Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Years ago, I stopped eating meat due to digestive issues, which is one of the reasons I started this blog… to create and share healthy, flavorful meat-free recipes! Over time, I discovered many great alternatives out there: black beans, chickpeas, lentils, marinated tofu, and even… cauliflower! After a while, it became a fun challenge to concoct creative recipes with unique ingredients.

I have to admit, there are a few things I miss, one of them being buffalo wings. I don’t think it was the chicken that I missed… more so the buffalo sauce, since I love spicy food.

I made buffalo cauliflower for the first time this week, and it was absolute heaven!

Hot and spicy cauliflower bites, battered and baked and smothered with hot sauce. Serve this with skinny blue cheese dressing and celery sticks on the side for a hot and spicy meatless appetizer.

I tested it out on some of the cauliflower-averse people in my home, and they gave it a thumbs up.

One thing to note, if you are watching your sodium, you’ll have to look for a lower sodium hot sauce, or use half of the sauce. Frank’s is my favorite for buffalo sauce, but it’s not low in sodium. If anyone knows of a lower sodium buffalo sauce, kindly share!

Ingredients

  • 1 large head of cauliflower cut into florets
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Ranch or blue cheese dressing for serving
  • Carrots and celery sticks for serving

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Grease a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk flour, water, garlic powder and paprika in a bowl until batter is smooth. Add cauliflower to batter and toss to coat.
  3. Spread cauliflower onto the baking sheet in a single layer, season with salt and pepper. Bake in the preheated oven until lightly browned, 20 to 25 minutes, flipping over halfway through for even baking.
  4. In another small bowl, whisk hot sauce, melted butter and lemon juice until well combined. Brush the buffalo sauce mixture on the cauliflower.
  5. Return to the oven and bake until they start to brown, about 15 minutes.
  6. Serve hot with ranch dressing, celery and carrots, if desired

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