A few months ago it seemed cauliflower was taking over the internet.
Cauliflower rice, wraps, crusts. Everything, it seemed, could be made healthier and low-carb with cauliflower. These things always have me wondering though – will it taste as good as the original?
That was what making this cauliflower pizza was all about. I wanted to know if it was possible to tame my love for pizza with a healthier version. One that wouldn’t plonk cheese into my tummy. Pretty, I know.
It doesn’t exactly cover all aspects of a thin crust margherita. It does, however, taste delicious and makes you forget you ever craved the other sort of pizza!
For one large pizza you will need:
For the Crust:
1 head cauliflower
3 tbsp chia seeds + 6 tbsp water
1/2 cup buckwheat flour
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
Pinch of salt
1 tsp dried oregano
1 lemon, juice
3 tbsp hummus
Half an avocado, flesh scooped out & chopped
2 tbsp organic sweetcorn
Handful spinach leaves
3 heirloom tomatoes, sliced
Let’s make it baby!
Pre-heat your oven too 200ºC.
Start by preparing your chia seeds. Add the chia and the water to a bowl or glass and mix. Set aside so they can form a gel.
As the chia sets, we prepare the cauliflower. Simply add your cauliflower florets into a food processor and process until it breaks down and resembles rice. Take out of your processor and add florets to a nut milk bag (or wrap in a kitchen towel. Squeeze out as much water as you can – this results in a crunchier pizza, so put your arms into it!
Once most of the water has been removed and the chia has formed a gel, add both to a large bowl with the rest of the crust ingredients. Mix well, using your hands to make sure the dough is uniform.
Line a pizza dish (or baking dish if you don’t have one) with baking paper and bake for 30-40 minutes, until top is golden and slightly dry. If using a baking tray, remove pizza and flip for the last 10 minutes.
Remove pizza from oven and add tomatoes and spinach and bake for another 5-10 minutes. To serve, add the rest of the toppings, set the table, and enjoy!
I made this pizza for my mother and for Matt, and they both approved!
You can play around with the toppings, but since I love hummus so much I just plonk it on everything! It always adds a yummy taste, and doesn’t even make you miss having cheese on your pizza!