Air Fryer Cauliflower Bites

These cauliflower bites are the perfect addition to complement your GAME DAY snack buffet. I have a similar recipe that’s made in the oven, but I wanted to try these in my new Pampered Deluxe Chef Air Fryer!

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I left a few of them “naked” without the spicy sauce, so that they are approachable to everyone, including those that shy away from spice! Here’s what you need to make this super tasty recipe:

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Air Fryer Cauliflower Bites

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Easy, healthy, crispy and perfectly balanced with a little sweet and spicy sauce. A delicious appetizer, side or game day snack.

  • Author: Crystal Higgins
  • Prep Time: 12 min
  • Cook Time: 18 min
  • Total Time: 30 min
  • Category: appetizer
  • Method: air fryer
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Ingredients

1 head cauliflower, chopped into florets

3/4 cup almond flour (GF flour and AP flour would also work)

1/2 cup soy milk (or milk of choice!)

1/2 cup water

2 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1 cup hot sauce (such as Frank’s)

2 Tbsp vegan spread (or butter)

1/4 cup molasses

Instructions

  1. Chop the cauliflower into florets and set aside

2. Make the batter. Combine the flour, milk, water and spices together in a bowl. Whisk together to avoid any clumps and ensure all the ingredients are mixed well.

3. Dip the cauliflower in the batter. You can do a handful at a time. TIP: let excess batter drip off.

4. Coat your air fryer tray with oil to prevent sticking. Place the cauliflower bites on the tray, leaving space between each one. This is KEY to getting a crispy bite. The cauliflower needs its’ physical distance.

5. Roast at 350-375 F for 15 minutes, switching the trays half way through. If you like it extra crispy, use the AIR FRY function for an additional 3-5 minutes until the desired texture has been reached.

6. While the cauliflower is roasting, make the sweet and spicy sauce. Add the hot sauce, vegan spread and molasses to a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute. Stir until well combined. **This recipe made MORE sauce than I needed. It can be saved for another recipe or another round of cauliflower bites!

7. Pour the sauce over the crispy cauliflower and serve with chopped celery and ranch dip.

Notes

This recipe is best served hot, right out of the air fryer. However, the air fryer also has an awesome reheat function that keeps your food crispy!

Keywords: cauliflower, cauliflower bites, cauliflower wings, buffalo wings, game day snacks, appetizer, sweet and spicy cauliflower bites, air fryer, air fryer snacks

I found an easy DIY greek yogurt ranch dip from Ambitious Kitchen. The one tweak I always suggest here, is to use at least 2% fat yogurt instead of 0%. It is so much creamier and satisfying. I find the 0% too sour in this recipe, but I suppose that is up for interpretation!

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I’m going to leave this as a short and sweet recipe post for now! More info to come on the benefits of air frying in the coming weeks. Happy Snacking!!

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