Buffalo & BBQ Cauliflower Wings

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Vegan baked wings

If you’ve never had cauliflower wings, it is time to change that. Even if cauliflower isn’t your fave veggie – you do not want to pass these up!

I have made these wings a few different ways. I’ve experimented with oat flour breading, wheat flour only, panko only, and a few other ways too. I think this recipe I’ve perfected is the best so far. So give it a try and let me know what you think!

The breading requires 2 steps. So you will need a separate bowl for each and make a little cauli-wing production line. 

  1. Flour & plant milk
  2. Panko & spices

Then all you need to do is bake, toss in sauce, and bake again! Its pretty simple and the reward is mouthwatering. 

For crispier wings, a light coating with the first breading layer (flour and milk mixture) is all you need. For a more gooey coating, use a bit more of the first breading layer. 

And it is up to you if you want to coat the whole cauliflower wing. It is a bit less messy if you don’t coat the stem. 

To make these wings oil-free, use a silicone baking sheet or baking paper so they don’t stick to the pan. 

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Now it’s time to bake the cauliflower until it is softened. Then we toss in sauce! You can choose whatever sauce you want really…but I went for the traditional American wing flavors – buffalo and BBQ. 

Vegan buffalo wings

Before you make these wings make sure you have some vegan ranch on hand for dipping…or you might regret it. 

Everytime I make these I will eat a whole cauliflower, be stuffed, and I can feel good about it because I just ate a whole cauliflower! Who cares! 

Vegan Buffalo & BBQ Cauliflower Wings Recipe

Vegan buffalo wings
  • Prep Time20 min
  • Cook Time45 min
  • Total Time1 hr 5 min
  • Serving Size2-4 servings

    Ingredients

    • 1 large head cauliflower
    • 1/2 cup flour (I like using chickpea flour)
    • 3/4 cup unsweetened plant milk
    • 3/4 cup panko
    • 1 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
    • 1 tsp onion powder
    • 1 tsp garlic powder
    • 1/2 tsp cumin
    • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
    • 1/2 cup Buffalo sauce

    Directions

    1

    Preheat oven to 375F. Chop cauliflower into 2-inch florets (little trees).

    2

    Prepare the first breading layer by whisking together the flour and plant milk until smooth.

    3

    Prepare the second breading layer by whisking together the panko and spices in a separate bowl.

    4

    Dip each wing in the first breading layer and then the second breading layer. Place the wings on a lined baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes.

    5

    Remove wings from the pan and transfer half to one large bowl and the other half to a separate large bowl. Coat one bowl of wings with BBQ sauce and the other bowl of wings with Buffalo sauce. Gently stir the wings in the bowl to coat evenly.

    6

    Return the wings to the lined baking sheets. Bake for another 15-20 minutes.

    Enjoy immediately! (or after they cool down slightly)

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