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Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites——If you’re looking for a meatless option for your Game Day snack or any day for that matter, look no further! These bites are a guaranteed showstopper and at first glance, these beauties truly remind you of buffalo boneless chicken (and trust me, they taste just as good, if not better), however, they aren’t! Just know that your taste buds won’t be able to tell the difference either! With a nice kick of spice coupled with a hint of sweetness from the BBQ sauce + Honey, these cauliflower bites are the perfect appetizer, snack, or addition to any entree. Vegan + Gluten-Free options available.

Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Healthy Cauliflower Bites.

I remember making these Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites and thinking to myself—-oh my, oh my! These are WAY TOO GOOD to not be chicken! Haha. But they are entirely MEATLESS.

When it comes to this recipe, I must admit that I am the first one to take the first bite as soon as it’s finished! Haha. I LOVE spice and this is a nice kick, so it’s only right—–right? The amazing thing about these bites are that you can always substitute ingredients to create healthier cauliflower bites.  As many of you may know, I love eating Vegan dishes a few times a week (No, I’m not a full-time vegan), therefore, this works for those days that I just want to eat no meat or dairy at all.

To make these cauliflower bites healthier, I love using water as my base along with organic flour, seasonings, buffalo sauce (which can be homemade), and you have the option of omitting honey and opting in for maple syrup or agave instead and you’re all set!

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites without Flour.

OK, so in case you want to make these delicious little cauliflower bites without flour, I’ve got you covered. When I don’t feel like using flour, I love switching between arrowroot starch, which still creates a nice batter—-which actually affects the crisp factor. In addition, you can use potato starch, regular starch (if you don’t care about these being GF), or whisked eggs in replace of the entire batter (for non-vegan option).

Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

How to Make Buffalo Cauliflower Bites.

When it comes to making buffalo cauliflower bites, the process is so easy and simple. First, it’s about creating the batter, dipping in your cauliflower, and then coating them with breadcrumbs. Bake and then boom—–you’re left with two more options: add sauce towards the end of baking process for a nicely “baked-on” sauce OR toss them in sauce over the stovetop. You’re pick!

  • Make the Batter:

In a medium bowl, add water, flour, buffalo sauce, sea salt, black pepper, paprika, dried parsley, red pepper flakes, and garlic powder and whisk together until fully combined. Set aside. In a separate bowl, add bread crumbs and set aside also.

  • Coat Cauliflower with Batter + Breadcrumbs:

Now dip each cauliflower into batter (shaking off any excess) and then toss into bread crumbs. Then lay each cauliflower side by side on the baking sheet (about an inch apart). Repeat until all cauliflower bites are coated.

  • Bake, Bake, Bake:

Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown and “crunchy” looking. **NOTE: No need to flip your cauliflower—they should crisp up all around.

  • Make the Sauce:

In the meantime, combine buffalo sauce, honey, and BBQ sauce in a small pot over medium-high heat and let it simmer for 2-3 minutes, until bubbly. Remove from heat and let cool for 2-3 minutes before adding cauliflower. 

  • Toss Cauliflower in Sauce + Bake Again:

Once cauliflowers are crisp, remove from oven and toss them in the sauce until fully coated. Add coated cauliflower back to baking sheet and place them back in the oven (turning oven on broil) for about 5-6 minutes.

What You’ll Love Most About These Bites.

They’re super easy to make.

Extra crispy on the outside + soft on the inside.

They are completely dairy-free and vegan with a gluten-free option.

Super flavorful.

A nice balance of tangy + spicy.

Perfect Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter vibes—–any season!

Great as an appetizer or side, especially for Game Day.

Did I mention, it’s just delicious?

Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Need More Buffalo Flavor Ideas? Perfect for Game Day?

This Buffalo Cauliflower Kale Grilled Pizza is absolutely the most perfect family-friendly recipe for the summer! It comes topped with buffalo sauce, mozzarella cheese, kale, and buffalo cauliflower bites and comes based with a crispy, fluffy gluten-free GRILLED crust. Yes, I said Grilled! It’s just that simple, yet it’s bursting with savoriness and flavor. The best weeknight meal and vegetarian option for everyone. Vegan option available.

These Sheet Pan Buffalo Chicken Nachos are guaranteed to be a show-stopper! This recipe comes loaded with deliciously spicy buffalo shredded chicken, spinach, arugula, onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, jalapeños, and cheese over crispy organic tortilla chips. Using all organic ingredients and a healthier way to enjoy a favorite hand-held classic. Easy to make and only one pan required!

These Baked Skillet Buffalo Wings are delicious in every bite! Crisp right out of the Air fryer, drenched in hot buffalo sauce with a hint of BBQ sauce and maple syrup to balance the heat, these wings remain a staple hand-held food for easy weeknight dinners, appetizer platters, Holiday gatherings, and more.

Common Q + A’s About Cauliflower Bites.

How Do You Store Leftovers?

Honestly, these little bites are best if consumed within the same day, however, you can always store them in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Simply reheat in the oven once ready to serve for best results.

How Do You Get Them to Be So Crispy?

OK, so this is often the #1 question that I get asked. My bites are crispy because of the flour batter that they are dipped in first followed by the breadcrumbs. Be sure to always shake off excess batter and use parchment paper on your baking sheet. Once they are gently placed on your baking sheet, spray them lightly with oil spray before placing them in the oven and let them golden. They’ll crisp up very nicely! For EXTRA crispness, add ground corn flakes to breadcrumbs.

How Do I Make These Bites Gluten-Free?

That’s so easy! Simply use GF flour or a GF alternative such as arrowroot starch to coat your cauliflower bites instead of regular flour. In addition, ensure that your buffalo sauce and BBQ sauce are both GF-friendly, if you’re not using a homemade version. Wallah!

Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Need Awesome Meat Substitutes?

Awesome Meat Substitutes to Try This Year is all about finding out the various ways that you can substitute meat on those days where you just feel like giving your usual eating habits a break or for those who follow a vegetarian and/or vegan lifestyle, this lists offers a few great ideas to incorporate in your diet. Plant Protein–the latest trend that has been transforming 2018 into a year of “no-meat” is just one of the many ways that you can say ‘yes’ to eating a whole diet and ‘no’ to eating meat if desired.

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Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 50 mins
Serves: 4 servings
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Ingredients

  • 1 head of Cauliflower, chopped in medium chunks
  • 2-3 cups bread crumbs, GF if needed! (See Notes!)
  • 1 cup fresh water
  • 3/4 cup organic all-purpose flour (I use Bob's Red Mill, See Notes for GF option!)
  • 1 cup hot buffalo sauce + 2 Tbsps! (Store-bought or Homemade!)
  • 3 Tbsps BBQ sauce (For Vegan option, ensure it's Vegan approved!; See Notes!)
  • 1 Tbsp sriracha sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey (See Notes!)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt + black pepper
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 Tbsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp dried parsley

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and line your baking sheet with parchment paper. **NOTE: Doing this step is a MUST to prevent sticking.**
  • In a medium bowl, add water, flour, 2 Tbsps buffalo sauce, sea salt, black pepper, paprika, dried parsley, red pepper flakes, and garlic powder and whisk together until fully combined. Set aside. In a separate bowl, add bread crumbs and set aside also.
  • In a separate bowl, add bread crumbs and set aside also. 
  • Now, dip each cauliflower into batter (shaking off any excess) and then toss into bread crumbs. Then lay each cauliflower side by side on the baking sheet (about an inch apart). Repeat until all cauliflower are coated.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and “crunchy” looking. NOTE: If not crispy enough, turn on broil and bake for another 5-10 minutes.

To Make Sauce:

  • In the meantime, combine the remaining 1 cup buffalo sauce, honey, and BBQ sauce in a small pot over medium-high heat and let it simmer for 2-3 minutes, until bubbly. Remove from heat and let cool for 2-3 minutes before adding cauliflower. 
  • Once cauliflowers are crisp, remove from oven and toss them in the sauce until fully coated. Add coated cauliflower back to baking sheet and place them back in the oven (turning oven on broil) for about 5-6 minutes.
  • To serve, add cauliflower bites to a salad, atop pasta, as a topping on pizza, with quinoa or rice, or by themselves with Vegan Ranch dipping sauce.
  • Bon Appetit!

Tips & Tricks

  • STORAGE: Best if consumed within the same day. Store leftovers in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in oven when ready to serve.
  • HOMEMADE BBQ SAUCE: 15 oz. can of tomato sauce, 3/4 cups water, 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, 2 Tbsps sriracha sauce, 2 tsps ground mustard, 1/3 cup agave syrup, 2 Tbsps pure maple syrup, 1 tsp sea salt, 1 tsp onion powder, 1 Tbsp red pepper flakes, and 1 tsp smoked paprika. **Whip together: Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan on medium-high heat and whisk together until it begins to boil. Reduce heat to low-medium and let everything simmer for about 15 minutes or so, stirring occasionally. Once thickened enough to desired consistency, remove from heat and let cool. Set aside until ready to use or store remainder in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.**
  • BBQ SAUCE: If you choose to use a store-bought version, my favorite brand is Stubb’s BBQ Sauce.
  • HOMEMADE BREADCRUMBS: To make your own breadcrumbs, simply grind 1-2 cups of cubed bread into a food processor until finely chopped. Place crumbs onto a parchment lined baking sheet and spread out evenly. Bake for 5-6 minutes in the oven set at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, stirring occasionally. Once brown + crisp, remove from oven and let cool. Continue recipe steps and store remaining breadcrumbs in a tightly sealed container. 
  • SWEETENER: For vegan option, you can always substitute honey with Agave or maple syrup.
    GLUTEN-FREE: Simply use GF flour or a GF alternative such as arrowroot starch to coat your cauliflower bites instead of regular flour. In addition, ensure that your buffalo sauce and BBQ sauce are both GF-friendly, if you're not using a homemade version. Wallah!
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  1. These look delicious and I’ll be making them soon. One thing though, honey isn’t considered vegan, so I’m going to substitute with maple syrup. You might want to make that change in labeling or give a vegan substitute.

    • Hi Bari! Thanks so much! I can’t wait to hear what you think! These bites aren’t originally vegan, however, I do give substitute options in the notes for a vegan option! 🙂

  2. Hello and thank you for posting these amazing recipes. Looking for a but of clarity in the recipe, is the cup of buffalo sauce for the batter? Or the tossing afterwards? I see it says 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra. Just trying to make sure I make it correctly. Thanks again.

    • Hi Lovie! Thanks so much for choosing to make my recipe! You use the 2 Tbsps of buffalo sauce for the batter and then the 1 cup for the actual sauce! 🙂

  3. These are AMAZING!!! Super crispy…tender in the middle. My meat loving family didn’t even miss the chicken. Super easy to make…I’m definitely saving this recipe for many meals to come! Perfect proportion of everything!!!

    • Hi Melissa! I’m so glad that you and your family enjoyed these! They are definitely my go-to! 🙂

  4. Absolutely delicious!!! I just had them and they are so good. Super filling and I couldn’t tell the difference on some of the bits. They are soft and sweet tasting with the crispy spicy outside. To die for!!! It was a big hit with my husband and I. I am going to try this recipe with different sauces.

      • Hi Elise! I’m so glad that you enjoyed these! They are definitely a FAVE in my house!! Thanks so much for your raving review! 🙂

  5. Whoever came up with this PREP time must have eight hands! It took me a while to dip and coat each piece of cauli!

    • Hi Jesse! Prep times vary usually for several reasons, however, I do hope that you enjoy! 🙂

  6. Made them at least 4 times, i absolutely love these bites! You can also cut your cauliflower into 2cm thick steaks and make amazing “chicken” sandos.
    Thank you for this amazing buffalo wing experience, greetings form germany!

    • Hi Lohrents! Thanks so much for sharing that tip! I’ll definitely give that a try! I’m so glad that you love this recipe! Greetings! Xx

  7. I just made this! Eating it right now, and OOOHHH MYYYY. Better than chicken!!
    I jused oats instead of flour, and crushed up digestive biscuits instead of breadcrumbs.
    Then I jused ketchup instead of buffalo sauce!

    Seriously recommend 💜

    • Hi Cecilie! I’m so happy that you’re enjoying this recipe! It’s one of my faves also! Thanks so much for sharing your feedback! 🙂

  8. Followed the recipe exactly (except used gluten free flour) and they turned out perfect and crispy. The whole family loved them! I did used a homemade BBQ sauce on them as a time saver but next time I’ll try yours. Thanks for a delicious recipe!

    • Hi! I’m so happy to hear that they turned out perfect and your family enjoyed them! I’m sure a store-bought BBQ sauce was just as good! Haha. Thanks so much for sharing!

  9. Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe. I had recently visited a restaurant that had buffalo cauliflower bites. I couldn’t believe it tasted so good, but I wanted to try this at home. Your bites looked the best of all the recipes I looked at online. The recipe was super easy to make and very delicious! My whole family loved it and I’ve made this twice since last weekend. We’re on a healthy eating journey. From Changing the foods I ate I’ve lost 12 pounds in 30 days.

    I am looking forward to making more of your recipes for my family. We’re super excited. It’s much easier to eat healthy if the food taste good.

    Thanks again for sharing!

    • Hi June! I’m so happy to hear that you were able to make my recipe successfully and your entire family loved it! Congratulations on your weight lost and I definitely understand your need to eat healthier. My family and I have been pushing this goal as well! I look forward to sharing more great recipes that you and your family enjoy! Thanks so much again for that update! 🙂

  10. I have tried one of these bite recipes before and it sucked – but yours looks way better – I am going to ask my husband if he would be willing to try these out

    • Thanks so much Danielle! I’m so sorry to hear about the disappointment with your last bite’s recipe. I do hope that you enjoy these!

    • Thanks so much Jennifer! Yes, it definitely is a great alternative and tastes just as good as buffalo wings! Haha.