I’m always trying to reimagine all my favourite foods into healthier, gluten free, vegan options. Recently, I was craving a pizza night with my family and decided this would be the perfect excuse to try out my own spin on a cauliflower crust. Although many popular pizza chains are now offering gluten free and vegan options, I wanted to create something super healthy and delicious! Besides, I love being able to customize my ingredients to suit my own tastes.
Cauliflower pizza has been enjoying quite a bit of popularity lately, and for good reason! Not only is it a delicious gluten free option, but cauliflower is also a superfood in its own right. Cauliflower is loaded with vitamins C and K, protein, riboflavin, potassium and manganese. It’s also full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. There are a lot of recipes online for a basic cauliflower pizza crust, but I wanted to enhance mine with even more nutritional power. I chose to add hemp seeds, flax seeds, almonds, turmeric and nutritional yeast to really boost the texture, flavour and health benefits. Incidentally, there has been quite a bit of research linking the combination of curcumin (found in turmeric) and cauliflower with the prevention of certain types of cancers. While this is a rather ambitious claim, I like to believe that any preventive measures are worth taking! Nutritional yeast is one of my favourite ingredients, and I thought it would be the perfect addition to this crust. It has a savoury flavour that mimics the flavour of cheese, and is full of B vitamins, protein, folates, thiamin and riboflavin. It is also full of antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, making it a nutritional superpower! The combination of flax and hemp seeds in this crust add a bit of texture, and also enhance the pizza with a good dose of omega 3 fatty acids, anti-inflammatories and antioxidants.
For the toppings, you can pretty much use whatever you like best on your pizza. I decided to deck my pizza out with a ton of healthy veggies for extra fiber, vitamins and minerals. Of course, this part is entirely customizable- if you’d prefer a white pizza over red, coconut aioli works well. Likewise, mashed avocado would also work well in place of red sauce. Use a nice combination of your favourite herbs, fruits and veggies for your very own creation!
This pizza is incredibly easy to make. The dough is mixed in a food processor until it has come together, and then pressed onto a pizza tray to bake. If you don’t own a pizza stone, any baking sheet will do- just make sure to line it with parchment so it doesn’t stick! Once the crust is partially baked, remove it from the oven and add the veggies, allowing it to finish in the oven for another 15 minutes or so. And there you have it! Delicious, healthy, vegan, gluten free pizza can be on your table in the same amount of time it would take to order delivery!
The next time you’re in the mood for a pizza night, give this recipe a try! Eating well should be fun! As always, eat well to live well.
- 1/2 Cauliflower
- 2 tbsp Hemp Seeds
- 1 tbsp Nutritional Yeast
- 1 tbsp Flaxseeds
- 5 tbsp Rice flour
- 1/2 tbsp Salt
- Handful Almonds
- 2 tbsp Turmeric powder
- Tomato paste
- 1 Garlic clove, chopped
- 1 can artichoke hearts
- Mushrooms, sliced
- Beets, peeled and thinly sliced
- Lentil sprouts
- Hemp seeds
- Olive oil
- Salt & Pepper
Preheat oven to 185C (375F)
1. Combine all ingredients in food processor
2. Spread the pizza dough on baking paper , bake for 15 minutes.
3. Place topping ingredients on pizza crust , bake for 15 minutes longer.