Pulse the cauliflower into rice-like pieces being careful not to over process and turn to mush.