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3 Ingenious Substitutes for Pizza Crust

3 Ingenious Substitutes for Pizza Crust

Who doesnt love pizza?

Unfortunately, when you hop on the healthy eating bandwagon, some foods are hard to replicate — like pizza. A greasy, carby, cheesey masterpiece, pizza can make you feel a little sick and a little heavenly at the same time. If only there were a way to enjoy pizza without all of the excess carbs and grease? Here’s the solution — instead of settling for a bunch of refined, sugary carbs, try these ingenious substitutions for white flour pizza crust to make a healthier pizza tonight!

Cauliflower. Believe it or not, this under-appreciated veggie is great at mimicking rice. Just pulse it in the food processor until it looks like small rice particles, and cook it for 4-6 minutes, sauteed or boiled. Logically, the next step is to form it into a pizza crust. All it takes is a little pressed and processed cauliflower, some egg, goat cheese, and spices. Bake it in the oven, and you’ve got yourself a healthy, low-carb pizza crust. For more specific directions, check out the step-by-step recipe.

Almond flour. The mighty king of low carb, gluten-free substitutions, almond flour is perfect for just about anything, including pizza crust. Add a little egg, parmesan, and spices, and you’ve got yourself a crispy pizza crust that is lower in carbs and full of healthy fats. The nutty flavor isn’t too bad either. You’ll also find that this pizza crust is more filling than a traditional crust, with the added fat and protein of the almonds providing more satisfaction.

Mashed potatoes. Yes, you can actually merge your 2 favorite foods into one! Mashed potatoes, when mixed with 1/4 cup of flour (any type of flour will do; wheat, almond, oat, coconut, etc.), make an awesome pizza crust. Spread it thin on a greased cookie sheet and bake until it’s crisped. Be aware, these are still pretty starchy if you’re trying to cut back on the carbs. (For another brilliant idea: use mashed sweet potato instead and top your pizza with goat cheese, kale, and stripped chicken for an entire meal in one lofty bite! Sweet potatoes are more nutritionally rich than white potatoes, and might make a healthier choice for your crust.)

– In all of these recipes, don’t add the toppings on until the crust is cooked and crispy. Otherwise, they will sog out, just like regular pizza crust.–

Abandon your pizza-eating dreams no more! These 3 ingredients have changed the pizza game completely. Pizza can be healthy and delicious. What are you waiting for? Go give them a try!

Do you have any brilliant ingredient substitutions? Share in the comments!

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Jordyn Cormier

Jordyn is a choreographer, freelance writer, and an avid outdoors woman. Having received her B.F.A. in Contemporary Dance from the Boston Conservatory, she is passionate about maintaining a healthy body, mind, and soul through food and fitness. A lover of adventure, Jordyn can often be found hiking, canoeing, mountain biking, and making herself at home in the backcountry! Check out what else Jordyn has been up to at jordyncormier.com.

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7:20AM PDT on Aug 19, 2014

Thank you so much!

8:29PM PDT on Jul 27, 2014

interesting ideas

8:30AM PDT on Jul 14, 2014

Going to try all!

8:28AM PDT on Jul 14, 2014

I make my own pizza & calzone dough (& bread) when it's cool enough to use the oven- mostly whole wheat flour, a little white makes it work better for rolling. Unless you need a gluten-free crust, what's wrong with whole wheat flour? Why would mashed potato & egg crust be healthier?

6:18AM PDT on Jul 13, 2014

Thanks for sharing

6:08AM PDT on Jul 13, 2014

I make pizzas on wholemeal pita bread or Lebanese bread

6:07AM PDT on Jul 13, 2014

I make pizzas on wholemeal pita bread or Lebanese bread

6:06AM PDT on Jul 13, 2014

Noted thanks

6:05AM PDT on Jul 13, 2014

Noted thanks

5:59AM PDT on Jul 13, 2014

Thank you :)

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