Cauliflower Pizza Crust Review
April 28, 2019 8 Comments
This cauliflower pizza crust review is for all those people who like to be gluten-free and for the parents who like to hide vegetables in their kid’s food.
After posting my Caulipower Pizza Review, I became aware of other players in the cauliflower crust word. First among them is Trader Joe’s.
TJ’s makes both a cauliflower crust and a broccoli kale crust and I just had to try both of them. Whole Foods produces a cauliflower crust as well.
Before I get into these packaged crusts, you should know that my favorite gluten-free crust is a portobello mushroom see: portobello mushroom pizza.
None of the cauliflower crusts are simply cauliflower. I am pretty sure that cauliflower needs something to hold it together to make a crust and all of these brands come up with different binding agents.
Before we get into the different types, you should know that none of these reminded me of actual pizza. I think the fluffy, gluten-filled crust is hard to replicate without wheat flour.
First up is Trader Joe’s!
Both of the Trader Joe’s crusts are a bit different than a regular pizza crust because you bake them for about 20-24 minutes before you add toppings.
This cauliflower crust uses corn flour and potato starch to hold it together. Here are the nutrition facts for 1/6 of the pizza:
80 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 17 g carbohydrates, 1 g sugar, 1 g protein, 1g fiber, 220 mg sodium, 2 Freestyle SmartPts
The flavor and texture was surprisingly good and I would happily put sauce, cheese, and toppings on this and not feel deprived. This crust had a chewiness that was a little like actual bread.
I would buy this again.
This crust was $4.
I know this next crust isn’t cauliflower but I had to try it. The casher told me that he loved this crust with pesto and veggies.
This broccoli/kale crust uses corn flour and potato starch to hold it together. Here are the nutrition facts for 1/6 of the pizza:
70 calories, 0.5 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 15 g carbohydrates, 0 g sugar, 1 g protein, 0g fiber, 230 mg sodium, 2 Freestyle SmartPts
If you don’t like broccoli or kale, avoid this crust because it tastes like them. I actually really liked the flavor and texture of this crust and think it would be an excellent addition to any quick dinner. Again, it had a nice chewiness and would stand up well to sauce and cheese. Way to go TJs!!
This was $4.50.
Whole Foods has their own 365 Everyday Value brand and there is some good stuff. This was the most expensive of all the cauliflower crusts at $6.
The WF take is to add chickpea flour, mozzarella cheese, eggs, and potato flour along with some basil, thyme, oregano, and marjoram to make a product that approximates actual pizza dough.
Here are the nutrition facts for 1/4 of the pizza:
110 calories, 4 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 14 g carbohydrates, 0 g sugar, 6 g protein, 1 g fiber, 105 mg sodium, 3 Freestyle SmartPts
This crust has a ton more protein than the other brands (and less sodium). My problem is that it was gummy and tasted like potatoes. I didn’t like the flavor (very bland) and I don’t think a pizza made with this would be good. Also, it was the most expensive crust!!
Finally, I took a look at Caulipower, which is the most affordable at $2 per crust.
They used brown rice flour and cornstarch to hold this one together.
Here are the nutrition facts for 1/6 of the pizza:
85 calories, 3 g fat, 1 g saturated fat,13 g carbohydrates, 1 g sugar, 2 g protein, 2 g fiber, 50 mg sodium, 3 Freestyle SmartPts
I overcooked this one a bit as you can see.
This had a good flavor but had more of a crunch to it and was pretty thin. I did not sense any cauliflower when I ate this and I am wondering how much is cauliflower and how much is brown rice flour.
I did think this was pretty tasty and I would use it for my gluten-free friends if I didn’t have a Trader Joe’s in the neighborhood.
Have you tried any of these crusts? What did you think?
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