Spicy Cauliflower Wings

I recently created this plant-based snack with big game days in mind, but it’s really a great appetizer for any occasion. These cauliflower bites get oven-crisped and are almost addictively flavorful, yet with no added oil or sugar, and they’re gluten free and (of course) fully vegan.

I like these hot, straight from the oven, completely unadorned. My kids love to dip them into either plain unsweetened nondairy yogurt – or into Vegan Buttermilk Ranch Dressing. Let me know which way you like them best. xo


2/3 cup water
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 cup rolled oats
2 tablespoons almond flour
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
2 teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 head cauliflower, rinsed, trimmed, cut into 2-inch florets
kosher salt
Cholula hot sauce (or equivalent)


Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

Combine water and tomato paste, and set aside.

In a high-powered blender (like a Vitamix), process together the oats, almond flour, smoked paprika, onion powder, and garlic powder. Transfer spicy powder to a large bowl. Add tomato mixture, and stir together until smooth and thick.

Dip florets one or two at a time into batter, coating completely on all sides. Arrange coated florets in a single layer on prepared baking sheets making sure florets aren’t touching each other.

Bake 20-26 minutes, or until tender, crispy, and golden. Remove from oven.

Sprinkle with salt and hot sauce. Serve immediately.

Copyright © Vicki Brett-Gach | Ann Arbor Vegan Kitchen

6 thoughts on “Spicy Cauliflower Wings

  1. Trying this for dinner tonite. It took a few minutes to prep, now we are waiting. I added liquid smoke to this recipe. Also, since it just my wife & I, I cut it in half.

    • It turns out to be a good snack. I had brown rice vegan sushi with this dish. I missed or I desire more flavor from this. I’ll have to see what to add to develop more. Sorry but we only give it a 5 out of 10. Then again we might bllame 60+ years on an all meat diet, with salt to boot. My taste buds are just growing back LOL!

      Thx for the idea though.

      • I do recommend (as stated in the recipe) sprinkling hot sauce and salt (which I do quite generously) after baking, and believe me, if you do that, it really packs a punch! Try that next time, and then let me know! (I’m counting on you to go back and change that rating (haha) to at least an 8 out of 10!) ; ) Have a great evening!

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