Crispy Barbecue Cauliflower Bites
"Perfectly crunchy baked cauliflower smothered in sweet and spicy bbq sauce. Paired with a creamy cabbage slaw and fresh cilantro."
-- @healthienut
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Crispy, Tangy, Saucy and delicious. These amazing cauliflower bites are perfect on their own as a game day snack or serve over rice, with salad or in a veggie sandwich! Not to mention the purple cabbage slaw perfectly compliments the bites giving a fresh cool crunch!


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Prep time 20mins
Cook time 15mins
Serves or Makes: 4


  • 1 head cauliflower, broken into florets
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/ 2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/ 2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/ 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/ 4 cups water
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce

Cabbage Slaw

  • 1/ 2 head red cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1 carrot, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons vegan sandwich spread
  • 1/ 2 teaspoon smoked paprika


  • 1 1/ 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • Fresh cilantro


  • Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 400˚F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.

  • Step 2

    In a large bowl, combine flour, smoked paprika, garlic powder, black pepper and salt . Stir in water until a smooth batter forms. In a separate bowl add breadcrumbs.

  • Step 3

    Using tongs dip the cauliflower florets into the wet mixture. Shake off any excess. Then roll in breadcrumbs and transfer to a the lined baking sheet, leaving 1/2 inch space between florets.

  • Step 4

    Bake cauliflower for 30 minutes until golden brown.

  • Step 5

    While cauliflower is baking, prepare the slaw. In a large bowl add cabbage, carrot, mayo, salt, pepper and paprika. Toss until well incorporated.

  • Step 6

    To a large bowl, add baked cauliflower, drizzle barbecue sauce and toss to coat in sauce.

  • Step 7

    Add brown rice to a serving bowl, top with cauliflower and slaw. Garnish with chili flakes, cilantro and serve immediately.