A delicious low-carb side dish or appetizer, these shake ‘n bake cauliflower bites are easy to make and super tasty! Paleo, Whole30, vegan, keto.
A healthy alternative to shake ‘n bake chicken.
Awhile back, I posted a recipe for shake ‘n bake chicken, and it’s still one of my favorite ways to prepare and enjoy chicken. However, I am not consuming much meat right now, due to health challenges, but I was really craving shake ‘n bake!
I decided to try making my beloved shake ‘n bake into cauliflower bites, because well, why not?
These are flavorful, salty and oh so delicious! For anyone who wants to enjoy shake ‘n bake without all the meat, here is the answer to your prayers.
Delicious and easy to make!
The recipe is quite simple to make. You’ll need cauliflower chopped into small evenly-sized florets. The key here is to get them all roughly the same size, so they will cook evenly.
Add the cauliflower to a bowl and toss with olive or coconut oil to coat evenly.
For the shake ‘n bake, you’ll need almond flour, salt, paprika, garlic powder and ground pepper. Add these all to a bowl and mix. Sprinkle the seasoning over the cauliflower a little at a time. You want the seasoning to evenly coat the cauliflower, so add a little, then mix before adding more.
Lay the coated cauliflower out on a baking sheet in a single layer. Toss into the oven until the cauliflower is soft and the edges begin to brown.
Can I use coconut flour, or another type of flour in this recipe?
You certainly can, just know that the taste and texture will be different. I find for this recipe, that a course flour works best, so it mimics the breadcrumbs in traditional shake ‘n bake. But if you experiment and find something that works, please let me know below!
That’s so much salt! Can I reduce it at all?
Yes, I know. I usually don’t add this much salt to my meals, but this recipe tries to replicate shake ‘n bake from the box. You can cut the amount of salt in half (3/4 teaspoon), and increase the garlic powder a bit (to 1.5 teaspoons or so). That should be similar in taste, but not as heavy on the salt.
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Shake ‘N Bake Cauliflower Bites
- 1 large head cauliflower chopped into small florets, even in size works best so they cook evenly
- 2 tablespoons olive oil or melted coconut oil
- 1/4 cup almond flour or meal course ground almond flour works best (30 g)
- 1-1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tsp paprika
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- Preheat oven to 400F.
- Add cauliflower florets (small florets work best) to a bowl and sprinkle with olive or coconut oil. Toss to coat.
- To a separate bowl, add almond flour, salt, paprika, garlic powder and pepper. Stir to mix.
- Sprinkle seasoning mixture on top of the cauliflower a little at a time. Stir to coat. Repeat until all mixture is added and evenly coats the cauliflower.
- Spread onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the cauliflower is fork tender. Smaller florets may cook sooner, and larger florets might need longer. Check around the 20 minute mark to ensure they do not overcook.
Would corn meal work?
Hi Maryann, I think that corn meal would work. Breadcrumbs would also be a good substitute.