Nashville hot cauliflower bites

Overcame my intense fomo of not ever having eaten Nashville hot chicken and made these cauliflower beauties πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯ the texture was so perfect that it really reminded me of chicken tbh - crispy on the outside and nice and soft on the inside! Recipe credit 100p goes to @veganricha

Ingredients

Ingredients
1 medium head of cauliflower chopped into florets<br>
Batter:
1/3 cup (78.67 ml) non dairy milk such as almond or soy milk
1 tsp hot sauce
1/2 tsp (0.5 tsp) garlic powder
1/2 tsp (0.5 tsp) onion powder
1/2 tsp (0.5 tsp) salt
1/4 cup (31.25 g) flour (all purpose, or use rice flour for gluten-free)
3 tbsp starch (I use cornstarch, arrowroot or potato starch works too)
1/2 tsp (0.5 tsp) baking powder
1 tsp oil
Nashville style hot chicken sauce:
1 tbsp oil or melted vegan butter
1/2 tsp (0.5 tsp) cayenne , use 1/4 tsp for less heat
1 tsp black pepper , use 1//2 tsp for less heat
1 tsp sugar or maple syrup
1 tsp sweet paprika , use more if omitting cayenne
2 tbsp hot sauce
1/2 tsp (0.5 tsp) garlic powder
1/2 tsp (0.5 tsp) poultry seasoning ( or use sage + onion powder)
1 tbsp vinegar
1 tbsp water

Instructions

Chop the cauliflower and set aside. Line a baking dish with parchment. Preheat the oven to 425 deg F ( 220 C).
Make the batter by whisking all the ingredients under batter. The batter will start to thicken after half a minute, so work quickly.
Add cauliflower florets and toss well to coat. It will take a minute for the thick batter to coat the florets well. Some uncoated cauliflower edges are ok. Drop on parchment lined baking dish. Spray oil on top. (You can also sprinkle 2-3 tbsp breadcrumbs on the florets in the dish for extra crispyness).
Bake at 425 deg F for 25 mins (35 mins if serving the bites with hot sauce on the side) . In the meantime, make the nashville hot sauce mixture in large bowl. You can double this sauce easily for larger cauliflower.
Remove the dish from the oven and cool for 5 mins. Add the baked cauliflower to the sauce bowl and gently toss to coat.
Drop back into the baking dish and bake for 15 mins or longer at 400 deg F. Β Serve with cooling dips such as vegan ranch and some pickles.