Cauliflower Taco Bites

Vegan Cauliflower Taco Bites

Wow, what a week and weekend! There’s been a lot of changes in my life creating a lot of stress, lucky for you all when I get stressed I cook and create! So I created a few new recipes last week that I’m working on tweaking, perfecting, and improving so that you can enjoy them!

This weekend I spent about 24 hours sitting in a live workshop becoming a personal trainer! I didn’t think it was going to be nearly as intense as it was, and it was a pretty big mental drain! That is why I took me a little while to get a recipe up this week, so if you were waiting on me – I’m so sorry about that! But I’ve been thinking quality is ALWAYS better than quantity right?  I think you guys want one tasty recipe over three crappy ones right?  GOOD!

A couple of weeks ago I turned 21, so I have been enjoying a beer with dinner! Since I’ve done that I couple of times the gears in my mind have been spinning! I was thinking about how I would kill for some yummy – yet healthy – vegan bar food.  Hey I can be a healthy vegan and enjoy a couple dark microbrews and bar food – deal with it haha!

After thinking for a while – I decided that I wanted to create a variation of Buffalo Wings but give it a real twist, as if vegan buffalo wings were a twist enough! After thinking about what I used to love about wings, I determined I needed good flavor, great batter/breading, and “poppablity.”

Poppability – being able to just pop ‘em in your mouth and enjoy ‘em!

I finally came up with the idea for cauliflower wings – a common vegan creation – but instead of just dipping them in batter I decided to give them a zingy taco flavoring and give them a crispy outer breading! So without further ado, I give you Cauliflower Taco Poppers!

Cauliflower Taco Poppers

Cauliflower Taco Bites

Ingredients:

  • 1 Head of Cauliflower, Cut into Bite Site Florets
  • ½ Cup Your Choices of Flour, Oat Flour is a Good Choice
  • 1 cup Almond Milk or Non-Dairy Milk
  • 2 Tbsp Ground Flax
  • ¾ – 1 Cup Vegan Bread Crumbs, Homemade or Accidentally Vegan
  • 4-5 Tbsp Taco Seasoning
  • Optional: Smokey Tabasco Sauce

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Mix the milk and flax seeds and allow them to site for 10-15 minutes to thicken.
  3. While the milk is thicken mix the flour and 2 Tbsp of Taco Seasoning together and place it on a small plate.
  4. Mix the breadcrumbs with 1 Tbsp of taco seasoning and spread onto a small plate.
  5. Once the milk is set you are going to start the coating process. First dip and coat the florets in the milk – one at a time, sorry it’s bit of a process – and then roll them in the flour mixture.
  6. Once they have a flour coating on them carefully dip them back in the milk to moisten the flower, then coat in the breadcrumbs.
  7. Place the florets on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper, or a baking dish with alight spray of coconut or olive oil. (The baking sheet is a little messier, but results in a more even browning)
  8. Bake in the oven fro 35-40 minutes, until the inside is soft and the outside is brown an crispy! Take out one floret and taste test before you turn of the oven!
  9. OPTIONAL: pour/shake some Tabasco sauce over the taco bites and let them cook for 5 more minutes, just to let the sauce thicken and bake on the bites.
  10. Serve with a side of your favorite salsa and some organic tortilla chips!

Tips and Ideas:

  • If you’re feeling a little “unhealthy” you could definitely fry these up in some oil – would make them more “authentic” bar food!
  • Play around with other seasonings for the poppers, think about using vegan ranch dressing seasoning!

And here are a few photos for your viewing pleasure – please feel free to pin them and save them for later!  I’m getting better with a camera no?

Cauliflower Taco Bites

Cauliflower Taco Bites