Cauliflower Nuggets (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

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These delicious Cauliflower Nuggets are such a wonderful treat. Cauliflower florets are breaded and oven baked to perfection.

Cauliflower Nuggets (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

The flavor is amazing and they are perfect as an appetizer or smothered with your favorite sauce as a main!

Cauliflower Nuggets (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Feeling for some delicious cauliflower nuggets, these are full of flavor and are also coated with gluten-free breading. My family enjoyed this recipe very much. It is easy to make! I left the yeast flakes as optional for those who are on a yeast free diet but yeast flakes really enhance the flavor!

Cauliflower Nuggets (Vegan, Gluten-Free)These cauliflower nuggets are packed with flavor! They are perfect as an appetizer or as a side dish! The best time to serve them is right away while they are still hot! I prepare them after I have prepared the other dishes on my menu and let them bake while I’m preparing salad, setting the table and doing final preparations before my guests arrive.

Update: I feel so honored because my cauliflower nuggets were included in the menu of the Vegetarian Society of DC (VSDC) Thanksgiving Dinner last year. This event is hosted annually, where vegetarians and non-vegetarians come together to give thanks and enjoy vegetarian dishes.

The event also features an influential keynote speaker and entertainers. I hope to go to this special event someday.


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107 kcal / 447 kJ
4 g
4 g
15 g
Per 100g

Cooking Time

10 min
30 min
Ready in:
50 min
4 servings



  1. Preheat oven 400°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Place cauliflower florets in a bowl, toss with mayonnaise and set aside
  3. In a small bowl combine breading ingredients brown rice flour, yeast flakes, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, Italian seasoning, turmeric powder and mix well.
  4. Dip cauliflower florets in breading and place on baking sheet, repeat until all florets are coated.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes turning halfway. Delicious served with ketchup or barbecue sauce.


Cauliflower Nuggets (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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  1. Barbara Priestley
    November 27, 2019

    I followed this recipe to a tee and even though I haven’t tasted it yet, it smells heavenly baking away in the oven. Thank you for the recipe!

  2. Lauryn
    November 17, 2019

    Is there anything I could substitute the vegan mayo for?

  3. Judith
    July 23, 2019

    I just made it with the shortcut version but used GF bread crumbs. it was excellent. Thanks for the wonderful recipe.

  4. Michelle
    May 21, 2019

    Wow seriously so gooood just killed the entire batch and feeling like doing it again! Wow wow wow, this is now my go to cauliflower wi g recipe, thank you for sharing!!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      May 21, 2019

      Michelle, you are so funny. I’m so happy you enjoyed them. Definitely one of my family’s favorite recipe. Thank you for your feedback.

  5. Allison
    May 5, 2019

    Great recipe! Took a shortcut and poured the breading over the cauliflower and tossed to coat. Didn’t look as perfect as coating them individually, but saved time and still had the same yummy taste. Quick, easy, and flavorful! Thank you for another fantastic recipe to share with my family!

  6. JP
    April 18, 2019

    Loved it! I used almond flour and smoked paprika, soooooo good! Thank you!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      April 18, 2019

      Jp I’m so happy you loved it and thankful it turned out well with your adjustments. Thank you for your feedback.

  7. Rick gertler
    March 10, 2019

    Love the options and the ease of preparation.

  8. Carrie
    February 24, 2019

    So glad to have found this recipe! We used coconut flour instead of rice flour (that’s what we had on hand) and it worked really well! So good! Ate it with a sweet mustard sauce (yellow mustard and maple syrup)… thanks for sharing!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      February 24, 2019

      Carrie, I’m happy it turned out great with your adjustments. Thank you for sharing your result.

  9. Jojo
    January 14, 2019

    I made these for non-vegan friends and it was absolutely delicious. People who hate cauliflower were fighting over who would get more. Everyone complained I made so little. I felt sad because there were no leftovers. It was seriously good stuff. Perfect side to a WFPB lasagne my husband made.

    Thanks you :)

    • Michelle Blackwood
      January 14, 2019

      Jojo, I’m so happy everyone enjoyed it. Thank you for your feedback, I really appreciate it.

  10. Beth S
    September 8, 2018

    I’ve made this several times now and it’s delicious and simple. First time I used rice flour, but after that I used wheat flour, since we’re not GF, and that worked just fine. Even my kids’ friends ate it :-)

    • Michelle Blackwood
      September 8, 2018

      Thank you Beth, I’m so happy you all enjoyed it.

  11. Colleen
    July 5, 2018

    My family LOVES this recipe! We’ve had it every week lately. We double the recipe and eat it as a main course with salad. Tonight I made it with gf panko bread crumbs, because that was what I had, and it was even a notch better. We all like different dipping sauces, but my son swears that gochujang is the very best.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      July 5, 2018

      Thank you Colleen for your feedback, I’m so happy your family loved them. I love your creative ideas and I’m sure our readers will benefit from them.