Recently Paul and I went to this cute little wine bar in Mesa, Arizona. I was surprised to see cauliflower corn dogs on the menu, which I discovered were vegan. So I ordered the dish to give it a try. Unfortunately, it was inedible, greasy, fried, and tasted awful. We sent it back. As a result of this negative experience came the idea to make a cauliflower bites recipe using my cornbread recipe. So what happens when you dip cauliflower in cornbread batter and bake it? You get great cauliflower bites!
I love cauliflower! And the more ways I can make unique cauliflower recipes, the better! Not only do these cauliflower bites taste fabulous, but the savory and sweet combination makes my taste buds dance. Then, I made a maple dijon dressing to dip the cornbread-covered cauliflower. There's something special about a tangy maple dijon sauce to bring out the flavor of the cauliflower and the cornbread.
How to make cauliflower bites recipe
First, begin with a large head of cauliflower cut into equal-sized florets. Then add oil-free cornbread batter.
- Cauliflower florets
- Whole wheat flour or gluten-free flour of choice
- Organic vegan sugar plus brown sugar
- Baking powder
- Vanilla soy milk (or unsweetened, unflavored plant milk)
- All-natural organic applesauce (no sugar added)
- Pure maple syrup or agave (I used maple syrup)
Tips for making oil-free cornbread batter
- Use apple sauce instead of eggs in recipes
- Choose unsweetened, unflavored plant-based milk in place of regular milk in any recipe.
- Select maple syrup, agave, or date syrup as a sugar substitute to reduce the sugar used in recipes.
- Also, DON'T OVERMIX the batter. Once the ingredients are in the bowl, stir the batter, combining all the ingredients without stirring too much. What does that mean? First, combine all the dry ingredients. Then add the wet ingredients and mix until combined.
Baking cauliflower bites
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
- Prepare a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
- Dip cauliflower florets, covering each piece of cauliflower with cornbread batter.
- Bake for 17-19 minutes until the exterior cornbread surrounding the cauliflower is brown.
How to make cauliflower bites in the air-fryer
- Place dipped florets on the base of the air-fryer pan, lined with air-fryer parchment paper.
- Air-fry at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes until the cornbread is brown
- Remove florets and cook in batches until all florets are cooked
- Place cooked cauliflower bites on a baking sheet and keep warm in a 325-degree oven until all the florets are prepared.
What to dip cauliflower bites in?
I decided to make a simple maple dijon dip.
- Dijon mustard
- Maple syrup (or substitute date syrup, or agave)
Other dipping Options
- Mustard Dipping Sauce(another mustard sauce)
- Vegan Ranch Dressing
- Vegan Green Goddess Dressing
- Yogurt Dressing Recipe
- Lemon Basil Dressing
What to eat with cauliflower bites?
- I like cauliflower bites with a large salad or served with brown rice on the side.
How long to cook cauliflower bites in the air-fryer?
- 10-12 minutes at 400 degrees
How many calories are in cauliflower bites?
- 91 calories per serving
Check out these cauliflower recipes if you love cauliflower as much as I do.
- Buffalo Cauliflower
- BBQ Cauliflower
- How to Grill Marinated Cauliflower Steak Slices With Chimichurri Sauce
- Curried Cauliflower
- Spicy Korean Baked Cauliflower
- Cauliflower Tacos
- Cauliflower Po Boy Sandwich Recipe
- Orange Cauliflower Recipe
- Tahini Roasted Cauliflower
- General Tso Cauliflower Recipe
Hi! My name is Kathy, I am a retired high school English teacher & vegan enthusiast and blogger. My entire blog is fully plant-based vegan. I truly believe what we eat & how we live determines our health & the preservation of our planet! 🙂