Cauliflower Pizza Crust

A paleo recipe for cauliflower pizza crust. This is the perfect grain free option for when you still want to indulge in pizza, crispy edges and all!

Confession time.

I hate reading food blogs that talk about the food.

Is that weird? I like pretty food pictures and good recipes but text about the food itself is just so….boring.

For example, discussing this pizza would go something along the lines of:

“I seasoned the cauliflower with some bold spices and it baked up to a surprisingly crisp crust. Definitely not something you’re going to confuse with real pizza dough, but quite delicious as far as cauliflower goes. I kept the toppings simple making a spicy sauce from some canned diced tomatoes and red pepper flakes, crumbled some meatballs I had on hand on top and then garnished with  cilantro.”

Cauliflower pizza crust

Um, I think I just put myself to sleep.

paleo cauliflower pizza crust

Want to know what ingredients are in a recipe? Read the ingredient list! Want to know how it comes together? Read the directions part! No need for redundant ramblings with your thesaurus in hand for synonyms of “delicious”.

I want to be entertained when I’m reading a blog. Which is why I usually ramble on over here on different tangents. Well, that and I also just like to talk a lot and since 99.9% of my friends live at least 2 hours away, I come to you, dear internet.

paleo pizza crust

The problem with all that is when I don’t have some tangent to talk about (like today). Although, I have been pondering the whole process of scabs for the past 2 hours as I’m being tormented by one on my knee that is itching me TO DEATH. Why, if a scab is the body’s way of healing and protecting from infection, does it start to itch like crazy therefore causing you to inevitably rip scratch it off as soon as it gets close to healed and reset the whole damn process?

But scabs are probably a tangent most want to avoid when the subject at hand is food. So I’ll stop. But seriously, can anyone explain that?

cauliflower pizza crust

So now you just read a post about nothing really.

Sorry about that. But the pizza crust really is kick ass. I promise.

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Yield: 2-4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

A paleo recipe for cauliflower pizza crust. This is the perfect grain free option for when you still want to indulge in pizza, crispy edges and all!


  • 1 bag frozen cauliflower (1 head of fresh cauliflower would work too, see note)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon herbs de provence
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • salt & pepper


  1. Place frozen cauliflower in a bowl with 2 tablespoons water, cover and microwave for 3 minutes (it will not be fully cooked, just thawed at this point). Remove from microwave, drain water and transfer to a food processor.
  2. Add the garlic cloves to the food processor as well.
  3. Process the cauliflower & garlic for about 15-30 seconds until it's finely chopped.
  4. In a skillet over med-high heat, add the olive oil. Once hot, add the chopped cauliflower and sauté for about 5 minutes until cooked through.
  5. Transfer cauliflower to a large bowl and add remaining ingredients. Mix well until thoroughly incorporated.
  6. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat.
  7. Turn out the cauliflower dough onto the baking sheet and form a ball.
  8. Gently press the ball of dough into a round shape until it's just less than 1/4" thick.
  9. Bake for about 30 minutes then broil for another 3-5 minutes. Edges should be brown and crispy at this point.
  10. Remove from oven, top with whatever toppings you choose and return to oven to bake at 400 degrees for another 5-7 minutes.


If using a fresh head of cauliflower, skip the microwave step and just chop into florets and place in food processor. Process until finely chopped and then saute with olive oil like the directions say.


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  1. Aparna B. @ Not A Leaf

    Girl, I am with you! Though sometimes I’m probably guilty of describing the food in my blog posts, most of the time I talk about how I came to make the recipe based on a random incident or thought that occurred that day. Hrm. I look at it this way: I’m not a food writer, so I won’t write about the food :) However right now I will comment about how I want to make this. I’ve seen this “craze”, so to speak, about using cauliflower to make pizza crust and I honestly didn’t think it was possible. You’ve made it possible. The world makes sense again. I gotta try this, and soon!

  2. Calee

    Man, I’m glad you said that. It’s the reason I love coming to your blog and not other food blogs, and it’s the reason I’m not a food blog because I’ve not mastered the art of taking pretty food photos to allow me to talk about something completely different.

    5 stars for sure. ;)

  3. Anne @ eatcleaneatreal

    Haha I totally agree…I often just “skim” the food posts. Im just starting my own blog and will try to avoid this habit…although Im sure I will be so excited about some recipes I miiiiiiiight end up being guilty of rambling myself ;)

  4. Ari @ Ari's Menu

    Confession: Regardless of the fact that I ramble on and on for hours on my blog, I usually skip the text and look at the recipes and the pictures when I read other food blogs. I only read the text when I like the person and the recipe, and I want to leave them a comment to tell them I like them and their food, but I feel like a douche if I haven’t read a single thing they wrote. Anyway, I like your stories, and today your post about nothing was still entertaining. Also, I’ve been dying to try cauliflower crust!

  5. dixya @ food, pleasure, and health

    i am one of those blogger but now that you mentioned it- its so redundant and will try to avoid it as much but sometimes you just get carried away i guess. However, I am excited to try this recipe because i have failed before and have heard so many good things from people!

  6. amanda @ fake ginger

    Me toooo! I always feel like I have to include a paragraph about the food because if I don’t, it never fails that someone will ask a question that’s right there in the directions. I’d rather just ramble.

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      Hi Kristy! Thanks for stopping by. It’s so hard to figure out who’s who on the FB groups sometimes. Now I’m headed your way ;)

  7. Meghan

    I think it can totally go the other way too though! Like.. hey, I’m here for the food, why are you telling me about how long it took for you to wash your underwear and then sit in traffic while going to the library today? I think posts about the food CAN be interesting, and posts about nothing at all can be interesting, but it’s best when bloggers can be entertaining, witty and relevant too. Sometimes you just gotta talk about the food though, because gosh darnit, I love the food.

    About that food though… cauliflower crust? This seems to be the new food trend c. 2013! I feel like I’m missing out/must try this soon!

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  9. Kiki

    Great blog and prose…

    What is nutritional yeast? I cannot find this in Australia… how many of those little 7g sachets of regular yeast could i potentially sub with?

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  12. amy

    I’ve been on the fence about cauliflower crust, but I’m thinking I’ll have to give this one a try. I agree with you about food ramblings, though not sure you need to devote many more posts to scab picking ;)
    thanks for the recipe!

  13. nicole | teacups + B cups

    Dough might as well be my middle name. I LOVE it. One of the highlights of my childhood was watching my mom add sugar to homemade pizza dough and then scraping off all the toppings and just eating the dough. Needless to say, I have some bad habits. But. This cauliflower dough is awesome – made it this afternoon. Added pineappple, canadian bacon, and jalapeños. YUM!

    I’ll definitely be using this recipe when I’m craving pizza again.

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  17. Brittany

    I’ve made this recipe a handful of times. It’s never really held together too well and I always end up eating it with a fork and knife, but with that said– it is delicious! It’s probably my fault anyway because I tend to load it up with toppings :) Great job Gina!

  18. c

    GINA! I have used this recipe a hundred times. I just haven’t used it lately. today i dug up the pin cause i need pizza….and what a treat to realize that this is YOUR recipe! I love it and have shared it to anyone who is looking for pizza crust.

    OH…and i’m not sure I would have survived thailand. AT ALL!

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      Haha, that’s awesome! Thailand looked SO amazing, I had a lot of jealousy pangs seeing everyone’s posts but yeah, I think there definitely would’ve been some rough parts. The stomach bug everyone seemed to get at some point for sure one of them!


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