Cauliflower Popcorn, Your New Favorite Snack
I need a show of hands, people: who needs to chow down on some delicious snacks right now? Please keep your hand up if you need the snacks to be healthy. Both hands up now farther up if you also want the snack easy-to-make?
I’ve got you. This is my new Netflix-watching favorite nibble. I’ve even convinced my husband (and semi-convinced my 13-year-old) of its deliciousness.
It’s my 2-ingredient Almond Flour Cauliflower Popcorn. It’s so good, and just like regular popcorn, you can flavor it in countless ways (e.g., herbs, cheezi-ness, sriracha, spices, and so much more).
Here’s what you need:
(1) One medium head of cauliflower
Trim off the leaves and stem and the cut or break the cauliflower into small, popcorn size florets.
(2) 3/4 cup (84 grams) of almond flour
The recipe works just as well with almond meal, so use what you have on hand or prefer.
You will also need some water. I am making the assumption that you have running water, so I’m not including that in the ingredients :). I am a bit of a salt fiend, so I like to add between 1/4 t0 1/2 teaspoon salt, but it is up to you how much, or if you want to add any at all. Go with our own personal tastes and dietary needs.
How to Make Oil-Free Cauliflower Popcorn
Step One: Preheat Oven & Prepare Baking Sheet
Preheat the oven to 450F (225C).
You can place the cauliflower pieces on a rack on rack set inside of a baking sheet, as I’ve done in the photos below, but honestly…baking the cauliflower directly on the baking sheet yields the same result (I made and ate several batches just to be sure :)).
Be sure to lightly spritz the baking sheet or rack with nonstick spray beforehand.
Step Two: Whisk the Batter
You don’t need any oil in this recipe because the fat in the almonds provides the subtle crunch and crispiness at the edges once the cauliflower is baked.
Step Three: Coat the Cauliflower
Add half of the cauliflower at a time to the bowl. Use your hands to rub the batter evenly over the cauliflower pieces to coat.
Step Four: Bake
Slide the baking sheet into the preheated oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes until golden brown.
Step Five: Eat!
Put other chores aside and let the snacking begin!
Now cue up the next episode of your favorite show and snack to your good health. Happy eating!