Almond-Crusted Cauliflower Bites with Avocado Ranch Dip

Almond-Crusted Cauliflower Bites with Avocado Ranch Dip! Baked, #glutenfree, #vegan and ready to party!

Almond-Crusted Cauliflower Bites with Avocado Ranch Dip! Baked, #glutenfree, #vegan and ready to party!It’s the weekend! And not just any weekend, it is 4th of July weekend and that means tons of celebratory gatherings/cookouts/Bar-B-Ques/etc. Not that I need to explain, but these are great because you get to hang out with people you (hopefully) like, eat awesome food, enjoy the summer weather and stuff our faces with Almond-Crusted Cauliflower Bites. I mean, I suppose we can also be stoked on the anniversary of independence for the US!

Almond-Crusted Cauliflower Bites with Avocado Ranch Dip! Baked, #glutenfree, #vegan and ready to party!

But, back to what I’m all about: finger foods! They’re perfect for parties, because you can sample tons of food without having to commit to a huge portion of one thing. That’s where these Cauliflower Bites come in; savory, crunchy, warm, pretty easy-to-make and delicious. Most of all, when you pair them with my Avocado Ranch Dip, things get even better!

Almond-Crusted Cauliflower Bites with Avocado Ranch Dip! Baked, #glutenfree, #vegan and ready to party!

Honestly, the Avocado Ranch Dip is my lazy, creamy ranch. I wanted to have a great dip for these tasty morsels of cauliflower, but didn’t feel like soaking cashews to make my own ranch (lol) or running to the store to buy some (still grateful for that option!). I happen to have a bunch of avocados on hand and thought, if I add all of the things to avocado that make ranch delicious, then this should also be delicious, right? And yes, CORRECT.

Almond-Crusted Cauliflower Bites with Avocado Ranch Dip! Baked, #glutenfree, #vegan and ready to party!

Almond-Crusted Cauliflower Bites with Avocado Ranch Dip! Baked, #glutenfree, #vegan and ready to party!

Furthermore, I’m thinking you should definitely make a batch (or two) of this recipe for enjoying over the weekend, and if you’re feeling generous share it with others. You can follow the instructions until done, place the cauli bites in a large, shallow baking dish and transport to your get-together, heating it in the oven, uncovered to bring that crisp back to perfection. Finally, serve it up!

Almond-Crusted Cauliflower Bites with Avocado Ranch Dip! Baked, #glutenfree, #vegan and ready to party!

Before we get to the recipe, one of my (non-vegan) Quality-Assurance Testers requested I tell you that this recipe gets “Three Thumbs up from Dad!” I’m not sure how that physically works out, but I’ll take it!

Almond-Crusted Cauliflower Bites with Avocado Ranch Dip! Baked, #glutenfree, #vegan and ready to party!

One year: Almond Butter Thumbprint Cookies // Two years: BBQ Seitan Skewers // Three years: BBQ Party Pack // Four years: Grilled Summer Stacks

Almond-Crusted Cauliflower Bites with Avocado Ranch Dip! Baked, #glutenfree, #vegan and ready to party!
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Almond-Crusted Cauliflower Bites with Avocado Ranch Dip

Seasoned, baked, Almond-Crusted Cauliflower Bites paired with a deliciously creamy Avocado Ranch Dip!
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Soy-free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Author Jackie of Vegan Yack Attack

Ingredients

Avocado Ranch Dip

  • 1 cup heaping mashed avocado
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutritional yeast
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon sea salt to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon agave nectar
  • Pinch of dried dill

Almond-crusted Cauliflower Bites

  • 1 pieces large head cauliflower florets chopped into bite-sized
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 6 tablespoons vegan mayo soy-free
  • 1/4 cup chickpea flour
  • 3/4 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Pinch of black pepper

Instructions

Avocado Ranch Dip

  1. Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mash together until combined and mostly smooth. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Almond-crusted Cauliflower Bites

  1. Preheat oven to 400F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together non-dairy milk, vegan mayo and chickpea flour until smooth and thick enough to coat a spoon. In another mixing bowl, mix almond meal, cornmeal, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, paprika and pepper until combined.
  3. Take each piece of cauliflower and first dunk it into the wet mixture, let excess drip off, then press into crumb mixture, covering evenly and shaking off loose bits; place onto baking sheet. Repeat until all pieces are coated and on the baking sheet.
  4. Coat cauliflower bites with a lightly with cooking oil pray and place in oven. Bake for 15 minutes, flip pieces over and lightly spray with oil again, bake for an additional 15 minutes or until golden. Cool baking sheet on rack for 5 minutes before serving with avocado ranch dip!

 

Almond-Crusted Cauliflower Bites with Avocado Ranch Dip! Baked, #glutenfree, #vegan and ready to party!

Almond-Crusted Cauliflower Bites with Avocado Ranch Dip! Baked, #glutenfree, #vegan and ready to party!

ALSO! I did a fun, lil’ video with Vince Lia on the Spicy Sushi Bowl from Vegan Bowl Attack! that you can now watch.

Find the recipe and me being ridiculous below:

Have a fun and safe weekend, everyone!

13 Comments on “Almond-Crusted Cauliflower Bites with Avocado Ranch Dip

  1. Yum! These sound super good. I am a total cauliflower nut and I’m always looking for new ways to groove on it. Also your avo dressing sounds great. I’m sorry to hear about your dad’s rare 3-thumbed condition. Ha ha! <3

  2. Love these, Jackie! Super yum! Can’t wait for your new book!!! ?????

  3. This is a great meal! You got your cauliflower which is a complete protein and your avocado which is high in the good fats that a person needs to shed unwanted pounds.

  4. Made these for supper tonight and the kids snarfed them down! Loved how crispy they were and the dip was a hit too. Thanks for the great recipe.

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