Paleo Chocolate Pizza with a Cocoa Cauliflower Crust You Can Trust
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.
4. 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.”