Buffalo cauliflower bites with ranch (vegan and gluten-free!)


It’s Super Bowl time, folks! Why do I feel the need to root for the Ravens because that guy from the Blind Side is on the team? I didn’t even really like that movie. Chances you’ll find me crying like Ray Lewis if they win: 100%.

Aside from the fact that I’m a complete sucker, I don’t care who wins. It’s all about the food. Before we get started, here’s a tip: Don’t make this recipe while wearing a white sweatshirt. Trust.

Vegan and gluten-free buffalo cauliflower bites, serves 6-8 as an appetizer. Adapted from Tasty Kitchen

-1 head cauliflower
-1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk (I used unsweetened coconut milk)
-1/2 cup brown rice flour
-1 T garlic powder
-1/2 t salt
-1 1/2 T Earth Balance butter
-1 cup hot sauce (I used Frank’s)
-celery for serving
-ranch dressing for serving (see my vegan recipe below)


Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Chop up your cauliflower into bite-sized pieces.


Combine the milk, flour, salt, and garlic powder in a bowl and stir until combined.


Coat each piece of cauliflower in the milk/flour mixture and shake off the excess. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silpat.



Cook for about 20-25 minutes. You want to make sure the cauliflower is cooked through but not burned. Mine were perfectly toasty after 22 minutes. While the cauliflower is cooking, melt the butter.


Mix the melted butter and the hot sauce.


Let the cauliflower cool for about 2-3 minutes.

Toss with the butter/hot sauce mixture and serve!


Vegan Ranch Dressing, makes about 2.5 cups. Adapted from Nutiva.

-1 cup water
-juice from one lemon
-3/4 cup hemp seeds
-1 cup raw cashews
-2 cloves garlic
-2 t Herbamare or salt
-1/2 t pepper
-1/4 cup olive oil
-Fresh herbs: I used 1 T parsley, 4 leaves basil, and about 3 fresh chives. I think just about any variation of these will work.


Add all ingredients to the blender or food processor and blend on high for about 2 minutes or until smooth. Add herbs and pulse to combine. Note this makes a pretty thick recipe – better for dipping. If you want to use this as a salad dressing, I recommend thinning it out with a little water.


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6 thoughts on “Buffalo cauliflower bites with ranch (vegan and gluten-free!)

  1. Stacy says:

    This looks delicious! I want to try this for sure.

  2. Kevin says:

    oooh, daddy like.

  3. Natasha says:

    Dear Molly,
    thank you for this recipe!

    I have tried it the other day and it was such a posivite surprise! (sorry, my blog is in Russian, but the pictures need no translating :))


  4. Mary says:

    I fell in love with your pic and I always want to try new recipes with cauliflower

  5. These look so amazing! I recently featured your recipe in a cauliflower recipe round-up on my blog, thank you!

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