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Cauliflower Crust Pizza {Vegan and Paleo}

The quest for this pizza recipe began over a month ago.  My Paleo friend challenged me to make him a pizza that met his dietary needs.  I believe his exact words were, “Foodie McBooty, the one thing I really miss eating is pizza.  Make a Paleo-friendly pizza for me, please.”  Food challenge accepted!

I admit that I had quietly put this recipe off because I really had no idea where to start.  Thank goodness for the oodles of Vegan recipes out there because without them I would have never found this amazing Cauliflower Crust recipe from the Happy Go Lucky Vegan.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Paleo Diet, this is a great article to reference for Paleo Do’s and Don’ts.  This article really helped me pin down this recipe.

The results were surprisingly delicious, even for a meat, dairy, egg, bread lover like myself.  Plus (as an added bonus) after eating half of one pizza, I was FULL!!  Who would have thunk that an all Vegan pizza could tip my scale?

So here’s the thing, you can completely tailor this recipe to your specific dietary needs.  If you’re on the Paleo Diet, add real eggs and meat toppings to this recipe.  If you’re following a Vegan routine, use flax eggs instead of animal eggs.  And if you’re following either dietary religion and you’re itching for some cheese, use a Vegan cheese like Daiya Mozzarella Cheese.  It’s like cheese magic!

One thing is certain, use greased parchment paper instead of aluminum foil.  I was hoping to get away with heavily greased aluminum foil since it was all that I had on hand at the time.  The crust stuck a lot more than it should have.  I went out the very next day and tried this recipe with parchment paper instead.  The parchment paper made my life so much easier!


Cauliflower Crust Pizza {Vegan and Paleo Friendly}

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Cauliflower Crust Pizza {Vegan and Paleo Friendly}


  • 2 cups ground raw cauliflower florets
  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 3 eggs (or flax eggs)
  • 2-3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • pinches of salt
  • a few grinds of pepper
  • pinch of oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
  • Whatever pizza toppings you like, I used pesto, roasted tomatoes, toasted pine nuts, mushrooms and a drizzle of balsamic


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Chop cauliflower and pulse florets in a food processor. Be careful not to puree it or grind it until it’s mushy. You’re going for a “riced” fluffy consistency. It should not be sticking together at this point.
  3. Whisk 3 eggs and mix all of the rest of the crust ingredients together and form into a ball. It should be pretty wet but If it’s too sticky to handle add more flour. Gently knead it a few times, adding some flour on top if necessary to help it come together. (note – this will NOT resemble regular pizza dough – it won’t be as easy or pliable to work with – that’s ok).
  4. Press “dough” ball down onto a pizza stone or baking sheet lined with greased parchment paper. Gently mold into a circle and spread it to be a little less than 1/4 inch thick.
  5. The crust needs to be baked for 25-30 minutes total. Since I was topping mine with pesto and cooked veggies, I baked the crust by itself entirely and added the toppings at the end. If you’re making a pizza with cheese or tomato sauce, bake crust for approx. 15-20 minutes (or until firm), then top with sauce and other toppings and bake for 10-15 minutes more.


Oven times may vary depending on your oven or consistency of your “dough”.

View a list of all of my Vegetarian and Vegan recipes here.

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31 thoughts on “Cauliflower Crust Pizza {Vegan and Paleo}

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  2. Made this recipe for my dad whose on the paleo diet. He said the one thing he always craves is pizza, but not anymore! This crust was so good, much better than normal non-paleo crust. Crispy, flavorsome and healthy! 🙂 will be making again.

    1. Maddy, I am so excited to hear that! My Paleo friend was in the same sort of situation as your dad. He loves the Paleo diet (and loves the changes to his body and spirit) but he really missed pizza too. I’m really happy to hear that this crust is bridging that gap. Thank you so much for stopping by and say hi to your dad for me! 🙂

    1. Elizabeth, I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed this recipe. I feel like it’s one of those recipes that once you make it, you want to make it over and over again, making it better every single time. Thanks for stopping by (and sharing your link) and happy Paleoing!

    1. It’s not super necessary for the texture of the crust, but it does give everything a cheesy flavor. Up to you!

  3. Looks great! I am just wondering if you have actually tried this with flax eggs. Mine came out wet and gummy when I used flax instead of eggs. . .

    1. Hi Ricki. Yes, I have used flax instead of eggs for this recipe and mine turned out okay. Your crust will be a bit wetter than an average pizza crust, but it should come out just fine. Did you use parchment paper? I am wondering if it may have something to do with the type of baking sheet you used?

    1. Hi Shanna. I’m sorry you are having such a hard time with this recipe! Perhaps your crust is too wet? What type of baking sheet are you using? Maybe it would work better on a pizza stone instead (still using the parchment paper and sliding it onto a hot pizza stone). I hope this helps!

    1. Hi Jon L! I really do love this recipe. It’s perfect for us pizza lovers! Good luck with your 9-week paleo-vegan adventure 🙂

  4. Huge success last night with this recipe. Plus, it was easy to make. Will be sharing with Paleo friends.

    I used closer to 1 whole cup of almond flour and crust had awesome texture and crisp.

    1. Andrew, that is wonderful to hear! I am so happy this turned out for you. Thank you for commenting!

  5. Thanks for the recipe. Can’t wait to try this. I have been vegetarian for about 28 years and now I am going to switch to vegan.

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