Recipe – Vegan & Gluten-free Pizza

This recipe is free of any animal products and is gluten-intolerance friendly. The result is delicious and leftovers keep in the fridge for up to 3 days (maybe longer but I couldn’t wait that long) and are still yummy when warmed up in the microwave.

For the crust, you will need:

  • 1 head of raw cauliflower
  • Rice flower
  • Baking powder
  • Greens seasoning
  • Salt
  • Coconut oil

For the toppings, I used:

  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 stalk spring garlic
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 small zucchini
  • 1 head of onion

What to do:

  1. Separate the cauliflower florets from the core. You can either chop the core into chunks or throw it out. If you choose to use it, make sure to chop it finely. Also, your crust may have a stronger cauliflower smell if you don’t thoroughly process the core stem.
  2. Chop them up finely or run through the food processor until it looks like course sand.
  3. Transfer to a microwave-safe bowl and cook for 5 min. Stir and repeat until the cauliflower mashes up smoothly against the back of a spoon.
  4. Allow the cauliflower to rest until it’s cool enough to handle. Transfer to a cheesecloth or fine strainer to remove extra moisture. (You can do all these steps ahead of time and let the cooked cauliflower sit in an open container in your fridge to dry it out. I wasn’t intentionally making it ahead, but at this point of the process. I ran out of time on my meal prep day and the bowl of cooked cauliflower sat in my fridge for another 2 days before I used it, completing the dehydration process for me.)
  5. Cauliflower should be cooled and have to excess moisture before proceeding. Put the cauliflower mass back into a mixing bowl.
  6. Add 1 tbsp of coconut oil, and start with 4 tbsp rice flower. Stir this as well as possible and start adding water.
  7. Mix and gradually add water until the mixture looks like cake batter that’s too doughy.  Continue adding rice flower and water gradually. Depending on how large your cauliflower head was, you may need to create more batter.
  8. Add one tsp of greens seasoning or salt and garlic powder (optional – although I highly recommend the greens seasoning because it has a little kick and neutralizes the cauli smell)
  9. Add 1 tbsp of baking powder and stir thoroughly.
  10. Spray the bottom of a pizza pan and pile the cauliflower-batter mass in the center. Use the back of a spoon to spread out and around until the crust is only 1/4 inch thick.
  11. Pre-bake the crust in a 425 degree over, starting with the bottom rack and moving up, until the top of the crust is golden and cracked and the edges are browned and crunchy. About 20 mins.

In the meantime, for the toppings….

  1. Place 2 whole tomatoes (roughly diced) into a blender with 1 stalk (top and bottom) of spring garlic, or 2 large cloves regular garlic, and blend until you get a puree. Depending on your blender, you may need to add a spoonful of water to get it going.
  2. Slice or chop the onion. pepper, and zucchini as desired… Or whatever other toppings you like! I’m sure this would be fabulous with some vegan cheese topping too, but I didn’t have any on-hand.

At this point, the crust should be ready to come out as well.

  1. Pour 3/4 of the resulting tomato sauce on top of the crust and arrange the slices of your other toppings, as desired. Pour the remaining tomato sauce on top of the veggies.
  2. Return the pizza to the oven and increase the temp to 450 degrees. Bake in the center rack until the toppings are completely cooked. I like my veggies pretty thoroughly cooked, so at this point there was no more steam coming off the pizza and the veggies were completely dehydrated.
  3. Let the pizza cool for at least 15 min. The warmer it is when you try it, the stronger the cauliflower undertone/smell will be. (Maybe it’s just me, but after it was cold the coconut smell was more prominent, but not in an unpleasant way… It was just there.)
  4. Enjoy with friends or family! My mom loved it and could not believe it was made of cauliflower…. My dad, who is overwhelmed by my dietary restrictions and wasn’t in on the recipe, thought I was committing suicide by pizza and was ready to call an ambulance. LOL. Sorry dad!

Please let me know how it turns out for you and if you experienced the same smell/flavor nuances! I will take pictures and include them next time 🙂

Love you, and be well!!!