Whether you have to eat a gluten-free diet or you’ve decided to check out the low-carb keto diet, this amazing cauliflower pizza crust is just what the doctor ordered! One recipe yields eight tasty personal pizza crusts that you can freeze and decorate any way you want to.
Last October I took a break from my usual MAPS self-care theme and published a series of vegetarian recipes. This October, the kitchen calls again and I’ll share some of my new inventions. This time, they’ll be not only vegetarian but keto-friendly (and gluten-free). Join me for some awesome recipes that diabetics, people with celiac disease or gluten intolerance, as well as keto dieters, can enjoy!
Ever Wondered How Many Carbs in Pizza?
I love pizza, especially pizza with a healthy, whole-wheat pizza crust. But, not everyone can or wants to eat wheat products. Once I started a keto diet, I started to worry about the number of carbs in pizza. My whole-wheat pizza crust recipe has a whopping 16 net carbs. Which is fine if your body doesn’t hold on to carbs like a miser gripping a penny.
While traveling this summer, I didn’t take enough snacks along on my flight to Alaska. By the time I reached the Seattle airport, I seriously needed some food. I wandered up and down the concourse looking for low-carb or keto-friendly anything. Well, almost anything. I’ve never eaten meat and didn’t want to start.
Although many states require that restaurants post the calorie count for their menu items, no one posts how many carbs each dish has. But after preparing low-carb meals for a month, I realized that if a restaurant labeled an item as ‘gluten-free,’ it would probably have a lower carb count.
I can’t remember the name of the pizza joint in the Alaska Airlines concourse, but they served gluten-free pizza that claimed to have cauliflower in the crust. Eureka! I ate half the pizza and carried the rest onto the plane for an early morning snack.Check out this #ketofriendly cauliflower pizza crust that will rock your socks off. #keto #glutenfree #GF #selfcare Click To Tweet
Looking for the Perfect Pizza Crust?
Their pizza crust inspired me to try making a low-carb pizza crust recipe of my own. I use almond flour as my go-to flour replacement. Coconut flour works, but the results don’t please the palette quite so much (think slightly sweet and stick-to-the-roof-of-your-mouth).
This pizza crust recipe will make eight 6”-7” in diameter personal pan pizza crusts. You can freeze them for later. I love the convenience of pulling a crust out of the oven and not having to worry about blowing my keto diet because the high number of carbs in pizza.
Even better, if you have last-minute guests who eat gluten-free, you can share with them, too. You can top the pizza crust with whatever suits your fancy. I usually make a pizza sauce with a can of organic tomato sauce mixed with a tablespoon of Italian herbs.
Using 1 1/2 Tablespoons of homemade pizza sauce, 1/3 cup of shredded mozzarella
If you want something different, you can make a Greek-inspired pizza by spreading a Tablespoon of pesto sauce on the pizza, adding a cup of fresh spinach, 1/8 cup of feta cheese, Kalamata olive slices to taste, 1/8 cup chopped almonds or almond slivers, and ¼ cup of mozzarella cheese. Delicioso! This adds just 4 net carbs to your pizza crust.
You can also top it with grilled tofu (or chicken if you eat meat), Soyrizo® (vegan chorizo), or any number of low-carb alternatives.Print
You can make this tasty cauliflower pizza crust recipe ahed of time and freeze them for when you want a personal pizza in a hurry. Each personal pizza crust has only 2.4 net carbs and a whopping 10 grams of protein.
1 1/2 cup riced cauliflower
1 cup almond flour
8 ounces Monterey Jack cheese (melted)
1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 clove garlic
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Prepare the riced cauliflower first. You’ll want 1 1/2 cups of it AFTER you have cooked it, drained it, and pressed it. A two-cup package of riced cauliflower cooks, drains, and presses down to 1 1/2 cups.
Next, melt the jack cheese in the microwave. Depending on the wattage of your microwave, this could take anywhere from 30-60 seconds.
Sprinkle the almond flower on top of the melted cheese and add the riced cauliflower, dry ingredients and the eggs. Mix well. You’ll have a slightly sticky dough that resembles a muffin batter.
Use a 1/2 ice-cream scoop and place a pizza crust round on a greased cookie sheet. Use your fingers to spread the crust out into a thin, 6″-7″ diameter circle. I can usually fit two personal pan pizza crusts on one cookie sheet.
Bake at 300˚ for 20 minutes. Allow to cool for a minute or two before carefully removing with a spatula and allowing to cool the rest of the way on a cooling rack.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer.
When you’re ready to use one, preheat your oven or toaster oven to the BROIL setting, place your cauliflower pizza crust on a cookie sheet, top your pizza, and broil 10-17 minutes (depending on your oven’s broiling temperature). The edges might look a little brown, but they’ll taste great!
- Category: Pizza
- Cuisine: Italian
Keywords: Keto, Gluten-free, Vegetarian
You can find a complete list of vegetarian, vegan, and/ or gluten-free recipes by clicking here. I have an amazing keto-friendly, gluten-free eggplant parmesan recipe, too. Stay tuned for more keto-friendly recipes in the weeks to come!