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Crispy Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites - The Kreative Life

Can we all agree that cauliflower is one of the most amazing vegetables on the planet? Ok, I know I’m exaggerating, but what other veggie can you make into pizza crust, use as a rice substitute, eat raw, or mash up like potatoes?

Not to say that I’m a super-fan or anything, but I’m definitely a fan.

It’s one of the few veggies, besides spinach, that I don’t mind eating a couple of times a week. My 3 year old is the same way.

When I made a batch of crispy vegan buffalo cauliflower bites and he took my whole plate and gobbled it down (I really wasn’t trying to share with him) I knew that I had to share this recipe with you all because you know that I love spicy food, like in this shrimp recipe!

The flavor and crunch of the batter paired with the spiciness of the sauce makes it great for an appetizer or even a side dish.

Crispy Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Bites Substitutions

I’ve changed my diet recently for health reasons, so a lot of my recipes are dairy free. These buffalo cauliflower wings are vegan, but if you don’t have almond milk or vegan butter on hand you can easily use the dairy versions.

If you need  gluten-free buffalo cauliflower bites, you can switch out the all-purpose flour and cornmeal for cornstarch.

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Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Ingredients

For the Batter

  • 1 Medium Head of Cauliflower Chopped
  • ½ Cup Milk I used almond milk
  • ¾ Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • ¼ Cup Cornmeal
  • 1 Tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1 Tsp. Salt
  • ½ Tsp. Black Pepper
  • ½ Tsp. Smoked Paprika

For the Sauce

  • ½ Cup Hot Sauce
  • ¼ Cup Butter Melted (I used vegan butter)

Instructions

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, mix flour, cornmeal, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, black pepper, and smoked paprika. Set aside. In a medium bowl, pour milk over cauliflower. Tightly place lid on bowl and shake bowl until cauliflower is completely covered with milk. Place the cauliflower into the bowl with the flour mixture. Gently toss the cauliflower in the mixture until it’s fully coated. Dip cauliflower into milk again and toss into flour mixture a second time if you want a double coat of batter.
  2. Over low to medium heat, in about 2 inches of oil, cook battered cauliflower until golden-brown. Remove from heat and set aside in a medium bowl.
  3. In a small bowl, mix hot sauce and butter until fully combined. Pour sauce over cauliflower. Tightly place the lid on the bowl and gently shake until the cauliflower is fully coated. Serve the Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites with your favorite dipping sauces.
 

 

 

 

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  1. These little crispy cauliflower bites look delicious and I imagine most would eat them right up. What a substitute for chicken wings that would be healthy except for the frying. There are so many great cauliflower recipes coming out.

  2. Wow that’s a new one to me totally. I love the look and I’m sure my family is going to love it. Will make soon.

  3. Trust me when I tell you that I will drive 50 miles to go to a restaurant that serves deep-fried cauliflower. It is absolutely one of my favorite foods. This recipe takes that concept to an entirely different level. I can’t wait to try it!

  4. Oh wow! I can’t believe this is cauliflower! You did such a beautiful job! Wish you could come over and make this for me cause I know I would completely mess it up!

  5. Hey, that looks so delectable! We make similar recipe here in India called Gobhi pakoras (pakora means fritters and Cauliflower is Gobhi in Hindi ) with chickpea flour and spices. We also make Cauliflower Manchurian in the same fashion, except that Chickpea flour is replaced with cornflour and refined flour.