These vegan baked cauliflower wings feature cauliflower florets with a buffalo-flavored coating baked to perfection. They make a delicious and healthy snack or party food when served with vegan ranch dip.
I feel like every day I’m learning new ways to use vegetables in place of meat. For example, there are my Plant-Based Sausage Crumbles. I mean, how great is that! It’s like vegetables could sing a show tune, “anything you can do, I can do better!”
Why This Recipe is a Winner
- Dipping cauliflower florets in batter and baking them creates an outer coating, giving the buffalo sauce something to adhere to
- Using buffalo sauce gives these cauliflower wings lots of flavor
- Serving the wings with vegan ranch gives contrasting flavors and textures that makes every bite irresistible
What You Need
You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.
Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:
- Plant-based milk — I recommend using plain milk (not vanilla-flavored), like soy milk or almond milk.
- Flour — I recommend glues-free flour, but all-purpose flour works here, too.
- Garlic powder
- Cauliflower florets — You can buy packages of florets or buy a whole head and cut cauliflower into florets yourself
- Wing Sauce — I recommend a buffalo sauce, but some of them contain dairy so be sure to read the labels.
- Coconut oil — I recommend using refined coconut oil because it has a more neutral flavor. You can substitute olive oil
- Ranch Dip — It’s fun to serve your cauliflower wings with celery and some vegan ranch dip on the side.
For really spicy cauliflower wings, add some sriracha to the sauce.
How to Make Cauliflower Wings
- Make a dipping batter made from milk, water, flour, and spices.
- Dip the cauliflower florets in the batter, let excess drip off over the bowl, and then place on prepared baking sheets.
- Bake for 10 minutes, then use tongs to flip each piece and bake for another 10 minutes, until golden brown and crispy.
- Stir together the buffalo sauce and oil. Microwave for 10 to 30 seconds to melt the coconut oil and stir again.
- Dip the baked cauliflower in the sauce, using your hands if they’re cool enough to handle or using tongs.
- Return the hot sauce-coated florets to the baking sheet and then bake for another 15 to 20 minutes.
- Serve with vegan ranch dip.
Keto Buffalo Cauliflower
Cauliflower is a favorite ingredient for the keto community because it’s naturally low in carbohydrates. These vegan hot wings are made from cauliflower and as a result have only 9g of net carbs per serving.
Note: Net carbs is total carbs minus fiber.
Is Cauliflower Healthy?
Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable making it one of the healthiest vegetables to include in your diet. Cauliflower is a low calorie, high nutrient vegetable making it a nutritiously dense powerhouse to include in your everyday diet.
More Cauliflower Recipes
Vegan Baked Cauliflower Wings
- ½ cup plant-based milk plain, not vanilla
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup gluten-free flour I used coconut flour
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 4 cups of small cauliflower florets
- 1 cup Wing Sauce of your choice
- 1 tablespoon refined coconut oil (see note)
- Ranch Yogurt Dip
- Preheat oven to 425°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Mix the plant-based milk, water, flour, garlic powder, and paprika in a bowl. Stir to combine. Assess the batter. It should be thick, but not too thick. If it's too runny, add a tablespoon more flour. If it's too thick, add a tablespoon more flour.
- Dip the cauliflower florets into the batter, let excess drip off over the bowl, and then place on prepared baking sheets. Repeat until all the cauliflower is coated and in a single layer on the baking sheets.
- Bake for 10 minutes, remove from the oven, and use tongs to flip each piece. Bake for another 10 minutes, until golden brown and crispy.
- In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the hot sauce with the coconut oil. Microwave for 10 to 30 seconds until the coconut oil begins to melt. Stir together.
- Once the cauliflower is done, remove it from the oven and set aside until the pieces are cool enough to handle. Or use tongs to dip the cauliflower pieces in the prepared hot sauce.
- Return the hot sauce-coated florets to the original baking sheet and return to the oven. Bake for another 20 minutes.
- Serve with Ranch Yogurt Dip.
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The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
Well, that wraps up this recipe for these delicious buffalo cauliflower wings. Enjoy!
This post was originally published in 2017 and was updated to include new photos, new text, and an updated recipe in 2020.