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Party platter with Cauliflower Buffalo Bites, carrots and celery

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Check out this vegetarian healthy-ish Buffalo Cauliflower Bites made with a few simple ingredients and paired with ranch dressing - perfect for game day!
4.78 from 40 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 40 mins
Total Time: 50 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 127kcal
Author: Yumna Jawad

Ingredients

  • 1 large head of cauliflower cut into florets
  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • cooking spray
  • ½ cup hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • ½ tablespoon lemon juice
  • Ranch or blue cheese dressing for serving
  • Carrots and celery sticks for serving

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450°F. Grease a baking sheet with cooking spray or line it with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, whisk flour, water, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper until batter is smooth. Add cauliflower to batter and toss to coat.
  • Spread cauliflower onto the prepared baking sheet in a single layer with space between them. Bake in the preheated oven until lightly browned, about 20 to 25 minutes, flipping over halfway through.
  • In another small bowl, combine the hot sauce, melted butter and lemon juice until well blended. Brush the buffalo sauce mixture on the cauliflower.
  • Return to the oven and bake until they start to brown, about 15 minutes.
  • Serve hot with ranch dressing, celery and carrots, if desired

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Notes

Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last about 3-4 days in the fridge but they are best eaten within the first few hours. To re-crisp, heat them in the oven or in a toaster oven, not in the microwave.
Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is. However here are some common substitutes that would work well in this recipe.
  • To make it gluten-free, you can substitute almond flour or another gluten-free flour 1:1 ratio. You can also use corn starch. This just helps to create a crispy texture and bind the buffalo sauce to the cauliflower bites
  • To make it vegan, replace the butter for vegan butter or olive oil. You can also buy a vegan pre-made buffalo sauce
  • To add your own unique flavor, you can switch out the garlic powder and paprika for other spices you prefer. 
Nutrition: Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients you use.  This information should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice. The nutrition value does not include the ranch dressing or the carrots/celery.

Nutrition

Calories: 127kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 864mg | Potassium: 519mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 380IU | Vitamin C: 92.5mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1.7mg