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.
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!
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).
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!
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.
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 for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown and “crunchy” looking. **NOTE: No need to flip your cauliflower—they should crisp up all around.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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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!
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Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites.