Whole Foods cauliflower pizza crust is one of the healthiest pre-made cauliflower crusts in the market compared to most other pre-made cauliflower crusts. The crust is a good gluten-free alternative for those watching their calorie and carb intake.
But, it doesn’t score very high in areas known to be important to pizza lovers. For example, Whole Foods’ crust may not be for you if you like your crust crispy. Or, if you absolutely want your cauliflower crust to taste and feel like the real thing, you may need to consider another option.
Despite these downsides, the pros of this crust still outweigh the cons. If baked properly, it can be the best option for some dieters.
In this article, we decided to put together an unbiased review of this crust to give you the bottom line, pros and cons, and tell you about its taste, texture, ease of preparation, along with a few additional details you need to know.
So, without further ado, let’s get into it!
THE BOTTOM LINE:
The bottom line is that Whole Foods’ pre-made cauliflower pizza crust helps people who need to avoid gluten and some dieters with certain restrictions to stay on track with their nutritional goals.
The crust is in the top 4 of the healthiest pre-made cauliflower pizza crusts you can find in the grocery stores. It makes home pizza-making very convenient and easy, and pushes some veggies into your system in the form of a pizza crust.
But, do not expect this crust to be the most realistic-tasting cauliflower crust you will ever eat. Even after thoroughly baking it, the texture remains somewhat airy.
It’s not the best crust for toppings that require a longer cooking time because it should not stay in the oven for more than 8-10 minutes. Keep it light and you’ll get the most out of this crust.
The best part about Whole Foods’ cauliflower crust is its high health score. The ingredients are well balanced; nothing is either too high or low.
The baking length recommended in the instruction on its box needs to be adjusted as far as the cooking goes. We baked the crust a few times and found the perfect baking length. For optimal results, you can see our recommended baking time and additional useful tips in our recipe and baking article.
All things considered, Whole Foods’ cauliflower crust is a decent option to have in your repertoire, especially if you are looking for a healthy gluten-free alternative pizza crust.
- Top 4 healthiest cauliflower crust
- Lower calorie and carb content
- Low sugar content
- Good pizza break when on Keto
- Shorter preparation time
- Airy & soft texture
- Max 3-4 toppings
- Some toppings need to be precooked due to short baking time
Unboxing and First Impressions
The crust is placed on top of cardboard sealed in a plastic overwrap. The surface is a little icy and damp and the texture looks fluffy.
Based on first impression, you can tell immediately that the recommended 6 or 7 minutes of baking will not be enough for this crust. As noted in our recipe article, more baking and broiling time will be needed.
As far as the looks, the crust is more yellowish and has some brown spots. The crust did not have any distinct smell when we opened the package.
Whole Foods Cauliflower Pizza Crust: Our Taste Test Review
Whole Foods’ cauliflower pizza crust does not have a distinct taste. To be clear, you won’t taste cauliflower or any of its other ingredients.
It absorbs the flavors of your toppings, and you will not sense any after-taste either.
The crust’s texture is slightly more on the airy side and can become a bit too soft if undercooked even by one minute. It definitely does not have the same chewy, dough-like consistency as traditional gluten-free pizza crusts do.
The crust will still be soft at its best, but it will hold up to 3 or 4 toppings without breaking.
The crust has no distinct smell or scent before or after baking.
The crust is 10 inches in size and thin. It does not change size or volume after fully baked.
Ease of Preparation
Whole Foods’ crust gets a “B+” on ease of preparation. The recommended baking time listed on its box is 6-7 minutes, but in reality, it does need to be baked and broiled a little longer.
Unlike Trader Joe’s cauliflower crust, it does NOT require a super-long preparation time, but it’s also not as “ready to go” as they make it sound.
There is no need to thaw the rust and for a 10″ pizza, 7 to 10 minutes of baking/broiling time is not too terrible, so it deserves a “B+”.
Price and Availability
Whole Foods’ crust is only available at Whole Foods stores. You can’t find this crust at other supermarkets. Online retailers such as Amazon have this crust listed, but its availability will be a hit and miss.
Typically, the crust is priced at $5.99, but you can verify the price by going to Whole Foods’ website and inserting your zip code to see the retail price near you.
Realistic-Tasting Score (Scale of 1 to 10)
Whole Foods cauliflower crust’s taste and texture improved a lot after we figured out the right baking length, but in the end, the crust did not end up as dough-like as we would have liked to be.
It will taste good and will definitely satisfy your pizza craving, but it won’t replace the traditional gluten-free pizza crust for you.
That said, on a scale of 1 to 10, Whole Foods’ crust realistic-tasting score should be no more than 6.
Whole Foods cauliflower crust is a decent option to have on your list, especially if you are looking for a healthy gluten-free alternative pizza crust. Its high health score and ease of preparation are its main selling points.
Taste and texture can be improved by baking it for a little longer than what is recommended on the box.
Try making pizza with different recipes using Whole Foods’ crust and figure out which toppings work well with it. We used the crust for our Little Caesars veggie pizza copycat recipe and it was a big flavorous success.