With such an impressive nutritional profile, it’s hard to believe how incredibly delicious this cauliflower pizza is!!
Pizza is part of the all-American diet, but let’s face it: great tasting low carb recipes for pizza can be hard to find. Until recently, low carb pizza was an oxymoron.
NOW, low carb cauliflower recipes are making healthy pizza a scrumptious reality! Cauliflower recipes typically omit flour, making them low carb / healthy recipes that’re FULL of nutrients.
This pizza recipe makes a rich, savory nutritious pizza dough that’s slightly crispy in all the right places.
Let’s dive in!
I love how pizza is such a customizable food item. It’s hard to resist all your favorite toppings covered in warm, gooey melted cheese on top of a great tasting pizza crust! Here are some of my favorite things about cauliflower pizza:
- Super low carb
- Divinely delicious
- Warm cheesy goodness
- Really easy to assemble
Making this dairy free cauliflower pizza crust is incredibly simple! It does require a little patience and a trick of the trade for best results:
Get as much liquid out as possible!
When your cauliflower rice is done cooking, place it in a cheese cloth or clean kitchen towel. Let it cool for a few minutes, then ball it up in the cloth and twisting at the top. You’ll need to repeat this process a couple of times to remove all the liquid from the cauliflower.
Forming the crust.
Another trick of the trade involves evening out your cauliflower pizza crust. When you spread it into the ideal disc shape, cover it with wax paper and gently press the bottom of a pot over it. Viola! Beautiful pizza crust that’ll cook evenly.
The cauliflower pizza ingredients for this recipe are fairly simple, but you’ll follow a different set of instructions based on the type of cauliflower you buy…
You can use fresh cauliflower or frozen cauliflower rice to make this recipe — I prefer frozen cauliflower rice!!! It takes a lot of the work out of making this crust.
Tools To Make This Low Carb Pizza Crust
Making this low carb pizza crust is as simple as spreading and baking. All you really need is a bowl, a spatula and a baking sheet!
Simply store the leftovers in Ziploc bags or an airtight container.
According to the USDA, your Cauliflower Pizza will keep in the fridge just fine if it’s well protected from heat and moisture
Can You Freeze This Keto Cauliflower Pizza Crust?
Yes!! Just wrap it well (I like to vacuum seal it) and pop it in the freezer! When you need a quick dinner, you’ll have low carb frozen pizza at your fingertips. Pull it out of the oven and make that sweet delicacy your own.
Meal Prepping Tips
If you’re doing low carb food prep, you can freeze cauliflower pizza with or without the toppings. This cauliflower pizza freezes well without cheese, too. Just follow the original instructions and let the crust cool after baking.
The best thing about this pizza crust (besides the way it tastes) is that it’s so easy to personalize. Here are some easy variations that can enhance the flavor of your keto cauliflower pizza without wrecking the recipe:
- Different cheeses (cheddar, mozzarella, parmesan)
- Spice combinations (basil, oregano, cilantro, cumin)
- Add broccoli (half, broccoli, half cauliflower – same recipe) *Cabbage works well too
- Seeds (chia, flax, pumpkin) *Sprinkle over the top and press into the crust before baking
How Can I Make Cauliflower Pizza Bites?
Making cauliflower pizza bites is a bit like making meatballs (but not quite as messy).
Simply use the same recipe and form into smaller bite-sized portions. Top and bake as you would a large pizza, but you may need to cut the cooking time a bit. This is great for appetizers, parties and backyard get togethers! For an added flavor twist try my zucchini pizza bites, too!
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Can I Turn This Into A Low Carb Pizza Casserole?
You can do anything you want! To turn this into low carb pizza casserole, simply line a casserole dish instead of making a pizza crust. Then fill it in and bake! Low carb pizza casserole with a cauliflower crust makes a savory meal that brings people vicariously following their noses into your kitchen.
How Do I Add Protein To This Recipe?
How Can I Add More Veggies?
Optional toppings allow you to layer on the veggies. Here are a few toppings options:
- Fresh veggies like onions, mushrooms and peppers
- Healthy alternatives like sun dried tomatoes or artichoke hearts
- Greenery like spinach, basil leaves or chives
Of course, if you really want to blow the nutrition factor out of the water here are a few other really yummy pizza options that’re requested often in my house:
How To Make A Dairy Free Cauliflower Pizza Crust?
Making cauliflower pizza crust without cheese is possible but it will taste a little different. I find the easiest way is to use 2 eggs instead of the Parmesan. Adjusting the recipe in this manner makes it even more important to remove all the liquid from the cauliflower and bake your crust on parchment paper.
Is There A Way To Make A Vegan Cauliflower Pizza Crust?
Unfortunately, not. The eggs and cheese are really important components of binding this cauliflower pizza crust.
How To Make A Paleo Cauliflower Pizza Crust?
Making paleo cauliflower pizza crust means you have to skip the cheese in this recipe. As stated above, substitute an egg for the parmesan on your pizza crust.
You’ll also have to skip the cheese as a topping on your cauliflower pizza. BUT, nutritional yeast is a popular paleo substitute for cheese. It has kind of a creamy, cheesy flavor
- 24 Ounces Cauliflower*
- 2 Eggs
- 1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese grated
- 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
- 1 Teaspoon Italian Seasoning
- Low Carb Pizza Sauce
- Mozzarella shredded
- Preheat oven the 375 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- If using raw cauliflower: steam cauliflower in a covered medium pot with a few inches of water, until tender. Add steamed cauliflower to a food processor and process until "rice" sized.
- If using raw cauliflower rice: steam cauliflower rice in a medium pot with a few inches of water until tender.
- If using frozen cauliflower rice: defrost until no longer frozen.
- Wrap riced cauliflower in a clean kitchen towel, and squeeze to release all liquid. Then squeeze some more.
- Add cauliflower "pulp" to a large bowl, along with egg, Italian seasoning, parmesan and salt. Thoroughly combine using your hands.
- Press the cauliflower into a 6" round disc on your prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for 20 minutes, then flip the cauliflower pizza and bake for another 10 minutes.
- Crank the over up to broil, add toppings, and bake pizza for another 3-5 minutes. Be careful, as ingredients tend to burn at this temp, so keep a careful eye.
- Allow pizza to cool before slicing, and enjoy!
Low carb pizza brings the delight of all that saucy, cheesy goodness to fruition!! It’s no longer just an oxymoron. Here are some other low carb pizza recipes that’re equally as delicious and easy to make!
Get as creative and delicious as you want without wrecking your low carb diet plan! Cauliflower pizza is one of my all-time favorite pizza recipes and I just know you’re going to love it, too.
Give it a try and let me know what you think in the comments below!