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Cauliflower Buffalo Wings – Vegan & Gluten Free

cauliflower buffalo wings with dairy free ranch

After spending the morning chatting with some friends about wing sauce, I came home and decided to make these cauliflower buffalo wings. This just might become a staple dish in my household, because WOW it was a hit. My husband can not get enough of these. He of course knows they are not actually wings, but even he admitted that the flavour was bang on!

cauliflower buffalo wings

The batter on these cauliflower “wings” is gluten free, making it a perfectly acceptable option for those with a gluten intolerance. But don’t let that fool you into thinking these don’t taste great. The batter is so deliciously crispy in every bite. Just see for yourself! Check out how delicious this batter looks. Well, I’ll share a little secret. They taste even BETTER than they look.

cauliflower buffalo wings prep

I played around with some seasonings to make the perfect homemade wing sauce to go along with these bad boys. This sauce has the perfect amount of kick coupled with tons of scrumptious flavour! Truly, this wing sauce provides perfect balance with its tangy vinegar and heat from the cayenne pepper.

cauliflower buffalo wings sauce

So I smothered these cauliflower buffalo wings in the delicious homemade sauce and served them alongside some delicious Dr. Praegar’s veggie burgers. Sometimes there’s just no time to make everything from scratch. Especially being a mom of two very busy little boys that are two and under. It’s okay to take short cuts sometimes!

cauliflower-buffalo-wings with dairyr free ranch

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cauliflower buffalo wings with dairy free ranch

Cauliflower Buffalo Wings - Vegan & Gluten Free

Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Canadian
Keyword: gluten free, sugar free, vegan
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
For your next meatless Monday, give these DELICIOUSLY satisfying cauliflower buffalo wings a try. They are spicy and packed with flavour!
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  • 1 head of cauliflower cut into small bite sized florets
  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour or flour of choice if not avoiding gluten
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1.5 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cashew milk or milk of choice

Buffalo Wing Sauce Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste


  • Line a baking tray with parchment paper and preheat your oven to 450 degrees F.
  • In a small bowl, combine your flour and all the seasonings and mix to combine. Then add the olive oil and the milk and mix well to make your batter.
  • Using a large bowl, pour the batter over your cut up cauliflower and toss well to evenly coat each piece. Then place the coated cauliflower on your prepared baking tray.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, flipping once at the halfway point.
  • Meanwhile, prepare your buffalo wing sauce by adding all the buffalo wing ingredients to a small sauce pan. Bring the sauce to a simmer and cook for 2-3 minutes, allowing the flavours to combine. Use a fork to help incorporate the tomato paste into the other ingredients.
  • Remove cauliflower from the oven, and coat the "wings" in your buffalo sauce. Then return to the oven for 10 more minutes, flipping once halfway.
  • Optional: Serve your cauliflower buffalo wings with dairy free homemade ranch for dipping, or use store bought.
Calories: 96kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 482mg | Potassium: 412mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 615IU | Vitamin C: 47.4mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1.1mg
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*Nutritional information is an estimate, calculated using online tools.

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  1. Betsy

    I was wondering Rosa, if possible to make the night before and then warm them up in a tin foil tray on the barbeque the next day?

    • rosa

      Hi Betsy, they will taste fine the next day but the texture may change. Although I haven’t tried heating them on the bbq so that might crisp them up some. I’d love to hear how they turn out for you!

  2. ali randall

    5 stars
    I am always looking for new ways to make cauliflower other than one way. Everyone in my family loves buffalo sauce so this recipe is a keeper. Ideal for game day or tailgating too!

  3. Leslie

    Such a delicious recipe! We’ve made these a few times now and they’ve been a major hit every time!! Can’t wait to serve these for our next party!!

  4. Houri Mendoza

    I recently made these super yummy cauliflower buffalo bites for our family NYE celebration and they were on the “favourite” list! Everyone loved them! So so good! Thanks Rosa did the awesome recipe. Can’t wait to try more of your yummy recipes.

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