Gone are the days of eating wings around a bone. These baked buffalo cauliflower wings will quickly become your new addiction when you find out you can eat the whole thing in just one bite.
They are spicy, tangy, and delicious. Get ready to be amazed by this superfood snack!
The Best Buffalo Wings You'll Ever Try
It's no secret that spicy buffalo wings are a crowd pleaser. They're good for literally any occasion, whether it be football Sunday, as an evening appetizer, or for a midday snack.
But if you're anything like us, we felt the need to have a full-on nap after eating a plate of chicken wings. That is not the case with these buffalo cauliflower wings. They are lighter on the calories, but not on taste, which means you can actually move around after snacking on them!
To be clear, we're not trying to emulate actual chicken texture or taste with this recipe. But, we can definitely vouch they are even more delicious! These wings have quickly become our new obsession because of how insanely good they taste, yet how simple they are to make.
Plus, if you serve them with a creamy vegan ranch dipping sauce, these babies are even better (if that's possible). We can already tell you're going to love them!
Key Ingredients for Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Wings
- Cauliflower: surprisingly, cauliflower has a tender, pull-apart texture that is absolutely perfect for wings. You also get the benefit of being able to eat them all in one bite. Not only that, just one cup of cauliflower contains 20% of your daily vitamin K needs. Your bones will thank you after you devour this recipe.
- Hot Sauce: well, you're not going to have hot wings without the sauce. This part is crucial because it will make or break your wings. But, the sauce is also very customizable to your preferences. We love the flavor of Frank's Red Hot Sauce because it gives the wings a perfect mix of spice and tang.
- Flour: in order to crisp these babies up, you need to toss them in flour like they do at restaurants. And for all you carb-a-phobes, calm it down. Flour contains essential B vitamins like riboflavin, thiamine, and niacin. So in other words, you should eat it to be healthy. Carbs are not the antichrist people!
- Neutral oil: do you have to add oil to these wings? No, you technically don't. But, for the sauce to stick to the wings, we find it much better to use a little oil. Even though it is a processed food, oil still has health benefits. We use avocado oil in this recipe, which contains polyunsaturated fats (omega 3 and 6 fatty acids). These are important for your brain to function optimally!
How to Make Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Wings
To start this recipe off, preheat your oven to 425 degrees F, and line 2 baking pans with parchment paper. Place a couple lightly greased cooling racks on top of the parchment paper. This is so the cauliflower wings cook more evenly, and don't burn as easily on the bottom.
Next, you'll combine some plant milk of choice (we use soy), all-purpose flour, breadcrumbs, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, chili powder, smoked paprika, and sea salt to coat the cauliflower with.
Then comes the fun part. Chop up your head of cauliflower into bite size florets and coat each one in the breading mixture. After they are covered in breading mixture, spread the florets out evenly on the cooling racks on top of parchment-lined pans.
Bake the cauliflower wings for 30 minutes. In the meantime, mix some avocado oil with the Frank's Red Hot Sauce in a large bowl to toss the wings in.
After you've baked them, remove the cauliflower wings from your oven, toss them in the Frank's and oil mixture, then place them back on the cooling racks again to bake for another 20-25 minutes.
Once they are done baking for a second time, turn your oven to broil and leave the wings for another 2-3 minutes to get extra crispy.
Serve your cauliflower wings with some creamy vegan ranch dip and prepare to have your tastebuds blown away!
How to Store Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Wings
These cauliflower wings are best eaten immediately after baking. However, you can keep them in the fridge for up to 4 days. They will lose their crispiness, but you can toast them up again in an oven on 350 degrees F for about 10-15 minutes.
We wouldn't suggest freezing them since they will become too soggy.
Why You'll Love These Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Wings
Once you try these wings, we know you're going to be hooked! They're:
If you make this recipe, don’t forget to leave a comment, rate it, and tag us on Instagram with #brokebankvegan. Happy eating!
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4 servings per container
Serving Size1 servings
- Amount Per ServingCalories224
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat
- Saturated Fat 0.6g 3%
- Sodium 1000mg 42%
- Potassium 529.2mg 16%
- Total Carbohydrate
- Dietary Fiber 4.6g 19%
- Sugars 5.4g
- Protein 9g 18%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Can I use other types of flour?
You can absolutely use other types of flour, but your results may vary. We find all-purpose GF flour is the best substitute.
How spicy are these?
These buffalo cauliflower wings are a 4/10 spice level. They are even less spicy if you dip them in some creamy ranch sauce.
Can I prep these ahead of time for a gathering?
It's best not to prep this recipe entirely ahead of time. However, you can mix the dry breading ingredients, chop the cauliflower into florets, and mix the buffalo sauce to save time.