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How To Make Perfect Gluten-Free Cauliflower Pizza Crust – 2 Ways!

by Capri Lilly

Your search for the perfect Cauliflower Pizza Crust ends here. This Gluten-Free Cauliflower Pizza Crust is hearty, flavorful, and can withstand any amount of toppings you want to pile on it without crumbling to pieces. This recipe give you the perfect blend of gluten-free flours, herbs, and cauliflower that makes a sensational pizza dough each time!

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I am sharing are two Cauliflower Crust recipes, one crust that resembles your favorite “Chicago-Style” or deep-dish style crust: thick and fluffy, and another for all the thin crust pizza lovers. Both are incredible, grain-free, dairy-free, and absolutely mouthwatering.

You’ll never look at pizza crust the same again.

How to make Gluten-Free Cauliflower crust pizza?

The idea of cauliflower pizza crust seems simple, but quickly gets complicated when you search for a gluten-free cauliflower crust, and even more complicated when you want it to be dairy-free as well; trust me, my friends, I am with you! I was tired of the search, scouring the grocery store for a cauliflower crust that is everything I need and adheres to my sensitivities.

I was also tired of only being able to go to the one or two pizza shops that offered “Vegan, gluten-free pizza crust”; it’s harder than finding a needle in a haystack! So, I took matters in my own hands, did some experimenting, and surprisingly, found it easy and fun to make Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cauliflower Crust at home.

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 I am sharing this easy recipe with you so that you do not have to undergo the same troubles I went through. Don’t fret, these recipes are VERY easy and I will walk you through step by step.

You’ll be so happy with the final result, especially after you add all your favorite toppings and find that you can pick the slice up and enjoy it, just as you would any ordinary pizza crust.

Trust me, after trying numerous cauliflower crust, this is a “thing” and it can completely ruin your pizza experience.

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Now, let’s jump in this dough!

Gluten and Dairy-Free Cauliflower Crust – Neapolitan Style!

This recipe is completely grain-free and dairy-free. The end result is a flavorful, thin pizza crust.

What you'll need to make dairy-free, Gluten-Free cauliflower Pizza crust

ingredients for gluten free cauliflower crust pizza

Preheat the oven to 450°. Grab a baking sheet and line it with parchment paper. If you have a pizza stone, even better! (line the pizza stone as well)

Take one head of cauliflower and do a rough chop to have medium-sized florets. Place the cauliflower florets into an S-bladed food processor, along with 2 cloves of garlic (this is optional). Pulse until it is a “rice” like consistency.

I always pulse my cauliflower 10-15 times and it comes out perfect.

cauliflower heads
making cauliflower rice

The next step is crucial! Transfer the riced cauliflower into a large bowl. Microwave the cauliflower for 5 minutes. This helps seam the cauliflower and will later help in extracting the moisture. If you prefer, you can line a baking sheet with parchment paper and bake the cauliflower in the oven for about 10 minutes to steam.

Now, transfer the steamed rice cauliflower to a cheesecloth clean dish towel. I like to let the cauliflower rice sit in a bowl lined with a cheesecloth, lightly salt the cauliflower, and let the moisture begin to seep as I prepare the other ingredients (about 5 minutes). Then, take the cloth and squeeze as much moisture out of the cauliflower as possible. You should squeeze out at least 2/3 cups. Drain as much liquid as possible;

squeezing cauliflower rice to make cauliflower crust

Next, grab a clean, dry large bowl and add the cauliflower, gluten-free flour, baking powder, eggs, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Mix the ingredients using a spatula. Form a ball with the dough and place it on the parchment-lined baking dish.

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roll cauliflower into ball to make crust
pressed pizza crust
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Place a sheet of parchment paper on top of the dough. Using your hands, gently press out the pizza dough into a circle. The dough should be about 1/2 inch to 1 inch thick (your preference). Remove the top layer of parchment paper and the dough is now ready for the oven! Place the dough in the oven and bake for 15 minutes, or until the edges become a golden brown.

roasted veggies as toppings for pizza

While the dough is in the oven prepare the toppings. Once your toppings are prepared and cooked, top your Cauliflower Pizza Crust generously. Once your pizza has all of your desired toppings, bake it in the oven for an addition 8-10 minutes. Let the pizza cool for 5 minutes, then slice and feast on your delicious, healthy, gluten-free, cauliflower crusted pizza!

cauliflower crust pizza before baking

ALL DONE!

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Gluten-Free Cauliflower Crust – Chicago Style!

This recipe is completely grain-free and dairy-free. The end result is a fluffy, thick crust!

You only need 5 ingredients!

Preheat the oven to 350°. Grab a baking sheet and line it with parchment paper. If you have a pizza stone, even better! (line the pizza stone as well). Take one head of cauliflower and do a rough chop to have medium-sized florets. Place the cauliflower florets into an S-bladed food processor, along with 2 cloves of garlic (this is optional). Pulse until it is a “rice” like consistency. I always pulse my cauliflower 10-15 times and it comes out perfect.

how to make riced cauliflower
riced cauliflower

The next step is crucial! Transfer the riced cauliflower into a large bowl. Microwave the cauliflower for 5 minutes. This helps seam the cauliflower and will later help in extracting the moisture. If you prefer, you can line a baking sheet with parchment paper and bake the cauliflower in the oven for about 10 minutes to steam.

 

Now, transfer the steamed rice cauliflower to a cheesecloth clean dish towel. I like to let the cauliflower rice sit in a bowl lined with a cheesecloth, lightly salt the cauliflower, and let the moisture begin to seep as I prepare the other ingredients (about 5 minutes).

Then, take the cloth and squeeze as much moisture out of the cauliflower as possible.

You should squeeze out at least 2/3 cups. It is important to drain as much liquid as possible.

 

Next, grab a clean, dry large bowl and add the cauliflower, almond meal, coconut flour, eggs, salt, pepper. Mix the ingredients using a spatula.

The dough should become sticky to touch but hold together well.

If the mixture is too wet, add 1 tsp of coconut flour at a time. If it is too wet, add 1 tsp water at a time. Form a ball with the dough and place it on the parchment-lined baking dish.

cauliflower dough

Place a sheet of parchment paper on top of the dough. Using your hands, gently press out the pizza dough into a circle.

The dough should be about 1/2 inch to 1 inch thick (your preference). Remove the top layer of parchment paper and the dough is now ready for the oven! Place the dough in the oven and bake for 15 minutes, or until the edges become a golden brown.

While the dough is in the oven prepare the toppings. I

like to slice a variety of vegetables and use them for toppings. I recommend tomatoes, jalapenos, mushrooms, red peppers, and onion; a veggie lovers pizza. Place the veggies on a parchment-lined tray and roast for 10 minutes before using as toppings.

 

After the crust has baked for 15 minutes, remove it from the oven. Once your toppings are prepared and cooked, top your Cauliflower Pizza Crust generously. I like to use pesto sauce on my pizza and love its rich, robust flavor. I have a delicious recipe here if you’d like to try this pesto on your pizza too!

Once your pizza has all of your desired toppings, bake it in the oven for an addition 8-10 minutes.

Let the pizza cool for 5 minutes, then slice and feast on your delicious, healthy, gluten-free, cauliflower crusted pizza!

gluten free cauliflower crust pizza

Tips:

You can top your pizza with 1-2 tablespoons of Nutritional Yeast if you want to enjoy a nutty, cheese flavor without actually using cheese. This is my favorite brand. Or, you can use Vegan Cheese! I newly discovered this brand. I love how great it tastes and it melts like real cheese.

If you want to skip the food processor, you can buy Riced Cauliflower that has already been ground to the consistency you need. Here’s one of my go-to cauliflower rice packages.

Try Soy Chorizo to keep this recipe Vegetarian/Vegan. Its a tasty meat alternative that taste like spicy, flavorful, ground meat. You can find it at Trader Joes in the produce section.

Gluten Free Dairy Free Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Gluten Free Dairy Free Cauliflower Crust Pizza

This crust is hearty, flavorful, and can withstand any amount of toppings you want to pile on it without crumbling to pieces. Below are two recipes, one crust that resembles your favorite “Chicago-Style” or deep-dish style crust: thick and fluffy, and another for all the thin crust pizza lovers. Both are incredible, grain-free, dairy-free, and absolutely mouthwatering.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Gluten-Free, Healthy Options
Keyword: gluten free cauliflower pizza crust, gluten free dairy free pizza crust, how to make homemade cauliflower crust pizza
Servings: 4
Calories: 137kcal

Ingredients

Neapolitan Style Pizza Crust- Thin Crust

  • 1 1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • 2 cups Riced cauliflower
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/3 cup Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour (like Bob's Red Mill 1:1 GF APF)
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • Toppings of choice

Chicago Style Pizza Crust -Thick Crust

  • 2 cups Riced Cauliflower
  • 1 cup Almond Meal
  • 2 tbsp Coconut Flour
  • 2 Large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tbsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Sal
  • 1/4 tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • Toppings of Choice

Instructions

How to Make Neapolitan Style Gluten-Free Cauliflower Crust

  • Preheat the oven to 450°. Grab a baking sheet and line it with parchment paper. If you have a pizza stone, even better! (line the pizza stone as well) Take one head of cauliflower and do a rough chop to have medium-sized florets. Place the cauliflower florets into an S-bladed food processor, along with 2 cloves of garlic (this is optional). Pulse until it is a “rice” like consistency. I always pulse my cauliflower 10-15 times and it comes out perfect.
  • Transfer the riced cauliflower into a large bowl. Microwave the cauliflower for 5 minutes. This helps seam the cauliflower and will later help in extracting the moisture. If you prefer, you can line a baking sheet with parchment paper and bake the cauliflower in the oven for about 10 minutes to steam.
  • Now, transfer the steamed rice cauliflower to a cheesecloth clean dish towel. I like to let the cauliflower rice sit in a bowl lined with a cheesecloth, lightly salt the cauliflower, and let the moisture begin to seep as I prepare the other ingredients (about 5 minutes). Then, take the cloth and squeeze as much moisture out of the cauliflower as possible. You should squeeze out at least 2/3 cups. Drain as much liquid as possible.
  • Next, grab a clean, dry large bowl and add the cauliflower, gluten-free flour, baking powder, eggs, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Mix the ingredients using a spatula. Form a ball with the dough and place it on the parchment-lined baking dish.
  • Place a sheet of parchment paper on top of the dough. Using your hands, gently press out the pizza dough into a circle. The dough should be about 1/2 inch to 1 inch thick (your preference). Remove the top layer of parchment paper and the dough is now ready for the oven! Place the dough in the oven and bake for 15 minutes, or until the edges become a golden brown.
  • While the dough is in the oven prepare the toppings. Once your toppings are prepared and cooked, top your Cauliflower Pizza Crust generously. Once your pizza has all of your desired toppings, bake it in the oven for an additional 8-10 minutes. Let the pizza cool for 5 minutes, then slice and feast on your delicious, healthy, gluten-free, cauliflower crusted pizza!

How to make Chicao Style Gluten-Free Cauliflower Crust

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and cover a pizza stone or small baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Place riced cauliflower, onion, and garlic in a food processor. Pulse until crumbly, but not paste-like. Pour into a large mixing bowl.
  • Add almond meal, eggs, salt, and pepper to cauliflower mixture and stir to combine. The mixture should be sticky but hold together. If too dry, add water 1 teaspoon at a time. If too wet, add 1 tsp coconut flour at a time
  • Gently spread pizza dough into a circle using a rubber spatula and your hands. It should be about 1/2 inch thick.
  • Place dough in oven and bake for 15 minutes, or until starting to brown around the edges
  • While crust bakes, prepare toppings of choice.
  • Remove crust from the oven and top with desired toppings.
  • Return to oven, and cook another 10 minutes, or until bottom of crust is brown and toppings are hot
  • Enjoy!

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