When we found out that my husband had a gluten problem, we had to change our entire way of life. I know a lot of people are gluten free and would see that as an exaggeration, but my husband is also allergic to about 90% of fruits and vegetables. So when we found out about gluten, I wasn’t sure how we were going to be able to make it. Needless to say, I got creative.

One of my husband’s favorite dishes was pizza, but with the newfound allergy at hand, I had to find another way to make it. Unfortunately, my husband was also allergic to almost everything else that you can make flour out of, so when I discovered Cauliflower Pizza Crust, I was elated!

There were tons of variations for the pizza crust, so I created one from bits and pieces of all the recipes I found. The result was the most amazing pizza crust ever created. Not to mention, it’s healthy, you can freeze it, and it’s super-cheap. How cheap, you ask? Well, I can get a head of cauliflower for $1.49 any day of the week at WalMart, and then I can get about 8 pizza crusts out of one head. That means I’m making a crust for less than $0.20. If you grow your own cauliflower or pick some up at the farmers market, you could make your pizza crust for almost free! As if the crust wasn’t good enough already, cheap makes it even better. If you want to give it a shot, here’s the recipe. Hope you like it as much as we do.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cauliflower
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1 egg beaten
  • ½ tsp garlic salt
  • ½ tsp oregano

Directions:

1. Trim off any parts of the cauliflower that have brown spots along with the leaves and stalk.

2. Wash off the cauliflower and shred all of it — including the white stalk — just like cheese.

3. Pile the cauliflower into 1 cup sections.

4. Place each section into its own microwave safe bowl and heat for 15 – 30 seconds depending on your microwave. It should be steamed and slightly moist. Don’t add water to it, the cauliflower has enough in it already.

5. Mix the cauliflower, egg, cheese, oregano, and garlic salt into a bowl. Place the mix onto a foiled and greased cookie sheet. Flatten it out into a circle/square pizza shape and bake at 450° for 15 minutes. After it cools, slowly peel the cauliflower off the foil and add whatever toppings you want! Repeat directions for each pizza.

To Freeze:

After you’ve cooked the crust, let it cool off for a few minutes. Move the pizza crust into a Ziplock bag while keeping it flat. Place the crust on a flat surface in the freezer until completely frozen. Once it’s done freezing you can stand the pizza crust up on its side to save room. When you’re ready to eat it, let it thaw out or heat it up in the microwave in 1 minute intervals until done. Add toppings and heat in the oven for 10-15 minutes at 350°.

This has been a guest post by August from Granite Falls, NC
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17 thoughts on “Gluten Free Pizza Crust for Under $0.20”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for sharing, August. Have you ever done it with a dairy free cheese? I have a dairy allergy in addition to also being gluten intolerant. 

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for sharing, August! Have you ever tried it with a dairy free cheese? I have a dairy allergy in addition to a gluten intolerance. 

  3. THANK YOU for posting this! I just found out that I have celiac’s disease and will need to change my diet to gluten free. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for posting this. I am at a loss right now bc I have to change the way I think of food.

    •  My husband doesn’t have Celiac’s disease, but his allergy list is huge. When we found out about the gluten it was so hard. Eating is a challenge, but on the plus side, we’re losing weight! Ha. Good luck! I found a lot of help from books at the library and gluten free food blogs. Pinterest is great too. Just type in “Gluten Free” and tons of recipes pop up.

  4. TY, sharing with our little group.

  5. omg! i am excited to try this. we are starting another juice fast and one meal tomorrow and this would be great to eat. califlower is a great substitute for many things like potatoes. :) thanks for this recipe! 

  6. Anonymous says:

    Was kind of confused about the term “stock” under points numbers 1 and 2. I’m guessing the writer meant “stalk”.

  7. Anonymous says:

    1 cup of cauliflower may be 20 cents…unless you find it on a great sale that cup of mozzarella is about $1…hardly a 20 cent crust!

    • I just got a block of cheese at WalMart for $4.23 If i take the time to shred it myself, it’s about $1 a cup. If I get the cheese on sale, like most KCL gals try to do, it’s even cheaper. I just got 5 bags of shredded Kraft cheese free a few weeks ago. So, it can be .20 or less, just have to use the sales to your advantage :)

  8. jonah lang says:

    I’m so excited about this recipe!  Cauliflower is so much more healthy for you then flour anyway and being newly diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, so much of my reading says to stay away from gluten products.  I’m looking forward to another recipe to try to save some of my favorites from my dinner chopping block!!

    •  I agree Jonah. When I had to change our way of cooking I did a lot of research on it. I was really surprised at how many professionals thought that gluten wasn’t that great for you. Not to mention how many comments I saw where people talked about how much better they felt after they stopped eating it. While I don’t think people should use it as a new “fad diet”, I definitely think people should do some checking around the subject. It’s different, but it can be soooo tastey!

  9. Anonymous says:

    as a person with gluten intolerance as well as other food intolerances, I just wanted to say thank you for sharing this! I’ll have to give it a try sometime!!

  10. I would just like to remind all of you that gluten is not bad for you and that it gives your food structure and flavor.So if you don’t have troubles digesting it, there is really no reason to eliminate it from your diet.I realize that this article was probably aimed at those of you with celiac disease, but for some reason everyone thinks it’s some new diet.

  11. brittany s says:

    Wow that’s awesome. I try to eat healthy and stay away from flour so this is perfect. Can’t wait to try it!

  12. Greg Costa says:

    Sounds good.  Have you tried this with frozen cauliflower?

    • I have and it’s still wonderful. I put it all in a microwavable bowl and put a covering loosely on it. Nuke it for somewhere between 6-8 minutes (depending on your microwave), then put it in a processor. Works just as good!