Baked Chilli Cauliflower Bites (Vegan + GF Recipe)

Cauliflower is the love of my life.
She is there for me at all times. When I’m hungry, when I want a snack, when I’m feeling peckish. That covers pretty much all my needs, and she sorts them all out.


Enter this delicious chilli bites recipe. It’s double baked, rather than fried, making it a lighter option without compromising on any taste or to-die-for texture (without anyone dying for it.)

This is also the perfect recipe for a dinner party or pot luck as pretty much all requirements are dealt with: it’s gluten-free, vegan and nut-free! That should keep everyone around the table happy and full, even those boasting the fussiness trifecta.

So, whether you’d like to call these vegan hot wings, or take a more Piers Morgan approach and refer to them as battered and baked vegetables pandering to the snowflake generation, let’s jump into the recipe.



Chilli Cauliflower Bites

(Vegan, GF, Nut-free)


Ingredients (to serve 5):
2 small heads of cauliflower

For the first batter:
Chickpea flour (¾ cup)
Any plant milk (¾ cup)
Sunflower oil (1 tbsp)
Turmeric (½ tbsp)
Hot chilli powder (½ tbsp)
Salt (½ tbsp)
Black pepper (pinch)

For the second batter*
Chilli sauce (¼ cup)
Sunflower oil (1 ½ tbsp)
Water (1 tbsp)
Hot chilli powder (½ tbsp)
Apple cider vinegar (½ tbsp)

* double this amount if you would like a sauce to coat the bites in once cooked.

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  1. Preheat the oven to 200°c and line two baking trays with grease-proof paper
  2. Cut your cauliflower heads into chunks. The size you’re looking for is pretty much the natural size of the florets.
  3. Mix up all the ingredients for the first batter in a large bowl using a whisk until smooth.
  4. Dunk your cauliflower florets into the batter to coat, and shake off any excess before placing on your lined baking tray, spread out.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes, then turn the cauliflower, and bake for a further 5 minutes.
  6. While the cauliflower is cooling, mix up your second batter in a bowl. You can use any pre-made hot sauce – I’ve used Frank’s RedHot.
  7. Pour the batter/sauce over the cauliflower and toss until evenly coated.
  8. Bake again at 200°c for 10 minutes.
  9. If you’d like ‘sticky’ bites, make another batch of the second batter and pour over the cauliflower once it is out of the oven.
  10. Enjoy!

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