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plate of cauliflower gnocchi with pesto and cauliflower mash

Better Than Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi (Vegan, Paleo, Gluten Free)

  • Author: thebananadiaries
  • Prep Time: 25
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Italian


Better than Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi that’s incredibly easy to make, Paleo, Vegan, and gluten free, and perfect for families or a healthy meal prep to any weeknight dinner!


  • 1 1/2 cups steamed cauliflower mash (see notes)
  • 1 1/2 cups cassava flour
  • 1/3 cup arrowroot powder, can sub in potato starch
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • Optional: 1/3 cup rosemary, basil, or favorite herb


  1. Steam the cauliflower until it’s soft enough to mash. You can do this either view stovetop, with a little water in a pan and covering the cauliflower while it cooks on medium/low heat, or in the microwave.
  2. Next, place the cauliflower (and optional herbs) into a food processor, and blend until it’s a puree. It should be smooth with no clumps.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the cauliflower puree with cassava flour, arrowroot powder, and sea salt. Mix with a silicone spatula or spoon until it forms a dough. It should basically resemble a bread dough.
  4. Set the bowl aside, and bring a large pot of water to a boil. While the water is heating up, start to make your gnocchi.
  5. Divide the dough into 4 parts (they don’t have to be precisely even), and flour a clean surface using extra cassava flour. 
  6.  Roll 1/4 of the dough into a long stick, and slice about 1″ wide gnocchi. They don’t have to be exactly precise.
  7. Repeat for the remaining dough, then bring them to the pot to boil.
  8. Once the water is boiling, add a little olive oil (about 1 tsp) to the water to help the gnocchi from sticking together, and give the water a big stir so it creates a spiral. Carefully, lower up to 10 gnocchi into the spinning water and let them cook until they rise to the top of the water. That’s when they’re ready to be removed.
  9. Remove the gnocchi from the water and place onto a clean plate. Repeat these steps for the remaining gnocchi.
  10. Serve with your favorite sauce and protein, and enjoy!

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