Vegan cauliflower cheese bites, made in a mini muffin tin with only 4 ingredients. They are gluten-free and can be made oil-free, too. Perfect for snacks and appetizers!
Let’s get right to it.
Snacks. I need snacks, you need snacks, we all need snacks.
Vegetable snacks? I am all for it. But it’s hard to cozy up to a plate of baby carrots and celery sticks on a cold, dark, February day.
Talk about yum. And ease. And all-around appeal! They are:
- Vegan (egg-free and dairy-free)
- Oil-free option
- Made with 4 ingredients
- Ready in under 30 minutes
- Low calorie (22 calories each)
Despite their heartiness, each mini has a mere 22 calories, so you can munch a bunch (which you will want to do). Take that, crudité. :).
Ingredients for Vegan Cauliflower Cheese Bites
The exact amounts of each ingredient are indicated in the recipe card at the end of the post.
Here is what you need to get these in the oven: (
- about half of a head of cauliflower
- chickpea flour
- nutritional yeast
- olive oil (or your favorite oil, OR a tablespoon of nondairy milk )
You will need a bit of water, salt & pepper, too.
Step by Step Instructions for Vegan Cauliflower Cheese Bites
Note that the complete directions are also in the recipe card below.
Step One: Preheat Oven & Prepare Pan
Preheat the oven to 400F (200C). Spray or grease 18 cups of a mini muffin tin.
Step Two: Whisk Everything Except Cauliflower
Step Three: Add the Cauliflower
Add the cauliflower and toss to combine. The batter will just coat the cauliflower, with a bit of extra in the bottom of the bowl.
Step Four: Portion into Prepared Pan
Divide the mixture between 1the 8 well-greased or sprayed mini muffin cups.
These will definitely stick if you do not coat the cups (been there, done that). Alternatively, line the cups with paper or foil liners. Be sure to scoop any remaining batter at the bottom of the bowl over the portions in the cup.
Step Five: Bake
Bake in the preheated oven for about 15 to 18 minutes until golden brown.
Serve warm or cool completely.
Here is the snack-worthy result!
Can I Add Additional Flavors?
You can add any and all kinds of additional flavors to the basic recipe. For example, herbs (chopped fresh or dried; rosemary or Italian seasoning are always good choices), a smidge of mustard (to add a subtle sharpness to the cheese flavor), or spices (e.g., chile powder, smoked paprika, cumin, curry powder).
Can I Make these with a Different Vegetable?
Yes. These little snacks can be made with broccoli, too. It is also an excellent way to use up cauliflower or broccoli stems. Just be sure to finely chop the stems (a bit more so than the florets) before adding to the batter.
Is There a Substitute for Chickpea Flour?
No, this particular recipe needs to be made with chickpea flour.
These keep well–refrigerator or freezer–and are tasty warm (you can re-warm in the microwave for a few seconds), room temperature, or cold.