Cauliflower is more than just a cheese bake or a token side of veg.Cauliflower crust pizza with kale + cashew cheese

And this cauliflower crust pizza with kale + cashew cheese has been a long time coming. I’ve been planning on making this for over a year but I gotta say it’s totally worth the wait. I’m so sold on cauliflower as a pizza crust, in the same way I’m a fan of it as a rice replacement. Sometimes you just want a lighter alternative, maybe you’ve ditched the grains or perhaps you just want a variation on a favourite pizza. Regardless, cauliflower crust just works, it’s tasty and a great way to reduce the carb load of your meal whilst increasing the nutritional density. You really don’t think you have to be following a paleo diet to enjoy such things either.Cauliflower pizza dough

This cauliflower pizza is entirely plant based but of course you can add cheese (and anything you want for that matter!) but I wanted to keep this fresh and vibrant with crisp clean greens and creamy unadulterated cashew cheese. Can we take a moment to appreciate the humble cauliflower………………The humble cauliflower

Aesthetically pleasing, versatile and healthy too, very healthy and not surprising as cauliflower belongs to the kale, cabbage, broccoli and collard family. So let’s not reserve this wonderful vegetable for a cheese bake or a token side dish but commit to using more of this good stuff. Here’s some good reasons to include more of this humble vegetable in your meals:

a cruciferous detoxifying vegetable scientifically proven to contain cancer prevention properties
high in vitamin C, K and antioxidants, it really is a powerhouse of nutrients
fibre rich and perfect for digestive support and optimum function
a milky, sweet nutty + low carb option for ‘rice’ and pizza ‘dough’

Cauliflower pizza pre cashew cheese

See, cauliflower really is the perfect base for a grainless pizza, ticks pretty much every  box and beats a heavy, dough laden, soggy pizza base any day. It takes no longer to throw together than a regular wheat dough but is a whole lot healthier. Of course you can replace the chia egg with 2 regular eggs if you eat animal products but I found the chia egg did a great job. A shop bought tomato sauce can be subbed if you are really tight on time but this one really is very quick, can be made in advance and stored in the fridge.Cauliflower pizza process

Feel free to add any topping you love but I just had to use some pretty greens to ramp up the nutrient levels. I’m still living by the rule, ‘eat more kale’ but now I have the addition of, ‘eat more cauliflower’! Not hard to do with a recipe like this.A slice of pizza!

This cauliflower crust pizza with kale + cashew cheese is nutrient dense, fibre rich, grain free and suitable for most diets. Now that’s what I call plant power.

Enjoy.Cauliflower pizza with kale + cashew cheese

Cauliflower crust pizza with kale + cashew cheese

(serves 2)

for the cauliflower dough:
1/4 cup chia seed
3/4 cup water
1 small head of cauliflower
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon oregano
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
2 tablespoons almond flour

for the tomato sauce:
1/2 can tomatoes (200 grams)
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon raw brown sugar
salt + pepper

toppings:
kale, torn into small pieces
red onion, sliced finely
black olives, sliced
cashew cheese
rocket

1. Pre-heat the oven to 200 ºC. Prepare the chia egg by combining the chia seeds with the water + setting aside for 15 minutes.
2. Break the cauliflower into smaller pieces + place in a blender. Pulse until a light cauliflower flour like consistency is achieved. You may need to do this in batches. Transfer cauliflower mixture to a large bowl. Using your hands, squeeze handfuls of the cauliflower over an empty bowl to release any excess water. Add the remaining ingredients to the cauliflower along with the chia egg. Combine fully until a doughy consistency is achieved. Add more almond flour if necessary but the dough will always be ‘wetter’ than wheat doughs.
3. Transfer the dough ball to a greased baking pan + push down into a pizza shape (I like oval), leaving the edges slightly thicker. Place the base in the oven for 20 minutes or until lightly browned and set.
3. Meanwhile heat the olive oil + lightly fry the garlic until fragrant. Add the remaining ingredients + simmer for 10 minutes.
4. Lightly fry the red onion + kale in olive oil for 5 minutes until softened. Set aside.
5. Remove the pizza base from the oven + add the tomato sauce, followed by the red onion, kale + olives. Return to the oven for 8-10 minutes.
6. Drizzle with cashew cheese + sprinkle with rocket.

8 comments on “Healthy Cauliflower Crust Pizza with Kale + Cashew Cheese (Paleo + Vegan)”

    • Hi. This one was a little ‘floppy’ but some more excess water drained from it would dry the crust up to be a firmer ‘baked’ texture.

  1. Mine didn’t turn out! It took forever to cool the crust because I cooked it at 200 like your instructions say. But after putting the toppings on my uncooked crust. I realized I was cooking at the wrong temp. You mention 200° C but mine like most conventional ovens cool in F. So my pizza turned out uncooked even after turning up the hear. You should be a little more specific on temp for those of us with a different oven temp and are breezing on through the process. Since it’s a lot of steps.

    • Hi Ashley, so sorry it didn’t turn out due to the temperature confusion. I did write it in Celsius but am happier to make things clearer and take on suggestions of how you would like this done? Thanks, Charlotte 🙂

      • Oh, please, Charlotte. You leave this recipe the way it is; it is well-written and clear in it’s instructions.
        Contrary to what the commenter said, except for the US, the ENTIRE world uses CELSIUS, NOT Farenheit. There’s no need to feel like you need to include F in your posts to preempt any US visitors’ misreading of your work. (And, thanks to Google, it takes about 2 seconds to convert C to F.) You can’t be held accountable for a recipe not turning out right if someone didn’t take the care to read it properly. Geesh! LOL

        • Hi Liz! I love your comment, like your style and completely agree…..just feel a little sorry for their sloppy cauliflower pizza! LOL. Thanks lots for your kind words and be sure to follow us on Facebook 😉 Much Love, Charlotte

  2. Can you please translate the instructions to spanish because my crust came out as a floppy pile of dough since I couldn’t read the entire page. 😉 (sorry, couldn’t resist lol) no but seriously, I’m here enjoying my pizza covered in arugula and olive oil the way it should be, surprised by how well the slices are holding up! great post

    • Ha ha! Hi Jen, thanks for the giggle 🙂 Glad you enjoyed the pizza, think I’m gonna make this again very soon. Thanks for stopping by, much love, Charlotte

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