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Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites are addicting, zesty, and spicy little munchies that are sure to please! A vegetarian, low carb irresistible snack for Game Day… or really any day!

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There is no shortage of “snacking” around here! We’re bored in the house and we’re in the house bored and I don’t know about you but BORED=HUNGRY!

So considering I’m reaching in my cheese drawer every 30 minutes for just “one more nibble” I need to find ways to be a bit more mindful with the snacking!

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I love these Buffalo Cauliflower Bites, because they are surprisingly filling, low in carbs, and reminiscent of the zesty spicy flavor that you get when munching on Buffalo wings! Now I’m just praying that the NFL will be returning in the fall, because these are the epitome of “Game Day” snacks!

Ingredients for Buffalo Cauliflower bites

All-Purpose Flour

Paprika

Garlic Powder

Salt

Pepper

Milk

Head of Cauliflower

Buffalo Sauce (Frank’s Red Hot)

Butter

Substitutions to make EVEN HealthIER cauliflower bites

MILK————-> A dairy-free, plant -base alternative such as Almond, Coconut or Oat

BUTTER————-> Dairy-free butter, or coconut oil

MILK————-> A dairy-free, plant -base alternative such as Almond, Coconut or Oat

ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR————-> A GF flower alternative, such as almond flour or coconut flour. Whole wheat flour would work too!

how to make buffalo cauliflower bites

Preheat the oven to 450˚F, you want it nice and hot!

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silpat silicone baking mat. You really want to use one of the two to prevent sticking!

In a large bowl, combine the flour, paprika, garlic powder, salt, pepper. Use a fork to incorporate the spices throughout the flour. Next whisk in the milk. This is your coating for the cauliflower. It shouldn’t be too thick, nor too runny. Think a little thinner than a pancake mix consistency.

Cut the head of cauliflower into florets, about 1½-inches wide. Add the cauliflower florets to the batter, making sure each piece is evenly coated. Arrange the coated cauliflower in a single layer on the baking sheet.

Bake for 20 minutes, flipping halfway to evenly cook the coating. Remove cauliflower from the oven and bump up the temperature to broil.

Combine the buffalo sauce and melted butter in a small bowl. The butter will help the hot sauce adhere to the cauliflower.

Brush the buffalo sauce mixture on the cauliflower and return to the oven to broil and crisp. Keep on eye on it, to prevent burning. Depending on your oven, the cauliflower will take another 5-10 minutes to brown.

Remove from oven and let cool slighlty before serving. I know it’s hard, but these babies are gonna be steamy hot, so give them a few minutes!

I like to serve with a little side of Blue cheese dressing, but Ranch would work as well if you prefer.

buffalo cauliflower bites tips for best success!

Cut the florets large. If you cut them too small, they will bake faster than the coating can crisp, and end up becoming mushy.

Bake the cauliflower on parchment paper.  Parchment paper is great for an easy clean-up and preventing sticking. If you don’t have parchment paper, you could also evenly coat the bottom of the baking sheet with oil.

Leftovers in Oven: If you do have any leftovers, I highly recommend reheating in the oven for the best taste and texture. The microwave will yield you a mushy soggy mess. Avoid it!

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Brenda Lanzilli
Buffalo Cauliflower Bites are addicting, zesty, and spicy little munchies that are sure to please! A vegetarian, low carb irresistible snack for Game Day… or really any day!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 144 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ¾ cup milk use a bit more if batter is too thick
  • 1 large head of cauliflower
  • ¼ cup buffalo sauce or hot sauce Franks's Red Hot
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 450˚F
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silpat silicone baking mat
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, paprika, garlic powder, salt, pepper. Next whisk in the milk to make coating for the cauliflower. It shouldn't be too thick that, nor too runny. Think a little thinner than a pancake mix consistency.
  • Cut the head of cauliflower into florets, about 1½-inches wide. Add the cauliflower florets to the batter, making sure each piece is evenly coated. Arrange the coated cauliflower in a single layer on the baking sheet.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, flipping halfway. Remove cauliflower from the oven and bump up the temperature to broil.
  • Combine the buffalo sauce and melted butter in a small bowl. The butter will help the hot sauce adhere to the cauliflower.
  • Brush the buffalo sauce mixture on the cauliflower and return to the oven to broil and crisp. Keep on eye on it, to prevent burning. Depending on your oven, the cauliflower will take another 5-10 minutes to brown.
  • Remove from oven and let cool slighlty before serving.

Notes

Nutrition Facts are Estimates

Nutrition

Calories: 144kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 5gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 775mgPotassium: 376mgFiber: 3gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 347IUVitamin C: 46mgCalcium: 69mgIron: 1mg
Keyword buffalo cauliflower bites, buffalo sauce, cauliflower, franks red hot, hot sauce, plant based, snacking, vegan, vegetable, vegetarian
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