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  • Cauliflower pizza crust has become more popular in recent years due to its nutritional value.

  • A quick and easy recipe for making the best homemade cauliflower pizza crust.

Walking past the frozen food aisle at the grocery store, you’ll find numerous selections of frozen pizza crusts. But in recent years, more consumers are opting for cauliflower pizza crusts because of their rich nutritional value. It’s weight-loss friendly and easy to bake. In case you’re curious about making your own cauliflower pizza crust, we have the easiest recipe for the typical home chef. Follow these steps, and you’ll have the best pizza you’ve ever tasted.

Benefits Of Making Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Cauliflower has always been a nutritious vegetable, containing high doses of vitamins, fiber, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus. There are three grams of fiber in one cup of cauliflower, feeding the healthy bacteria in your gut that reduces inflammation and promotes digestive health.

In addition, cauliflower aids in weight loss—being low in calories with only 25 calories per cup. As a good source of fiber, the vegetable slows digestion and promotes the feeling of fullness. This helps reduce the number of calories you eat throughout the day. Cauliflower contains antioxidants, which slow the growth of cancer cells and are protective against colon, lung, breast, and prostate cancer.

Cauliflower is an easy replacement for grains and legumes, making it a great way to add more vegetables into your daily diet. The vegetable is an excellent substitute for gluten-free, diabetic, or low-carb diet individuals.

More and more individuals are choosing to substitute traditional flour pizza crust for a cauliflower crust because it is a healthier option. One slice of cauliflower pizza crust only has 56 calories, in comparison to a flour thin-crust pizza that has approximately 170 calories. Are you convinced yet to try cauliflower pizza crust?

The Very Best Cauliflower Pizza Crust Recipe

Cauliflower can transform an ordinary pizza into a delicious, healthy meal. In this easy, gluten-free pizza crust recipe, the base resembles cauliflower rice. Before you begin cooking, you must drain the cooked cauliflower to keep the crust dry and allow crisping while it bakes. You can keep the pizza simple by using fresh tomatoes and basil.

On the other hand, you can get creative by adding sautéed peppers and onions, sliced black olives, and cooked sausage. Like with any pizza recipe, it’s up to you and your preferences. Enjoy our recipe of what we consider as the best cauliflower pizza crust. You will need the following ingredient large head cauliflower, chopped

  • large egg
  • 2 c. shredded mozzarella
  • 1/2 c. grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 c. marinara or pizza sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 c. cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Torn fresh basil, for serving
  • Balsamic glaze, for drizzling

To begin, preheat the oven to 425˚. In a large skillet, bring about 1/4-inch water to a boil. Season with salt, if preferred. Add the cauliflower in one even layer and cook until the cauliflower is crisp-tender. This should take about three to four minutes. You can transfer the cauliflower to a clean dish towel and squeeze to drain the water.

Next, add the drained cauliflower to a food processor. Pulse until the cauliflower is fully grated. Again, remove the excess water with a dish towel or paper towels. Then, transfer the drained cauliflower to a large mixing bowl. Combine the cauliflower with the egg, one cup of mozzarella and 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese. Season with salt, if preferred.

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Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray. Transfer the cauliflower dough to the center of the baking sheet and spread the dough into a wide circle, resembling a pizza crust. Bake for approximately 20 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and dried out.

From here, you can start assembling your pizza. Top the crust with marinara, the remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, garlic, and tomatoes. Bake the pizza until the cheese is melted and the crust is crispy. This should take about 10 minutes. For a finishing touch, garnish the pizza with basil and drizzle with balsamic glaze. You’ve never had pizza until you’ve tried a cauliflower pizza crust.

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