Vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, raw, oil-free, refined sugar-free, soy-free
Cauliflower is such a great yet underrated vegetable. It is rich in antioxidants and vitamins, especially vitamin C, and low in carbs, fat, and calories. This is certainly not the last cauliflower recipe we will be sharing with you considering how versatile this vegetable is. These yummy cheesy cauliflower bites are great as a snack, appetizer or side dish. We recommend keeping it raw by using a dehydrator but you can also use your oven instead. Don’t feel like cooking? You can simply use the “batter” as a dip, in a wrap, or even in a salad.
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Dehydration time: Approx. 24 hours
Shelf life: a couple of days in a dry place
Makes about 20 bite-size squares
2 cups cauliflower rice (about ½ medium cauliflower)
½ cup soaked cashews
½ cup nutritional yeast
1 tsp cumin
1-2 garlic cloves
1 TBSP fresh parsley
Pinch of salt and pepper
Water depending on consistency
Optional:1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder
- Break apart your cauliflower into florets and cut into smaller pieces if necessary then wash it.
- Transfer the cauliflower in a blender or food processor and pulse.
- After a couple of pulses, you should end up with something that looks like couscous or short=grain rice.
- Transfer the cauliflower rice into a bowl
- Put all cashew cream ingredients in the blender and mix till creamy. You may add some water if the mixture is not smooth enough. Dry cashews can be used, but we recommend soaking them in advance.
- Add to the cauliflower and mix manually.
- Dehydrate your bites following one the methods below:
- In a dehydrator:
a- With a mold: If you are using a mold, like this Bite-Size Brownie Squares Mold, fill your mold and put it in the dehydrator for about 3 hours or until you can pop out the bites. Then put them back directly on the rack. Dehydrate for another 3 hours for a chewy texture. If you prefer them to be crunchier, dehydrate for about 24 hours in total.
b- Without a mold: Cover your rack with a parchment paper and spread your batter on it. The thinner your layer is, the crunchier the result will be. Dehydrate for 2-3 hours or until you can cut the batter into smaller bites. Once you cut it, put them back on the rack for a couple more hours.
- In an oven
The process is the same as using a dehydrator but the cooking time will be much less. Turn on your oven at the lowest temperature and keep it a bit open to allow for some air circulation. You can even add a fan in front of it if you have one. Check on your bites every 30 minutes until they are ready.
The fun thing with this recipe is that you can have fun and play with the flavors by adding different spices or herbs. Make a smoky flavor with smoked paprika, let your taste buds guide you!
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