hand dunking cauliflower wing into ranch dip
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Cauliflower Buffalo Wings - Gluten Free

Cauliflower buffalo wings are super flavourful with just the right amount of heat. These bite sized appetizers are perfect for game day and party platters!
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Canadian
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 92kcal
Author: Rosa

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 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
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 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 sea salt
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste

Optional Dipping Sauce

Instructions

  • If making the ranch dipping sauce, start by putting your cashews to soak before you begin prepping your cauliflower. Once soaked, prepare the ranch according to its directions and refrigerate until needed.
  • Line a baking tray with parchment paper and preheat your oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Place your cut up cauliflower in a large bowl. Then in a separate bowl, combine your flour and all the seasonings and mix to combine. Then add the milk and mix well to make your batter. Now pour the batter into your bowl with the cauliflower and mix well to evenly coat each piece.
  • Place your coated cauliflower on your prepared baking tray, one at a time, in a single layer and bake for 20 minutes. Flip once at the halfway point.
  • Meanwhile, prepare your buffalo wing sauce by adding all its ingredients to a small sauce pan. Whisk to combine and simmer over medium heat 3-5 minutes, allowing the flavours to combine.
  • Remove the cauliflower from the oven, and coat the bites in your buffalo sauce. I use a silicone brush to brush each piece of cauliflower with a generous amount of the sauce. Then return to the oven for 10-15 minutes, flipping once halfway through.
  • Serve with dairy free homemade ranch, if using.

Ninja Foodi Air Fryer Instructions

  • Place your cut up cauliflower in a large bowl. Then in a separate bowl, combine your flour and all the seasonings and mix to combine. Then add the milk and mix well to make your batter. Now pour the batter into your bowl with the cauliflower and mix well to evenly coat each piece.
  • Place your coated cauliflower into your crisp basket, inside the Ninja Foodi appliance. Then set it to air fry at 390 degrees F for 20 minutes. Close the lid.
  • Meanwhile, prepare your buffalo wing sauce by adding all its ingredients to a small sauce pan. Whisk to combine and simmer over medium heat 3-5 minutes, allowing the flavours to combine.
  • When the timer is complete, open the lid and using oven mitts, lift the crisp basket from the Ninja Foodi and shake gently. This will ensure your pieces are not stuck together.
  • Return the basket and coat your cauliflower in the buffalo sauce. Pour it over and spread with a silicone brush to evenly coat them. Then close the lid and set the timer for an additional 15 minutes, but start checking around the 10 minute mark. Cook time will vary according to floret size.
  • Serve with dairy free homemade ranch, if using.

Notes

If making the ranch dressing, you may prepare this first and refrigerate until needed.
To make this recipe nut free, sub the cashew milk for soy or coconut milk.
Don't dump your cauliflower on the baking tray after coating with the batter. You don't want any excess batter on your tray, to prevent sticking and provide maximum crispiness.
Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for 3-4 days and reheat in the oven or toaster oven.

Nutrition

Calories: 92kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 504mg | Potassium: 440mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 656IU | Vitamin C: 48mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg