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

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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)

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

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

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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.

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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.

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Mix the melted butter and the hot sauce.

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Let the cauliflower cool for about 2-3 minutes.
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Toss with the butter/hot sauce mixture and serve!
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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.

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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 :))

    Love,
    Natasha

  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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