A Healthy Flourless Alternative

You will never believe the star ingredient in this pizza dough. Finely chopped cauliflower is transformed into pizza dough by mixing it with seasonings and fresh cheese, then baked. Topped off with your favorites, this will be a fun new way to enjoy pizza.


This pizza is sure to blow your mind. When you think of cauliflower, pizza is probably the last thing to come to mind. Using a food processor, we processed the cauliflower and mixed it with other ingredients to form pizza "dough." You won't believe how easy and how much healthier this version is. Never feel guilty about eating pizza again!

Cauliflower pizza crust recipe

Yields 1 pizza crust


  • 3 cups cauliflower florets (about 1 medium head)
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasonings
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Pizza toppings (pizza sauce, fresh vegetables, fresh herbs, meats or extra cheeses)


  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Using a food processor, lightly pulse the cauliflower in batches until it resembles rice. Place the cauliflower "rice" in a large microwave safe bowl and microwave for 6-8 minutes or until soft and allow to cool.
  3. To the cauliflower, add the mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, the egg and season with salt and pepper, mixing very well. Add the mixture onto the baking sheet and press down to form desired pizza crust shape.
  4. Bake the pizza crust for about 15 minutes or until golden brown. Top with desired pizza toppings and bake again for an additional 10 minutes. Allow to cool slightly and serve immediately.

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Comments on "Gluten-free cauliflower pizza crust"

Abigail March 16, 2014 | 12:44 PM

I am not a fan of the microwave, so added the grated 'rice like' cauliflower to boiling water and boiled 5 mins...drained and pressed extra water out using the back of a large spatula in the drainer, works well

Chantal February 25, 2014 | 6:22 PM

Could you use egg whites instead of eggs?

Rachel January 07, 2014 | 4:58 PM

I just made this and I must admit, when I first heard of the cauliflower crust, I was pretty skeptical. It is sooo good and I just want to thank you for this simple recipe. It was pretty easy to make and I will not feel so guilty eating pizza anymore!

Brandi December 03, 2013 | 5:16 PM

Diana - I have never tried steaming it before pulsing it but you can certainly try it out! I would love to know how that method works!

Diana November 24, 2013 | 2:12 PM

Can the cauliflower be steamed first then pulsed into the rice texture?

Diana November 24, 2013 | 2:11 PM

Can you steam the cauliflower first then pulse it to the rice texture?

Brandi October 17, 2013 | 9:16 AM

No you can definitely add some sauce I would recommend not adding a lot of sauce because the crust is fragile.

Lisa October 14, 2013 | 1:01 PM

Could you still add a little pizza sauce or would that soften the "crust" too much?

Brandi October 14, 2013 | 12:22 PM

Debbie - the other option you have if you do not have a microwave would be to add the cauliflower "rice" and about 1 inch of water to a pot and cook it about 5 minutes. Pour the cauliflower into fine mesh strainer or into a kitchen dishtowel squeezing to remove as much of the moisture as possible.

Debbie October 14, 2013 | 10:34 AM

I don't own a microwave. How do you suggest I cook the cauliflower without it getting really soggy in water?

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