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! 


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! via jessicainthekitchen.com

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.
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 for vegans! via jessicainthekitchen.com

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.

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 for vegans! via jessicainthekitchen.com

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!

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 for vegans! via jessicainthekitchen.com

YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED

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?

A: Yes!

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!

 

MORE VEGAN GAME DAY SNACKS

Crispy Cauliflower Tacos with Chipotle Crema

Sticky Spicy Sesame Cauliflower Wings

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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!
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 for vegans! via jessicainthekitchen.com

Vegan Cauliflower Buffalo Wings – Gluten Free

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! 
by: Jessica in the Kitchen
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 27 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes
Keyword Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, vegan
Ingredients

Cauliflower Wings

  • 1 small head cauliflower if using a large head, you may need to up the batter and sauce quantities
  • 1/2 cup gluten free flour*
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup crispy/panko gluten free breadcrumbs seasoned with salt & pepper and 1 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning

Sauce

  • 1/2 cup vinegar based hot sauce such as Franks hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon vegan butter
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2-3 tablespoons maple syrup

To Serve With: The Dip (Ranch Dressing)

Instructions

Instructions

Cauliflower wings

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F/230 degrees C.
  • Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with a silicone baking sheet or greased foil (I highly recommend a silicone baking sheet. Using a knife, remove florets from the cauliflower (aka cut off the leaves and don't use the stems). Chop the cauliflower into smaller pieces to resemble the size of the wings.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the gluten-free flour, almond milk, salt, ground black pepper and garlic powder in a bowl to make the batter. If the batter is too thick, feel free to thin it out with some more milk.
  • In a separate bowl, place the breadcrumbs. Line it up beside the batter bowl.
  • Toss the cauliflower in the batter mixture (you can add them all at once), using a spatula or spoon to coat them all. Transfer them to the breadcrumbs to coat completely, then place onto the baking sheet, giving each wing enough space. Repeat until all of the wings are coated.
  • Bake for 22 minutes. Please ensure your oven is completely preheated and hot.
  • While baking, prepare the ingredients for the sauce by whisking together.
  • Remove from oven. Toss the wings in the sauce (I like to use a spatula to move them around to get properly coated) then using tongs or a spoon, remove and place back on the baking sheet. Bake for another 5 minutes for the sauce to soak into the wings.
  • Remove from oven and serve immediately with a cool vegan ranch dressing (cooling agent is essential!). Enjoy!

Sweet Buffalo Sauce

  • While the wings are baking, in a small pot over high heat, mix all the sauce ingredients. Bring to a boil and boil for 2 to 3 minutes, which helps to bring out more flavour notes of the ingredients. Remove from heat. Taste a little bit to decide if you need more sweetener to balance out the heat; if so, add a tablespoon at a time until your desired heat. Please note that especially depending on the hot sauce you use, these wings are HOT so take caution!
NOTES
  1.  Don’t use olive oil to grease the baking sheet since it will burn the bottom of your wings.
  2. You can use regular or whole wheat flour if not gluten-free. Some Gluten-Free flours are thicker than others, so if your batter seems way too thick, add in a few tablespoons of milk to thin it out a little if necessary. I use Bob’s Red Mill All-Purpose GF Flour. I have used Einkorn flour while making these and it is a beautifully smooth consistency and is naturally organic.
  3. HOW TO STORE CAULIFLOWER WINGS
    You can store these Cauliflower Wings in an airtight Tupperware container in your fridge for up to 4 days, and reheat them in an oven until warmed. They taste best fresh. I wouldn’t recommend freezing these as the batter may get soggy.
  4. If you’re NOT gluten-free you can use regular flour and panko breadcrumbs!
 

Nutrition

Calories: 32kcal
by Jessica

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67 comments

  1. Pam says:

    Made them again today, SO good!

  2. Sierra Briggs says:

    Recently started to my transition into adapting a vegan lifestyle. When I came across this recipe, it had to be the first vegan dish I made. …1st time was good. 2nd time was better. I already like cauliflower but man the THIRD week in a row I made these, it SMACKED!!! Thank you for this bomb recipe. It has really encouraged me to try new things & look forward to giving vegan recipes a try.
    Going to try the tacos in the near future!

    6/5

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Sierra,

      Oh I’m SO happy to hear this!! I just made a new flavour today – sweet and sour, so can’t wait to share that! You’re so welcome and thank you again for your incredibly kind words!!

  3. Ruth says:

    God, this is delicious. Turns out there’s not vinegar based hot sauce in German supermarkets so I used spicy barbecue sauce instead. I needed more than the amount in your recipe but it was soooooo delicious. Thank you SO much for saving me from a desolate, cheer- and wingless life (kidding, it’s actually pretty great, but still, spicy wings!!!).

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Haha! Thank you Ruth we’re so happy that you enjoyed our cauliflower wings! Thats interesting about the hot sauce options in German Supermarkets, Spicy BBQ sounds like a great choice in substitutes.

  4. Morgan JB says:

    I just made these for my husband and I, and we both absolutely loved them! They’re crispy, but “meaty”. We do like spicy food, so we might just be used to eating it but they were a perfect amount of spicy. Amazing recipe! Would recommend.

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Hi Morgan. We’re bursting with smiles at this comment thank you for your kind words! We’re glad that both you and your husband enjoyed them!!! Thanks so much again for your comment!

  5. Ryan Sabia says:

    I made the buffalo wings, gluten free, and they were yummy! I made the mistake of using an olive oil spray ??‍♂️. They were kinda soggy, I was thinking of next time broiling them.

    How do you toast your bread crumbs?

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Ryan,

      I’m so happy to hear and yes, no to olive oil, it just doesn’t work here for some reason and will definitely cause that sogginess.

      I toast my breadcrumbs in my toasted oven. I spread them out and toast them like I would a slice of toast. Makes it very close to panko breadcrumbs. I hope that helps!!

  6. Kim says:

    These Cauliflower “wings” were outstanding! We were surprised at how chewy and crispy and wonderful. I would recommend to everyone!

  7. Cassia says:

    Omg I found this recipe on pinterest and made them for a family picnic….. Wow! They were such a hit, very spicy but so so good.
    I did change the recipe a little by adding some fig, onion and balsamic jam to the maple hot sauce and some gluten/dairy free corn flakes into the bread crumb and it was so good.
    Thanks for the recipe!

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Cassia,

      Aww I’m so happy to hear that!! That jam sounds divine and like the corn flakes idea! You’re so very welcome!!

  8. Hayley says:

    Did you use frank’s buffalo sauce or frank’s red hot sauce? I have the frank’s buffalo sauce already in my fridge 🙂

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Hayley,

      I used the hot sauce. It looks like the buffalo sauce has all the additives in, so if you’d rather use that you definitely can use it in place of the entire sauce! My sauce has a little bit of a sweet and spicy so you can amp it up the way you desire! I hope that helps, and that you enjoy!!

      • Hayley says:

        Thank you! I’m making these next week for a party. Will let you know how they turn out 🙂

  9. Hayley says:

    5 stars
    I used a large head of cauliflower and 1.5x all the batter and sauce ingredients. These were sooo spicy but good. I’m glad I served them as an appetizer though!

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Awesome Haley! We’re really smiling at this review. Thanks so much for reading!

  10. Kirsten says:

    5 stars
    We loved this! I made this tonight and shared it with my husband and a friend . None of us like the vinegar style hot sauce, BUT, it was great in this recipe. We agreed this recipe is a keeper! Thank you so much for sharing.

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Kirsten,

      Thank you SO much!! So happy to hear that – you’re so welcome!!

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