Pizza is one of those comfort foods that many people go for on cheat days, but why wait, when one can have this cauliflower pizza crust anytime! Dairy-free, Soy-free, Egg-free, Grain-free, Low Carb, low calorie, all natural, good for you pizza…..yes please!
1 pound cauliflower florets (fresh or frozen) | 3 tablespoons ground chia or flax seeds, divided | 6 tablespoons water | | 1/2 cup almond meal | 1/2 teaspoon salt | 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder | 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
Preheat the oven to 400F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the cauliflower florets in a food processor and pulse until a rice-like texture is created. Pour the cauliflower “rice” into a large sauce pot, add enough water to cover, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat and allow to cook for 5 minutes. Drain the liquid, then transfer the cooked cauliflower rice in a freezer-safe bowl. Place in the freezer to cool for 10 minutes.
In the meantime, mix together 2 tablespoons of ground chia or flax seeds with 6 tablespoons of water, to create a vegan “egg.” Set aside and allow the mixture to thicken.
Remove the cauliflower rice from the freezer and transfer it to the center of a thin dish towel. Use your hands to squeeze the rice in the dish towel, removing all of the excess moisture.
Place the cauliflower in a large bowl, then add in the vegan egg mixture, the almond meal, the additional tablespoon a ground flax or chia seeds, salt, garlic and dried oregano. Stir well to mix, then press the mixture into the parchment-lined baking sheet. keeping the crust about 1/4-inch thick. For best results, press the crust together firmly, making sure that there are no “thin spots” where it might crack.
Bake at 400F for 30 minutes, until the top is lightly golden and dry to the touch.
You could use this pizza crust as is, but it won’t be firm enough to lift with your hands. For best texture, I recommend using an additional piece of parchment paper to flip the entire pizza crust, then returning it to the pan to bake for an additional 15 minutes.
Once the crust is firm and dry, add your favorite pizza toppings and return to the oven briefly to let everything heat up, about 5-10 additional minutes. Like the one shown with marinara sauce, sautéed onions, fresh spinach and a sprinkling of cashew parmesan.