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Cheesy Vegan Cauliflower Crust Pizza

13 Comments 24 February 2014

Cheesy Vegan Cauliflower Crust Pizza

I’ve always wanted to try making a cauliflower crust pizza. Imagine my delight when my mom told me that she had a cauliflower crust recipe that she’s been wanting to try too! It wasn’t a vegan recipe, so we did a little research and decided to veganize it.

We riced 3 cups of cauliflower in the food processor. (I’m in love with my mom’s new Cuisinart Food Processor! It’s so quiet and smooth! Now if my old one would just die, maybe… I’ll have to start increasing my nut butter production.)

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We hand mixed the riced cauliflower with almond flour, flax eggs, fresh rosemary, and salt. Then we added the magic ingredient. To make a cheesier crust, we added a bit of Valerie’s Scallion Cashew Vegan Cheese.

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We could have made one large pizza, but we split the batter into two dough balls and each made our own pizzas. This is half of the dough.

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It’s about the size of a small pizza. Make sure you use parchment paper on your baking sheet, because this crust will not be a doughy, hold-in-your-hand pizza crust. But don’t worry, it’s delicious and worth eating it with a fork.

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We cooked the crust for about 35 minutes and then added the toppings. I began by spreading Valerie’s Scallion Cashew Vegan Cheese over the surface and topped it with pizza sauce, veggies, and olives.

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We baked it for a few more minutes until the toppings were hot. I was glad that we opted to make personal pizzas to eat with a fork. Slicing into traditional pizza slices might have made a mess of our gorgeous pizzas.

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This pizza is DELICIOUS! Definitely be prepared to eat it with a fork, and I promise that you won’t want to put that fork down. It may be because of the extra cheesy pizza crust. It may be that it was slathered in Valerie’s Scallion Cashew Vegan Cheese. Regardless, this is an amazing pizza that is vegan and 100% grain free!

Cheesy Vegan Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Adapted from Modest Wanderer

Ingredients:

  • 3 c. cauliflower, rice
  • ¾ c. almond flour
  • 1 T. rosemary
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ c. cashew cheese (I use Valerie’s Scallion Cashew Vegan Cheese.)
  • 3 flax “eggs” (3 T. flaxmeal and 9 T. water)

Directions:

1. Make flax eggs by mixing 3 tablespoons of flaxmeal with 9 tablespoons of water. Set it aside while you are ricing the cauliflower.

2. Rice the cauliflower in the food processormaking sure to pulse until it looks like rice.

3. Scrape cauliflower rice into a large bowl and mix the rest of the ingredients in by hand, including the flax eggs. Roll into a dough ball.

4. Spread the dough ball on a parchment-lined baking sheet by hand until it’s about ½ inch thick into desired shape.

5. Bake the crust at 400 for 33-35 minutes or until golden brown.

6. Add desired toppings.

7. Bake an additional 5-10 minutes, or until toppings are cooked.

Makes 2 small pizzas or 1 large

Readers, dish!

  • Have you ever tried making cauliflower pizza?
  • What vegan cheese do you like on your pizza?

This recipe was shared with Vegan Monday Roundup, Allergy Free Wednesdays, and Gluten-Free Wednesdays.

Your Comments

13 Comments so far

  1. Oh, that looks and sounds so great! What a wonderful collaboration between you and your mom, Heather! I love that cheese of Valerie’s so that’s a big bonus as far as this recipe goes. And I’ve been eyeing that very food processor! Want to have it for this year’s gfe retreat. :-)

    Shirley

  2. Looks yum!

    The Detoxinista posted a vegan cauliflower pizza crust recipe last week. (I think it was last week.) She used chia seeds for the binder. Haven’t tried it. Waiting for a lower fat version to make the rounds. Think I might be waiting a while ;-)

    • Heather, this looks delicious! And so great that you got to cook with your mom. Mother-daughter time in the kitchen is always a blessing!

      Veronica, give a yell if you find a lower-fat version of cauliflower pizza crust; I’ve cut back on fat lately to see if it helps with a health issue I’m working on, but I’d love to give a similar recipe a try.

  3. This looks wonderful and such a creative use of cauliflower. Thanks!

  4. Erin S says:

    I’ve always wanted to try making a cauliflower crust but the idea intimidates me. Your pizza looks so good though I think I need to get over my intimidation and just make it already. Mmmmm pizza!!!

  5. YUM! Looks fantastic and what a wonderful thing to make with your mom!

  6. Emma says:

    It looks amazing Heather! I’m yet to try the cauli crust thing but I’m testing recipes for Ricki Heller’s upcoming cookbook and made her grain-free pizza crust recently which was amazing. I guess you don’t need flour after all!

  7. Ok.. I’ve tried making all sorts of pizza crusts before (including cauliflower). They *never* work out for me. But your addition of the cashew cheeze sounds like a good binding agent. I’m intrigued!

  8. cheryl says:

    Totally will have to try that! this looks pretty amazing.

  9. Mini says:

    I have never tried a cauliflower pizza crust before, yours look fantastic and sounds easy to try.. planning for make it for dinner tonight :-)

  10. Nice work Heather…look forward to giving this a go! I am featuring your recipe this week on Allergy Free Wednesday, thanks for sharing it with us…

  11. amber says:

    Amazing recipe, Heather!!! Love it.

  12. Debi says:

    YOU DID NOT! You are a genius for adding Valerie’s Scallion Cashew Nut Cheese! Now I have a really good excuse to make it AND make pizza. :D


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