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 1: Whisk the batter
In a large bowl, whisk the almond flour with 2/3 cup (150 mL) water. If you are adding salt, start with 1/8 teaspoon; give the batter a taste and add more if you like (I like!).
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 2: Add cauliflower to batter, tossing to coat
I added half of the cauliflower at a time to the bowl. Use your hands to rub the batter evenly over the cauliflower pieces to coat.
You can place the cauliflower pieces on a rack on rack set inside of a baking sheet, as I;ve done here, but honestly…baking the cauliflwoer direclty on the baking sheet yields the same result (Imade and ate several batches jus to be sure :)).
Be sure to lightly spritz the baking sheet or rack with nonstick spray beforehand.
Step 3: Bake for 25 to 30 minutes at 450F (225C)
Slide the baking sheet into a preheated oven (450F/225C) and bake for 25 to 30 minutes until golden brown.
Step 4: 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!
- Preheat oven to 450F (225C). Lightly spritz a large rimmed baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, whisk the almond flour, water and (optional) salt until blended.
- Add 1/2 of the cauliflower to bowl, tossing to coat (use hands to rub the almond batter into the cauliflower pieces). Place coated pieces on prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining cauliflower (note: if any batter solids remain in bowl; rub over the top of the cauliflower).
- Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes until golden brown (check early to avoid burning).
- Serve immediately.
Variations: Add spices, herbs (dried or chopped fresh), black pepper, hot sauce, nutritional yeast (1 to 3 tablespoons, for cheesey flavor), or any other flavor you like to the batter before coating the cauliflower.
Note: I calculated the nutrition without the addition of salt (given that it is optional/variable)
- Category: Snack
- Method: Baking
- Serving Size: 1 cup
- Calories: 102
- Sugar: 2.3 g
- Sodium: 28.8 mg
- Fat: 7.2 g
- Saturated Fat: 0.5 g
- Carbohydrates: 8 g
- Fiber: 3.9 g
- Protein: 4.9 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
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