Cali’flour Foods cauliflower pizza crust is a favorite for many reasons amongst people on weight-loss and health-focused diets.
The crust makes its use very clear with only 4 ingredients, 3g of net carbs, and super high protein content. This is a crust for those on a ketogenic diet, Atkins diet, or any other low-carbohydrate diet who also prefer to avoid gluten.
In addition to its diet-friendliness, Cali’flour’s crust is also one of the healthiest cauliflower crusts as well. Though that may not be hard to achieve with only 4 ingredients, we still have to give them props for keeping the crust healthy.
But, anyone with just some experience with cauliflower-based crusts will tell you that if a cauliflower crust is free of additives, is low calorie and carb, and has high protein, it will almost always ask for a compromise on taste or texture.
To give you the FULL picture of Cali’flour Foods’ crust, we ran the crust through our taste test, and in this article, we’ll give you an honest review of everything we learned about it.
So, let’s not waste time and go right to THE BOTTOM LINE.
THE BOTTOM LINE
The bottom line is that Cali’flour Foods’ crust does require some compromise on taste and texture, but it is a “must-have” for those looking for an alternative, ultra-low-carb, and gluten-free pizza crust.
We will give you some tips to improve its texture and make it more crispy in our recipe and baking tip article, but be aware that there is not much you can do to mask the taste. In other words, if you can’t get past some cauliflower flavor in your food, then this crust is not for you.
Another potential downside is the prep process. Baking this crust is not convenient. It takes about 20-25 minutes for the crust to be completely edible. You may think 20-25 minutes is not long, but keep in mind that this is a 9-inch crust with only 270 calories and can only feed one person. So, this will not be a 10-minute in the oven kind of crust.
But, and this is a BIG but, if you’re on a serious weight-loss or any other diet plan that restricts carbs, gluten, or calories and encourages high protein intake, Cali’flour crust is your best bet. No other alternative pizza crust has micronutrients so closely aligned with keto, Atkins, and other low-carbohydrate diets.
So, enjoy the crust for what it is, a healthy and diet-friendly alternative to wheat-based crusts.
- Lowest Carb Alternative Crust
- Highest Protein Content (24 grams)
- Additive Free
- Only 4 Ingredients
- Gluten and Grain Free
- Can Use as Wrap
- Long Prep Time
- Moderate to Strong Cauliflower Flavor
- Super Thin (Light Toppings Only)
Unboxing and First Impressions
Cali’flour Foods crusts come in a pack of two. The box is simple and sleek with a nice picture of the crust on the front and lots of information on the back.
Initially, the crusts don’t give the best first impression when unboxing them as they’re tightly laminated and look almost paper-thin. But, eventually, when the baking is done, they come out better than they looked in the beginning.
When unwrapping them, you will notice that the crust is mostly white on the back and brownish on the top, with pieces of cauliflower leaves sprinkled over.
The crusts will have light icy surfaces and must be handled with care; otherwise, they may break.
Cali’flour Foods Cauliflower Pizza Crust: Taste, Texture, and More
You will definitely taste the cauliflower in this crust. The flavor is not overpowering, but it is noticeable. If you are not a fan of cauliflower flavor, you will not like this crust.
You may have some aftertaste as well, but it won’t be too strong.
No other ingredients are noticeable in terms of taste.
Texture-wise, the crust is chewy and a little soggy. It will not get crispy. To crisp it up as much as possible, you need to let the crust cool about 10-12 minutes after the initial baking and before adding the toppings. We explain the baking technique thoroughly in our baking instructions article.
Also, the crust will only hold up to light toppings but may not be able to support a lot of weight. So, keep the crust light.
You will smell the cauliflower immediately when opening up the crust. There is no hiding it.
However, the smell dissipates quickly after the crust is fully baked.
Cali’flour Foods’ crusts are 9 inches in size and very thin. They don’t change size or volume after baking.
Ease of Preparation
It takes much longer for Cali’flour Foods’ crust to fully bake compared to other cauliflower pizza crusts. The baking, broiling, and cooling take at least 20-25 minutes.
Other cauliflower crusts usually take 10-15 minutes to fully bake. The difference is that other cauliflower pizza crusts can serve up to 2 or 3 people, but Cali’flour can only be a very light lunch or dinner for just one person.
So, all in all, Cali’flour’s crust is not the easiest to make, but if it meets your dietary needs, then it’s definitely worth the effort.
Where to Buy Cali’flour Foods Cauliflower Pizza Crust
You can find Cali’flour Food’s crust at most Walmart stores, Ralphs groceries, Whole Foods Markets, and Gelson’s Markets.
To check on location or product availability, visit Cali’flour Foods’ website and use their find in-store feature, which will list supermarkets near you based on your zip code.
And, of course, you can buy the crusts in bulk from online retailers such as Amazon and even directly from the brand.
The price fluctuates minimally depending on the store and retailer, but it’s usually priced between $9 to $9.99 per box.
Realistic-Tasting Score (Scale of 1 to 10)
At the beginning of this article, we did mention that Cali’flour Foods crust may require compromise on taste and texture.
Well, that’s true. Cali’flour Foods’ crust is not very realistic-tasting. In fact, taste-wise, it’s nowhere near as good as some of the other cauliflower pizza crusts we’ve tried.
Its chewy and soggy texture and noticeable cauliflower smell will not let you be fooled into thinking that you’re eating a regular crust.
So, on a scale of 1 to 10, we give Cali’flour Foods’ crust a whopping score of 2 out of 10.
But if your top priorities are dietary needs and you are okay with some compromise on taste and texture, then Cali’flour Foods is probably your best bet.
Try the crust with different toppings and figure out which combination makes the crust taste the best to you. Because once you master the taste, there will not be much left to fix with this crust.