Cheesy burger spreads, pizza crust, oven-roasted steaks, and now buffalo wings, it’s safe to say that with cauliflower, you can do it all. Cauliflower is a favorite ingredient to use because it is so versatile and has a power punch of nutrition. These cauliflower buffalo bites are a spicy and delicious snack perfect for any occasion.

Chipotle Cauliflower Buffalo Bites and Raw Cashew Ranch Dip [Vegan]

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Ingredients

For the Cauliflower:

  • 1 large head of cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup almond milk or water
  • 3/4 cup vegan hot sauce
  • 3/4 cup gluten-free flour of choice (I used organic white rice flour)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Fresh black pepper, to taste
  • Salt, to taste

For the Ranch dip:

  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked for 2 hours
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic or equivalent powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 Medjool date, pitted
  • 3 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chives, finely chopped
  • Salt, to taste
  • Green onions, to garnish
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Preparation

For the Cauliflower:

  1. Preheat oven to 450F and line a large baking tray with parchment or a silpat sheet, and a cooling rack, if possible.
  2. In a medium size bowl, combine all of the ingredients except the hot sauce. Whisk together until smooth.
  3. Combine the cauliflower with batter and make sure to coat each piece completely.
  4. Place the battered cauliflower on the line sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden.
  5. When the cauliflower is done, add it into a medium bowl or pot, and coat it with the hot sauce.
  6. If you want the cauliflower to be crispy and a touch more dry (as opposed to saucy), place the back into the oven for 5-10 minutes after covering it in the hot sauce.
  7. Serve with your favorite vegetables and raw ranch dressing.

For the Ranch Dip:

  1. Blend all of the ingredients except for the last three in a high speed blender until smooth and creamy.
  2. Pour into a bowl and stir in the parsley and chives. Serve with a a sprinkle of green onions.
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Nutritional Information

Total Calories: 1844 | Total Carbs: 181 g | Total Fat: 117 g | Total Protein: 44 g | Total Sodium: 391 g | Total Sugar: 43 g Note: The information shown is based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.