Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

These Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites are a guaranteed showstopper! 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 option available.

Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

I remember making these bites and thinking to myself—-oh my oh my! These are so GOOD!

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 inevitable.

The amazing thing about these bites are that you don’t miss meat at all. As many of you may know, I love eating Vegan dishes a few times a week, therefore, this works for those days that I juts want to do so. Simply omit honey and opt in for maple syrup or agave instead and you’re all set!

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Let’s Talk About The Recipe:

To start, Preheat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare your baking sheet with parchment paper. 

Then in a medium bowl, add water, flour, 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.

Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

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 25-30 minutes or until golden brown and “crunchy” looking. **NOTE: Be sure to flip each cauliflower on opposite side half way through baking time**

Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

In the meantime, combine buffalo sauce, honey, and BBQ sauce in a small pot and let it simmer for 2-3 minutes on medium-high heat (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.

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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
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Ingredients

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

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare your baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Then in a medium bowl, add water, flour, sea salt, black pepper, smoked 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 are coated. **NOTE: Be sure to SHAKE OFF any excess coating.**
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown and "crunchy" looking. **NOTE: Be sure to flip each cauliflower on opposite side half way through baking time**
  • In the meantime, combine buffalo sauce, honey, and BBQ sauce in a small pot and let it simmer for 2-3 minutes on medium-high heat (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.
  • Bon Appetit!

Tips & Tricks

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.
STORAGE: Best if consumed within the same day. Leave leftovers tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for a day or so.

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  1. 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! 🙂

  2. 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! 🙂

  3. 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! 🙂

  4. 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

  5. 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! 🙂

  6. 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!

  7. 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! 🙂

  8. 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.