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Fully Loaded Cauliflower Garlic “Bread”

Fully Loaded Cauliflower Garlic "Bread" from @kitchenmagpie

Oh, it’s time to cleanse, ladies and gentlemen. After two weeks of vacation, it’s time to detox from all the junk food that Mike and I ate (oh Lordy, and drank!) the last two weeks. It’s time for a couple of weeks of some cleaner eating and that for me, usually includes cutting out carbs for a while.

While I am most certainly not a carb hater, a good cleanse does me a world of good. I feel better after only a few days in, my energy starts to return and I feel so much better. I don’t stay eating like this but revert back to eating carbs again in a couple of weeks. Believe it or not, I’m not a huge carb eater, excepting of course, my sweet tooth. We eat protein for breakfast, usually a salad for lunch (this why I have so many bean breakfast dishes and salad recipes on this site!) and then dinner is carbs and a dessert if I have made one that day. I feel better when I keep the carbs to a minimum and the protein high, with of course, desserts and alcohol being my vices.

All bets are off when we travel, of course, so between two weeks of dinners out and alcohol galore I came home craving vegetables.

It got so bad at one point on vacation that Mike and I ate Walmart salads. I am totally serious. The salads in restaurants can be SO over the top and calorie laden with rich additions that twice Mike and I bought salad bowls at Walmart.

I can’t believe I just wrote that.

So. I am back to more clean eating – and a little more exacting than usual, since I am trying to detox – and have some recipes to go with it!

This cauliflower “bread” has been on my radar for months now and I will be making more dishes with cauliflower in the coming weeks.You DO have to love cauliflower to like this “bread”, so be warned.

It’s not a bread consistency but it IS amazing how it bakes up into a little flatbread-type base that has you eating pure veggies instead of bread.

I am definitely trying this with pizza! (another to-do on my list)

Fully Loaded Cauliflower Garlic "Bread" from @kitchenmagpie
I honestly can’t wait to try a pizza crust with this. What do you think, would ham pizza be ok? Ham and cauliflower usually are a FABULOUS pairing so part of me thinks, heck yes!
Fully Loaded Cauliflower Garlic "Bread" from @kitchenmagpie

The best part of this? My son loved it. He even helped to make it and is a complete lover of cauliflower bread now, something which pleases me immensely. Oh, this finally getting out of the picky eating stage, how I do love it! My daughter tried it, which is miracle enough but my son? LOVES it.

It was so cute, while he was making this he talked about how he wanted to take “home ec” in high school, just like they did in the Archie comics. I had to break it to him that he’s been taking home economics for years already, with me, in our kitchen.

He didn’t believe me, of course.


So this is that easy, folks. Shape it… bake it…



Load it up!


I will definitely be making this again, it satisfied that cheesy craving you get for garlic bread! Well, close, I mean, let’s be honest, there’s nothing like garlic bread. However, if you are looking for a gluten-free and healthy alternative,this works as well. (of course, watch the other ingredients, like bacon, for the gluten free version)

So..thoughts? Are you on board with all the cauliflower uses, like bread, sauces and rice? Or totally not ever going to touch your plate?

Love you more than chocolate, (well, maybe not right now with this whole cleanse. I really, REALLY want chocolate.)




Cheesy Cauliflower Bread Sticks

  • Author: Karlynn Johnston
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 25 min
  • Total Time: 40 min
  • Category: Side Dish


This cauliflower “bread” is a totally wheat free, low carb side dish that tastes amazing and is a seriously delicious way to eat your veggies!


  • 2 1/2 cups of shredded cauliflower or chopped in the food processor
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1/4 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese
  • 1-2 tbsp chopped green onion
  • 2 slices bacon normal or turkey
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil for baking sheet


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix the first four ingredients together in a large bowl until evenly distributed.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and use the olive oil to grease the parchment paper.
  4. Spread and flatten the cauliflower mixture into a rectangle about 1/4 inch thick. Make sure the thickness is even. Use your hands to make it a square.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes until dried out slightly and browned on the edges.
  6. Remove from the oven and and sprinkle the cheese,onions and bacon on top.
  7. Return to the oven for another 3-5 minutes, until cheese is browned and bubbling,
  8. Remove, cool slightly and slice to serve!


  • Serving Size: 4

Nutritional information is only an estimate. Actual nutritional numbers will vary due to cooking methods, your ingredient measurements and brands of products used.


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  • Reply
    angela hammill
    March 22, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    fantastic flavour!! i never eat my veggies but i sure will this way!!!

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    Moira Armstrong Slater
    October 23, 2016 at 1:07 am

    This is so good! Have made it several times!

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      The Kitchen Magpie
      October 23, 2016 at 1:42 am

      Awesome! I’m so glad to hear it!

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    Patricia Aackerlund
    September 6, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    Going to try this!

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    Moira Slater
    April 25, 2016 at 12:32 am

    This is a winner!  Made it tonight and loved it!  Thanks for your great recipes!

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    Carol Gora Caron
    December 7, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    Looks awesome, and likely taste even better.

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    Margaret Kufuor-Boakye
    December 6, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    Will definitely try. Looks and sounds delightful!!!

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    August 24, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    LOL! Well, make this and test! I rarely make gluten free.. I know, I’m bad.

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    Heather Pollock
    August 24, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    I would like to be your GFree taste tester 🙂

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    September 29, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Looks very interesting. If I had the ingredients at home I would try it tonight, but I don’t have cauliflower on hand right now. Anyway, I do have one question (it may seem silly), the bacon you added ontop it was pre-cooked right?

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    September 27, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    as a guest this morning on your website I’m so excited I ran across your site.. as I’m to behave and rest from a heart attack I’m pretty much laying on my bed just entertaining myself on my laptop checking out recipes…I have enjoyed reading your comments about each recipe and am I going to try a few of them… I love this one on the cauliflower garlic bread.. oh my goodness I substituted potatoes one day for cauliflower and made a salad and no on knew it was cauliflower.. it was delicious… it amazes me how many different things you can do with cauliflower.. someone posted a recipe for a baked whole cauliflower.. it looks wonderful to… thank you for all your wonderful ideas and your recipes…

    Ontario.. Canada.. Sherrie..

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      September 27, 2014 at 2:46 pm

      @Sher Rest up and feel better!!

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    September 26, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Richard, make sure to check out my chicken recipe above as well! It’s SO good!

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    September 26, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    I hope that you enjoy it! Let me know!

  • Reply
    September 26, 2014 at 10:45 am

    KitchenMagpie Does look delish! Will definitely be giving this a go 🙂

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    Richard Reid
    September 26, 2014 at 6:45 am

    Thank you for this Karlynn
    I have just been diagnosed as pre-diabetic so this comes at a great time.

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    September 26, 2014 at 3:17 am

    Hi Karlynn! I came across your post on BlogHer and wanted to stop by to say that this looks great. You have convinced me to try cauliflower bread/crust. I would like to make pizza with it to see if I can sneak it by my picky eater husband. Wish me luck!!

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    Kelcey Howatt
    September 26, 2014 at 2:33 am

    Appreciate the gluten free recipe! Thanks!

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    Holly Nicole
    September 26, 2014 at 2:11 am


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    The Kitchen Magpie
    September 26, 2014 at 2:09 am

    Oh geez no stress LOL.What if this is the one that tanks? 😉

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    Holly Nicole
    September 26, 2014 at 1:51 am

    thank you 🙂

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    September 26, 2014 at 1:50 am

    I also wanted to make the measurement exact, because half a head of cauliflower is SO subjective! So it’s 2 1/2 that works.

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    Holly Nicole
    September 26, 2014 at 1:50 am

    I cant wait to try yours- your recipes are always amazing1

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    Holly Nicole
    September 26, 2014 at 1:49 am

    I sent you the other one I had via message

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    September 26, 2014 at 1:48 am

    I used less cauliflower with 2 eggs to bind in mine is the seems is the major difference

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    Holly Nicole
    September 26, 2014 at 1:46 am

    its from a low cal recipeI have

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    Holly Nicole
    September 26, 2014 at 1:45 am

    here is what I have …. Grate a head of raw cauliflower, strain it as much as possible by squeezing it with your hands.

    2.Then use 2 handfuls of shredded light mozzarella cheese ( but can use daiysa? Vegan cheese too) with 2 eggs.

    3.I then season with sea salt, pepper, minced garlic, onion powder, Italian seasoning, and crushed red pepper.

    4.Mix together with hands.

    5.Put evoo on pizza tray and flayed mixture out as much as possible!

    6.Cook for 35-40 min on 350.

    7.Then top with sauce, a cup of cheese or cheese sub and add veggies or whatever topping you want and cook on 350 for another 10-15 min.

    8.Aprox 400 cal a slice if you cut the pie in .

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    September 26, 2014 at 1:41 am

    Try it as the recipe then see if you’d like it as pizza. I don’t get why you’d cook it first, that’s guaranteed soggy! This isn’t Bready but it holds together well!

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    Holly Nicole
    September 26, 2014 at 1:38 am

    Thank you! I am totally trying this, this weekend 🙂

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    September 26, 2014 at 1:32 am

    Raw, no precooking! I would use this for pizza, it turned out seriously great!

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    Holly Nicole
    September 26, 2014 at 1:25 am

    I have made cauliflower pizza before but I had to bland and wring out all the water from the cauliflower, do you precook yours or is it raw for this recipe? thank you

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    Sabine Dumdei Vanderkley
    September 26, 2014 at 12:52 am

    I think I will try this tomorrow night!!! thanks for sharing!

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