Vegan Cauliflower Pizza Crust

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This Vegan Cauliflower Pizza Crust is egg-free and dairy-free, and has the BEST taste and texture. I love that you can hold it with your hands, like a real slice of pizza!

vegan cauliflower pizza crust recipe

Unlike my original cauliflower pizza crust, this recipe uses ground flax as a binder instead of eggs. Flax eggs are made by simply stirring together freshly ground seeds and water to make a gluey, egg-like replacement, but since cauliflower is already loaded with so much moisture, we’re using much less water in this recipe to account for that. This gives you a drier pizza crust that you can hold with your hands.

How to Make Vegan Cauliflower Pizza Crust

This crust is made with just a handful of all-natural ingredients. All you need is some cauliflower (bonus if it’s already “riced” for you), ground flax, almond flour, and seasonings. The key to getting a dry vegan cauliflower pizza crust that you can hold with your hands is to wring-out all of the moisture first.

wring out moisture from cauliflower

To do this, you’ll need to cook the cauliflower first. You can steam it or dry roast it, if you’re using fresh cauliflower.

Frozen Cauliflower Rice for an EASY Vegan Pizza Crust

Alternatively, you can buy frozen cauliflower and let it thaw in your fridge overnight. This is my preferred method, because there’s no extra cooking involved. If you use frozen florets, you’ll need to process them in a food processor (affiliate link) first, but many stores are starting to carry frozen cauliflower rice, which makes this recipe even easier!

trader joe's frozen cauliflower rice bags

If you can find frozen cauliflower rice, simply thaw it in the fridge the night before (or you can heat it up if you’re in a hurry), then transfer it to a towel or nut milk bag (affiliate link) and squeeze it until you can’t get any more liquid out. I usually end up with at least 1/2 cup of liquid squeezed out, so it should be a significant amount to get a very dry cauliflower pizza crust.

Vegan Cauliflower Pizza Dough

Once you have the dry cauliflower “pulp,” add it to the ground flax, almond flour, and seasonings. It may look crumbly at first, but I find that if you mix it with your hands (or an electric hand/stand mixer) it starts to stick together nicely.

vegan cauliflower pizza batter

Keep in mind that this is not your average pizza dough. It won’t be stretchy, because there’s no gluten involved. Instead, it will be a pile that you’ll need to press out onto a large pizza sheet. Get your hands wet if the pizza “dough” sticks to them too much, as that will help you press it out. You want the pizza to be a flat and even as possible.

The flatter it gets, the drier the resulting crust will be. I can get this crust to be about 12-14 inches in diameter, or you can make two 6-8 inch pizzas if you prefer something smaller to work with. (It’s easier to flip if they are smaller!)

baked vegan cauliflower pizza that you can pick up

Bake the pizza crust until it is dry and easy to pick up with your hands, about 45 minutes. You can flip it over at this point and bake for 10-15 minutes more to dry out the other side, but I’m usually impatient and just start adding the toppings after I flip it over. (Tip: Use the parchment paper to help you flip over the large crust. I keep one hand on the crust itself, and pick up the parchment with my other hand to sandwich the crust and keep it from breaking.)

Since this process is still a bit labor-intensive, I recommend making a double batch so you can keep an extra crust in the freezer for an easy pizza night in the future.

vegan pizza held with hands

vegan cauliflower pizza crust recipe
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Vegan Cauliflower Pizza Crust

This VEGAN CAULIFLOWER PIZZA is naturally grain-free, dairy-free, and egg-free. I love how easy it is to make using frozen cauliflower rice and ground flax seeds for a healthy pizza night!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword cauliflower, low carb, pizza, vegan
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4
Calories 150kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds cauliflower rice/florets (fresh or frozen)
  • 3 tablespoons ground chia or flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup almond flour or meal
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400ºF and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • FROZEN METHOD (fastest): If you're using frozen cauliflower rice (my preferred method) make sure you've thawed it in the fridge the night before. Frozen cauliflower florets can also be thawed ahead of time and used instead, you'll just need to "rice" it by processing it briefly in a food processor, before proceeding to the next step.
  • FRESH METHOD: If you're using fresh cauliflower, you'll need to steam it first. Fill a large pot with an inch of water, then place a steamer basket over that. Fill the basket with the fresh cauliflower florets and bring the water to a boil. Once boiling, cover the pot and lower the heat to a simmer. Cook until the cauliflower is very tender, about 10 to 15 minutes. Drain and transfer the cauliflower to a food processor. Process it briefly to make cauliflower "rice." Continue as directed, though you might want to let the cooked cauliflower cool so you don't burn your hands when wringing it out.
  • Transfer the thawed or cooked cauliflower rice to the center of a thin dish towel, or place it in a nut milk bag. Use your hands to squeeze the rice, removing all of the excess moisture from the cauliflower. There should be quite a lot of liquid that comes out, close to 1/2 cup.
  • Place the drained cauliflower in a large bowl, then add in ground flax or chia seeds, almond flour, salt, garlic and dried oregano. Stir well to mix, using your hands if needed to make it stick together. You can add a tablespoon of water if needed, but I typically don't add any extra liquid when I use my hands to mix this dough.
  • Press the mixture into the parchment-lined baking sheet, using your hands to shape the crust into your desired size. The thinner and flatter you can press the crust, the better, but try to keep it as even as possible for a sturdy result. I typically get a crust that is 12 to 14 inches in diameter from this recipe.
  • Bake the crust at 400ºF for 45 minutes, checking on it after 30 minutes to make sure it's not starting to burn. You want the crust to be dry to the touch and nicely golden. (Tip: You can roast vegetable toppings for your pizza at the same time! I put sliced tomatoes, red onion, and mushrooms on a separate pan, and take them out of the oven around the 25 minute mark so they don't burn.)
  • For best texture, I recommend flipping the entire pizza crust over on the pan (I use the parchment paper to lift it), then return it to the oven for another 10 to 15 minutes to dry out even more. However, this is optional. I do recommend flipping over the crust either way, so that the "dry side" is on the bottom, making it easier to pick up with your hands later.
  • Once the crust is firm and dry, add your favorite pizza toppings and return to the oven briefly to let everything heat up, about 5-10 additional minutes. Serve warm. Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freeze for up to 3 months.

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Notes

You can skip the cooking and cooling process when using frozen cauliflower. Simply allow the frozen cauliflower to thaw in your fridge overnight, which creates a "cooked" texture without having to do the extra work. Pulse the thawed cauliflower to create the rice, then drain well using a dish towel.

Nutrition

Calories: 150kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 9g | Sodium: 343mg | Potassium: 551mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin C: 82mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 1.5mg
Per Serving (1/4 of the whole pizza): Calories: 150, Fat: 9g, Carbohydrates: 13g, Fiber: 6g, Protein: 7g

Recipe Notes:

Reader Feedback: Have you tried the cauliflower pizza crust yet? Whether it’s the original recipe or this vegan version, I hope you enjoy this gluten-free alternative!

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Comments

Faith

Sound great can’t wait to try it. I was wondering can I use coconut flour instead?

Renee Jacobs

When you call for “almond meal” you mean the product that has a coarser grind than almond flour, right? Can you suggest a brand that you use (or do you make it yourself?) so I can get similar results as you? Do you think almond flour might work as a substitute? Thank you!

    Megan Gilmore

    Almond meal usually refers to the ground “flour” using almonds that are not blanched. I think it’s healthier to include the skins, so that you’re using the whole almonds, but blanched almond flour might work, too. Though it’s not organic, Trader Joe’s carries an affordable almond meal that’s easily available, and Bob’s Red Mill makes one, too.

Jen

Love this recipe! The second time I made this, I used Trader Joe’s frozen riced cauliflower instead of a fresh head of cauliflower, much easier and faster.

    Holly

    Hi! When you used Trader Joe’s rice cauliflower, hoe much did you use? Still 1 pounds worth?

Robby

It is so offensive to call that “pizza.” Especially offensive to Italians. It may be the most delicious food in the world and that’s great, but it IS NOT pizza. Please call it something else.

    MAggy

    I’m Italian AND a New Yorker (not the fake upstate NY, sorry guys, but Manhattan and Long Island NY, where the NY pizza legacy was created) and I’m not offended. Great for people with Celiac or a gluten intolerance. Chillax, buddy.

      Tonya

      I am a vegan as well as a celiac and this recipe is a blessing to me!!! I’m making it as we speak and can’t wait to try it. The beauty of pizza, is that it’s a creative cuisine that can be made to our liking. Thanks for this recipe!!

Alma

I love all your recipes and can’t wait to try this one, too! Can I use wet almond pulp that’s leftover from making almond milk or do I have to dry it out first?

ES

Made this crust for the first time, last night, for a pizza night dinner. It was AMAZING and DELICIOUS!! My husband was super skeptical so I made this crust/pizza for just myself as I’m cutting out wheat/gluten, providing other pizzas for everyone else. Many guests, and even my husband were curious and wanted to taste my pizza and they were very pleasantly surprised how delicious it was. I topped with 1/2 pesto and 1/2 marinara (the marinara side is my favorite), sauteed mushrooms, olives, sundried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and sprinkled with a bit of cheese to keep it all together. After baking, I piled on some mini arugula! Oh, and I followed the crust directions to the T, notes and hints as well. Thank you! This is my new favorite and don’t think I can eat wheat crust pizza ever again! HAHA!

Myla Mercer

Can’t wait to try to make this! Thanks for the post.

Jan

Hi Megan,

I tried but the crust fell apart. Is it because I used cocunut flour instead of almond. I really want this to be perfect.

    Megan Gilmore

    Yes, coconut flour can’t be swapped for almond flour– they are super different!

Melissa

What else can be used instead of flax and/or chia? I can’t digest either.

Katie

Welp, I followed everything to a T and the outer edge was perfect! The center was crumbly and soggy a bit but I think I just need to make it a HAIR thinner than I did and it would have been perfect to pick up and eat. The thickness and the consistency of flax egg and amount of water added needs to be 100% perfect I think. I personally added 1.5 tbsp to the mix after adding 1 tbsp flax. If you add too much or too little I can see where that would mess things up. I also used the middle of the oven- not the top. Oh, and the cashew parm is essential. Made it for he first time tonight and the leftover “cheese” is definitely going to be a new staple of mine. Also I used TRader Joe’s bag of riced cauli and that seemed to be the perfect Amt (1lb) but didn’t even fill the baking sheet. A whole head of cauli would likely be too much “dough” to make it the right weight to pick up.

sally

OMG! Fantastic!! Try it all you vegans out there. I have a vegan pesto I made that I used as a topping nalong with mushrooms, onions and sundried tomatoes I sauteed first. I used baby kale because I was out of spinach. Ok not perfect. I made my crust about an 1/8″ thick and that seemed to be perfect. Thank you so much for such a wonderful recipe.

BTW – I used a bag of cauliflower rice I got at Costco.

MEGHAN

WHEN I WENT TO CUT THE VEGAN CRUST AND TRANSFER IT TO MY PLATE IT FELL APART. IS THAT NORMAL?

Ames

This pizza base is absolutely delish! But can anyone please tell me the nutritional info? ?

Ashley

I love this! I have made cauliflower crust a number of times but it was a recipe that involved a lot of egg and cheese and i’m cutting both out of my diet for the next month…possibly long-term.

Brooke

Great recipe! I tried this for the first time the other night after a google search for cauliflower pizza led me to your site. Definitely labor intensive but worth it and I will make double next time for the freezer!

Rachel

Can’t wait to try this out!

Karen

I found a bag of cauliflower pre-chopped into “rice” at the store, and I want to try to make your pizza crust with it. Do you know how many cups of “rice” 1 lb of cauliflower yields?

Christiane Brasher

I have made this recipe like 5 times. Before I became vegan I also tried the non vegan cauliflower crust and this one is WAY better! I think the chia seeds just work better in this instance. If you are planning to make it my recommendation is to not even consider making it without using parchment paper.
I have tried a number of different recipes and this one blows them all out of the water. In fact when I look up a recipe and see one from Detoxinista, I always choose it. Haven’t been let down yet!🏆🏆🏅🏆🏅🥇

Michelle Rocha

Can i make my own “almond meal” by blending almonds in my vitamix turing into flour?? Instead of having to buy almond meal??

Jenn Warren

IS ALMOND MEAL THE SAME AS ALMOND FLOUR?

Jill

Why not use raw cauliflower mixed with the chia egg and almond meal. It gets enough cooking in the oven

    Megan Gilmore

    The raw cauliflower will release a lot of moisture when it is cooked, so the resulting pizza crust is soggy if you don’t squeeze out the moisture first.

Bee

Looks Delicious! What can i use insTead of almond meal as we are a nut free family?

Shelby

Really loved this crust recipe. I am not vegan but was drawn to the recipe because it did not require eggs or extra cheese. I found that when I tried to make cauliflower pizza crust before it tasted too much like egg (I may have messed up along the way) and I am not fond of eggs. This definitely was labor intensive! I put some extra work it because I ground the chia seeds and made almond meal myself (only because I did not want to go to the store). Next time I will definitely get the ingredients ahead of time Overall, I am very pleased. 🙂

Susannah

Looks great I’m definitely going to try it!

Sruti

Thanks for the recipe. I had to sub coconut flour for almond flour because that’s all I had. I don’t know if I squeezed out too much of the water? Or if it was the coconut flour but I thought the pizza was super dry- too dry?

I also baked for less time than noted above because Preston ground and started lately cracking ( it wasn’t too thin)

Aimee

Hi Megan,
I have made this lots of times, but lately, my crust is falling apart. What might be going wrong???

Holly

Has anyone had luck using chickpea flour? it’s all I have I’m gonna wing it!

kelly

Use an ole school juicer and you’ll never need to wring it out. Super dry dough/paste!

Victoria

I just said out loud, “Hell yeah! Pin!!”

Analia

could the almond flour be replaced by something else?
thank you

Laura

Has anyone found a good alternative to almond flour for this recipe? My mom is allergic to almonds and hazelnuts in addition to gluten, dairy, and eggs. Did the chickpea flour work?

Nikki Holm

I’d like to know if you can use the pulp from making almond milk to replace the almond meal for this recipe? If so, would the quantity be the same? Has anyone tried this?

James m marr

Thanks for the raw vegan version

Dawna

Thank you for this most delightful vegan pizza crust ever! I have tried cauliflower pizza crusts before with no success, but this one is a keeper. The crust actually stayed together without falling apart! Instead of a dish towel, I used a nut milk bag to squeeze the water out. It worked like a charm. Keep doing what you do so well! Thanks again!

Janice

Thanks for this recipe. Loved the taste:) However ,I used Chia and the base was very crumbly and stuck to the baking papaer. Had to scrape it off after the first 30 mns of baking and press into shape again for the next 15mns. Any solutions to this or am I the only one who had this problem😬

Brittney

Made it and love it!! Thank you for saving me on a night where I needed some comfort food.

Ashley

What should I add if the crust is crumbly? More water or almond meal? I feel like I should know this but I’m drawing a blank and I don’t want to mess up my mix!

Lara

so yummy! mine fell apart, maybe it needed to be baked a little longer? but still super tasty. thank you!

Kris

My daughter is allergic to peanuts and treenuts- what can I use instead of almond meal when I make this crust? Thanks

jan pavelco

this was a hit at my cooking class! everyone loved it!

Clara

Very Good! We topped ours with hummus and sauteed onions and red pepper.

Elke Murphy

Hello
Crust is baked and looks great. How would you go about freezing it?

Dana

Thanks so much for this recipe! I made this last night and topped it with your walnut pesto (sans basil as mine had gone bad) and some ground turkey. OMG….it might have been the tastiest thing I’ve ever made!!!!

Margaret Meyer

I took leftover and put in dehydrator and liked it better dried out more!

Meag

I was wondering why you have to drain the cauliflower so much if you’re going to add in the mixture more water?

Maegen Garthwaite

Unfortunately cant have almonds plus many other things, this recipe would be good if nut free, is there a way to do with coconut flour or another substitute?

Allison

My family recently had to go egg-free, so I was really excited to find this recipe! We used to make your other cauliflower pizza crust all the time, but I think I might even like this vegan version better. The crust is amazing, and even my kids eat it! Thank you!!

Dani

Can we use coconut flour instead of almond? And would egg whites help the dough?

Freda

Tasted delicious!!Definitely turn the crust over to dry!
Exceeded my expectations…

Amy

How many tablespoons of water to make the chia egg?

    Megan Gilmore

    I usually don’t add any water to this recipe, so you just need the ground chia or flax seeds. The cauliflower has a lot of moisture in it, so that mixes with it to help bind.

      Amy

      Got it! Thank you so much! I’m excited to try this recipe!

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