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Baked Cauliflower Wings | Honey Mustard

These cauliflower wings are baked to perfection and smothered with a gooey sweet honey mustard sauce that will be a hit with plant-eaters and meat-eaters alike!

cauliflower buffalo wings stacked on blue plate with white dip broccoli and carrots

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Cauliflower wings are a favorite dish at my house. We’ve been eating my BBQ Cauliflower Wings for years, and my even my formerly veggie-hating sister loves them.

So, I decided to play around with a new version of them using my Honey Mustard Sauce that we usually serve as a salad dressing and dip. This sauce can be made with honey or a delicious vegan option called Bee-Free Honee that is available on Amazon.

cauliflower buffalo wings stacked on blue plate with broccoli and carrots honey jar and dip in background

They turned out amazing and got two thumbs-up from my husband. He even asked me to add them to the Super Bowl game day snacks. Now, that’s a WIN!

You are going to love these cauliflower wings because they’re…

  • Perfectly sweet
  • Great for game day or parties
  • Crowd-pleasing
  • Super flavorful
  • Simply amazing

How to make cauliflower wings

These baked cauliflower wings are surprisingly simple to make. With only a little effort, you can have these delicious crowd-pleasing vegan cauliflower wings ready for parties, game days, or even just for dinner. We do that a lot!

A full list of ingredients, measurements, instructions, and a print button can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of the page.

Preparing the honey mustard sauce

Making the honey mustard sauce is the first step for preparation of these wings. It is completely egg-free and dairy-free. It’s low-fat and easy to make with only 5 ingredients.

clear bowl of honey mustard sauce with whisk on wood board with squeezed lemon half and empty measuring cups

Ingredients in honey mustard

Simply combine all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk until smooth. Then, it’s ready to be used in this recipe as well as served on garden salads, pasta, bean salad, wraps, and sandwiches.

Prepping the cauliflower

Preheat oven to 450°F and line baking sheet with parchment paper. This makes clean up much easier because clean-up is a breeze.

Cut the cauliflower florets into small bite-size pieces. I like to make mine a little chunky, but you can cut them as small or large as you like.

diced chunks of raw cauliflower on cutting board

I am often asked what knives I use and recommend for cooking, and my favorite brand is Victorinox Swiss Army Cutlery. Yes, that’s the same company that makes the Swiss Army Knife. These knives come with a lifetime guarantee and are very reasonably priced. I absolutely love mine.

Making the batter

For this cauliflower wing batter, you want it to be nice and thick with a little bit of seasoning so it will stick to the caulflower bites.

Combine flour, non-dairy milk, and spices in a bowl, and whisk together. I like to use almond milk but soy and other plant milks work just as well.

thick batter in stainless bowl with chunks of cauliflower

Coat each cauliflower bite in the batter. I simply put a handful of them in the bowl at one time and roll them around until coated.

Pour the dry bread crumbs in a large bowl or even in a gallon-sized storage bag. As you batter each cauliflower bite in the bowl of batter, then toss them into the bread crumbs and roll (or shake if using bag) to coat evenly. I do this in batches.

stainless bowl with bread crumbs and cauliflower chunks

Cooking is a 2-step process

These vegan wings are going to need to go into the oven twice to get the texture and crunch desired.

1st baking step

Place battered and breaded cauliflower bites on a baking sheet and bake for approximately 20 minutes until brown and crispy. You’ll be surprised how crunchy these get.

breaded cauliflower on baking sheet with parchment paper

2nd baking step

While the cauliflower wings are baking, place some of the honey mustard sauce in a medium-size bowl. Remove cauliflower bites from the oven, and dip each piece into the sauce. I use a fork to roll the chunks around.

large baking sheet with cauliflower wings

Once they are coated well in the sauce and placed back on the baking sheet, it’s time to rebake them for another 15-20 minutes.

When they are done, remove from the oven and allow them to cool. Serve warm or even at room temperature.

Rest assured, these cauliflower bites are phenomenal! I promise you won’t be disappointed!

cauliflower buffalo wings on black plate with carrots and celery sticks

Tips for making this recipe

Getting the batter to a pancake-type thickness is important so it will stick to the cauliflower well. If it seems too thick, add a splash of plant milk and whisk to thin it out. If it seems too thin, add a little more flour.

When baking the 1st round, don’t overcook them. Since they will be cooking again on the 2nd round, there’s still plenty of time for them to get tender in the middle.

You can even make the honey mustard sauce a day or more ahead and let it chill to thicken up even more. This isn’t required, but if you want to get a jumpstart on it, even better.

Your Questions Answered:

Q: Are honey mustard caulflower wings vegan?

A: The basic recipe is vegan, and if you use Bee-Free honey instead of regular honey, this dish is completely vegan.

Q: Is this recipe gluten-free?

A: This recipe isn’t gluten-free but could easily be made to be by using gluten-free flour in the batter and choosing GF bread crumbs as well.

Q: How do you store cauliflower wings?

A: These are best when eaten fresh out of the oven, but they do keep well in an airtight container for up to a week. You’ll just want to reheat them in the oven rather than a microwave to help crisp them back up.

Q: Can these be made in a air fryer?

A: Though I haven’t tried it yet, I think an air fryer is a great idea. I would suggest 400°F for about 10 minutes each cycle. If they don’t crisp up enough, just add a little more time in increments.

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cauliflower buffalo wings stacked on blue plate with white dip broccoli and carrots

Cauliflower Wings -- Honey Mustard

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

These cauliflower wings are baked to perfection and smothered with a gooey sweet honey mustard sauce that will be a hit with plant-eaters and meat-eaters alike!

Ingredients

  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 cup whole grain flour.
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp. onion power
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • pinch of cayenne for slight kick
  • bread crumbs, I used Kellogg’s Bread Crumbs

Honey Mustard Sauce

Low-Fat Eggless Mayo

Instructions

Cauliflower Wings

  1. Begin by making the honey mustard sauce as described below.
  2. Preheat oven to 450°F and line baking sheet with parchment paper. This makes clean up much easier because clean-up is a breeze.
  3. Cut the cauliflower florets into small bite-size pieces. I like to make mine a little chunky, but you can cut them as small or large as you like.
  4. For this cauliflower wing batter, you want it to be nice and thick with a little bit of seasoning so it will stick to the cauliflower bites. Combine flour, non-dairy milk, and spices in a bowl, and whisk together.
  5. Coat each cauliflower bite in the batter. I simply put a handful of them in the bowl at one time and roll them around until coated.
  6. Pour the dry bread crumbs in a large bowl or even in a gallon-sized storage bag. As you batter each cauliflower bite in the bowl of batter, then toss them into the bread crumbs and roll (or shake if using bag) to coat evenly. I do this in batches.
  7. These vegan wings are going to need to go into the oven twice to get the texture and crunch desired.
  8. Place battered and breaded cauliflower bites on a baking sheet and bake for approximately 20 minutes, until brown and crispy. You’ll be surprised how crunchy these get.
  9. While the cauliflower wings are baking, place some of the honey mustard sauce in a medium-size bowl. Remove cauliflower bites from the oven, and dip each piece into the sauce. I used a fork to roll the chunks around.
  10. Once they are coated well in the sauce and placed back on the baking sheet, it’s time to rebake them for another 15-20 minutes.
  11. When they are done, remove from the oven and allow them to cool. Serve warm or even at room temperature.


Honey Mustard Sauce

  1. Simply combine all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk until smooth. Then, it’s ready to be used in this recipe as well as served on garden salads, pasta, bean salad, wraps, and sandwiches.


Low-Fat Vegan Mayo

  1. Add all mayo ingredients to a blender and process until smoothes. Pour into an airtight container and store for 7-10 days in the refrigerator.

Notes

Detailed instructions, in-process photos, and my personal helpful tips can be found in the article above.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 257Total Fat: 3gCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 5gSugar: 10gProtein: 10g

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