I love a yummy pizza just as much as the next person. But I don't enjoy the sluggish, bloated and heavy feeling that usually follows (from the flour base and cheese etc). So with A LOT of trial and error and playing around with different consistencies I'm pretty proud of this little winner. The base is made of cauliflower, yep that white vegetable you probably only steam/bake and use it as a side dish! There's soo many other wicked things to do with cauliflower and this is one of them!
Using cauliflower over flour reduces the carb content, takes the gluten out if you are intolerant, ups your veggie intake as well as boosts your fibre for the day.
Now there is a couple of differences here, the dough isn't as thick and dense as a flours-based dough, its a lot more light and a tad crumbly if you don't use enough liquid, but when you find your right consistency it works a treat!
I also pack my pizzas with delicious fresh/roasted vegetables, goat's cheese, and some protein like smoked salmon/proscuito/chicken etc. Even my partner looked at mine the other night while he was munching on his standard pizza (basically meat, meat, more meat and cheese with a tomato paste base on a pre-done white pizza base from the supermarket) and commented how scrumptious it looked! Winner.
So next time you are at the supermarket or fruit/veggie store pick up a big head of cauli and make your pizza a healthier one. If we are getting together with family or friends for pizza night ill BYO my pizza base and bring some yummy toppings to add to mine and share around. That way you have control over what you put on your pizza and show others how yummy different toppings can be.
I-CAN'T-BELIEVE-IT'S-NOT-DOUGH CAULI-CRUST PIZZA
1 large head of cauliflower, chopped into florets
1/2 to 1 cup almond flour
1 free range/organic egg
herbs of choice (i like oregano, cumin, coriander)
water/almond milk (in case its too dry)
Pre-heat oven at 180 degrees.
In a food processor add your cauliflower florets and blend until it forms a rice like consistency.
Tip the cauliflower into a clean tea towel and wring out any excess moisture. Pop into a bowl and heat for 30 sec to 1 min in the microwave or heat in a frying pan on the stovetop for a minute or so.
In a bowl add all dry ingredients including your cauliflower and crack your egg in. Stir until forms a dough-like consistency. If too crumbly pour in some milk in small portions.
It's time to roll it out! I either make one to two big bases or 5 to 6 small ones (my fave). if making big ones just pop your dough into a greased/lined baking tray or pie dish and spread out evenly with your fingers or the back of a spoon. To make small ones, roll the dough into hand-sized balls and spread them out on a baking tray, flattening them down as much as you can.
Bake in oven until golden brown. Remove and voila, pizza base done! Top with favourite dressings (mine mentioned above) and pop completed pizzas back into the oven and cook.
Enjoy pizza without the sore tummy afterwards!
Hayley @ fitbitch
ps. I'd love to see your creations! Comment below with your favourite dressings or tag any photos on social media (Facebook: fitbtch, Insta @fitbitchhayley)