Cauliflower Crust Pizza

August 5, 2013

Challenging myself and Josh with a gluten free week has been pretty amazing. I haven’t had any revolutionary health improvements, but I knew I wouldn’t because I’ve had gluten sensitivity tests, including a pretty conclusive stomach biopsy. The major benefit of gluten free week is it’s forcing me to cross off a bunch of foods from my blogger bucket list. The item at the tippy-top of the list? Cauliflower crust pizza.


I’m sure everyone has seen this recipe everywhere already. It’s all over Pinterest and I know a lot of bloggers that have posted about it. But how could I not? A wholefoods way to make a pizza crust which includes a hidden veggie! Check the blog title. Can’t resist.


Rather than re-invent the wheel, I went to Hannah’s blog Clean Eating Veggie Girl. She combined a few recipes to make hers, plus we have pretty similar tastes in foods. I knew if she liked it, I’d like it. Plus everyone else would like it πŸ™‚ I kept mine simple and topped with mozzarella and green olives. My only downside in this recipe is that I felt like I could really taste the egg (even though there’s so little egg in it). I didn’t think flax would bind well enough, but next time I will definitely try a chia egg. If anyone tries a chia egg before me, let me know! Then you could make this vegan with Daiya cheese.

Cauliflower Crust Pizza
Serves: 2

  • Β½ head cauliflower
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese
  • 1 c low fat mozzarella
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • ΒΌ tsp garlic powder
  • pizza sauce
  • cheese for topping
  • Additional pizza toppings, as desired
  • Olive oil spray, Italian seasoning, garlic powder (optional)

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Rice cauliflower using a box grater or chop into chunks and send through a food processor until the cauliflower is in small, uniform pieces (similar to rice).
  3. Microwave cauliflower for 7 minutes, or until soft. Press with paper towel to remove excess moisture and allow to cool.
  4. Stir egg, mozzarella, parm, salt, pepper, and garlic into cauliflower.
  5. Spread onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or spritzed with nonstick spray to make an ~10” round crust. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes until the crust is golden and crispy.
  6. Top with sauce, cheese, and additional toppings, as desired. Spray the exposed crust with olive oil and top with Italian seasoning and garlic powder, if desired. Bake until cheese is melty.

If you use parchment paper rather than greasing your pan, your crust will get slightly less crispy.
Nutritional stats are for crust with ΒΌ c sauce and Β½ c cheese topping.

Nutrition Information
Serving size: ½ Pizza Calories: 300 Fat: 13 Carbohydrates: 10 Fiber: 3 Protein: 37


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    Becky @ Olives n Wine Aug 06, 2013

    300 calories for 1/2 of a pizza??! That means I can eat the entire thing!! WINNING πŸ˜‰ Seriously though – this looks like the best way to enjoy a whole foods kinda pizza. I haven’t tried cauliflower crust but I have a feeling I need to.

      Kelly Aug 07, 2013

      I calculated the stats long after I ate the pizza, and was kind of upset I shared it with Josh! Next time, I think I might make one for each of us πŸ™‚

    Em @ Love A Latte Aug 06, 2013

    What pretty pizza pictures and definitely the most creative crust! I’ve only bought gluten free crusts – never yet attempted at home! Looks great πŸ™‚

    Christine @ 24 Carrot Kitchen Aug 06, 2013

    I made one of these several weeks ago and it is really good. You have to like cauliflower (which I do), but it is not an strong flavor. I used a greased pan, but next time will try parchment paper because I thought the edges of the pizza crust got a little too crispy.

      Kelly Aug 06, 2013

      I found with a little bit of garlic, I couldn’t even taste the cauliflower — maybe because there’s so much cheese!

      Kelly Aug 06, 2013

      You might as well try it πŸ™‚ It’s a lot less work than traditional crusts, so it’s not too much time wasted if it’s not your thing.

    Ashley Bee Aug 06, 2013

    Great minds think alike! I JUST blogged about a gluten-free pizza!

      Kelly Aug 06, 2013

      What’s even weirder is that I may have been commenting on your blog at the same time you were commenting on mine!

    Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner Aug 06, 2013

    I have noticed cauliflower crust pizza before on pinterest and I’ve been wanting to try it. Thankfully I don’t need to be on a gluten free diet but it’s healthy eating and I like that (in order to balance out some of the sweets I consume). However, I think yours is the best looking one I’ve seen! I wonder if adding more toppings would take away from the egg flavor.

      Kelly Aug 06, 2013

      Josh didn’t notice the egg flavor at all, so I might just be super tuned in to the taste because I eat them so infrequently. If you don’t have some aversion to the taste of eggs, I wouldn’t worry about it. There have been a LOT on pinterest, so it’s quite flattering that this is the best you’ve seen — thanks!

    moderngirlnutrition Aug 06, 2013

    I love Clean Eating Veggie Girl! And your take on cauliflower pizza crust πŸ™‚ It looks amazing!

      Kelly Aug 05, 2013

      Hi Rika, I tried to address in the text (and in a response to Reba) some suggestions I have, but I haven’t actually tested a vegan version, yet.

    Reba - Not So Perfect Life Aug 05, 2013

    I’ve been wanting to make this for awhile. But I have a hard time finding one without eggs! Any suggestions, perhaps you tried an egg free version and have some thoughts to share.

      Kelly Aug 05, 2013

      I’m a little wary of offering suggestions without trying them, but I’m not even sure how necessary the egg even is in this recipe. My order of preference for a substitute binding agent would be bread crumbs, chia egg, flax seed. If you’re using vegan cheese, I’d very strongly suggest incorporating some sort of bread crumb because they tend to stay extra melty and might not add as much structure. I plan on playing around with this recipe to get a vegan version — hold tight and I’ll work my fastest on it πŸ™‚

    Julia Aug 05, 2013

    I LOOOOVE cauliflower crust pizza! Okay, I love all pizza, but cauliflower crust is lots of fun. Your jalapenos are such a great idea. I can taste your pizza through my laptop. sluuuuuuurp!

    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl Aug 05, 2013

    This is something I’ve been wanting to try and will with our fall Cauliflower harvest, can’t wait!

      Kelly Aug 05, 2013

      I can only imagine how wonderful this would be with fresh picked cauliflower!

    cleaneatingveggiegirl Aug 05, 2013

    Yay for cauliflower pizza crust! It is definitely one of my faves. I need to make it again soon. Thanks so much for linking up my recipe. And I must agree, I am eager to hear how a chia egg would work because I really want to try a vegan version.