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.

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Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Bites


  • Author: Jennifer McDaniel
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x

Description

The vegetarian version of Buffalo Wings!


Ingredients

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  • 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

Instructions

  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.
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Jennifer McDaniel

Jennifer McDaniel is a Registered Dietitian, Media Spokesperson, and co-author of Prevention's Mediterranean Table Cookbook. She and her team of Registered Dietitians aim to help their clients go further, make change last, and unlock their potential. She lives in St. Louis, MO with her husband, and three young sons. If you are interested in working with Jennifer, please visit our contact page.