Cauliflower-Pecan-Poppers

Cauliflower Pecan Poppers

Submitted by: Dawn Jackson Blatner, RDN

Eating vegetables has never been more fun. Swap the typical white flour breading for a superfood breading made with pecans for a power-packed side dish or snack.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup raw pecan halves or pieces
  • 1/4 cup brown rice flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets (about 6 cups)

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. In a food processor, pulse pecans into a flour-like consistency (careful not to turn into butter).
  3. In a large bowl, mix together pecan “flour,” brown rice flour, 1/4 teaspoon salt, paprika, garlic powder, and black pepper. Add water and mix into a batter-consistency.
  4. Add cauliflower florets to bowl and toss to coat until all of the batter is used.
  5. Place on parchment-lined baking sheet and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes, remove from oven and flip florets, and bake an additional 10 minutes, until golden.
  7. Serve as is or with a side of hot sauce, marinara, or ranch. Makes 6 cups of pecan poppers.

*Recipe note: This pecan breading works for cauliflower, but also works for chicken, fish or other veggies.

Nutrition facts

Calories

80

Fat

6g

Sat Fat

.5g

Sodium

190mg

Carbs

7g

Fiber

2g

Protein

2g

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