This gluten-free breaded buffalo cauliflower recipe is officially my favorite way to eat cauliflower. Even though it’s baked, not fried, you still get the crispy on the outside, soft on the inside texture that is to live for.
The cauliflower is coated with a thick chickpea-coconut batter and baked once to firm up the crust. Then, it is smothered in organic buffalo hot sauce and baked again until crispy perfection. You’ll definitely want the cashew dipping sauce on the side to cool down the heat. And if you end up loving this recipe, you can also make Buffalo Brussels Sprouts this way.
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Sprouted Chickpea/Garbanzo Flour
Sprouted chickpea flour is a great gluten-free alternative to white flour. Sprouting the chickpeas before they are turned into flour makes it easier to digest.
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Liquid Coconut Milk
Coconut milk is the best option for this recipe – I find that almond and hemp milk are too watery, but the So Delicious unsweetened coconut milk makes such a nice thick batter that really coats the cauliflower well (It’s carageenan free, of course!).
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Avocado Oil (or Ghee)
Avocado oil is great for its ability to withstand high heat and its neutral flavor. It makes this recipe completely vegan; however, if you want a more traditional buffalo sauce, I prefer to use ghee. It nourishes the gut and is easier to digest than butter for many people.
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Gluten-Free Breaded Buffalo Cauliflower
GF Breaded Cauliflower
- 1 cup chickpea flour sprouted, ideally
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk from box, not can
- 16 oz. cauliflower
Cashew Dill Dipping Sauce
- 1/2 cup raw cashews soaked in filtered water at least 1 hour
- 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
- 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 tsp. dried dill
- 1/4 tsp. pink salt or more to taste
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the chickpea flour and coconut milk. Set aside to thicken for 10 minutes or so, while you chop the cauliflower into 2 inch pieces and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- After 10 minutes, dunk each of the pieces of cauliflower into the chickpea coconut batter to coat. If you have a flat whisk, use that, otherwise 2 forks work to lift them out and strain them off a little, before placing them on the parchment lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining cauliflower pieces, leaving about an inch of space between the pieces on the sheet.
- Bake for 30 minutes until the coating just starts to become golden brown. Meanwhile, make the buffalo sauce. If using avocado oil, simply add all ingredients to a bowl and whisk together with a fork until well combined. If using ghee, in a small saucepan over medium heat, heat the ghee until it melts, then stir in the rest of the ingredients and cook on low heat for 2-3 minutes. Set aside.
- Make the cashew dipping sauce: Combine all ingredients in a bullet blender and blend until a uniformly thick and creamy consistency forms. You can thin it out, if desired, with a little extra water or oil, 1 teaspoon at a time.
- When the cauliflower comes out of the oven, use a spatula to gently release them from the parchment paper, then brush the buffalo sauce over all of the pieces to coat all the sides. Return to the oven for another 5-7 minutes for a more pillowy, dough-y crust, or 10 -15 minutes for a crispier crust.
- Serve with the cashew dill dip.
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