Easy and kid friendly vegan cauliflower nuggets that are packed with plant based protein, grain free, gluten free, and soy free!

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Okay get ready for this one. Vegan. Gluten free. Grain free. Soy free. Cauliflower nuggets…that taste better than the real deal.

I didn’t think it was possible, trust me, but more and more I’m realizing truly anything is possible!

vegan cauliflower nugget on plate

Your mind is about to be blown by how delicious, easy, kid friendly, and fun these homemade cauliflower nuggets are! Plus they’re packed with over 15 grams of plant based protein per serving.

I mean, if that’s not something to write home about, then I don’t know what is!

The ultimate homemade soy free vegan nuggets recipe

These cauliflower nuggets are the best, whether you’re in a rush to get dinner going for the kids, you’re meal prepping a healthy vegan comfort food for dinner throughout the week, or you’re bringing these nuggets to a summer barbecue (hey, vegans can eat too ya know! 😉 ).

Plus they’re made with the simplest of ingredients:

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Yes, you read that right! Today’s recipe is in collaboration with Plant Snacks, a grain free vegan chip made from the cassava root! They’re truly one of my favorite snacks, but I thought why not level it up and use chips in a wholesome comfort food recipe?

plate of vegan cauliflower chicken nuggets

And no, this is not just breaded cauliflower- trust me, it’s way better! We’ll start by pureeing the cauliflower and making it into a dough that we’ll then mold into the nuggets.

It’s a fantastic way to not only get some extra plant based protein in, but also have an allergy friendly healthier option for kids and adults that adds more veggies to their meal!

plate of soy free vegan chicken nuggets

How to make Cauliflower Nuggets Step by Step

These soy free vegan chicken nuggets are so incredibly easy to make and they’re ready in 30 minutes max, which makes them a perfect weeknight meal or meal prep dinner recipe to have throughout the week!

cauliflower nugget with bite taken from it

Before we start, you’ll just need to grease a baking sheet with coconut oil, preheat your oven, and make sure that your Plant Snacks Sea Salt Cassava Root Chips are mashed into bread crumbs or a powder (whichever you prefer).

bowl of bread crumbs

Let’s walk through the steps:

  1. First, you’ll need to steam the cauliflower rice, then puree it into a mash, like below.

2. Next, you’ll add in the cassava flour, pea protein powder, sea salt, and cumin, and blend everything together.

Cauliflower nugget dough

3. Then, you’ll use a spoon to form the cauliflower dough into nuggets, dip them into the bread crumb bowl, and lay them onto a baking sheet.

4. Finally, you’ll bake the soy free vegan nuggets, flipping them over after 10 minutes, then serve!

Vegan Cauliflower nuggets on baking tray

How fun and simple is this recipe?

Serve with your favorite no-sugar-added ketchup or whichever dipping sauce you prefer, a little squeeze of lemon and enjoy!

hand dipping the nuggets into ketchup

These are perfect for summer nights as a fun appetizer or main dish at a barbecue as a vegan option, or even a weeknight meal for kids.

plate of vegan nuggets

I hope you love these cauliflower nuggets as much as I do! If you make the recipe, be sure to let me know how it went in the comments section below.

As always, I love to see your beautiful creations on Instagram and Pinterest, so be sure to tag me there!

Happy nugget baking!

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Cauliflower Nuggets (Vegan, Gluten Free, Grain Free)

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  • Author: thebananadiaries
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 5 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


Easy and kid friendly vegan cauliflower nuggets that are packed with plant based protein, grain free, gluten free, and soy free!


  • 16 ounces cauliflower rice (plus 1/4 cup water for steaming)
  • 1 1/3 cup cassava flour
  • 1/2 cup pea protein, plain
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons finely ground sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 4 cups Plant Snacks Sea Salt Cassava Root Chips
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 375F and grease a baking sheet with coconut oil.
  2. In a medium saute pan, steam the cauliflower rice with the water, covered on medium-low heat. Steam the rice for about 7 minutes or until soft and translucent. Remove from heat and allow the rice to cool for 5 minutes.
  3. Transfer the cauliflower rice to a large food processor. Pulse the food processor until the cauliflower rice becomes a puree.
  4. Add in the cassava flour, pea protein, sea salt and cumin, and pulse again until the cauliflower mixture becomes a sticky dough. Set aside.
  5. In a large bag or in a blender, smash or blend the Plant Snacks Sea Salt Cassava Root Chips into a a bread-crumb texture or a fine powder, whichever you prefer. Transfer the bread crumbs to a large bowl.
  6. Use a spoon to scoop about 2 tablespoons of cauliflower dough and roll it with your hands into an nugget shape. Dip the nugget into the bread crumb bowl, coating both sides evenly. Place the nugget onto the baking sheet and repeat to make 20 nugget or until you’re finished with the dough.
  7. Place the baking sheet into the oven to bake for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, carefully flip each nugget onto the other side to continue browning for another 10 minutes.
  8. Remove from the oven and let cool before serving.


  • Serving Size: 4 cauliflower nuggets
  • Calories: 324
  • Sugar: 3.6 g
  • Sodium: 119 mg
  • Fat: 8.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 44.9 g
  • Protein: 15.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
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