Nothing satisfies the craving for salty, savory deliciousness than pizza. But the average caloric content of a slice of pepperoni pizza is 272. When you have a serious craving for pizza but you’re watching what you eat, why not create your own healthy pizza?
Take it a step further by using alternative crusts to the traditional dough. These vegan pizza crusts are just as delicious and filling but without the unwanted calories. Best of all, they are extremely easy to create. The next time you want to treat the entire family to homemade pizza, indulge in these pizza crust alternatives:
Cauliflower Pizza Crust
Cauliflower can be used as alternative to rice, couscous and yes, pizza dough. In fact, of all veggie crusts, cauliflower pizza crust is the most popular option. It’s also preferred by Paleo and gluten-free eaters. It’s definitely an excellent (and tasty!) choice for omnivores who want to satisfy their cravings for pizza.
To create your own cauliflower pizza crust, combine the grated cauliflower with oregano, parmesan, and mozzarella cheese. Season with salt and garlic powder. Add an egg to bind all the ingredients. Spread on a baking sheet thinly then bake for 20 minutes. Add your favorite toppings then bring back to bake for another 5 minutes or until the cheese melts.
Sweet Potato Pizza Crust
The sweet, savory taste of sweet potato makes an excellent base for a low-calorie vegan pizza. Although sweet potato is starchy, it’s low in carbs. It’s also high in antioxidants and gluten-free.
To create a sweet potato pizza crust, mix mashed sweet potatoes with almond flour, eggs, and shredded cheese. Add a teaspoon of baking and garlic powder. Mix herbs like curry, oregano, and paprika. Finally, add a pinch of salt to season. Preheat the oven to 375F, incorporate all ingredients and spread thinly on a baking sheet. Shape the mixture into a circle. Bake for 20 minutes until the edges turn brown. Add your favorite toppings then bake again for another 5 minutes.
Zucchini Pizza Crust
This is another excellent alternative to conventional pizza dough. Zucchini is loaded with fiber, vitamin C, and antioxidants. This summer veggie is also loaded with potassium, vitamin A, and folate! To whip up your own zucchini pizza crust, add grated and drained zucchini with parmesan and mozzarella cheese, almond flour, and egg. Add oregano powder, garlic powder and salt. Mix the ingredients together and spread on a baking sheet. Shape the mixture into a circle. Preheat the oven to 375F and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven, add your favorite toppings then bake again for another 7 minutes.
Tofu Pizza Crust
Did you know deep-frying thinly sliced tofu will take on a crispy texture? Tofu is low in calories, high in protein and antioxidants. It’s also loaded with essential vitamins and minerals.
To create tofu pizza crust, slice fresh tofu thinly then deep fry. Spread pizza sauce or pasta sauce then add your favorite toppings. Finish off with mozzarella cheese then pop in the oven and bake until the cheese melts. Serve piping hot and enjoy!