A meatless version of your favorite buffalo wings. No breading station required for these Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Bites. The are so easy!!
These bites are so flavorful, tender on the inside, with a bit of crunch on the outside. These are meant for sharing, but I’m pretty sure you won’t want to. 😉
And because these are made with cauliflower instead of the traditional stuff buffalo bites are made with (chicken), they are healthier! So go ahead and chow down guilt free!
I’m sure you’ve seen various different recipes for these cauliflower bites floating around online. Most of them seem to have some sort of tedious breading involved. While I do love breaded things, it takes a long time and can make a big mess.
I wanted to find a way to make these without the need of a breading station. These Buffalo Cauliflower Bites still have a crunch from the Panko breadcrumbs, but the breadcrumbs are just loosely shaken on, which actually makes them a bit healthier because you can use less. It also makes them super easy! And so amazingly delicious. I can eat an entire head of cauliflower this way!
How to make the recipe
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I find the easiest way to prepare cauliflower is to first cut it in half down the middle and then work with each half on it’s own. Tear or cut off the outer leaves, then cut off the stem. If there are any smaller leaves in between the florets, I take a small paring knife and carefully cut the stem from the cauliflower.
Once the leaves and stem are gone, you can gently pull apart the florets. You want them bite size for this Buffalo Cauliflower recipe. If you have any florets that are on the larger size, you can cut them in half.
Any smaller florets or crumbled pieces you can save for a different recipe – throw them in soups, toss them with pasta, or add them to rice dishes.
Toss the cauliflower florets with a drizzle of oil and the breadcrumbs. Roast in the oven for 20 minutes, until tender.
Toss in the buffalo sauce and roast another 10 to 15 minutes until the cauliflower starts to get crispy on the outsides.
Toss with more Panko breadcrumbs and serve!
Love cauliflower? Don’t miss these other vegan cauliflower recipes.
- Crispy Baked Cauliflower Tacos
- Orange Cauliflower
- Roasted Cauliflower Salad
- Cauliflower Scampi
- Sweet Potato Cauliflower Soup
- Vegan Cauliflower Bolognese
Dairy Free Ranch Dip
These tangy spicy cauliflower wing bites are the perfect appetizer, game day snack, or late night munchie. Serve ’em up with this Simple Vegan Ranch Dip and I dare you to try to stop eating them.
Many vegan ranch recipes call for cashews soaked for 3 to 4 hours. Those are delicious, but sometimes I want something I can whip up in just minutes.
I originally used vegan sour cream as the base, but I have also made it using vegan mayo as the base. Both are delicious, so use what’s in your fridge.
Southwest Vegan Ranch Dressing would be wonderfully delicious with these spicy bites, as well, and it is made with all whole food ingredients!
Typical buffalo style sauce is made by combining hot sauce with butter and sometimes adding seasonings like garlic or Worcestershire sauce.
For this recipe, we are taking an even easier route and using store-bought bottled buffalo sauce! Tobasco Buffalo Sauce and Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce are both vegan and taste delicious. Don’t worry about the natural butter flavor in the Frank’s brand…it is indeed vegan.
If your mouth needs a break from the hot spicy bites, a little crunch of fresh celery with ranch should cool things down. Carrots could work, too.
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Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, drizzle the olive oil over the cauliflower florets and toss to coat well.
- Pour the breadcrumbs over and toss again to coat.
- Pour cauliflower onto a parchment lined baking sheet and spread out into one layer.
- Roast for 20 minutes or until cauliflower starts to get tender.
- Take out of oven and pour back into the large bowl.
- Pour hot sauce over cauliflower and toss to coat.
- Place back on baking sheet and roast for another 10 to 15 minutes or so until cauliflower starts to get crispy on the edges.
- Meanwhile, make the Simple Vegan Ranch Dip. Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until combined.
- Take cauliflower out of oven. Toss with a little more Panko breadcrumbs. Serve with Simple Vegan Ranch Dip.
Nutrition values are calculated using online calculators and are estimates only. Please verify using your own data.