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Cauliflower Pizza Crust 2.0 (with coconut flour)

by Lisa on September 22, 2012

Since my cousin has been learning new ways to eat (read: healthier), she said that one of the things she really misses is pizza. I was a little nervous to do the cauli crust because I wasn’t sure if it would be an acceptable substitute for crusty bread-y crust. It has always worked well for me, but I have been eating “weird stuff” for a long time.

I didn’t use a recipe because I was too lazy to look on the internet (just being honest), and I had an idea of what ratios might work.

Cauliflower Coconut Flour Pizza Crust

3/4 cup riced cauli (steam it, rice it—I did this with a cheese grater, that’s how much I love my cousin…it was annoying and made me miss my food processor)
3/4 cup shredded cheese (I used sharp cheddar)
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
2 eggs
2 Tbsp coconut flour
1 to 2 tsp pizza seasoning
add garlic and other flavors too if you want to

Mix everything together till well combined, form into pizza crusts (I did three small ones so I could flip them easily) on a very well greased baking pan. I greased it with butter, and it stuck a little bit…I’d recommend coconut oil, lots of it!

Bake at 350 until the bottom is browned (depends on your oven, probably 15-20 minutes or so). Flip the crusts and continue baking till the tops are golden. Remove from the oven, add toppings, and then put under the broiler till everything is warm and the cheese is melted.

pre-baked crusts

Baked crusts, raw toppings...

Done! I could have gone a little lighter on the cheese maybe...or used a different type (sharp cheddar all around for this one), but this really was awesome. Veggies on top would be my dream pizza...

The verdict: “Amazing!”

I didn’t tell her what the secret ingredient was until after she started eating it, and she really could not tell there was cauli in it. I kept the toppings simple (because, you know, I’m trying to budget at Whole Foods). K said the crust was awesome—light and crispy and fluffy. I have to say, I like this version with the coconut flour–it adds a texture aspect that was missing before, possibly adding a little bread-y-ness that is more like regular crust.

I was really happy with this—it’s entering the regular rotation, but maybe not until I have a food processor.

News/Notes:

I’m working on my review for Palm Beach Athletic Wear, and my one sticking point is in regards to the pictures I need of me in the workout clothes… K and I haven’t been able to coordinate times for her to help me out (when there aren’t tons of people on the beach) and now she’s in Palm Springs till late tomorrow. Since I don’t know anyone else here well enough yet to ask for help early in the morning, I had to figure something else out to complete this task.

So…I am practicing “resourcefulness” today. It’s a concept I’ve thought about a lot lately—since it’s easy to get hung up on the lack of or need for “resources,” I’m making a conscious effort not to get stuck in that trap. Instead, I’ll look for ways to get things done regardless of resource availability (like, not having my car here, living without my vita-mix or food processor, needing to have pics taken of me in fitness gear but having no one available to do it, etc).

As a result of this perspective, I packed up my Joby iPhone tripod, my TRX, and my phone and went down to the beach. With my camera timer app, I was able to do my own photo shoot (and got some pretty ridiculous outtakes and glances from passersby in the process).
I’m working on writing the review, and choosing pics today, so I’ll post soon!
How have you been resourceful lately??Ever try cauli crust?

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  • cathy@1970kikiproject

    k is going to be sad when you move out, lisa! that pizza invention being just one example (although it is so nice that you will still be close by!).
    great job being resourceful with the photos…where there’s a will, there’s a way. if it’s important enough, we’ll make it happen! too bad no one walking by offered to take a few pics for you!
    enjoy the rest of your saturday!

  • purelymichelle

    just tried cauli crust the other day, with some tweaks to the recipes out there, a work in progress recipe but loved it. love your take of adding in coconut flour

  • meri

    I know what you mean about being “used to” weird food. I have another test for celiac sprue at the doctor tomorrow, and if I end up with feedback in the positive I know I might be looking at more things like this in the future! I might anyway, as it looks quite delicious to me.

  • http://gigieatscelebrities.com/ GiGi Eats Celebrities

    Think this would work without the cheese? I cannot stomach dairy but this recipe looks pretty darn scrumptious!

  • http://www.thrive-style.com/ Lisakthrives

    Hi! I tried making it with cashew cheese once (a slightly different recipe, no coconut flour), and it did not work…. I used “chia eggs” too, and it definitely tasted good but it didn’t hold together at all. I’m not sure if a different approach would work though…

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  • Lisa_healthy_diaries

    I’m jealous of your cousin because i’d love for you to cook for me!! I’ll have to give this recipe a try because i made cauliflower pizza crust once before but i think i did something wrong cause it came out horrible!!

  • http://www.thrive-style.com/ Lisakthrives

    This recipe is a lot better than ones without flour (in my opinion)…the texture is better. We still ate it with a fork instead of picking it up, but I think if I had baked it a little longer if would have been even more “sturdy.” Lol.
    The cousin requested it for again this week, so we’ll see how it works the second time! If you try it, let me know how it goes!

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  • http://twitter.com/CaitPlusAte Caitlin Croswell

    cauli crust has been on my to-try list for forever. i honestly am rarely home long enough to cook (still live with the good old cookin madre and grillin padre) and the cauli crust isn’t something my mom would cook (she’d be a bit doubtful like your cousin and i also love your mention of eating “weird food”, i feel that). so it’s up to me to try it sometime!
    love that you used a sharp cheddar. i adore my goat/feta cheeses but sometimes a good old sharp cheddar is just what the pizza guy ordered ;)

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