Pizza with zero cheese? Pizza with no dough? You gotta be kidding me!
But don’t freak out yet. Introducing the Vegan Keto Cauliflower Crust Pizza With Cashew Nut Cheese! – Now you can freak out!
Which food was the most difficult to give up when you went vegan? For me it was cheese.
But since discovering that there’s a vegan substitute for everything, life ain’t never been so sweet!
Roll on Cashew Nut Cheese.
Vegan Keto Pizza dilemma solved.
What Does This Lazy Vegan Keto Recipe Have To Offer?
Our recipe for Cauliflower Crust Pizza with Cashew Nut Cheese is perfect for vegan keto diets because you get the fat content from the wonderfully decadent cashew nut cheese. Plus it’s low in carbs and high in mouthwatering yumminess.
And it’s egg-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free.
If you don’t want to make the crust from scratch, cauliflower pizza bases are easy to find. You can even order frozen cauli crusts, in bulk, online! But be aware most commercial crusts will contain eggs, sugar and corn starch.
Loads of vegetarians eat eggs and dairy.
So if you are a Veggan Ketotarian (eggs, no dairy) you can eat the commercial crusts, but be sure to check the carbs. These pizza bases were designed with a free-gluten diet in mind, not a vegan keto one.
The Cauliflower Origin Story
Aqua blue skies, torquoise ocean waters, jagged rocky outcrops and a landscape dotted with striking white villas and rustic dwellings. Greece, Cyprus to be exact.
The last thing I think of is cauliflower, but Cyprus is where this rock star vegetable hails from. I kid you not.
Cauliflower is the hero veg of low fat, high carb (LFHC) vegan keto diets.
Think cauliflower steaks, cauliflower rice, and keto bread, which is gluten-free and made with ingredients like almond flour, flax seed and cauliflower.
Raw, baked, roasted, steamed, grilled, sauteed, pureed and juiced, cauliflower is heroic in its versatility and nutritional content.
It’s crammed with
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin K
- And Iron
But its superpower comes in the form of glucosinolates.
Is Cauliflower Pizza Crust Healthier Than Regular Crust?
Studies show that eating cauliflower regularly may protect against cancers, especially when it’s raw and organic. It also aids weight loss, reduces bloating and has anti-inflammatory properties.
Who Invented The Cauliflower Crust Pizza?
The good old-fashioned pizza we know and love comes, of course, from Italy. Naples, to be exact. Americans love pizza so much some folks think it’s an American creation. It certainly is an American staple!
But the cauliflower pizza crust was made famous by Gail Becker. Her son suffers from celeriac disease, which means he is super allergic to gluten.
Her search for a gluten-free substitute to pizza dough base showed an overwhelming number of recipes for pizza with…Yip, you got it!
A cauliflower pizza crust.
Gail’s Cauilpower crusts contain egg. And sugar and corn starch. So strictly speaking they wouldn’t be suited to the vegan keto diet plan.
Is Cauliflower Related To Broccoli?
Yes. Cauliflower is a cruciferous veg, like broccoli. All veggies from this family are super healthy and most are keto vegan friendly.
Other greens in this family, with similar health benefits, are mustard, kale, rapeseed, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cress, collard greens, arugula (rocket) and bok choi.
Eat your greens, son!
How Easy Is It To Make Cauliflower Crust Pizza With Cashew Nut Cheese?
Your pet monkey could make this – blindfolded. But we don’t want PETA to come knocking, so you should manage quite well without a monkey on your back.
Will This Recipe Break The Vegan Keto Bank?
The only ingredient that will hurt your wallet is the cashew nuts. So it’s fair to say it won’t break the bank. This vegan keto dinner could easily become a staple Friday-night-Netflix and organic, sulfur-free red wine kinda vibe.
Why Our Cauliflower Pizza Passes The Vegan Keto Meal Plan Requirements
It’s low in carbs, high in fat (especially if you add avocado) with moderate protein. And contains no animal products, or by-products.
A delish meal that’s kind to the earth.
And it will help if you want to shed those unwanted remnants of your carb-eating days. Pizza for weight loss? Madness, I say!
Cauliflower, cashews and nutritional yeast flakes bring various proteins to the party. And the almond flour is a much healthier option than the corn starch, often used in commercial cauliflower pizza crusts.
The soaked ground flax is a binder (egg replacement). It adds extra healthy fats (omega 3 and 6) to the meal, along with some fiber.
Vegan Keto Secret Ingredient
It wouldn’t be a secret if I said “cashews” or “cauliflower”! So to surprise (and delight) you, I introduce you to the humble nutritional yeast flake.
This little number is a powerhouse in the vegan keto arsenal. And vital for the vegan diet because,
-It’s low in sodium, cholesterol and saturated fat.
-Its got trace elements – magnesium, zinc, selenium, and copper.
-It’s a complete protein and also contains:
- vitamin B6
- vitamin B12
- pantothenic acid
- folic acid
But its main attraction is the flavor.
Nutritional yeast flakes have a unique nutty, cheesy taste.
Make nut cheese with different nuts, and add complimentary herbs to get a new taste profile every time.
Nutritional yeast is the deactivated form of live yeast. You get fortified and non-fortified brands. I prefer non-fortified because it is 100% natural and free from synthetic vitamins.
Tip: Order in bulk if you regularly prepare vegan keto meals for the whole family.
Unfortified nutritional yeast is high in fiber, 16% of a 15g serving (3 tablespoons).
Add nutritional yeast flakes to as many vegan keto savory snacks and meals as you can.
Add it to vegan keto soups and vegan keto burgers. Use it to make utterly blissful salad dressings. And, of course, it is the second most important ingredient in vegan keto nut cheeses.
When you want to tread lightly on the earth, these pizzas do the trick.
- Food Processor – to pulse cauliflower florets into rice and the cashews into “cheese”.
- Flat baking tray/silicone baking sheet– to place pizza on
- Nut milk bag or clean kitchen cloth – to squeeze moisture from caulirice.
Which Diets Will This Recipe Be Compatible With?
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Pizza with zero cheese? Pizza with no dough? You gotta be kidding me! But don’t freak out yet. Introducing the Vegan Keto Cauliflower Crust Pizza With Cashew Nut Cheese! –
- 1 medium cauliflower head
- 2 tbsp flax seeds, soaked into water
- 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1&1/2 cup almond meal
- 1/3 cup almond milk
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp Salt
For the Cashew Cheese
- 1 cup cashews, soaked into water
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Toppings: Mixed Greens, pickled red onion, tomato sauce
- Preheat the oven to 200C/400F.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Cut the cauliflower into florets and add them into the food processor. Pulse to obtain a rice texture, making sure you don’t over-process.
- Transfer the cauliflower rice into a large bowl, add the rest of the ingredients and mix.
- Place the cauliflower mixture onto the baking sheet and use your hands to shape a 1/2 inch thick pizza shape.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden.
- While the crust is baking, prepare the cashew cheese. Start by adding the drained cashews, coconut oil and almond milk and into a food processor.
- Pulse to obtain a thick cream, then add the rest of the ingredients and process to obtain a cream cheese texture.
- Remove from the oven, add your favorite toppings, scoop the cashew cheese on top and serve.
- Category: Dinner
- Cuisine: Vegan Keto
Keywords: vegan, keto, ketotarian, vegan lasagna, keto lasagna, vegan keto dinner