These Vegan Cauliflower Buffalo Wings will blow your tastebuds away!! Coated in a sweet hot garlic buffalo sauce, they are unbelievably addictive and the perfect game day snack!
FACT: I am a spice lover. Not a little, I LOVE spice. I put pepper on everything: my avocado toast, in my chickpea curry, even in my new favourite cauliflower soup (uh, PSA: you need to try that. It’s been my most quickly reviewed, 100% positive recipe!!). If it facilitates spice, I’m adding it. I have made sure that none of the recipes here is at my spice level because I know it’s high, all EXCEPT these Vegan Cauliflower Buffalo Wings. I present a recipe that identifies with me at my core. Spicy, DELICIOUS, loaded with flavour (SO. MUCH. FLAVOUR) and of course, and quite simple to make.
Batter, bake, sauce, done.
Oh my. These cauliflower buffalo wings. My eyes swelled joyfully as I ate the first batch sans cooling sauce (#teamfierce) and I enjoyed every bite. This isn’t my first cauliflower wings rodeo, and I’ve made my Sticky Sesame Vegan Cauliflower Wings more times than I can remember. After it was selected as one of the recipes that won 2016/one of the recipes you NEED to try in 2017, I knew I needed to make a new version. A version that you’d not only adore if you’re a spice aficionado but one absolutely perfect for Super Bowl.
Your friends will ooh, ahh, and look on jealously as you devour these. The smell of the sauce is intoxicating. Share with them, it’s the right thing to do.
So I’ve bantered on as usual; let’s get to the cauliflower buffalo wings. I used the exact same recipe as I did for my sesame wings, except I used finer breadcrumbs. Traditionally, buffalo wings aren’t breaded at all, but I think it’s safe to say these aren’t so traditional ;).
I definitely think the breading is crucial to the cauliflower wings tasting so good, so don’t skip it. After they are baked at a nice high temperature, they are tossed in a sweet hot garlic buffalo sauce.
Good grief. That name alone. I then bake them one last time. Let me tell you – I tasted them right out of the sauce. They were divine. However, after the second bake?! I had to struggle to wait long enough to take pictures before devouring them. They were SO flavourful after that. It’s one of those crucial steps that are so worth it (only 5 more minutes of waiting!)
After posting the same picture on my Instagram stories and Snapchat, many of you were in shock that these were vegan. YES, my friends, vegan, gluten-free and ready to be eaten. Try them: party snack, evening snack, Netflix night and Super Bowl treat. I kept these as healthy as possible with only one tablespoon of vegan butter so feel free to DIG in without any guilt!
Q: So, are these wings really spicy?
A: YES! Buffalo wings are super hot wings in general. Taste the sauce before soaking your wings in them and adjust them to your heat level if it’s too much. We personally LOVED the heat here.
Q: Do I have to make these vegan cauliflower wings with the breadcrumbs?
A: Yes! The breadcrumbs make the cauliflower wings crispy before the sauce goes on, and also means that you can make them sauceless. Ideally, you should make them with panko breadcrumbs which I’ve linked to below. I’ve made these without the breadcrumbs and it doesn’t work without the breading. IF you’re NOT gluten-free, you can use regular panko breadcrumbs. These are the gluten-free breadcrumbs I use – otherwise, I just make them myself (day-old bread in a food processor/blender, then toast it).
Q: If I’m not gluten-free, can I use regular flour and panko breadcrumbs?
Q: Do you have a vegan ranch dressing to go along with these?!
A: Yes I finally do! After you guys asked me about this endlessly, I made a Vegan Ranch Dressing for you to serve these with!
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