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BBQ Cauliflower Pizza

1 hr + 10 min

Meal

This was the first time we ventured into the world of making our own pizza crust, and dare we say: it was a lot of fun! Our aim with this recipe was to keep the meal at under 2 Euros per serving (see the video below), and so although it isn't the traditional way to make a pizza crust, we think it worked out super well for this budget-friendly recipe!

Servings

Total

1 hr + 10 min

Prep

30 min

Cook

40 min

Contains

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soy

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sesame

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gluten

Free from

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peanut

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Ingredients

Pizza dough

  • 2½ cups + 2 Tbsp (328 g)
    self-rising flour*
  • 1 cup (240 mL)
    water
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL)
    olive oil
  • 1 tsp (6 g)
    salt

BBQ cauliflower

  • ½
    head cauliflower, broken into florets
  • ¾ cup (180 mL)
    BBQ sauce (or less for a milder BBQ taste)
  • ½ tsp
    garlic powder
  • ½ tsp
    onion powder

Pizza sauce

  • ¾ cup (184 g)
    hummus**
  • ⅓ cup (80 mL)
    canned tomato paste
  • 1 tsp (1 g)
    dried oregano
  • 1 tsp (1 g)
    dried basil
  • ½ tsp
    dried thyme
  • ½ tsp
    salt
  • ¼ tsp
    ground black pepper

Garlic yogurt sauce

  • ¾ cup (180 mL)
    unsweetened soy yogurt***
  • 2
    cloves garlic, crushed
  • ¼ tsp
    salt

Optional garnish

  • sliced green onion
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Directions

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  1. Preheat the oven to 430°F (220°C).
  2. To make the pizza dough, combine all the dough ingredients in a bowl and mix until well combined. Then knead the dough with your hands, adding a sprinkle of more flour or water if needed until you have a smooth, firm dough.
  3. Cover the dough with a clean kitchen towel and let it rest for about 20 minutes.
  4. Add the cauliflower florets to a parchment-lined baking tray.
  5. To a small bowl, add the BBQ sauce, garlic powder, and onion powder, and stir to combine. Pour half of the sauce over the florets, and toss to coat. Reserve the other half of the BBQ sauce for later.
  6. Spread out the BBQ cauliflower florets evenly on the baking tray, and bake in the oven for 20 minutes, flipping once halfway.
  7. To a small bowl, combine the hummus, tomato paste, oregano, basil, thyme, salt, and pepper. Stir and set aside.
  8. Lightly coat a work surface with flour. Divide the dough into two balls, as this recipe makes two large pizza crusts.
  9. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough to the size of your baking dish - ours was 25 x 35 cm. Continue to lightly flour your working surface and your rolling pin to prevent sticking. Tip: if you roll out your pizza dough and find it isn't cooperating - either because it's not moulding into the shape you want, or if it presents little rips and tears - don't worry about it. Just collect it all together in a ball, knead it a few more times until the dough is smooth, and try again. Just remember to keep your surface and rolling pin nice and floured, so it doesn't stick. Do note, though, that the more you knead the dough, the more tough and gummy the crust will become.
  10. Line two baking trays with parchment paper, and transfer the rolled out pizza dough to the lined baking trays. If you'd like, pinch the edges of the dough around the perimeter to create a little raised crust.
  11. When the cauliflower is removed from the oven, transfer it to a bowl and pour over the remaining half of the BBQ sauce. Toss to coat.
  12. Divide the hummus and tomato pizza sauce over both pizza bases, and spread it out evenly over the surface.
  13. Divide and distribute the BBQ cauliflower florets over top of both pizzas.
  14. Bake the pizza in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until the crust is lightly golden, stopping to flip the position of the pizzas in the oven once at the halfway point.
  15. To make the garlic yogurt sauce, combine the yogurt, garlic, and salt in a bowl, and stir to combine.
  16. When the pizzas are ready, drizzle some of the garlic yogurt sauce on top, and sprinkle over the sliced green onions. Enjoy!

Notes

  • * Self-rising flour is regular all-purpose flour, but with baking powder, and sometimes salt added to it. Self-rising flour can be found at most grocery stores located near the regular flour.
  • ** Variations: try different kinds of flavours of hummus for the pizza sauce. We used spicy hummus, but you could also try other flavours that are available to you.
  • *** Nutrition tip: aim to use a plant-based yogurt/milk (choose one) that is fortified with calcium.

Storage

  • Best to enjoy immediately.
  • The pizza can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

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Grains 36%

self-rising flour

Proteins 21%

hummus

unsweetened soy yogurt

Fruits & Veggies 43%

head cauliflower

canned tomato paste

clove garlic

Calcium

unsweetened soy yogurt

Fat

olive oil

hummus

Nutrition info

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Anna - Sept. 11, 2021, 1:35 p.m.

I have a sort of a silly question! I don't care for cauliflower very much, but I love the sound of all the sauces and flavors in this recipe. I guess I'm wondering how much you can taste the cauliflower, and is there another vegetable that would work equally well? Thank you so much!

PUL Team - Sept. 12, 2021, 4:01 a.m.

Hi Anna! Not a silly question at all 🙂 I find the sauces and other ingredients mask the cauliflower a bit with their delicious flavours, although if you don't enjoy cauliflower you may notice it. We've had some positive reviews with broccoli or pepper in place of cauliflower if those sound more desirable. We hope you enjoy the pizza if you give it a try 😃


Sabrina - Aug. 21, 2021, 8:01 a.m.

Another Winner!
The Mixtur with the creamy Sauce underneath and the tasty cauliflower was delicious.
Again my neighbour profited from it, too.
Creamy and crispy and spicy at the same time.
IT's not only budget friendly but a real comfort food. For rainy days highly recommendet.

PUL Team - Aug. 24, 2021, 5:37 p.m.

So glad you enjoyed the pizza, Sabrina, thanks a bunch!


Ray - Aug. 17, 2021, 5:24 p.m.

Mind-blowing!!
This is hands down the best homemade pizza that I have had the fortune of making. It was just so intensely flavorful and wonderful!


Hilary - Aug. 13, 2021, 3:42 a.m.

This pizza was delicious! I didnt miss the cheese at all. I'm not vegan but i've been tring to eliminate dairy. To find a pizza that tasted amazing without cheese was a win! The base was so creamy, and we had it with sliced avocado on top. Yum!


Alicia - Aug. 2, 2021, 6:05 a.m.

This was sooooo good! My husband and I really loved it. Can’t wait to have it again tomorrow! I esp. liked the pasta sauce! Creative..


Katy - July 28, 2021, 4:05 p.m.

We absolutely love this pizza! It's a staple for us! To switch it up, we trade out the bbq sauce for the buffalo sauce recipe found with the "buffalo style tofu sticks" recipe and it is -- amazing!!

PUL Team - July 29, 2021, 6:34 p.m.

Mmm that's a delicious idea, Katy, thanks for sharing 🤗


Elizabeth - July 27, 2021, 4:49 p.m.

Love all the falvour combos for pizzas you've got here Pick Up Limes! Would love it if you guys could come up with a pizza dough recipe made out of cauliflower or another vegetable please?!

PUL Team - July 29, 2021, 1:30 a.m.

Thank you for the request, Elizabeth, noted!


Kayla - July 27, 2021, 7:35 a.m.

Wow......just WOW!! I'm absolutely in LOVE with this recipe! (I think I became slightly addicted to it, lol.)

PUL Team - July 28, 2021, 8:38 p.m.

So glad you're enjoying the pizza, Kayla, it mean's so much!


Luisa - July 26, 2021, 5:49 p.m.

Wow, I wasn't expecting to love it THIS MUCH but I do. Goes really well with hot sauce or ramch if you feel like it!

PUL Team - July 28, 2021, 3:54 a.m.

We appreciate this so much, Luisa, and so happy you enjoyed the recipe ☺️


Alicia G - July 25, 2021, 1:16 a.m.

This is surprisingly good! There are so many different flavors and textures in this dish, but they go together amazingly! Such a unique flavor! Think I’ll make it again soon.


Zashary - July 24, 2021, 6:35 p.m.

I love this pizza sooo much!!! My boyfriend and I make it all the time!


Laura - July 23, 2021, 12:42 p.m.

This pizza is a winner! I absolutely love it. It's full of flavour and feels healthy without compromising on the feeling of having fastfood. ❤️


Sarah - July 23, 2021, 6:28 a.m.

My husband's grandpa was told by his doctor that he needs to eat better and that he needs to eat more vegetables. I served this to him and told him how packed full of veggies it really was. As he took his next bite (he didn't even want to stop eating to talk) he said "my doctor would like you."

PUL Team - July 25, 2021, 6:49 a.m.

Aww so sweet of you to make it for your grandpa, Sarah! Sending you both lots of love 🌻


Lucy - July 11, 2021, 5:37 p.m.

so so flavorful and fun!! loved making this with my (non-vegan) family, who enjoyed as well 🤎


Angelica - July 10, 2021, 6:26 a.m.

This is the most AMAZING and Delicious dish I have ever had. I loved how easy and simple it was to make and it turned out so so well. I send this recipes to all my friends and family. You have an amazing following from Ontario, Canada. Thank you for your outstanding recipes. Never stop making them:)

PUL Team - July 15, 2021, 5:34 a.m.

Thank YOU for the glowing feedback, Angelica, much appreciated! Lots of love to Ontario ♥️


Jason - July 9, 2021, 8:48 p.m.

I didn't make this particular recipe, but I finally made your hummus pizza sauce and OH MY GOD! It was so fluffy and flavorful (I used roasted garlic hummus). It turned my simple homemade "cheese" pizza into something premium. It was the best pizza I've ever made!

PUL Team - July 15, 2021, 3:17 a.m.

Aww we appreciate this so much, Jason, and so glad the pizza sauce was enjoyed 🤤


Mary - July 8, 2021, 6:23 p.m.

This is my husband's FAVORITE meal. He now asks for it regularly, and asked me to make it for his birthday! So easy to make. Also, always make your own hummus for this. It gives a whole new level of amazing.

PUL Team - July 10, 2021, 3:19 p.m.

So lovely to hear, Mary! Happiest of birthdays to your husband if it's coming up 🥳


Carol - April 27, 2021, 9:49 p.m.

First time visitor. I think I am going to enjoy your site. For the yogurt topping for the pizza do you have a dairy free alternative?

PUL Team - April 28, 2021, 6:32 a.m.

Welcome to PUL, Carol! Soy yogurt and other plant-based yogurts (such as coconut or almond) are generally dairy-free 🙂

carol - April 28, 2021, 3:54 p.m.

Thank you!


Michaela - April 9, 2021, 12:08 a.m.

The bomb! So good. We have storebought cauliflower pizzacrust.

PUL Team - April 9, 2021, 1:23 a.m.

So happy to hear, Michaela! Thank you 😃


Gabriel - March 27, 2021, 4:17 p.m.

I made this recipe last year and it worked pretty good. Even though the dough was a little hard, I still enjoyed the meal.
I didn't had any cauliflowers left, so instead I just used broccoli, which made the pizza very tasty.
Thanks for sharing your recipes Sadia and the team of pickuplimes!
Greetings from Germany :D

PUL Team - April 2, 2021, 8:43 p.m.

We're so glad you enjoyed the pizza, Gabriel! Sometimes the dough can get a bit hard from over-kneading. Sending lots of love to Germany 🥰