Buffalo Cauliflower Bites dipped into my Vegan Cucumber Ranch Dressing. Crispy, chewy, and breaded with tartness and spiciness. Pair that with a creamy cool vegan cucumber ranch and I guarantee you won’t be able to stop until the entire plate is gone.
It all started with my Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon Tahini Sauce dish. It was the first time I found myself craving and eating a large amounts of cauliflower in one sitting. It was an addiction… and then this combination came along.
This buffalo cauliflower recipe was first created back in December for our annual holiday party. These bites were actually suppose to be one of the main ingredients for another recipe (coming soon). I wanted them to be freshly baked, so I waited until all our guests arrived. When the cauliflower bites were done, I pulled them out of the oven, left them on the counter, and went to check on something else. Only to turn back around and realize that in the span of 5 minutes, more than half of my tray was gone and devoured by my friends before I could even assemble all of the dish I was supposed to serve that night! ha!
The look on my friends faces when they saw me…”wait…were we NOT suppose to eat these? but they’re so good!” said it all. That’s when I knew that these Buffalo Cauliflower Bites needed a post all to themselves.
These cauliflower bites are so delicious and easy to make. They’re baked (not fried), and the sauce is made from a few basic pantry-ready ingredients. No need for any fancy store-bought buffalo sauce, unless you already happen to have some laying around. You can easily prep these bites ahead of time by cutting the cauliflower pieces, coating, and breading them. Then when you’re ready to serve, simply bake and toss with sauce!
If you’re looking at these photographs and thinking I did a lot of editing to get that gorgeous color on these bites, think again! They are really as mouthwatering as they look!
I like to make large batches of these bites at a time. You can store leftovers in the fridge, and even though they may loose some of their crispiness, they still taste great reheated in the oven the following day. Serve them as a side or appetizer, or enjoy them for an afternoon snack. They make for a great party finger food!
I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely serving up a batch of these vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Bites with a side of my Vegan Cucumber Ranch during the super bowl this coming weekend! Join me and try out the recipe for yourself! It’ll make you a cauliflower lover in no time. If you do, be sure to tag me on Facebook or Instagram, @vegetariangastronomy #vegetariangastronomy, I love seeing all your re-makes! And keep an eye out for a few more vegan “buffalo” recipes coming to the blog soon!
Buffalo Cauliflower Bites With Vegan Cucumber Ranch
- 1/2 cauliflower , large
- 1 cup non-dairy milk , such as soy milk or cashew milk
- 1 cup all-purpose flour , for gluten-free: use white rice flour
- 2 teasp garlic powder
- 1.5 cups breadcrumbs , for gluten-free, use gluten-free breadcrumbs
- Vegan Cucumber Ranch
For the Sauce:
- 2 tbsp vegan butter , such as Earth Balance or Miyoko vegan butter
- 1/2 cup cholula , or other hot sauce such as Frank's Hot Sauce (see notes below)
- 1/4 teasp sriracha
- 1/2 teasp garlic powder
- 1/2 tbsp vinegar , I used regular distilled vinegar
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Cut the cauliflower into medium sized florets. Wash and set aside to drain out the water.
- In a large bowl, combine non-dairy milk (soy milk), flour, and 2 teasp garlic powder, and some freshly ground pepper. Whisk and set aside.
- Take all the cauliflower florets and add them to the large bowl with the milk/flour mixture. Toss with a large spoon or hands until they're all coated.
- In another smaller bowl, add a small amount of the breadcrumbs to start, replenishing as needed. This way, the breadcrumbs stay as dry as possible instead of clumping as you coat the cauliflower.
- One at a time, take each individual cauliflower floret coated in the milk/flour mixture (allow any excess liquid to drip off in the large bowl), and place in the breadcrumb bowl. Roll the cauliflower in the breadcrumbs until completely coated on all sides. Place on the parchment lined baking sheet and repeat with the remaining cauliflower florets. Replenish the breadcrumb bowl as needed to minimize clumping of the dry breadcrumbs.
- Once all the cauliflower florets are breaded, place in the oven and bake for 15-18 minutes until crispy and slightly golden brown on the outside.
- In the meantime, make the sauce. Heat a sauce pan on low-medium heat. Whisk all the sauce ingredients above just until the butter is completely melted and the ingredients are combined. Turn the heat off and set aside.
- Once the cauliflower is crispy and slightly golden, remove from the heat and toss a few at a time to completely coat in the sauce and place it back onto the same parchment paper.
- If there is extra sauce remaining, drizzle it over the cauliflower with a spoon.
- Place the cauliflower back in the oven for about 5-8 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and serve with Vegan Cucumber Ranch! Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge and re-heat at 375 degrees the following day!
OMG I am completely speechless Anjali 😐 BUFFALO CAULIFLOWER, goodness gracious me, how on earth did you ever come up with this idea. It looks incredibly delicious and so crispy, as for that dip…it really complements the overall dish… ABSOLUTELY SUPERB! WAY TO GO!!! 🙂
Thanks Rashmi! There are actually a lot of buffalo cauli recipes floating around, but i wanted one that was baked, crispy, also chewy and my own sauce combo instead of buffalo sauce! It was a recipe developed for my tacos (soon to come) but they’re so good on their own i needed to post as a separate recipe! TRY IT i’d love to know how you like them!
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
Ooo These look and sounds so good…so addicting!
Hi. I do not want to use flour, could arrowroot powder work? I also don’t see a homemade sauce. Did I miss it? Want to use organic and no xanthan gum. TIA 🙂
I’ve never particularly used arrowroot powder. But something like a small amount of corn starch may work as well. I’d try arrowroot powder, but definitely not as much as the flour quantity. For the sauce, it’s listed in the ingredients above – cholula based.
Michelle Frank | Flipped-Out Food
I have been looking for a healthi-ER option for my Super Bowl spread: these look just fantastic!
YES!! This is healthy, delicious, and everyone will love them! Let me know if you make them this weekend!
Tracy | Baking Mischief
I’ve been meaning to try cauliflower bites for ages. They always look so good, especially these buffalo bites! And I love that the ranch dip is vegan. It’s always so nice to have appetizer options that you know all of your guests will be able to eat!
Thanks Tracy!! These cauli bites are SO good…everyone will love them! And I’ve actually had several non-vegans make my vegan ranch and say it was even better than the store bought version! Let me know if you try it out!
Natalie | Feasting on Fruit
What you said about the won’t be able to stop part–yep I can totally see that problem happening for me. And the fact that there is a dipping sauce will just make them disappear all the faster! Who needs pretty plating when the food is this eye-catching and I’m sure smells amazing all by itself!?! 😉 I love that they are baked too, even though they totally do not look it. You always come up with the best appetizer/party food Anjali!
Thanks Natalie!!! Yes…I was even enjoying them while i was photographing! Especially when they’re hot right out of the oven, dipped in the cool creamy ranch it’s sooo good!!! bTW, i have yet to make your fudge oatmeal for the kids…my husband was on breakfast this past weekend and i forgot to tell him to make it for the kids. But I think a tuesday morning fudge oatmeal is needed this week =)
Wow these look amazing! I love that you keep all the flavors of buffalo wings but made this dish vegan, awesome!
Thanks Emily! I LOVE these bites so much! I’ve actually never had buffalo sauce before, so this is my version of the sauce!
Omg these sound so delicious, I just had spicy roasted cauliflower for dinner tonight and loved it so will definitely be giving this recipe a go!
Oh then you will definitely LOVE these emily! Let me know if you try it out!
Rebecca | Let's Eat Cake
I love that you changed up the recipe on these and made them breaded! I’ve been to the place where they were said to be invented – Mohawk Bend in Los Angeles – and they’re good (of course), but I think the breading you’ve added takes them to a whole new level. YUM.
Oh wow..I’ve heard of that place and have been meaning to check it out when in LA, but haven’t yet! Yes…I’ve had it before too several places and love it. This breaded version really does wonders with the sauce coating it and the texture! Hopefully you get a chance to try it out!
Amy Katz from Veggies Save The Day
I love Buffalo Cauliflower! And Cholula is my favorite. 🙂
Me too! We are hot sauce twins! I didn’t have buffalo sauce in my pantry so i made my own spicy hot sauce version using cholula =)
WOW! I would have never guessed that there were cauliflower bites under that crispy coating and I love the idea of buffalo sauce! This looks so good and I am not surprised they were gone in 5 minutes. What a lovely combination with that ranch dip! Your recipes are only getting better and I cant wait for the recipes to come 🙂
Thanks Reshana! You’ll have to try making these with your sister and let me know!
Sophia | Veggies Don't Bite
I love anything buffalo and spicy! I have a few recipes going in my book that are buffalo flavored…cauliflower really does make an amazing buffalo treat, doesn’t it?! I love it especially with ranch!
Can’t wait to check them out sophia! And yes…who knew cauliflower was so amazing!!
Yum, these sound amazing!! I had something similar at a restaurant while on vacation a while back, and have been dreaming about them ever since! Will have to whip some of these up for myself 🙂
Thanks Donna! You’ll love how easy and tasty these are!
Sounds delicious Anjali. And thanks for the cucumber ranch, I was looking for those:)
Oh then you will LOVE the cucumber ranch! It’s one of my most popular recipes!
Manju | Cooking Curries
OMG! This looks very delicious and so easy to make and that ranch looks so good!!
Thanks Manju!! The ranch is one of my popular recipes, and the cauliflower bites go SOO well!!
These are so good. I made a bunch and use it and the cucumber ranch to top my salads. Thanks for the fabulous recipe!
That’s awesome thanks so much Taylor for the great feedback! Glad you love them…I actually made 2 batches tonight and can’t get enough! Try them in tacos next time!
I looked through a bunch of Buffalo cauliflower recipes and landed on yours since the ingredients matched the closest to what I have on hand, and I just wanted to say how amazing these are!! Buffalo anything is my favorite comfort food ever and these do not disappoint! I had to make a few subs/omissions, but they were still delicious. Awesome recipe, thank you so much! 🙂
Love it! Thanks for the great review, and happy you feel the same way about these bites as I do! Super comfort food…i could devour an entire tray! Try my other two recipes using these…the salad and buffalo cauliflower tacos! Thanks again!
My husband and I just started to eat a plant based diet and tried this!! This recipe was amazing! Thank you for sharing it!!
That’s so wonderful to hear!! So glad you loved it…it’s one of my favorite taco recipes. If you need any other suggestions on what to try next let me know! The Pra Ram Tofu is a huge hit, as well as the Cauliflower Tikka Masala recipe!
Did you use Panko breadcrumbs or regular?
I’ve used both depending on what I’ve had on hand and it’s turned out great either way! Let me know!
I just made this last night, and they were Awesome!! ?? definitely making them again really soon! Thanks for the recipe! ?
Thanks so much Michelle for trying them out and the awesome review! Glad you loved them…they are definitely a staple at my house! Try my tacos recipe using these bites next!
I made these and they were out of this world delicious! Highly recommend!
So happy to hear!! Thank you so much for trying them and the great review!!
Would coconut oil be a good substitute for vegan butter?
Hmm…I think you may get a little different taste with the buffalo sauce since the vegan butter i used was salty. But make sure to use a neutral coconut oil, and perhaps add some salt for flavor if needed! I’d give it a try…should still be fine!
Holy crap-ola these are delicious. I just made them and have to admit, I was super skeptical to take my first bite. But after that I was hooked! I will definitely be saving this recipe as one of my go-to favorites! Thank you!
So glad you loved them!! They’re addicting for sure…you really can’t stop eating them!
Could I use almond flour?
You can use almond flour, just may not be as crispy, but it’ll still taste good (although just FYI i have not tried with almond flour)! Or also u can use cornmeal.
I made your recipe last week. I am addicted! Came out of the oven with a crunchy coating. My husband and I ate the whole cauliflower.
Best way to enjoy a cauliflower in my opinion haha! Glad you loved it! Try my tacos using this recipe next.
hi! i was wondering if it’s 94 cal for 12 pieces, or each piece is 94 calories? thank you!
Love your recipes. So simple, delish and flavorful! These bites are yum and I followed your recommendation of saving it for later use – super easy!
Leftovers of these are awesome to use the next day in so many other things! I usually end up devouring them as is, but i’ve also used them in salads, pizzas, and tacos! Thank you!