Buffalo Cauliflower Bites are the perfect game day appetizer! This secretly healthy recipe is so good, no one will miss chicken wings!
Football season is my jam! I love the game and I also love tailgating parties! But rarely do you see healthy options at a tailgating party. That’s where these healthy oven-roasted cauliflower buffalo wings come in!
I LOVE watching my Cowboys play, win or lose!
Buffalo Cauliflower Bites are a super tasty, crowd-pleasing appetizer that you can fill up on without worrying about calories. Looking for more crazy good cauliflower recipes? Try my Garlic Parmesan Oven Roasted Cauliflower.
Have you guys noticed that cauliflower is like a shapeshifter or is body snatcher a better description? I love that meme that says
“If cauliflower can somehow become a pizza then you, my friend, you can do anything!”
BUFFALO CAULIFLOWER BITES
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I’m a sucker for anything doused in spicy buffalo sauce. I love buffalo chicken wings as much as the next person, but let’s face it – fried chicken wings weigh in at around 430 calories and 29 grams of fat per 1 cup serving.
At just 150 calories and 6 grams of fat per 1 cup serving, turning your favorite appetizer into Buffalo Cauliflower wings is a great alternative! Plus, they are fiber-filled and full of antioxidants. It’s a win-win!
Ingredients Needed for Buffalo Cauliflower
- One head of cauliflower
- Garlic powder
- Salt & pepper
- Melted butter
- Buffalo sauce
Be sure to wash your cauliflower first, then cut it into bite-sized pieces to allow for even cooking. You can find buffalo style hot wing sauce in the condiment aisle at your local grocery store.
How to Make Buffalo Cauliflower
Making Cauliflower Buffalo wings is one of the easiest recipes. As long as you follow these simple steps you’ll have a total crowd-pleaser of an appetizer!
- First, spray a baking sheet with cooking spray or line it with parchment paper and preheat your oven to 450 degrees F.. Get a large bowl and add the flour, water, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to the bowl. Whisk them together to make sure that they’re mixed well. Then, add the cauliflower pieces in the bowl and coat them evenly with the flour mixture. You want to make sure that they are well-coated, but that the coating isn’t too thick.
- Spread the coated cauliflower bites in an even layer on your baking sheet and bake them for about 15 minutes in your preheated oven. Flip the cauliflower bites with a spatula or set of tongs halfway through the cooking time to make sure that they’re cooking evenly. Take the cauliflower out of the oven and set it aside for a few minutes.
- Stir the melted butter and buffalo sauce together in a separate bowl. Add the baked cauliflower and toss it in the sauce to coat. Place your Buffalo Cauliflower Bites back on the baking sheet and bake it for another 25 to 30 minutes, flipping again halfway through. You’ll know it’s ready when it’s browned and crispy.
I like to serve these bites with celery sticks and ranch dressing or blue cheese dressing in a small bowl for dipping.
How to Serve Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
Buffalo chicken wings are traditionally served with celery sticks and a side of creamy blue cheese dressing. These cauliflower bites pair perfectly with those items as well. Think simple, cool, and crunchy. If you want to make things a little more exciting, consider serving Buffalo Cauliflower Bites alongside Classic Coleslaw or Rainbow Macaroni Salad.
What else to serve with Buffalo Cauliflower Bites?
There is so much you can serve with Buffalo Cauliflower Bites! When I’m watching football on the weekends I love to nibble on quick bites or delicious cheesy dips! I also love to have things that can be made ahead of time or kept warm in a slow cooker! Some of my favorites are 7 Layer Dip or Jalapeno Popper Dip!
Can I Make Buffalo Cauliflower Bites Vegan?
Yes! You can make these Buffalo Cauliflower wings vegan by using melted coconut oil or another plant-based oil alternative, like olive oil, in place of the melted butter.
Want more cauliflower recipes?
- Low Carb Cauliflower Breadsticks
- Loaded Cauliflower Casserole
- Cheesy Cauliflower Pancakes
- BBQ Cauliflower Bites
- Cauliflower Rice
- Slow Cooker Cauliflower Cheese Soup
Need more Buffalo Sauce in your life?
Can’t get enough hot sauce in your life? Me either!
- Buffalo Mushroom Bites
- Buffalo Cauliflower Dip
- Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels
- Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps
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Tools used to make this Buffalo Cauliflower Bites recipe
Baking Sheet: A nice big baking sheet is a must-have for any kitchen. This half pan sheet is large than a regular cookie and works great for anything you’re baking.
Mixing Bowl: These mixing bowls get used just about every day at my house. The grip handle makes them easy to hold and the pour spout makes them perfect for batters!
*This post originally posted on 09/04/2015.
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Spray a large baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
- In a large bowl whisk together flour, water, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Add cauliflower florets and toss to coat.
- Spread cauliflower evenly onto your prepared baking sheet and place in the oven. Bake for 15 minutes, flipping once. Remove from oven and leave the oven on.
- In a separate bowl stir together melted butter and buffalo sauce. Add baked cauliflower and toss to coat.
- Spread evenly onto the baking sheet. Place back in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until crispy, flipping once.
- Remove from oven and let sit 10 minutes before serving warm or at room temperature. Serve with your favorite dressing for dipping.