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BBQ~Buffalo Cauli Bites in a Cashew Cream Sauce

Think plant-based food is boring? Lacks flavor? Kids won't go near it? Won't fill you up? I'm here to enlighten + excite that mindset!
Or, perhaps you're already on to how GOOD (+ easy!) plant-based foods can be and want to freshen up that recipe list. 
If you're like me, you've dabbled in plant-based. For the animals. For the environment. For inflammation. For weight. For skin. For more REAL FOODS in the kitchen vs. processed.
But even though I can testify to feeling MY BEST on those attempts, they remained short-lived. I cannot tell you how many "buffalo cauliflower" recipes I've seen in searches, felt overwhelmed, and promptly stuck the kids' frozen nuggets in the oven.
It's all part of the process and journey to wellness. If a seed is planted, and you keep returning to it (pun intended), you'll likely end up on that path your soul is calling in time.
BUT, this is not solely for strict vegans or vegetarians or yoga teacher training students learning allllllllll the things (oh hi!). It's for a substitute in your kitchen every so often. For playing and getting more comfortable with real whole foods. For having that recipe on hand when someone with dietary restrictions visits. For slowly but surely starting to keep those staple ingredients on hand. To practice. To make it become a habit. 
ON TO THE RECIPES!!
This one is two-fold that you can use separately for so many uses OR TOGETHER for major YUM vibes. Don't be afraid to play with these and make them your OWN.
They are vegan, dairy-free, + gluten-free (but certainly don't have to be):
BBQ BUFFALO CAULI BITES:
this served 2 of us well while letting the kids dabble but left no leftovers. DOUBLE FOR THE FAM OR GUESTS
ingredients:

¾ cup almond flour
1 teaspoon paprika
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon pepper
¾ cup unsweetened unflavored almond milk
1 head cauliflower
¼ cup bbq sauce with a splash of hot sauce or sriracha
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon honey
the process: 
  1. preheat the oven to 450˚F (230˚C). line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.
  2. in a large bowl, add the flour, paprika, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and milk, and stir until blended together nicely.
  3. chop the head of the cauliflower into florets, about 1½-inches wide. add the cauliflower florets to the batter, trying to coat each piece well. arrange the coated cauliflower on the baking sheet. bake for 20 minutes, flipping halfway.
  4. meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the bbq/buffalo/hot sauces of choice, oil, and honey and stir until evenly combined. brush the buffalo sauce mixture on the cauliflower and bake for another 20 minutes.
  5. ENJOY YOUR CREATION + SHARE IT!

CASHEW CREAM SAUCE:

DOUBLE FOR LEFTOVER USE!

ingredients:

1 cup raw cashews (soak overnight if you don't have a food processor or very high powered blender-makes it much easier to blend!)

1/2 cup water

2 T olive oil

2 T lemon juice

1 garlic clove peeled or minced from the jar

1/2 t sea salt

the process:
1. BLEND ALL BEAUTIFULLY TOGETHER!
(that's it that your process:)
  • serve over your bites with a side of something COOLing such as cucumbers and celery
  • use as a ranch replacement
  • add to your fav bean enchiladas
see how easy this is??
Now go smile that you've eaten some plants and give them a heck of a lot of gratitude!
XO

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