Warm, salty and “breaded” cauliflower poppers are baked to crispy perfection and dipped in a cool and creamy vegan garlic cilantro lime sauce.  Instead of using traditional frying/breading methods, this recipe is oven-baked and uses ground-up pea crisps which provide a bit of plant-based protein in every bite.  You’re going to love this veggie-forward appetizer that is gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free and nut-free. 

Crispy Cauliflower Poppers Close Up Shot

These vegan and gluten-free baked crispy cauliflower poppers are healthier than your average appetizer.  I always love a flavorful plant-based recipe that is perfect for serving on game day or at any party.  It always surprises people when they realize they are enjoying something delicious AND nutritious. 

Crispy Cauliflower Poppers

The cauliflower florets crisp up perfectly in the oven when coated with the ground-up pea crisps.

Harvest Snaps Pea Crisps 

They are highly addictive (especially with the sauce) where each bite somehow leads to the next.  You might want to double or triple the recipe depending on your crowd.

Vegan Crispy Cauliflower Poppers

All you need for these vegan and gluten-free baked crispy cauliflower poppers is:

  1. cauliflower
  2. Harvest Snaps Green Pea Snack Crisps – lightly salted variety (you can find them in the produce aisle at your local grocery store)
  3. arrowroot powder
  4. water
  5. flaky sea salt

The cauliflower florets are “breaded” with ground-up pea crisps after being dredged in a slurry made from arrowroot powder and water.  Once the cauliflower florets are fully coated, everything goes into the oven and out comes the crispiest little bite-sized appetizer.  I sprinkle the flaky sea salt on top and garnish with cilantro.  Then I dip each warm and crispy cauliflower popper into this cool and flavorful Creamy Vegan Garlic Cilantro Lime Sauce.  The combination is beyond delicious.  You will keep going back for more and more until suddenly the entire head of cauliflower is gone.  Or maybe that is just me!

Vegan Crispy Cauliflower Appetizer

What are the health benefits of cauliflower?

Raw Cauliflower Florets

Cauliflower is a powerhouse vegetable that is low in calories while offering dietary fiber, vitamin C, and folic acid.  This recipe is a delicious way to get more cauliflower into your diet without it feeling like a chore.  Here, I used a head of white cauliflower but you could swap it for orange cauliflower, purple cauliflower or even romanesco.  

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Crispy Cauliflower Poppers

Want more cauliflower recipes in your life?

Try these cauliflower recipes that I love:

Crispy Breaded Cauliflower Poppers

Let’s Make These Baked Crispy Cauliflower Poppers Happen!

This recipe has been my go-to game-day food and party appetizer. Everyone loves the warm, salty and crispy “breaded” cauliflower bites dipped in the cool and creamy lime cilantro sauce.  The entire situation is incredibly addictive.  I really can eat an entire head of cauliflower in one sitting when it is prepared this way.  I cannot wait for you to give this one a try!

Now, let’s get baking!

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Vegan and Gluten-Free Baked Crispy Cauliflower Poppers


  • Author: Elaine Gordon
  • Prep Time: 7
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 37