How to make a perfect Cauliflower Pizza crust

Ok ok so I know it’s not REAL Pizza, but once you get this right you may just fall in love with this pizza alternative. I’ve tried many alternatives to my fave doughy delight; broccoli base pizza, even pizza swapping normal flour for nut flour. They were all lovely, but I have to say this is by far my favourite pizza base alternative. Especially now I have mastered it! (Yes I is the master!).

There are plenty of recipes out there for low carb, flourless pizzas, but most don’t ACTUALLY give you a dough like texture. For me its all about textures (taste is also a must but that goes without saying right?!). If I am looking to kill a craving without crippling my tummy, or if I have that bikini body in mind, then the KEY is to trick my brain into feeling like I am eating the real deal. Sounds a bit crazy, but trust me it works wonders! A lot of your cravings are in your head, like smoking for example, most people are addicted to the feeling of holding the cigarette, popping it into their mouths then inhaling and exhaling, rather than the actual nicotine. I am a like that with food. Give me a healthy replacement and I can guarantee it will satisfy my craving, and what’s even better is I DON’T feel like I am carrying a 3 month old baby right after eating! RESULT!

I’ve experimented with this recipe a few times and although all times have been delicious, this last time I finally got the dreeeeaaam texture AND I was able to pick it up without it breaking or crumbling! Yaaaay! This it the type of pizza crust to fool your family and friends with, the kids will never know either (word to you mothers!). Its also the type you will want to eat again and again!

What you will need (makes two pizza bases) :

  • 1kg cauliflower florets, riced
  • 1 egg beaten (flax egg for vegans)
  • ⅓ cup soft goats cheese (chevre) or cottage cheese. (vegans get a vegan friendly one- I’ve used it before. As long as the texture is right it will work!)
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of dried basil
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of tapioca starch (optional but great to get that desired dough like base )

SO, the secret to this mixture is very simple:

  1. Blend cauliflower chunks into rice like texture.
  2. Once you have blended the chunks of cauliflower, steamed it in boiling water for 3- 5 minutes.
  3. Drain the steamed cauliflower in a fine-mesh strainer. Then transfer it into a clean,thin dishtowel.

Wrap the cooked cauliflower up in the towel (see picture) and STRAIN as much water out of it as you can get out of it! Squuuueeeeze and squeeeeze! (Gives you a little workout too!).

You will be amazed at how much water comes out! After this arm workout you should  not only be left with toned arms BUT a lovely dry mash like texture.

4. Add the mixture to a large bowl, mix up your strained rice, beaten egg, goat/cottage cheese, and herbs. Mix WELL. (This means getting your hands dirrrtyyy, don’t be afraid to use your hands!)

Remember, it wont feel like your typical pizza dough but it will still hold together so don’t worry!

Press your dough out onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper. (It’s important that it’s lined with parchment paper!). Keep the dough quite thin and raised slightly on the corners to get that desired pizza crust (the raised sides is totally optional but definitely recommended for the ultimate cheat pizza!)

Now its ready to BAKE! Yaaaay!

Bake it for 25-35 minutes at 190 degrees. Meanwhile you can be cooking any toppings you may want to add. I have had chicken and veg, Steak and veggies, just cheese, just veggies, or even added an egg to the middle!

Once the base is cooked add your toppings- tomatoe cheese etc and pop back in the oven to allow the cheese to melt! Ensure any veggies or meat added is cooked prior to this as you don’t want to over cook your pizza base!

This recipe makes two, so to save yourself a job later down the line why not freeze one base?! You will thank yourself for it in future!

Hope you enjoy pizza lovers ❤️🍕

J xxx

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Peanut Butter ‘Proughnuts’ with Chocolate and Peanut Butter Glaze

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I have doughnut fever after looking through my old recipes and seeing the mouth watering Banana and Date doughnuts I made last year! Man they were gooooood! (Here is the link for the recipe in case you wanted a cheeky go: (https://cookeatsquatrepeat.wordpress.com/2016/05/08/banana-and-date-vegan-doughnuts-topped-with-crunchy-peanut-butter/).

As much as I loooove the banana and date doughnuts, I wanted to come up with something a little lower on the carb side and higher on the protein scale! I am training 6 days a week so want to ensure I am keeping an eye on my nutrition, but obviously still enjoy my food! Life is too short not to love what you eat after all! So I came up with this doughnut recipe which is my now new favourite! I mean what could be better than Peanut Butter, Chocolate and PROTEIN doughnuts….. Like seriously, gains central in the form of a doughnut. These bad boys are free from refined sugar, gluten free, dairy free, low in carbs, ANNNND high in them goooood fats! The texture was perfect and it actually feels like you are biting into the naughtiest of doughnuts! Minus the risk of a heart attack!

These will take you no longer than 30 minutes and make 10 large doughnuts or 15-20 smaller ones. I went for the smaller type as I intended to have these as a little pre/post workout snack!

What you will need for the doughnuts:

  • 1 large banana
  • 1/3 cup of coconut oil, melted
  • 3/4 cup of raw peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut flour
  • 2 tablespoons of vanilla protein powder (vegan friendly if following vegan recipe)
  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup or agave
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp of gluten free baking powder

For the glaze:

  • 3oz of dark dairy free chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon of raw peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons of coconut oil

How to make:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 190 degrees and grease a doughnut pan of choice with coconut oil. (If you don’t have a doughnut pan place on a greased baking tray and mould into doughnuts, use something round to make the hole in the middle).
  2. Blend or stir together the coconut oil, maple syrup, banana, peanut butter and vanilla extract until smooth. Place mixture in a bowl then add coconut flour and protein powder until completely combined.
  3. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes to allow the coconut flour to absorb the other ingredients.
  4. Using a spoon or pipe bag, put the mixture into the doughnut moulds or mould onto a baking tray then place in the oven and bake for 5 minutes or 10-12 minutes for the bigger doughnuts. Or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the centre of the doughnut.
  5. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack whilst you prepare the glaze.

For the glaze:

  1. Combine the chocolate and one teaspoon of coconut oil into a microwavable bowl, heat until completely smooth and melted. You may want to do this in short intervals as it can burn if not stirred.
  2. Do the same with the peanut butter by adding the coconut oil and melting together. This will make it easier to drizzle on top!
  3. Carefully dip the smooth side of the doughnuts using two forks into the chocolate and place onto the wire rack with baking sheet underneath to catch any chocolate drips.
  4. Now use a pipe/zipper bag to drizzle the peanut butter over the chocolate glazed doughnuts. I have been known to use a teaspoon to drizzle in the past, however I am quite confident in my drizzling skills so if you are new to this go with a small pipe for the finishing touch!
  5. Place the doughnuts in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to allow chocolate PB glaze to set.

These can be stored up to 5 days and even frozen if you wanted to, however I do recommend eating them fresh! Plus I am pretty confident you WILL want to eat them all within a few days or hours even!

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do! Please message/share any recreations and let me know how you do! Instagram: @cookeatsquatrepeat #cookeatsquatrepeat

Love J xx

*In recent news, my mum has just eaten my LAST doughnut, so I have no choice but to put myself up for adoption at the age of 29…. I doughnut believe she could do this to me!!