Gluten-Free Cauliflower Breadsticks

September 15, 2016

Who knew cauliflower could make an amazing bread substitute? These low-carb, grain-free, gluten-free breadsticks actually taste like breadsticks. I'm impressed and so will you and your guests when you make this delicious gluten-free side dish! Well worth the effort.

  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • 20 mins

    25 mins

    45 mins

  • Yields: 20 breadsticks


1 large cauliflower, florets only (or bag of cauliflower rice/crumbs already chopped)

1/4 cup of egg whites

1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese

1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese, divided

1 Tbsp. dried Italian seasoning blend or choice Italian seasonings

1 tsp. garlic powder (optional)

1 tsp. onion powder (optional)

1 tsp. of Kosher salt

Black pepper to taste

Marinara sauce (for dipping)


Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

Work in batches to gently pulse the cauliflower florets in your food processor until they form into a rice-like texture. Do not over process. You can purchase pre-pulsed cauliflower rice instead.

Place pulsed cauliflower in a microwave safe bowl and cover with a paper towel. Place in microwave for 4-5 minutes and microwave until cauliflower is steamy and soft.

Remove from microwave and allow mixture to cool for 5-15 minutes before handling. I suggest using gloves to handle the hot mixture.

Next, remove all the liquid from the cauliflower. To do this, add a large scoop of the cauliflower at a time to a clean dishrag. Squeeze and drain liquid out as much as possible. Work in batches until you squeeze out all the liquid.

Add to cauliflower mixture egg whites, parmesan cheese, 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese, Italian seasoning, garlic and onion powder, and salt and pepper. Mix well.

Press mixture onto your parchment paper to form a rectangle. Flatten the mixture with your hands, and press everything together neatly and tightly.

Bake for 18-20 minutes until mixture starts to brown.

Remove from oven and sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese (optional). Bake for an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Remove from oven and cool for 5 minutes before cutting into breadsticks.

Serve with marinara sauce for dipping. Enjoy!

Turn this breadstick recipe into a cauliflower pizza crust instead! Simply shape the mixture into a round flat crust, top with sauce, cheese and fresh basil, and voila, gluten-free, grain-free, low-carb pizza awaits you!


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