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Cornmeal Cauliflower Hemp Pizza Crust (Gluten Free, Yeast Free)

Cornmeal Cauliflower Hemp Pizza Crust (Gluten Free, Yeast Free)

This unique cornmeal cauliflower pizza crust requires no yeast, is gluten free, chalk full of healthy nutrients, and can be whipped up in a food processor in just a few minutes! Cornmeal and hemp seeds provide a wonderful, hearty texture, while cauliflower adds in those sneaky vegetables! 

This isn’t the first cornmeal cauliflower crust out there.  

cornmeal cauliflower hemp crust

I’ve seen a few different recipes around and have tried my hands at a couple of them. Its a simple google search. 

In theory I love the idea. I mean, I love my cornmeal. Adding in sneaky vegetables is totally my jam. And pizza? Well making a homemade crust that doesn’t require a rise and can be on my plate in less than half an hour? I’m so there. 

cornmeal cauliflower hemp crust

But my previous attempts at a cauliflower crust – even a cornmeal cauliflower crust – have always left me a little disappointed. 

Either the cauliflower makes it way too moist and mushy…. and then soooo not capable of holding my necessary mountain of toppings. 

Or the use of multiples eggs makes it too heavy and spongey. 

cornmeal cauliflower hemp crust

Or the ratio of too much cornmeal results in something much too dense. 

I like to keep my crusts light, but NOT mushy and moist. Its a hard balance to find. 

Soooo, seeing how I really wanted this ingenious recipe idea to work out,  I did a little experimenting to come up with my own cornmeal cauliflower crust that I think hits the NAIL ON THE HEAD. 

cornmeal cauliflower hemp crust

Seriously. I so did it. 

I replaced an egg with egg whites to add a bit more air and lightness. 

I decreased the usual allotment of cornmeal to take out some of the denseness. 

And, to replace some of that cornmeal texture (and just for kicks and nutritional fun)… I added in hemp seeds!!

cornmeal cauliflower hemp crust

I’m quite aware how hemp seeds provide a lovely bit of texture and crunch in all things it is added to, so I thought why not get some of that goodness in a pizza crust? Really, we should just try to find all the places to add these nutritional power houses that we can. 

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cornmeal cauliflower hemp crust

The result? 

A really light and slightly chewy crust that is not dense, yet is strong enough to hold all the toppings you desire; Cuts like a charm without any crumbling; Totally gluten free; Requires no yeast or rising and requires simply a few pulses in a food processor before being placed in the oven. Easy as pie pizza! Oh, and you still get in those hidden veggies. #win

cornmeal cauliflower hemp crust

Sugar Free

Yeast Free

Gluten Free

Minimal Ingredients

Fast and Easy


Holds Together

Slight Chew

Perfect Texture

Its the infamous cauliflower crust just taken up a few nutritional notches. 

A little grainier than your average wheat crust, but if you like cornbread and extra texture, I think you’ll be okay with it. 

cornmeal cauliflower hemp crust

Note: I topped my cornmeal cauliflower crust with my kale pesto, green pepper, caramelized onion, mushrooms and feta for a vegetarian extravaganza

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Cornmeal Cauliflower Hemp Pizza Crust

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 2-4

A hearty yet light and textured pizza crust that is gluten free and stocked with hidden veggies and nutrients.


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups cauliflower, chopped
  • 1/4 cup + 3 Tbsp cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tbsp egg whites
    spices optional
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp basil
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • or sub 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning


  1. Chop the cauliflower into small pieces. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the oil. Place cauliflower pieces in skillet and let simmer until browned on all sides, stirring and checking every few minute to avoid burning (total time 10 minutes).
  2. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  3. Place egg, egg whites, cornmeal, help seeds and spices in a food processor. Once cauliflower is browned, let cool for a few minutes and then add to processor. Blend all ingredients until smooth. Batter will seem wet.
  4. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper and pour your batter into a flat circle, spreading to make a smooth crust about 1/2 inch thick.
  5. Bake for 20-23 minutes, checking occasionally to keep from burning. If you like crispy edges you can leave it in to brown a bit further.
  6. Remove crust and pile on all pizza toppings of choice. Place back in the oven and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes.
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Linking up with the talented Deborah and Sarah for Meatless Monday!

Tell me,

What’s your favorite way to sneak in extra veggies?

Do you have a cauliflower pizza crust that you like? Please share! 

cornmeal cauliflower hemp crust


  1. Susie @ SuzLyfe | 25th Oct 16

    I have a recipe for purple cauliflower crust on my blog from wayyyy back. I haven’t made that in forever! I don’t know if it is the “work” (which is minimal) or what but I need to be a real person again, lol
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    • Cora | 30th Oct 16

      I would probably make cauliflower crusts more often if the idea of the “work” that they entail didn’t seem so daunting. I know they really aren’t THAT much work, but its definitely more than popping one from the box in the oven. Real people are often overrated.

  2. Heather @ Polyglot Jot | 25th Oct 16

    Wow you are on a roll with the crusts and loafs and breads that i can actually eat…**insert clapping emoji here** Looks amazing!
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    • Cora | 30th Oct 16

      Haha. My intentions exactly!

  3. Kat | 25th Oct 16

    YASSSSSS girl!! I am totally with you on the cauliflower crusts. As much as I love the idea I have never found one that was sturdy enough to hold my toppings. This one though? Sheer perfection. You totally nailed it. Can’t wait to try this out!!
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    • Cora | 31st Oct 16

      They never are! They can taste okay, but to me they always end up way too thin and fragile. That’s why I loooveee the sturdiness in this one. Bring on ALL THE TOPPINGS.

  4. Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner | 25th Oct 16

    Wow that crust looks fantastic! Great way to give a little texture to the cauliflower. Thanks so much for linking up with us for meatless Monday hope to have you back again
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  5. Sarah @ BucketListTummy | 25th Oct 16

    This looks so good, Cora! May have to make this soon. I love adding hemp seeds for a little crunch too! So I don’t have any cornmeal – what would you suggest I use as a replacement?
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    • Cora | 31st Oct 16

      Hmmmmm. I suppose the quantities would work with any type of flour, but the cornmeal is really what gives it is unique texture and grainyness so I wouldn’t really replace it unless you are looking for a different feel in general. Cornmeal is crazy inexpensive so I think you should just go find some… and make polenta fries with it!

  6. GiGi Eats | 25th Oct 16

    I really need to try making cauliflower crust again! I really do loveeeee it!
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  7. Kate | 26th Oct 16

    Very cool! Cornmeal is so unique and a fun way to switch it up! Your topping look fabulous too.
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    • Cora | 31st Oct 16

      Pizza is no pizza without all the toppings 🙂

  8. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets | 26th Oct 16

    I love the addition of hemp seeds here. It gives it a certain nutty crunchiness which is perfect for my personality. 🙂
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  9. Stephanie Leduc | 26th Oct 16

    Yum! I have actually never made a different pizza crust before, my mom makes homemade pizza often enough (pizza is actually baking right now as I type this, it smells delicious) and she makes her own dough, so I never felt the need to experiment with other crusts (plus my family would totally not approve hahah). But I would so love this for myself, and know I will get to try this some day, looks soooo good!
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    • Cora | 31st Oct 16

      Oh my gosh jeaalloouuuuuussss. Not to take down my own recipe or anything, but NOTHING beats homemade real pizza dough. I wouldn’t feel the need to experiment with anything else either.

  10. Kristy from Southern In Law | 27th Oct 16

    This looks amaaaaazing! I tried cauliflower crust pizza once and absolutely loved it – but my stomach thought it was the worst thing ever. But hey! Regular GF pizza dough is good with my stomach so it’s not all bad 😉
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    • Cora | 31st Oct 16

      Oh noooo…. I guess cauliflower can be pretty cruciferous, which isn’t always best on digestion. But hey a regular gf pizza dough is better anyways…. haha.

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  13. Audrey | 13th Jan 17

    I’d really like to try this recipe but am out of hemp seeds. Do you think it would hold up without them? I know that certain nutty flavor would be lacking.

    • Cora | 13th Jan 17

      Absolutely I think it would! I first made it without the hemp. You may want to add a touch more cornmeal if it seems a little wet in that case. Or flaxseed?

  14. H K | 28th Feb 17

    Is the cornmeal supposed to be raw or cooked? I made a crust with raw cornmeal and it’s a little tough to chew.

    • Cora | 28th Feb 17

      Hi! You do use it raw in this recipe. You blend it up very well with the liquid ingredients, where it begins to get absorbed, and then it gets cooked in the oven. Yes, there is still some granular texture at the end so that should be expected! However I’ve never found it unappetizing or hard to chew. I personally like the bit of texture. I hope it works out for you!

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