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Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Bites (gluten-free)

SO pumped to share this gluten-free buffalo cauliflower bites recipe for you! This recipe is perfect for game day, an evening with friends, a fun appetizer, or a unique dinner side dish.

Hi hi! How are you doing??  I hope you’re having a great week so far. I’ve been living the Zoom life – so much fun talking to so many new 1:1 nutrition clients – teaching classes, and doing all of the usual things with the crew. 😉 I hope you’re having a good week, too!

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Bites (gluten-free)

For today’s post, I’m excited to share a recipe that’s perfect for the Super Bowl, an easy side dish, or awesome appetizer: gluten-free air fryer buffalo cauliflower! 

Mia created this recipe for the blog and I was so pumped to test it out. We had these on Sunday afternoon, and the kids looooooooved them.

Here’s the recipe if you’d like to give it a try!

Gluten-Free Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

A delicious and healthy gluten-free appetizer idea: air fryer buffalo cauliflower bites!

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Bites (gluten-free)

How to make buffalo cauliflower in the air fryer 

Ingredients

½ Large head of cauliflower cut into florets- bite size

2 eggs, lightly beaten

¾ cup blanched almond or cashew flour

⅓ cup tapioca flour (can sub cassava flour)

1¼ tsp chili powder

¾ tsp paprika

½ tsp onion powder

1 pinch cayenne powder

Hefty pinch of salt

Fresh cracked black pepper

Avocado oil spray- to prevent sticking

½ cup The New Primal Buffalo sauce (mild)

2 tbsp Primal Kitchen Buffalo sauce, plus more for dipping if you like super spicy bites!

1 bunch celery hearts, cleaned & cut into sticks for dipping

¼ c. Primal Kitchen Ranch dressing

Easy Air Fryer Cauliflower recipe

Directions

Step one

Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. One will be used for the raw cauliflower and one for the cooked.  

Step two

In a bowl, combine the almond/cashew flour, tapioca or cassava flour, chili powder, paprika, onion, cayenne, salt & pepper.In another small bowl, add the eggs and 2 tbsp water. Add cauliflower to a separate bowl next to the eggs and flour mixture. This is setting up a “breading” station. Dip each cauliflower floret into the egg mixture and fully coat. Roll in the flour mixture, coating and shake off any excess. Place on a baking sheet and repeat with remaining cauliflower. *Note, use one hand for the egg mixture and your other hand for the wet mixture to prevent your fingers from becoming breaded.

how to make Cauliflower Bites

Step three

Heat the air fryer to 375 degrees for about 5 minutes. Once the timer goes off, spray the bottom of the air fryer basket with avocado oil and place the cauliflower in the air fryer keeping them evenly spaced and spread out. Spray the top of the cauliflower with avocado oil.  

Step four

You will need to do this in batches if you have a small air fryer. 

Air fry the cauliflower at 375 degrees F for 15 minutes. Tip: place the cauliflower in the oven on the prepared baking sheet to keep warm if you’re doing this in batches. Once the cauliflower is almost finished, warm the buffalo sauce in a small, glass bowl. This is best done in the microwave. 

Step five

When the cauliflower is finished, drizzle the buffalo sauce over the cauliflower on the prepared baking sheet. Gently toss, ensuring the breading doesn’t fall off. You can stick it back in the air fryer again at 400 degrees for 5 minutes if you like extra crispy cauliflower.

Serve with celery and ranch dressing (we order the Primal Kitchen one from Thrive Market). Enjoy!

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Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Bites (gluten-free)


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A delicious and healthy gluten-free appetizer idea: air fryer buffalo cauliflower bites!

  • Author: Gina Harney // The Fitnessista

Ingredients


Scale

½ Large head of cauliflower cut into florets- bite size

2 eggs, lightly beaten

¾ cup blanched almond or cashew flour

⅓ cup tapioca flour (can sub cassava flour)

1¼ tsp chili powder

¾ tsp paprika

½ tsp onion powder

1 pinch cayenne powder

Hefty pinch of salt

Fresh cracked black pepper

Avocado oil spray- to prevent sticking

½ cup The New Primal Buffalo sauce (mild)

2 tbsp Primal Kitchen Buffalo sauce, plus more for dipping if you like super spicy bites!

1 bunch celery hearts, cleaned & cut into sticks for dipping

¼ c. Primal Kitchen Ranch dressing

Instructions

Step one

Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. One will be used for the raw cauliflower and one for the cooked.

Step two

In a bowl, combine the almond/cashew flour, tapioca or cassava flour, chili powder, paprika, onion, cayenne, salt & pepper.In another small bowl, add the eggs and 2 tbsp water. Add cauliflower to a separate bowl next to the eggs and flour mixture. This is setting up a “breading” station. Dip each cauliflower floret into the egg mixture and fully coat. Roll in the flour mixture, coating and shake off any excess. Place on a baking sheet and repeat with remaining cauliflower. *Note, use one hand for the egg mixture and your other hand for the wet mixture to prevent your fingers from becoming breaded.

Step three

Heat the air fryer to 375 degrees for about 5 minutes. Once the timer goes off, spray the bottom of the air fryer basket with avocado oil and place the cauliflower in the air fryer keeping them evenly spaced and spread out. Spray the top of the cauliflower with avocado oil.

Step four

You will need to do this in batches if you have a small air fryer.

Air fry the cauliflower at 375 degrees F for 15 minutes. Tip: place the cauliflower in the oven on the prepared baking sheet to keep warm if you’re doing this in batches. Once the cauliflower is almost finished, warm the buffalo sauce in a small, glass bowl. This is best done in the microwave.

Step five

When the cauliflower is finished, drizzle the buffalo sauce over the cauliflower on the prepared baking sheet. Gently toss, ensuring the breading doesn’t fall off. You can stick it back in the air fryer again at 400 degrees for 5 minutes if you like extra crispy cauliflower.

Serve with celery and ranch dressing (we order the Primal Kitchen one from Thrive Market). Enjoy!

What are your favorite go-to appetizers? 

Some more of my faves:

This vegan artichoke dip

Kalamata olive dip

Buffalo chicken dip

A giant cheese board

xo

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