With a lot more nutrients and fibre and a whole lot less sugar, additives and saturated fats than a regular pizza, this recipe packs in a whole bunch of vitamins, and is far easier to digest than a traditional wheat-based pizza.
Top with natural passata and healthy ingredients, and you’ll get way more than your 5-a-day, plus plenty of plant based and vegetarian protein. Practice this recipe a few times and you’ll have a delicious go-to healthier pizza recipe that you can still slice and pick up just as you would with a classic crust!
For the crust
- ½ large cauliflower
- 1 cup spelt flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- a glug of olive oil
- 2 eggs
- salt & pepper
- dried oregano / basil / Italian mixed herbs
- Any other spices you enjoy (I added paprika to the base too)
For the topping
- 4-5 tbsp passata
- sliced tomatoes
- sliced black olives
- 1 red pepper
- 1 finely sliced leek
- 1 egg (optional)
- fresh basil
- partly cooked asparagus
- Nutritional yeast flakes / vegan cheese / your choice of cheese (optional)
- drizzle of olive oil
Break apart the cauliflower into florets and pulse in a food processor until it resembles something like cauliflower rice – most recipes say to squeeze all the liquid out using a tea towel, but it’s not necessary if you’re using spelt flour, and you’ll save yourself a lot of cauliflower-scented tea towels!
Add the processed cauliflower, spelt, baking soda and powder, a pinch of salt and pepper, and the herbs and spices to a large mixing bowl
Mix roughly to combine
Add the eggs and olive oil and mix again until you create a dough-like consistency. It may be slightly sticky, so add more spelt until you can handle it without it sticking to your hands
Place the ‘dough’ onto a baking tray lined with brown paper (sprinkle the paper with flour first to stop anything sticking to it)
Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until slightly firmer and browned at the edges, at roughly 180C
Take out of the oven and add your toppings
Place back in the oven for 20-30 minutes at 190C or until the edges are brown and the toppings are thoroughly cooked
Remove from the oven, slice, serve and enjoy!