After years and years of being cast as a boring and unexciting side dish, cauliflower is finally having its moment. Now you can take your favorite carb-loaded comfort food and make it with cauliflower. But does that make it healthy? We're putting cauliflower pizza crust to the test.
The thing is, if you make a pizza crust out of cauliflower, it's going to taste a bit like cauliflower. It doesn't sound super appetizing, but it's not as bad you would think.
Cauliflower doesn't have a super strong flavor, so it's not going to overpower the taste of you pizza. Think of the crust as a vehicle for all your favorite pizza toppings, which are the true stars of the show anyway. As for the texture, it's soft and chewy, so if you like a more crispy crust like myself, it may take a couple tries to get used to.
In general, cauliflower is very nutritious. It's low in calories, yet contains just about every vitamin and mineral a person needs. Here are some other notable benefits of switching to cauliflower crust:
Cauliflower is high in fiber, which is so important to have in your diet. Fiber helps reduce inflammation and promote digestive health. Fiber rich vegetables, like cauliflower, are also known to lower the risk of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Plus, it can help with preventing obesity because it will make you feel full without consuming a bunch of calories.
Cauliflower is an easy replacement for grains and legumes and it's a great way to add more vegetables to your diet. Substituting traditional flour crust for cauliflower crust is also great alternative for people who are gluten-free, diabetic, or on a low-carb diet, like Keto, and still want to indulge and eat pizza.
Cauliflower has a ton of antioxidants, especially glucosinolates and isothiocyanates. Studies have shown that these types of antioxidants slow the growth of cancer cells and are protective against colon, lung, breast, and prostate cancer. They are known for their anti-inflammatory benefits.
When you compare our homemade cauliflower pizza crust to a flour pizza crust, there's no question about which one is healthier. One slice of homemade cauliflower pizza crust has 56 calories, 2.6g of fat, 28.1mg of cholesterol, 186.8mg of sodium, 4.1g total carbohydrates, and 4.8g of protein.
Comparably, one slide of Boboli brand thin pizza crust (available at most grocery stores) has 170 calories, 3.5g of fat, 0mg of cholesterol, 340mg of sodium, 28g total carbohydrates, and 6g of protein.
If you're looking for a way to eat pizza guilt free without feeling bloated after, switching to a cauliflower crust might be your best bet.
Cauliflower pizza crust is actually pretty easy to make. Here's one of our favorite recipes!
If you're looking for more fun cauliflower recipes, check out them out here:
You can find at least cauliflower crust pizza in the frozen section of your favorite grocery store. Here are some of our favorites:
If you plan on dining out, California Pizza Kitchen also serves their own rendition of a cauliflower crust.