A great way to get kids (and adults) eating vegetables without realising it! As a child, I only really remember eating cauliflower as part of a Sunday roast – and even then I think my mum only served it because it was one of the only vegetables my sister would eat! But now cauliflower makes appearances in all kinds of ways in my cooking and it’s quite a “trendy” vegetable now.

I’ve seen many versions of cauliflower bites or wings, both pre-made on sale in supermarkets or in recipes on the internet, but many are deep-fried and/or coated in bread-crumbs. If like me you’re not keen on greasy food and like to limit gluten these are the perfect substitution and actually really easy to make.

I’ve served these with a creamy avocado dip because I think it works well against the spices in the coating, but they would also work with any dip you like or even just a simple blob of mayo. You can alter the spices used in the coating to suit your tastes.

A great dish to have on a buffet table or as a nibble before the big meal on Christmas day. Best served warm I like to prepare these then cook them just before serving. You can also cook fully and then reheat in the oven for 5-7 mins if that’s more convenient.

Cauliflower bites with a creamy avocado dressing

Serves 2-3 as snack / party food

Dietary: Gluten-free / Dairy-free / Vegan / Nut-free

Difficulty: Moderate

Time: 30-35-mins

Ingredients

  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • 120g (3/4 cup) buckwheat or plain flour
  • 1 tsp ground paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic granules
  • Salt and pepper
  • 250ml (1 cup) almond milk or other milk of your choice

For dip

  • 1 avocado
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 2 tbsp natural yoghurt – choose dairy-free off you wish

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 220C and line two baking sheets with greaseproof paper.
  2. Add the flour, spices, salt and pepper to a bowl, slowly add the milk, whisking to create a thick batter.
  3. Dip the cauliflower florets into the batter, trying to coat it on all sides, then place on the lined baking sheet – this can get quite messy!
  4. Bake in the oven for 20-minutes turning halfway through.
  5. While the cauliflower bakes, prepare the dip by mashing the avocado with the other ingredients.

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