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Baked Cauliflower Bites with Homemade Hot Sauce

baked cauliflower bites garnished with lime and green onion

Baked cauliflower bites are a perfect sharing dish. Bring these to your next pot luck, or serve them at your next home event. They are loaded with flavour and their delicious coating will not disappoint! Any time I’m craving pub food, I always try and find a healthier alternative to satisfy the want. Well…

These baked cauliflower bites absolutely satisfy!

Plus they are pretty easy to make, so how can you go wrong? Just make your batter in a small bowl, and crush some corn chips into a separate shallow dish. Then dip each floret into the batter and press with the corn chip mixture. Then bake in a single layer for 15 minutes. The corn chip coating adds delicious texture and flavour, not to mention a beautiful golden colour! These bites truly satisfy like pub food.

baked cauliflower bites with corn chip coating

While the cauliflower bites are baking, quickly mix together your hot sauce ingredients. I like using Frank’s to make my hot sauce, but you can sub with your favourite hot sauce. Remove your cauliflower from the oven and carefully add the homemade hot sauce to your bites. I use a silicone brush to gently smother on the sauce without removing the crispy coating. Then bake for 5 more minutes, and ENJOY!

drizzling hot sauce on baked cauliflower bites

I serve mine garnished with green onion, and some wedges of lime, and of course, an ice cold beer. 🙂

For more “snacky” pub style recipes, take a look at my Sweet Potato Fries or Sweet & Salty Baked Plantain Chips. Or give these Vegan Nachos with all the fixings, including 3 Minute Guac a try!

baked cauliflower bites garnished with lime and green onion

Baked Cauliflower Bites with Homemade Hot Sauce

Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gluten free, oil free, vegan
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 5 servings
Having pub night at home? These crispy and delicious baked cauliflower bites are served with homemade hot sauce and will definitely impress your guests!
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  • 1 head cauliflower cut into bite size pieces
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cashew milk or milk of choice
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 3 tbsp oat flour, gluten free if preferred or all purpose flour if not avoiding gluten
  • 2 cups crushed corn chips or corn flakes process in food processor until they resemble bread crumb consistency
  • Optional Garnishes: sesame seeds green onion

Hot Sauce Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1/4 Franks Red Hot or other hot sauce


  • Line a large baking tray with parchment paper and preheat your oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Place your cut up cauliflower in a large bowl and set aside.
  • In a small bowl, combine the cashew milk, paprika, salt, garlic powder, black pepper and flour. Mix well. Pour this batter over your cauliflower and toss to coat all the pieces.
  • Add your crushed corn chips to a shallow dish, and one at a time, coat your cauliflower pieces with the chips and place them on your prepared baking tray, in a single layer.
  • Bake the cauliflower bites for 15 minutes and remove from the oven.
  • While the cauliflower is baking, combine all the hot sauce ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. Set aside.
  • Using a silicone brush, brush the hot sauce over each cauliflower bite and return to the oven for 5 more minutes.
  • Serve your cauliflower bites garnished with sesame seeds and green onion, if desired.
Calories: 349kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 590mg | Potassium: 556mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 290IU | Vitamin C: 55.9mg | Calcium: 131mg | Iron: 1.9mg
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*Nutritional information is an estimate, calculated using online tools.

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