• Dairy- and Gluten-Free Cauliflower Pizza Crust

    March 2, 2016

    Do you guys remember that cauliflower pizza crust recipe that was all the rage this time last year, right? Well, I made it back then and enjoyed it, but it was kind of a lot of work (and really messy), and I ended up eating it with a fork and knife because the crust was so darn flimsy, which, ok, was likely my own fault because I didn’t squeeze all of the moisture from the cauliflower, but still… all of that work for a so-so pizza? Meh. Long story short, it wasn’t a recipe that I was super psyched about making again anytime soon.

    Fast-forward to the present day: Trader Joe’s now makes frozen riced cauliflower, which solved a number of my pizza problems and inspired me to create a crust that wouldn’t fall apart when I pick it up. Hooray! That said, here’s my new quick and easy (!!) recipe for cauliflower pizza crust!

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    Bonus: It doesn’t require a lot of ingredients and you don’t need to squeeze all of the extra moisture out of the cauliflower!

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    Ingredients:

    • 12 ounces riced cauliflower, defrosted
    • 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
    • 1 large egg
    • 1/2 cup liquid egg whites (or 2-3 egg whites)
    • 2 tbsp Herbal Pizza & Pasta Magic (or similar pizza seasoning)
    • 2 tbsp garlic powder
    • 1 tsp sea salt
    • Toppings of choice

    Directions:

    Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

    Combine above ingredients (minus your toppings) in a food processor. FYI: If you don’t have a food processor or you don’t feel like lugging yours out, you can totally stir the ingredients by hand. The batter still makes a nice crust; it’s just not as “smooth” to the eye. Both ways work!

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    Blend until a smooth batter forms.

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    Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray and then use a spatula to spread batter into a 1/4 to 1/2-inch thick circle.

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    Bake for 15-18 minutes until edges start to brown and center is firm to the touch.

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    Remove from the oven and top with your favorite ingredients (marinara sauce, cheese, veggies, etc.) and then pop it back into the oven for another 5 minutes. Remove from oven and enjoy!

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    Recipe makes 1 large pizza.

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    Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious March 2, 2016 at 6:05 am

    Wow this looks nice and thick! Did you still have to squeeze out the water from the cauliflower?

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    Tina March 2, 2016 at 6:50 am

    I didn’t. I just threw it in the food processor! So easy!

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    Linz @ Itz Linz March 2, 2016 at 6:53 am

    My TJs is always out of it!!! Though I’ve been using my blender instead of my food processor because it’s easier to clean and it works great!!

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    Angela Dublikar March 2, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    That’s awesome, thanks for sharing! I have attempted 2 different times to make cauliflower crust and have failed. Excited to try this out.

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    Mark Forge March 2, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    Question, why dairy and gluten free?

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    Tina March 2, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    There’s no dairy or gluten in the crust recipe! 🙂

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    Mark Forge March 2, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    @Tina:

    Lol, I got that part, but why? What’s the reason to avoid milk, or flour?

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    Tina March 2, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    Everyone has different dietary needs. Definitely feel free to experiment with milk and flour in this recipe!

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    Valerie March 2, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    Looks awesome! Do you think this recipe would work with the regular riced cauliflower from TJ’s? My store only had the fresh, not frozen kind.

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    Tina March 2, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    I haven’t tried, but probably! Is it pretty moist?

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    Rosey Rebecca March 2, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    Pinning! I’ve been wanting to try cauliflower crust for a while and this recipe seems so simple. I haven’t gotten over to TJ’s to get their cauliflower rice yet but when I do I’m going to buy ALL of it. You can’t stop me!

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    Rachel @ Simply Rachel Nicole March 2, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    This looks amazing and would totally work great with my hubby’s new eating plan!!

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    Amanda @ Cheers to the Weekends March 2, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    This looks good! I’m not gluten free but a less caloric option than bread is always worth trying. 😉

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    Katie @ Adulting Daily March 2, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    Thank you for sharing! One of my goals of 2016 is to successfully make a cauliflower pizza crust and I will definitely be trying this recipe out! I also love that it’s dairy and gluten free!

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    Alana March 2, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    My local TJs hasn’t had the riced cauliflower in foreverrrr! I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for it so I can try this.. looks delish!

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    Mary March 2, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    Holy cannoli!!! I just made this and it was awesome!! I loved how quick it was! I’ll definitely be making it again!

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    Tina March 2, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    So glad you liked it!!

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    Kelsey @ Chatterbox Blog March 2, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    Wow I love how easy this is and that I wouldn’t need to buy a bunch of random ingredients I’ll only use once! Definitely will be trying this soon!

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    Rachel @ Never Enough Novels March 3, 2016 at 11:16 am

    Why oh why is there not a Trader Joe’s near me!! They always have the best ingredients/prepared foods. I would love to try cauliflower pizza, but have no desire to make the riced cauliflower myself haha. I’ll definitely be trying this recipe next time I can find a TJs!

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    Lacey March 7, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    @Rachel @ Never Enough Novels: Don’t be too jealous, TJ’s can’t keep the stuff in stock.

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    CandiceF March 3, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    Looks tasty! Do you have a recommendation for a good food processor? I have been wanting to get one but have read mix reviews about durability and thought you may have some insight

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    Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner March 3, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    Definitely going to try this. I hate that the other cauliflower pizza crust recipes call for so much cheese–I like that on TOP of my pizza.

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    Kelli @ Hungry Hobby March 4, 2016 at 10:09 am

    Love that CF rice was so popular they now have it in the frozen AND fresh section! This looks great, I love that it’s dairy free and I’ve been all about oat flour lately so I’ll give this a try!

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    chau March 5, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    great idea. gluten free oats where did you get this

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    Amanda March 7, 2016 at 10:42 am

    I love the riced cauliflower from TJ’s – but it’s so hard to get your hands on! My local TJ told me that they get 2 cases a couple times a week and it’s gone by noon on the day they put it out.

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    Kate D March 7, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    Hi!
    I have three bags in my freezer and can’t wait to make this!!!
    Question – when you defrost it, do you leave it out to thaw?

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    Lacey March 7, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    I was so excited to try this recipe but am so bummed that it’s dependent upon the TJ’s “rice”- every single time I’ve tried to get the cauliflower rice it’s been out of stock 🙁

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    Monique March 8, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    do you think i could use my nutribullet instead of a food processor?

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    Matt March 10, 2016 at 8:47 am

    TJ sells riced cauli? Game changer. AS much as we like to use cauli, the process is always a mess. I’m generally not one to buy pre done stuff, but that one seems worth it.

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    miriam March 11, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    I was so skeptical of the cauli crust, but I’m going to try your recipe. Thanks!

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    Stephanie March 11, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    Do you think I can use 2 or 3 whole eggs rather than egg whites?

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    Tina March 11, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    Probably!

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