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CAULIFLOWER HOT WINGS (VEGAN & GLUTEN-FREE)

These vegan cauliflower hot wings with vegan aioli are the perfect comfort food! They’re so tangy, spicy, and incredibly comforting. And they’re also a lot healthier than chicken wings! We’ve made them so many times and they’re always a real crowd-pleaser!

These vegan cauliflower hot wings are the perfect comfort food. They’re so tangy, spicy, and incredibly delicious! It’s almost a bit creepy how close they are to the real thing

Ingredients

  • ▢1 head of cauliflower
  • ▢3/4 cup all-purpose flour (or chickpea flour for a gluten-free version)
  • ▢3/4 cup unsweetened almond or soy milk
  • ▢1/4 cup water
  • ▢2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • ▢1 1/2 teaspoons paprika powder
  • ▢salt
  • ▢black pepper
  • ▢3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs (omit for a gluten-free version)
  • ▢1 cup spicy BBQ sauce
  • ▢1 teaspoon sriracha sauce (optional)
  • ▢2 green onions, cut into rings

Instructions

  • Heat the oven to 350 °F.
  • Carefully cut the cauliflower into bite-sized florets.
  • In a large bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, the plant-based milk, the water, the garlic power, the paprika powder, the salt, and the black pepper.  Stir until well combined. For a gluten-free version substitute the all-purpose flour with chickpea flour (also omit the water if using chickpea flour). 
  • Dip the florets into the batter, so they’re completely coated.
  • Roll them in the panko breadcrumbs. Omit this step for a gluten-free version. However, they’re way crispier with the panko breadcrumb coating.
  •  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lay the cauliflower florets on the baking sheet. Don’t put them on top of each other. Bake for 25 minutes at 350 °F.
  • Transfer the cooked cauliflower wings to a bowl. Combine the BBQ  sauce with a teaspoon sriracha sauce and pour it over the baked cauliflower wings. Evenly coat them from all sides by stirring them a few times.
  • Put the coated hot wings back on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake again for 20 minutes at 350 °F.
  • Serve immediately and sprinkle with the green onions and serve with vegan aioli or vegan ranch sauce. Enjoy!
a bowl of vegan cauliflower hot wings on a marble counter top with green onions on top