1/ Low Carb "Sloppy Joe"
This one's a surprise. I wasn't even going to make it when I read about using cauliflower in the base but... I'm glad I did. The mixture of riced cauliflower and grated 'hard' mozzarella cheese needs a knife and fork (it's a bit messy in your hands, but possible) and it is in the words of my daughter 'scrumptiously tasty'.
...or 2/ Higher Carb, Gluten-free "Crispy Pete"
To be able to hold it more easily in your hands, you need to add a replacement for the wheat flour. Commercial options for gluten-free pizzas use tapioca, rice, potato or cornflour and in so doing, are very carb-rich which quickly spikes your insulin. That being said, the recipe from the How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook is by far the best and I have served it without saying it's gluten-free with much success.
Mix in some garbanzo bean flour (chickpea flour - also known as Gram flour) almond flour or ground golden flaxseeds to add both substance and taste. When using ground flax seeds, remember to drink lots of liquids - they tend to soak up the H2O.
SLOPPY JOE - Cauliflower pizza
The secret of making a great low-carb pizza base that holds together well is in reducing the liquid in the cauliflower and letting the egg and molten cheese provide the "glue" when it's cooking.
2/ CRISPY PETE
Time for Crispy Pete to make his credentials known. He's a whole lot of carbs heavier but he's home-made healthy, 100% gluten-free and the closest you can get to durum wheat pizza dough - without the wheat!
Psyllium husk - the secret ingredient that makes the difference
Crispy Pete's secret ingredient is 'psyllium husk' which strengthens the proteins in gluten-free flour so that it can better trap steam and gas during baking... making it more bread like. You can easily find it in healthfood stores or on-line; it's cheap and well worth the purchase. Psyllium husk is a shrub-like herb most commonly found in India and you only need small quantities to create the right pizza dough texture. In larger quantities, it is often used as laxative and is also renowned for it's high fibre content.
Instructions for a crispy pizza base
Easy cauliflower pizza recipe - 90 second video
1/ The 'Sloppy Joe' ingredients
2/ Crispy Pete's ingredients
This is enough for 3 crispy pizza bases:
- 500 gm of your favourite gluten-free flour blend
- 125 gm almond flour
- 25 gm psyllium husk (order on-line if you don't find it locally)
- 15 gm baking powder
- 5 gm dry yeast
- 650 ml water (luke-warm)
- 75 ml olive oil (+ oil to spray the baking trays)
- 10 gm salt (2 teaspoons)
'Crispy Pete' is adapted from "The How Can it be Gluten-free Cookbook" published by America's Test Kitchen.
A word of warning: measures are not metric in this book.
Sammy Pepys is not a doctor or a nutritionist. He is concerned and increasingly suspicious of today's conventional wisdom when it comes to diet, health and the lack of progress on tackling growing rates of type-2 diabetes, obesity and related diseases.
Sammy has advised numerous people about the benefits of low-carb diets and seen their health and energy levels rise. Weight loss is associated with this eating approach (he lost 6 kilos) but feeling good and having more energy is the main driver!
Disclaimer: The information, recipes and results mentioned on this site may not work for everyone. It is good to discuss any significant dietary changes with your Doctor.