Paleo Chocolate Pizza with Cocoa Cauliflower Crust

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Paleo Chocolate Pizza with Cocoa Cauliflower Crust

Paleo Chocolate Pizza with Cocoa Cauliflower Crust

I know. Finally, right? How long have you guys been waiting for me to post this recipe?! Okay it’s been like a month or so, but that’s like FOREVER in Paleo time! Fooorrreevvvvvvveeerr…(Sandlot voice). So this recipe is pretty much two of life’s greatest offerings combined into one…chocolate and pizza. I had never attempted a Paleo Pizza before because to me, honestly, pizza is just not pizza without cheese…or a big fat heaping doughy gluteny crust. There I said it! But, dessert pizza on the other hand, now we’re talking. I had always seen people making pizza crusts out of cauliflower so I knew that was the direction I wanted to go in, but now to make it chocolate and not taste like cauliflower, that was where the challenge lay. I attempted 3, yes 3 crusts before I was happy with the outcome. They were either too breakable, not chocolatey enough, or too cauliflowery. Apparently the third time’s the charm because the crust came out awesome possum. Yes people say awesome possum and yes by people I mean me. Do you want this recipe or not? Then you have to put up with my blabber. Or just scroll down. Fine. Go ahead and scroll, we’ll chat later.


    Paleo Chocolate Pizza with Cocoa Cauliflower Crust

    1/2 cup of cauliflower puree
    1/4 cup blanched almond flour
    1/4 teaspoon sea salt
    1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
    1.5 ounces of dark chocolate 60% cacao or higher
    3 tablespoons 100% pure maple syrup
    2 tablespoons coconut oil, liquid
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons smooth almond butter or nut butter of choice
    1 organic cage-free egg
    1 banana sliced
    1/4 cup chocolate chips (Enjoy Life Mini Chips, Cocoa Nibs, or anything you prefer)
    A handful of shredded coconut
    chocolate drizzle* (See directions below)

    1. Preheat oven to 425 F.

    2. In a food processor pulse the florets of half a small cauliflower until you get a rice like size and texture, this should be about 1/2 cup. Then transfer the cauliflower rice to a large microwave safe bowl and microwave for 5 minutes.

    3. Use a paper towel to soak up any excess moisture from the cauliflower. Let cool.

    When the cauliflower has completely cooled use the same large bowl to combine the cauliflower puree, almond flour, salt, and cinnamon and stir until combined.

    5. In a separate small bowl, put the chocolate, maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla. Melt using the double boiler method, stirring frequently until completely melted and combined. *Set aside 2 tbs. of this chocolate mixture to drizzle on top of your completed Paleo Chocolate Pizza at the end. After you have set this aside, add the 2 Tbs. of almond butter and the egg to the chocolate mixture in the bowl, make sure it’s cool enough that it won’t cook the egg, and then continue to stir until thoroughly mixed. You should have a chocolate like pudding texture and consistency at this point.

    6. Then fold the chocolate mixture into the large bowl with the cauliflower puree and dry ingredients to create your cocoa cauliflower dough. Mix until well combined.

    7. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Pour the cocoa cauliflower dough into the center of the parchment paper and use a spoon to spread the mixture out evenly into a circle that is about 1/4″ thick.

    8. Bake for 10 minutes. Let completely cool. Then spread the 1/4 cup of almond butter on top of the cocoa cauliflower crust. Now you can add the rest of the toppings, the sliced banana, chocolate chips, shredded coconut and the 2 Tbs. of chocolate mixture you set aside earlier. For a fancy chocolate drizzle just put the 2 Tbs. of the chocolate mixture into a ziploc bag, cut a small hole in the corner and then squeeze moving your hand across the top of the pizza to create a drizzle pattern. Enjoy!


There you have your recipe. Now back to me. So I had the best weekend ever! EVER! But I can’t even tell you about it. Doesn’t that suck. I’m sort of under a verbal NDA. But when the thing that happened this weekend actually happens, then I can tell you all about it! So make a mental note, you didn’t hear it here first. Well you did kinda. You will LOVE it. I promise. I want to tell you so bad! But I can’t, I’m so torn. Moving on.

So I’m totally excited for you guys to make this chocolate pizza. It would be so cool to bring to a potluck for dessert or just to have on girls wine/chick flick night! Whenever I host one of those we never even watch the movie, we’re too busy eating and gabbing to pay attention. Anyway this pizza is good. You know what else is good? Mimosas. I drank a lot of those this weekend during the stuff I can’t tell you about yet. Mmmmmm Champagne. When Dom Pérignon discovered champagne he said, “Come quickly, I’ve tasted the stars.” Isn’t that amazing. It says everything about champagne all in one sentence. I like that. If I had to say something that would capture this chocolate pizza in one sentence I would say, “Come quickly, before I eat it all.”


Vanessa Barajas
Vanessa Barajas


  1. Amazing idea!!! I am definitely inspired!

  2. But… but… I haven’t even made my trifles yet. Slow down, Possum!

  3. Says: June 25, 2013 at 1:23 am

    what if you dont use a microwave? how do you suggest to cook the cauliglower?

  4. Have you tried something besides bananas or ever left them out? My family is not crazy about them and they are too high in sugar for me…..type 2 diabetic.

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  6. any substitution for the almond flour? i just bought coconut flour; do you think that would work?

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  8. Just wanted to let you know I made this for a dinner night with friends and it was amaaazzzing! Everyone loved it. I topped mine with strawberries and banana, and the base turned out perfect! I’ve tried a few cauliflower bases before and they always stick.So if you find a savoury version as good as this, please let me know! :)
    Thanks for the awesome recipe

  9. wait, does this require 0.5 cup cauli puree PLUSE half cuali head, riced? i’m confused and want to make this so bad :(

  10. When my daughter asked me to make this for her birthday I just wanted to scream. I didn’t have half of the ingredients and I didn’t have a double boiler. I substituted coconut flour(1 heaping tablespoon) for the almond flour,made chocolate chips from the left over chocolate bar, bought a few things and melted the chocolate in the microwave.It was amazing. I would make it again in a heart beat. Maybe someday I’ll go Paleo too!

    • That’s so awesome! Look at you just throwing stuff together, I love it! Truth be told I don’t have a double boiler either, I just heat a pot of water on the stove and put the bowl with chocolate over it until it melts. 😉 I’m sooooo happy to hear it was such a success, thanks for sharing!

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  12. Oh my goodness! I can’t believe I found this recipe on here! You are so awesome! My mom and I used to have a tradition of making that candy pizza for Christmas. You know, the kind that has those nasty green and red cherries. And chocolate drizzle, and white chocolate, and SUGAR FILLED things. Not to mention all the dyes and preservatives. My mom was just asking me where that recipe was and wondering if I could adapt it. You took all the work out of it for me! I will have to find a substitution for the almond, but that is not such a big deal. I am pumped that I found this! Wait till I tell my mother! :-)

    • Yay! I’m glad that you now have a clean eating option for such a treasured family treat! :)

      • Me too, and guess what? I’m going to make it for a surprise at my son’s birthday tomorrow. I am also making two other dessert recipes (one other from your site). My mother will be impressed. I haven’t made a dessert pizza since I was a kid! I even bought raspberries for “pepperoni” and I am going to add paleo caramel drizzle. So yum!

      • Yum! Raspberries and caramel drizzle sound delicious! Have fun! :)

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  15. Caitlin Says: April 5, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Can I sub coconut flour for almond flour

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    • It’s probably about the size of a small pizza, you could get maybe 6 small slices out of this and 4 large ones. You could probably make the crust ahead of time and keep it in the fridge for a day or two. Hope that helps. If you are looking for a recipe with more yield, the Rocky Road Cupcakes are a personal favorite and one batch makes 12 so you could make 3 batches. You will only need to make one batch of marshmallow fluff though since you only need a tiny bit, then maybe just double the buttercream frosting.

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  19. Babydoll Says: July 12, 2014 at 2:58 am

    Oh my goodness ! This Sounds absolutely amazing! You are a genius !!!!!! Would love to make this… Just one question, do you think I could replace the egg with a flax egg !?! Thank you so much for your amazing blog & recipes!

    • Hey there! I’m sure you could do the flax egg replacement, I haven’t played with an egg free version but I’m sure it would be fine. It might make the dough taste a little bran-ish (flax meal tastes like bran to me? haha) but other than that I think it would be fine. Let me know how it goes!

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