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Overhead view of a plate of buffalo cauliflower bites with celery sticks and ranch dip on a round wooden tray with glass of water and bunch of parsley
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Buffalo Cauliflower Bites and Cheater Vegan Ranch Dip

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites – a meatless version of your favorite buffalo wings. No breading station required – these are so easy!!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: dairy free, refined sugar free, vegan
Servings: 4
Calories: 225kcal


  • 1 large head cauliflower (cut into bite size florets)
  • 1-2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (depending on the size of your head of cauliflower)
  • 1/3 - 1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup Tabasco Buffalo Style Hot Sauce (Frank's also makes a vegan Buffalo style hot sauce)

Cheater Vegan Ranch Dip

  • 1/2 cup vegan sour cream (or vegan mayo)
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened plain non-dairy milk (soy or almond would work) (*see note)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley


  • 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 10-15 minutes or so until cauliflower starts to get crispy on the edges.
  • Meanwhile, make the Cheater 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 Cheater Vegan Ranch Dip.


~Some brands of vegan sour cream are thinner than others. If yours seems very loose, you may not need to add any milk at all. On the other hand, if yours is thicker (or if you're using vegan mayo which tends to be thicker), add more milk 1 tablespoon at a time until the desired consistency for dipping is reached.


Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 1751mg | Potassium: 697mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 138.6mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 1.3mg