Cauliflower crust pizza, a long time favorite of mine! And since we have found out that Dave has a gluten allergy, it’s requested more and more at our house. Have you you tried cauliflower pizza before? It’s actually pretty simple. And the best part is that it’s gluten free, low carb and Paleo friendly. If you eat cheese, great! If not, sub out the cheese for some spinach pesto and go to town on this yummy pizza.
I talked in my post on Tuesday about helping a family member transition into a new eating habit. Here are the main tips on making this transition a little more bearable for everyone int he family:
- Have them feel involved in the process
- Make the process gradual
- Trick them with treats
- Be patient.
Caulflower pizza crust is a great “gateway” heatlh food. It looks like pizza, it still has lots of cheesy goodness and it’s a step in the right direction. And it doesn’t have to be the only pizza they will ever eat, it’s just a healthy choice. Maybe you have a picky eater that wouldn’t normally even be open to eating cauliflower but would be willing to try this new pizza.
I can tell you Dave was quite hesitant to try this. He said he didn’t want to eat “fake” pizza. One of Dave’s requirement for this “healthy” pizza is that he has to be able to pick it up like regular pizza. So I’ve found a secret weapon to make that a bit easier, coconut flour! It helps soak up any of the extra moisture left over from the cauliflower. And egg whites, the magical binder that I couldn’t imagine trying to make this pizza without! Of course Dave still asks for super manly toppings like sausage and bacon, and that pizza is never around long enough to take pictures of, so don’t expect that version on the blog anytime soon!
One thing I’ve learned in my year of blogging is to not expect to eat hot food, and snack when you are making food, because it might be awhile before I actually get to eat! Maybe you are a busy mom and can relate? But the positive part is that this pizza even tastes great even at room temperature!!
But I have to be honest, I’m pretty biased for anything with figs on it. What about you. do you love figs? Have you tried them before? If so you know exactly what I’m talking about! If not, fall is the perfect season, figs are in season. But be ready, for an awesome flavor explosion!
Ok so lets get on the details about this cauliflower pizza crust. I used 1 head of cauliflower, coconut flour and eggs. That’s it! Super simple, with the help of my favorite kitchen tool, the food processor! This head of cauliflower is pulverized into a million little pieces in 30 seconds flat. So simple. If you don’t have a food processor, you could use a hand grater, but you will find that this can be a messy process, so consider yourself warned! If you have a helper (kiddos) in the kitchen, I would definitely give them this job!
And if you are wondering, no there is not any sauce on this pizza, I didn’t miss a key ingredient. Trust me you won’t even think about it once you try this pizza the flavors are perfect together, no sauce needed!
Cauliflower Pizza Crust with Figs and Walnuts
- 1 head of cauliflower greens and stem removed
- 2 eggs
- 2 egg whites
- 2 tbs. coconut flour
- 2 tbs. hemp hearts optional
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. dried basil
- 1 tsp garlic powder divided.
- 1/2 cup cheese I used goat's milk Gouda
- 3-4 fresh figs sliced thin
- 2-3 tbs. walnuts chopped
- 2-3 handfuls of spinach or arugula
- 2-3 tbs. chopped red onion
- Preheat oven to 400 F.
- Remove the green leaves and break down the cauliflower into smaller pieces. Add to food processor.
- Turn on food processor and process until fine rice like texture.
- Remove from food processor and place into a glass bowl. Microwave for 6 minutes.
- Remove from microwave and let cool slightly.
- Add 2 eggs, 2 egg whites, coconut flour,optional hemp hearts, salt, dried basil, and 1/2 tsp. garlic powder. Mix well.
- Place foil or parchment paper and spray liberally with non-stick spray (I used coconut oil spray)
- Divide the mixture evenly into 2 or 4 piles(depending on how big your baking sheets are).
- Press down and form the pizza into a thin round crust. Repeat with the remaining piles.
- Place in the oven at 400F for 20 minutes. Remove and carefully flip over. This is why I like to make smaller individualized pizzas, they are easier to flip.
- Top with desired toppings and place back in the oven 5-6 minutes to melt the cheese.
- Cut and serve!
What about you?
- What is your favorite pizza topping?
- Do you make pizza at home?
- What is your favorite tip to help transition someone into a new healthy habit?