If you’re trying to boost your health, meet dietary restrictions, or discover new tastes, change up your pizza by adjusting your crust! Here are 5 alternatives to the typical crust that can benefit your health and introduce new, exciting flavors.
A popular replacement for starchy foods like rice and potatoes, cauliflower can also be used to create a crisp, delicious pizza crust. Recipes generally involve combining finely processed, steamed cauliflower with cheese, seasonings, and eggs. The crust is then shaped by hand and par-baked before adding toppings. Cauliflower pizza crust is low-carb and lower in calories. It’s also high in fiber and dense with nutrients like B vitamins and riboflavin, landing a spot on the CDC’s list of “Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables.”¹
Zucchini crust is made much like cauliflower crust—shredded zucchini, eggs, and other ingredients are combined and shaped into a vegetable-based crust. In addition to the unique flavor of the zucchini, the result is generally low-carb and low-calorie. Its fiber content may promote healthy digestion, and its high water content provides hydration. Zucchini is also rich in nutrients, particularly vitamin A, which may support vision and immune system function.²
This unique grain is a great source of nutrition and a popular choice for vegan and gluten-free dishes. It’s high in fiber and protein, packed with essential amino acids, and contains a variety of nutrients and antioxidants. It also creates a delicious, healthful pizza crust in just a few easy steps. Simply soak the quinoa, process it with water, baking powder, and salt, and par-bake it before topping.
Halve a section of baguette or other French bread for an easy alternative crust that needs only to be topped and toasted. Due to its crusty exterior and soft, chewy interior, you’ll get the crunch you want with a unique feel and a slightly tangy flavor. The result is more like “pizza bread” than a pie, which makes it a great option when you want just a single serving.
For individuals with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, alternative crusts are a must. Fortunately, tasty gluten-free pizza crust can be made from things like eggplant, mushroom, and sweet potato, as well as the previously mentioned cauliflower, zucchini, and quinoa. There is also a variety of gluten-free flours you can use, such as almond, arrowroot, and oat flour.
Whether you’re running a restaurant or cooking for friends, offering a gluten-free crust shows that you care about people’s health, respect their needs, and can make adjustments so that everyone can be involved and enjoy a good pizza.
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