Let's face it, when someone first makes the decision to go vegan, they typically expect most of their meals to consist of salads, bean burgers, pastas, and soy based "meat dishes". However, this healthy vegan twist on a dish that's no where near vegan or healthy is a nice way for animal lovers and health advocates everywhere to change things up!
I found this recipe on a site called gluten free vegan girl, which is a healthy vegan blog ran by a wonderful and talented young lady. All of her stuff is awesome, vegan, and healthy... plus gluten free! I have a link to her blog listed under my blog roll, I highly recommend you go by and check out all of her recipes, because they are awesome!
Okay, so anyhow, on to this awesome recipe!
You will need:
1 Large head of cauliflower
1 Cup total of flour (I used half cornmeal half brown rice flour)
1 Cup any non-dairy milk
1 TBSP Garlic powder
1 TBSP Onion powder
About 2 cups Vegan BBQ Sauce (recipe to follow)
First, you are going to want to preheat your over to 450 degrees. Then you will want to wash and cut your cauliflower into smaller pieces. I typically cut most of the stem part off and only use the cauliflower heads because that's the part I like, but you can use whatever parts you want. In a large mixing bowl you will want to combine the flour, milk, garlic and onion powders until you get a well mixed batter.
Then, just pour in the cauliflower and carefully mix until every piece is evenly coated. Place coated cauliflower on a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes. While the cauliflower is baking, you can start on making your BBQ sauce.
BBQ Sauce ingredients
1/2 Cup non-dairy milk
1/2 Cup dates
1/2 Cup yellow mustard
3 TBSP Braggs liquid Aminos
1/2 Cup canned tomato paste
Place dates, milk, and liquid aminos in a blender and blend until dates are completely blended (this might take a little time and work). Pour mixture into a small bowl, then stir in tomato paste and mustard until it becomes thick and evenly mixed. Once your wings are done baking (the batter will be crispy on the outside), remove them from the oven and let cool for a few minutes. Then just use a spatula to move them back into a large bowl, and coat them with the BBQ sauce.
Move the wings back to the baking pan, and bake another 20 minutes or until the outsides become slightly crispy. Let them cool on the pan for a little while (although it will be hard because they smell amazing!) Then transfer to your plate and enjoy!
This recipe makes about 2-3 servings, but I devoured the entire delicious batch within about an hour because they were so wonderful! I hope everyone else enjoys this recipe as much as I did!