Oh sweet lordy I’m excited about this one. Soft and tender on the inside and crispy on the outside these cauliflower buffalo “wings” are so close to the real deal it’s hard to believe! I’ve been challenging my cooking skills more by taking traditionally meat based meals and dishes experimenting to make them vegan and healthy where possible and these tangy little bites definitely nailed it!
This recipe is a great substitution for buffalo wings and can be made gluten-free as well! They’re super versatile and the recipe can be altered for whatever flavour you’re in the mood for. I baked mine to make them a slightly healthier version but they can be fried instead if you want that extra crunch.
Buffalo wings are traditionally hot n’ spicy but I’m a baby when it comes to spicy food so went for a Smokey BBQ variation but feel free to sub the BBQ for a hot sauce instead if you like it SPICY.
Make sure to coat your baking tray with baking paper or well with oil or they will get stuck to the sheet easily and there aren’t many things worse than delicious snack food being ruined.
1 head of cauliflower (approx. 4 cups of florets)
½ cup soy milk or preferred vegan milk choice
½ cup water
¾ cup plain flour
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp of paprika
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp ground pepper
1 cup baby rays hickory and brown sugar bbq sauce
1 tbsp Nuttelex or preferred vegan butter
1. Line baking tray with baking paper or grease very well with oil. Preheat your oven to 200°c depending on your oven.
2. Wash and cut cauliflower head into bite sized pieces/florets.
3. Mix the milk/water/flour and spices in a medium mixing bowl (set aside the bbq sauce and butter for later). Mix until the batter is thick and is able to coat the cauliflower without dripping.
4. Dip the cauliflower in the batter. You can do this one by one or in batches. Shake off excess batter before placing cauliflower on the baking tray. Lay the cauliflower single layer on the baking sheet.
5. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown, flipping the florets over half way through to get all sides golden brown and crispy. While the cauliflower is baking, get your bbq wing sauce ready!
6. In a small saucepan on low heat melt the butter and mix in bbq sauce. Remove from the heat just as it starts to melt. Stir together and set aside.
7. Once the cauliflower is done its first bake in the batter, remove from the oven and put all the baked florets into a mixing bowl with the wing sauce and toss to coat evenly. Return cauliflower to baking sheet and bake in the oven for another 20-25minutes. Serve with ranch, (Creamy cheese sauce) or your favorite dipping sauce or they’re great just as they are. Enjoy!