Spicy Baked Cauliflower Wings

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Ever had a meat hangover? Yep, so have I. These Spicy Baked Cauliflower Wings might just be the cure you have been looking for.

I often consider the idea of becoming a pescatarian or succumbing to this “plant-based” trend. If you have been following my previous posts (at this point there are only 6, so if you haven’t, I’ll wait…) you might notice that I don’t cook much animal protein. This isn’t because I am a vegetarian but because of a general “ickiness” I feel towards certain meat.

For instance, there was an entire 12 month period where I couldn’t even look at chicken. And during that period I fell for the popular vegan alternative – cauliflower.

Cauliflower has been around forever. I remember eating it as a kid, covered in cheese sauce. But there has recently been a resurgence in popularity for this common vegetable. Wheat-based dishes seem to have been replaced by cauliflower rice, pizza and wings. But I understand why…

How to make baked cauliflower wings

What you’ll need to make these cauliflower wings:

  • Cauliflower florets
  • Chickpea flour
  • Almond milk
  • Garlic powder
  • Paprika
  • Butter, ghee or butter substitute
  • Hot sauce 
  • Chives or green onion to garnish (optional)

These “wings” are coated in a gluten-free chickpea flour batter. It adds to the crispiness of the exterior and adds a little protein to the mix.

I use RedHot Buffalo Wings hot sauce since it really makes these bad boys taste restaurant quality. But use whatever hot sauce you like!

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Combine chickpea flour, milk, garlic powder and paprika in a medium-sized bowl.
  • Dip cauliflower florets into the chickpea flour batter until covered and then place on the baking sheet.
  • Bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
  • While cauliflower is baking, mix butter and hot sauce in another medium-sized bowl.
  • Take cauliflower out of the oven and dip or mix into hot sauce mixture.
  • Place back onto baking sheet and bake for another 15 minutes. Then broil for 10 more minutes (to make them crispy!)
  • Cut chives or onions into rings and sprinkle over finished product. Serve with ranch, caesar or favourite dressing. Enjoy!

Make sure you bake these up for your next sports game (or Monday night Bachelorette viewing, as I will be doing) and let me know how they taste!


As always, if you have any questions, comments or substitutions that you have tried, please leave a comment on this post. And don’t forget to rate this recipe – I would love to hear how you enjoyed your Spicy Baked Cauliflower Wings!

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Spicy baked cauliflower wings on a round white plate with ranch dip in a blue patterned bowl in the middle

Spicy Baked Cauliflower Wings

Naturally gluten free.
Crispy and flavourful plant-based wings. Great as an appetizer and for game nights.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 242 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 head cauliflower (cut florets into bite-sized pieces)
  • ¾ cup chickpea flour
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ¼ cup butter, ghee or butter substitute, melted
  • ½ cup  hot sauce (I use RedHot Buffalo Wings Sauce)
  • Chives or green onion to garnish (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Combine chickpea flour, milk, garlic powder and paprika in a medium-sized bowl.
  • Dip cauliflower florets into the chickpea flour batter until covered and then place on the baking sheet.
  • Bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
  • While cauliflower is baking, mix butter and hot sauce in another medium-sized bowl.
  • Take cauliflower out of the oven and dip or mix into hot sauce mixture.
  • Place back onto baking sheet and bake for another 15 minutes. Then broil for 10 more minutes (to make them crispy!)
  • Cut chives or onions into rings and sprinkle over finished product. Serve with ranch, caesar or favourite dressing.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Tastes best if served immediately. Stores well in refrigerator for 3-4 days – however, the cauliflower does lose some of its crispiness upon refrigeration. 
 
Keyword appetizer, cauliflower wings, gluten-free, Super Bowl snacks

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  1. I am genuinely happy to read this weblog posts which contains plenty of useful information, thanks for providing such data.

    1. thenutritionjunky Author says:

      Thank you for reading! I am glad I could help 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    These do take a bit of time (as mentioned in the instructions) but they are SO worth it! Such yummy, crunchy “wings”.

    1. thenutritionjunky Author says:

      So glad you enjoyed them Amanda! They are yummy, aren’t they 🙂

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