crunchy Cauliflower Poppers

Now THAT’s a close up – don’t you just want to bite into that crunchy goodness?

I love baked cauliflower but I love coated baked cauliflower more cause it really feels like you’re indulging doesn’t it?
These crunchy cauliflower poppers are seriously competing for 1st prize with the original Buffalo Style Cauliflower I posted previously on Knot Anchored’s blog which was a battered version.

this time it’s going to be different

This version succeeds in getting down to that CRUNCH factor and that’s no easy feat considering that cauliflowers are 92% water!

Here’s my secret to crispy baked veg:

When baking veggies at a high temperature open the oven every 5 min or so to let the steam escape or they won’t crisp up!

stuff you need to do this

large baking pan
parchment paper, or foil, or silpat to line the pan
1 large and 2 med bowls


1 head of cauliflower, cut into small flat florets like above for maximum surface area to heat ratio
S & P pinch of each

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1 1/2 cups cashews, raw (not roasted or salted)
1/4 tsp cayenne, more or less
3/4 tsp garlic powder, dried
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp pink Himalayan sea salt

Avocado oil to coat pan

Original recipe from Minimalist Baker is here.

this is how we do it:

PREHEAT oven to 425

COAT the baking pan parchment paper or whatever your using with the pastry brush and avocado oil.
We want that crispiness without frying so we are going to fool them with this method.

PLACE the greased pan in the oven while preheating and work on chopping up the cauliflower.
SPRINKLE with a pinch of salt and pepper – give a stir, set aside.

COMBINE the cashews and spices in a food processor until it looks pebbly.
You don’t want the cashews to be too big or they won’t stick to the cauliflower.

PREPARE your dipping station, cauliflorets in one bowl, eggs in a bowl and breading in a bowl.

Let the DIPPING begin!

Dunk the cauliflower florets in the egg til submerged than roll around in the coating.
I like to place the floret in the coating and then spoon the coating overtop til covered.

TRANSFER to baking sheet – no touching!

PLACE in oven and bake for 15 min.
FLIP each cauliflower floret (it’s worth it)
BAKE and additional 10 min.

Say HELLO to my crispy friends!

So many ways to enjoy these.
Add to stir fry.
Make a crispy cauliflower taco.
Snack it up with some sliced green onions and lemon squeezed on top – yes please!

To reheat I fry these up gently in a pan but mostly just eat them straight out of their container in the fridge.
These go fast and are just so darn good!

health benefits of cauliflower

Once upon a time we were told to avoid all white foods (veg included) due to their lack of nutritional value.
It was a stupid rule and now we can move forward and heal!

  • Good for your digestive system with one cup of cauliflower having 3 grams of fibre.
  • Heart healthy vegetable reducing inflammatory damage.
  • Cauliflower is a source of choline good for brain health and general well being..

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