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These crispy cauliflower buffalo wings are incredibly addictive! They’re battered, baked, and tossed in a spicy buffalo sauce that will blow away your taste buds! They’re easy to make, completely vegan and vegetarian friendly, and simple to make gluten-free as well. 

Spicy Hot Vegan Cauliflower Buffalo Wings for game day snacks

These cauliflower buffalo wings are my new favorite party food! I can’t wait to break them out for tailgate season. 

Cauliflower replaces the chicken in these vegan hot wings. And I promise – everyone will be happy with the swap.

But watch out – you won’t be able to stop popping these delightful little morsels into your mouth.

They’re perfectly crispy on the outside and pack a lot of heat from the spicy buffalo sauce. Just the way I like it!

These cauliflower buffalo wings are: 

  • Spicy! Just like “real” hot wings.
  • 100% vegan and vegetarian-friendly.
  • Easy to make gluten-free. 
  • Totally addictive.

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Cauliflower hot wings? 

Yep.

If you haven’t been incorporating cauliflower into your routine, you’ve been missing out. 

bowl of cauliflower

Cauliflower has a mild taste and a meaty texture, that lets it blend right into all kinds of recipes and replace traditional ingredients like meat, potatoes, and rice.

Here are some of my favorite creative ways to use cauliflower:

Cauliflower is also super healthy – it’s low in carbs but packed with fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. So you don’t have to feel guilty about eating a whole plate of these cauliflower buffalo wings. 😉 

How to Make Cauliflower Buffalo Wings

It’s easy as 1, 2, 3, really!

I start by making a simple batter, then bake them in the oven, and give them a generous coating of buffalo wing sauce. Let’s do it.

ingredients for cauliflower buffalo wings

I used my favourite gluten-free flour for these, but any whole wheat or all purpose flour would work just as well.

Just mix the flour with the water, your favorite unsweetened plant-based milk (like almond or soy milk), a bit of garlic powder, onion powder, paprika and salt. Mix it all into a thick batter that will stick to your cauliflower wings.

batter for vegan buffalo cauliflower wings

Line each floret in a baking dish and into the oven it goes. After 15 minutes of baking, give the cauliflower wings a flip and bake for another 10 minutes.

While waiting for the cauliflower bites to bake to perfection, you have plenty of time to whip up the buffalo wing sauce.

bowl of cauliflower wings with buffalo sauce

You can buy your favorite brand of hot wing sauce and simply use that in this recipe if your prefer. But Buffalo sauce is really just a combination of hot sauce mixed with melted butter, so it’s so easy to make.

In our case, we’ll use vegan margarine instead of butter. You could also try using coconut oil for the sauce, which has a very buttery consistency.

P.S. If you haven’t already grabbed it, make sure you download the free vegan substitution cheat sheet. It’s perfect for veganizing recipes like this!

Just heat the vegan butter and hot sauce over medium-low heat until everything is melted together, and then pour the sauce over the cauliflower buffalo wings. Toss until each wing is smothered with sauce.

Then put them back in the oven for another 15 minute, to get them nice and crispy.

vegan cauliflower buffalo wings being served

And that’s it!

These cauliflower buffalo wings are pretty intense –  you’ll definitely want to dip them in your favorite vegan ranch or blue cheese dipping sauce to help cool off your taste buds.

Enjoy!

serving cauliflower buffalo wings with ranch dressing

Tips for Making Cauliflower Buffalo Wings

Making Buffalo Cauliflower Wings without Flour.

If you prefer to make these cauliflower buffalo wings without flour, that’s an option also. Simply toss the cauliflower with a bit of olive oil and roast it. Then proceed with coating the cauliflower wings in hot sauce and baking a bit longer. They will not be as crispy as the breaded version, but will still be tasty!

Use Your Favorite Hot Sauce

I used my own favorite hot sauce, Frank’s Red Hot, to make the buffalo sauce for these vegan cauliflower wings. But you can choose any brand or variety you want. Choose an exotic flavor to really amp things up! 

Don’t like it quite so hot?

No problem. If spicy food isn’t your thing, you can bake plain cauliflower buffalo wings and serve the hot sauce on the side for dipping instead. 

Serving these cauliflower wings with a dairy-free ranch or blue cheese dressing for dipping is another great way to cool things down a bit.

Keeping it Vegan. 

I used a vegan margarine (Earth Balance brand) for this recipe. If you aren’t a fan of these dairy free margarine, you can also try substituting it with coconut oil. It will have a slightly sweeter flavor, but a similar creaminess. 

And if you haven’t already grabbed it, be sure to snag a copy of my “vegan-ize” it cheat sheet. It’s packed with all sorts of handy substitutions to make just about any recipe vegan!  

These vegan cauliflower buffalo wings are spicy and intense

Crispy Cauliflower Buffalo Wings

These crispy cauliflower buffalo wings are incredibly addictive! They’re battered, baked, and tossed in a spicy buffalo sauce that will blow away your taste buds! They’re easy to make, completely vegan and vegetarian friendly, and simple to make gluten-free as well. 

Print Pin Rate

Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Snack

Cuisine: American, vegan, vegetarian

Keyword: Buffalo wings recipe, cauliflower recipe, Vegan Cauliflower Buffalo Wings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Calories: 706kcal

6 servings

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425.

  • Combine water, almond milk, flour and seasonings together and mix until smooth.

  • Stir cauliflower florets into the flour mixture. Do this in batches if necessary.

  • Spread the cauliflower on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 15 minutes, and then flip the cauliflower florets over and bake for an additional 10 minutes.

  • Remove cauliflower from the oven and then heat the margarine and hot sauce over medium-low heat, until the margarine has melted. Stir well.

  • Place the cauliflower into a large bowl and then pour the sauce over the cauliflower wings. Toss the cauliflower with the sauce to coat. 

  • Return to baking sheet and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes, until crispy.

Notes

If you prefer to make these cauliflower buffalo wings without flour, that’s an option also. Simply toss the cauliflower with a bit of olive oil and roast it. Then proceed with coating the cauliflower wings in hot sauce and baking a bit longer. They will not be as crispy as the breaded version, but will still be tasty! *Be sure to read the tips in the article above for making perfect buffalo cauliflower wings every time!*

Nutrition

Calories: 706kcal | Carbohydrates: 127g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 7290mg | Potassium: 3125mg | Fiber: 22g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 41.1% | Vitamin C: 708.4% | Calcium: 21.8% | Iron: 55.9%

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