5 Healthy Pizza Crust Alternatives That Will Leave You Drooling For More
Pizza! Just saying the word makes my mouth start to water and my stomach start to rumble. But with all that gluten, carbs, and calories, enjoying pizza on a regular basis, without feeling at least a little guilty about it, can be challenging to say the least. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be this way.
For today’s post, I scoured the internet looking for alternative pizza crusts that could at the very least, sub-in on occasion for the breaded pizza crust we’ve all come to love. And after quite a bit of web searching and a pretty good amount of taste testing, I finally narrowed down the top 5 pizza crust alternatives that could vary well leave you drooling for more.
If this sounds good to you, go throw on your favorite chef’s hat and apron, and let’s get to it.
Oh, and by the way, because you’re so awesome, I’ve also included a bonus pizza crust that I very recently discovered and wanted to share with you. You’ll find that one, and others, below!
Out With The Old, In With The New
Let’s face it. Regular pizza crust, although extremely delicious, isn’t good for you. It’s basically a storage house for gluten, carbs, and empty calories. Sure, you can buy the gluten free pizza crust if you’d like, but then you’re often left with a bland crust that still has a lot of carbs and a lot of still empty calories. Oh, what to do…
Have no fear my pizza loving friends. We now live in a world where healthy alternatives exist for almost anything. Even pizza. Yay! And depending on your taste buds, you are bound to find at least one of the options below a satisfying, delicious, and gluten free alternative to the unhealthy (but again delicious) pizza crusts of yesteryear.
5 Healthy Pizza Crust Alternatives
I feel I should mention that, to keep things fair, I tried to use the same ingredients with each type of pizza crust. I didn’t want a difference in toppings to alter my opinion on which crust I liked and which I didn’t. So each pizza was topped off with sauce, cheese, pepperoni, green/yellow/or red pepper, and mushrooms.
Ok, let’s get to it.
1) Eggplant Pizza
Eggplant??? That’s what I thought the first time I found out about this one. Up to that point I don’t think I had ever even eaten eggplant. But boy am I glad I tried it. Out of all the pizza crust alternatives, this is my absolute favorite. It’s actually so popular at our house that even my kids request it on a regular basis.
Best of all it’s simple. You don’t have to mix or measure anything. Nope. Just take the eggplant and cut it into slices a quarter of an inch to a half inch thick, add your toppings, and put them in the oven for about 15 to 20 minutes or until the cheese on top just starts to brown.
To be fair though, this is less of a pizza crust and more of just something to hold onto all of your favorite pizza toppings. Still, I highly recommend giving this one a go based solely on it’s popularity here at my place. Add in the fact that this a very low carb option and you’ve got yourself a winner.
And yes, depending on how thick you cut your eggplant, you can actually eat these with your hands. ClosetCooking.com is a great place to start for step by step instructions on how to make this incredibly awesome alternative to regular pizza crust.
2) Portobello Mushroom Pizza
This is another very simple alternative pizza crust that is actually pretty delicious. Out of the five I’m sharing with you today this one probably ranks third for me right behind the spaghetti squash pizza crust shared below.
To make this one, simply remove the stem from the top of the mushroom and coat the mushroom with whatever oils and seasonings you’d like. Add your toppings then cook until the cheese just starts to brown. Quick, easy, and delicious.
Check out CafeDelites.com for an example of how to make your very own awesome tasting portobello mushroom pizza.
3) Cauliflower Pizza Crust
This one was good, but it definitely takes some preparation and time. Based on this alone, I really don’t see myself making it much in the future only because I don’t like to cook. I prefer the simplicity of the eggplant and portobello options shared above. But again, it was delicious and if someone were to offer it to me at some point I would happily chow it down.
One tip I have with this option, as well as numbers four and five below, is to make sure to strain as much of the water out of the cauliflower as you can before mixing all of your ingredients together for the crust. This will help make the crust firmer after you cook it.
I tried this version from FoodNetwork.com.
4) Carrot Pizza Crust
Out of all the five this was my least favorite. Don’t get me wrong, it was good. It just didn’t quite satisfy my pizza craving like the others at least partially did. Combine that with the fact this one also takes quite a bit of prep work and time and I really don’t see myself making it again.
To be fair though, this pizza crust seems to get a lot of good reviews from other people and even my wife loved it. So maybe I’m just the odd one out here. Either way, I recommend trying it at least once to see if it works for you.
You can visit joeandsue.blogspot.com for ideas on how to make your own carrot pizza crust.
5) Spaghetti Squash Pizza Crust
Now, I’m a big fan of spaghetti squash so I had a feeling I was going to like to one. And I was absolutely right. This ended being number two on my list in terms of taste.
But, and this is a big but, this one took a lot of work and time to make. I didn’t keep track of time but this one definitely took the longest to make out of all the different pizza crust. If you like spaghetti squash though and want to try something a little different, then I highly recommend giving this one a try. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Check out SharedAppetite.com for instructions on how to make your own spaghetti squash pizza.
Bonus Crust! Almond Based Pizza Crust Mix By Simple Mills
While shopping for the ingredients for the spaghetti squash pizza crust at my local Sprouts grocery store I came across this almond based pizza crust and thought, “What the heck, let’s try it!” The ingredients are simple, it’s gluten free, and it said it was easy to make. The last part is what really got me. : )
And I will say it was pretty easy to make. Basically, you just add oil, water, and apple cider vinegar to the mix, stir it together, form the dough into a couple circles, and bake it. Bada bing, bada boom. You have yourself two eight inch pizzas.
The only downside to this pizza crust alternative is that it is actually pretty high in carbs. 144 grams of carbs in the whole box to be exact. So if you’re trying to minimize your carb intake for any reason I would probably avoid this option.
In all truthfulness, however, this was one was really good. And out of all the pizza crust alternatives I tried, this was the closest to eating actual pizza crust as I got.
Although I purchased mine locally through Sprouts, I did find you can also buy it straight from Amazon for about the same price. Click here to check it out.
Do you have any good alternative pizza crust ideas that you have tried? Please share!
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