Baby Marrow / Courgette Pizza Base [Dairy free, Gluten free, Grain free, Sugar free]

Having had much success with the Cauliflower pizza baseand using coconut flour and chia seeds in the past with that particular base, I decided to try out a base using grated baby marrows, following the method I used for making cauliflower dumplingsthat I add to my lamb stew.  I often struggle to use up the baby marrow that comes in many instead of singles at the supermarket or veggie stores, so this was a welcome and great-tasting way to use up my supply!

Baby marrow releases loads of water when grated, so the process of draining out all excess liquid should be followed well to create a perfect thin and crisp base that is hyper low carb.

This recipe is easy to follow and quick to prepare. The almond flour added bulk as well as a nutty and lightly crunchy flavourful taste to this pizza base.

Toppings of choice work well with this base – I used a home made relish and minced lamb cooked with veggies in a Thai green curry paste, topped with sliced mushrooms. This pizza base is totally fabulous tasting, even better than the cauliflower version!


2 cups baby marrow / courgettes, skin on, finely grated as for cauliflower rice, lightly packed
½-3/4 cup  almond flour
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 Tblsp coconut (melted) or avocado oil
½ tsp basil or Italian herbs or oreganum
¼ tsp garlic powder
⅛ tsp Himalayan or salt (you don’t need much because the marrow will retain some)

Here’s How

  • Add the grated baby marrow (I used my food processor to pulse the baby marrow) in a sieve or large strainer.
  • Sprinkle the baby marrow with some salt, mix well to combine.
  • Place the strainer over a vegetable prep bowl or a large dish, and let the baby marrow drain for about 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celcius
  • Place the grated baby marrow into a dry dish towel, and wring the towel over the sink until the water is squeezed out.
  • Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl.
  • Add almond flour as needed to make a dough (not too wet, not too dry).
  • On a baking paper-lined baking sheet, spread the baby marrow mix out into an oval shape and press it down to compact it as well.
  • Place the pan on the bottom rack of the oven and bake for about 20 minutes.
  • Then place the baking sheet on the top rack of the oven for about 8 minutes, until browned.
  • Remove and flip the pizza base.
  • Bake for another 5 minutes.
  • Remove the base.
  • Turn the oven up to 220 degrees Celsius.
  • Top the pizza with sauce of choice, vegetables,meat and cheese if using
  • Place the baking sheet back into the oven on the bottom rack and bake for 3-4 minutes. Again, place the tray on the top rack for about 2 minutes.
  • Remove and let cool for 5-10 minutes to let everything set.
  • Slice, serve with a salad and enjoy!!
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Prava Singh

A Mom, daughter, wife, sister, aunt and friend experiencing life through an evolutionary body with a revolutionary mind... A recent past former Type 2 insulin dependent and hypertensive walking time-bomb for 13.5 years, I have made positive lifestyle changes that has aided and abetted my health status for my overall betterment. Passionate about all things food, with a proud Indian heritage, I regularly blog my culinary attempts that have worked for me in my endeavours to break the shackles of food addictions and food slavery. Passionate about people too, my decision to share these endeavours is driven by informing others that a lifestyle change through food is indeed possible. I have indeed survived high school and survived life too in the most interesting and thought-provoking ways. Having lost over 50kgs of excess weight in just under a year, I have reclaimed my life and am thoroughly enjoying the journey.

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2 Responses

  1. Megan Bester says:

    Prava do you think if one used a pizza stone one would still need to flip it? Obviously you may not have had experience with this but you know the end result. I haven’t tried it yet!

    • Prava Singh says:

      Megan, from what I have read, there’s no need to flip over with a pizza stone…but the stone has to be hot before placing the pizza base on. This is on my wishlist hey!

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