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    Easy Vegan Cauliflower Wings

    These delicious & easy vegan air fryer cauliflower wings are a definite finger food staple in our household and easily made in your oven or air fryer.

    Perfectly crunchy on the outside – and oh-so-delicious when dunked into our favourite dips! I think this simple Vegan Cauliflower Wings Recipe is the ultimate finger food and I love making these for Netflix nights, dinner parties or simply as a treat for dinner. They’re simply so more-ish, no matter the occasion, you’ll be wanting more of these delicious goodies!

    For this recipe I’ve only used cupboard staples that you can easily get from any supermarket – it makes this recipe super easy to re-create as there are no complicated ingredients included. There are 3 main parts to this recipe: the cauliflower florets, the batter & the breadcrumb coating and as you will see I like to prepare these easy vegan cauliflower wings in the oven instead of a deep fryer. I used to deep-fry these wings, but very quickly realised that the crunchy outside gets soggy after sitting aside for 10 minutes and they come out at least just as tasty in the oven.

    The exact amounts for the batter and coating depend on the size of your cauliflower. Just for reference: I’ve used a medium-size head of cauliflower for this recipe. If you end up with any batter leftovers, don’t worry – they’re perfect for some veg or you can also use the cauliflower stem and make it crisp up deliciously in the oven.

    What you’ll need to make these Cauliflower Wings


    • Cauliflower

    For the batter:

    • Chickpea flour
    • Smoked paprika powder
    • Turmeric powder
    • Black pepper
    • Chilli powder
    • Plant milk (I used soy)

    For the breadcrumbs mix:

    • Panko breadcrumbs
    • Sea salt
    • Black pepper
    • Smoked paprika powder

    For the seasoning:

    I love to use a lot of seasoning in both batter and breadcrumb mix to create these delicious little bites full of flavour! Personally, I enjoy these easy vegan cauliflower wings with a slightly smoky flavour, hence I like to use smoked paprika powder in both my batter as well as breadcrumbs mixture. To add a little bit of a tang, I like to add chilli powder – if you’re however on the totally mild side you can leave this out, or if you like it spicy, you can go to town with the chilli seasoning.


    • Oven or air fryer
    • oven tray
    • mixing bowls

    How to make Easy Cauliflower Wings

    Firstly you’ll want to wash your cauliflower and cut off each floret. If you’ve got any leftover cauliflower stem, this will be just as good for the recipe if you’ve got any spare batter at the end so try not to waste it! 

    Next, you need to blend your batter, which you can do firstly by combining all your dry ingredients in a medium-sized bowl before slowly pouring in the plant milk and whisk it until you’re left with a thick liquid. 

    Now, in a different bowl mix up the Panko breadcrumbs, sea salt, black pepper and smoked paprika powder. 

    Set the breadcrumb mix aside, line a baking tray with a baking sheet and preheat your oven to 180ºC. 

    Now that you have all your ingredients ready, dip each cauliflower floret into the batter and let it drip off for five seconds or so before dropping it into the breadcrumbs mix and making sure it’s completely covered in breadcrumbs. All you have to do now is put it on the parking tray and repeat until all your florets are ready to be cooked. 

    Cook your cauli wings for 12-15 minutes at 180ºC in the oven or for 8-10 minutes in your air fryer. Once they’re ready just take them out and serve with the sauce of your choice! I usually have these with tomato ketchup or a simple vegan yogurt dip but it would work just as well with BBQ sauce or vegan ranch dressing

    How to easily make these Cauliflower Wings gluten-free

    As this recipe uses breadcrumbs, it is not gluten-free in itself, there are however a couple of things you can do to easily adjust it:

    1. Make sure to only use chickpea (gram) flour or gluten-free alternatives.
    2. Replace the breadcrumbs with either gluten-free breadcrumbs or a mixture of gluten-free oats, flaxseed, hemp seeds

    With these replacements, the outer layer of these cauliflower wings will still get crunchy whilst being perfectly gluten-free.

    This recipe is:

    • vegan
    • more-ish
    • tasty
    • a delicious nibble
    • great for dipping
    • low fat
    • as spicy as you like it
    • the perfect finger food!
    • easy to make gluten free
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    Easy Vegan Cauliflower Wings

    Air Fryer Cauliflower Wings

    • Author: romylondonuk
    • Prep Time: 15
    • Cook Time: 15
    • Total Time: 30 minutes
    • Yield: 4 1x
    • Category: Fingerfood
    • Method: Baked
    • Cuisine: American
    • Diet: Vegan


    These super easy vegan cauliflower wings are a staple favourite in our household – super bowl, dinner parties, Netflix night – you name it! It’s the perfect vegan finger food for so many occasions and you can be sure that people will be asking for more!

    This recipe uses only simple ingredients from your pantry and it’s easily adjustable if you’re missing one (unless it’s the cauliflower that’s missing, that might be a tricky one! ;)).


    • 1 medium-size head of cauliflower (about 600 g)

    For the batter:

    • 4 tbsp chickpea flour
    • 2 tsp smoked paprika powder
    • 1 tsp turmeric powder
    • 1 tsp black pepper
    • 1 tsp chilli powder
    • 58 tbsp plant milk, enough to result in a thick but runny texture (I used soy)

    For the breadcrumbs mix:

    • 6 tbsp panko breadcrumbs
    • 1 tsp sea salt
    • 1 tsp black pepper
    • 2 tsp smoked paprika powder


    1. Start by washing your cauliflower & cutting it into separate florets. Don’t waste the stem of your cauliflower – this is just as perfectly tasty and it’s great to use up any leftover batter.
    2. Blend up your batter: First, combine all the dry ingredients in a medium-size bowl, then slowly pour in the plant milk and whisk until you get a thick but liquid texture.
    3. In a separate bowl combine the breadcrumbs mix.
    4. Line a baking tray and preheat your oven to 180ºC.
    5. Dip each cauliflower floret into the batter, let it drip off gently for about 5 seconds, then drop it into the breadcrumbs mix and cover it all around. Place on the baking tray and repeat with the rest of the cauliflower florets.
    6. Place the tray in the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes at 180ºC. Alternatively, place them into your air fryer for 8-10 minutes until golden and crunchy.
    7. Serve with organic tomato ketchup or a simple yogurt dip. Enjoy!


    The amount of batter and breadcrumbs you will need very much depends on the size of your cauliflower and it’s florets. For reference I’ve used a medium size head of cauliflower on this occasion. If you have leftover batter/breadcrumbs you can use it for leftover veggies such as broccoli, carrots, asparagus, and even aubergines (eggplant) & potato!

    If you don’t have any chickpea flour to hand, you can substitute it with regular plain flour. (Or do a 50/50 if you don’t have enough of either)


    • Serving Size: per quarter
    • Calories: 73
    • Sugar: 3.8
    • Sodium: 665.9
    • Fat: 1.5
    • Saturated Fat: 0.3
    • Unsaturated Fat: 1.2
    • Trans Fat: 0
    • Carbohydrates: 13.7
    • Fiber: 5.1
    • Protein: 4.9
    • Cholesterol: 0

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