Baked buffalo cauliflower bites are the perfect recipe for my veggie, football-loving friends.  Tomorrow marks the kickoff of college football, and as a native Tennessean and UT grad, despite many years of struggle, I’ve got lots of pre-season hope. I’m lining up some healthy spectator foods, and these baked buffalo cauliflower bites are on the menu.
mom and two sons dressed in tennessee volunteer jerseys spelling V O L S with their arms
baked and breaded cauliflower bites on a white plate with avocado sauce dressing
These bites are crispy on the outside with a melt-in-your mouth middle. Dip them in your favorite ranch or blue cheese dressing to moderate the heat. If you happen to have leftovers, toss them onto a salad for a healthy, and fresh lunch the next day.
white bowl holding salad ingredients which include baked buffalo cauliflower bites, tofu, avocado, tomatoes, with a ranch sauce drizzled over it
Football lovers, may your team play well this weekend, unless…you are a West Virginia Mountaineer. In that case, may your team crumble under the power of the big orange T.

clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon

baked buffalo cauliflower bites

5 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars 2 Stars 1 Star No reviews
  • Author: Jennifer McDaniel
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


The vegetarian version of Buffalo Wings!


  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1/2 c. 2% milk
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 1/2 c. whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 3 t. garlic powder
  • 2 t. paprika
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1 c. Cholula hot sauce (or your favorite hot sauce)
  • 1 T. butter


  1. Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or grease well with olive oil.
  3. Cut cauliflower into even-sized bites/florets.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, mix milk, water, flour and spices until the batter is semi-thick.
  5. Add cauliflower florets to the bowl in small batches. Coat evenly.
  6. Place cauliflower in a single layer on baking sheet.
  7. Place in the oven to bake for 20 minutes.
  8. While cauliflower is baking, in a small sauce pan combine hot sauce and butter. Warm until combined.
  9. At the 20 minute mark, turn cauliflower, and drizzle the hot sauce mixture over the cauliflower.
  10. Bake an additional 10-15 minutes until desired crispness.
  11. Serve with ranch or blue cheese dressing.


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 194
  • Sugar: 12.4 g
  • Sodium: 1654.8 mg
  • Fat: 3.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 35.6 g
  • Protein: 6.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 6.7 mg