Cauliflower Popcorn Bites

  • Servings : 6
  • Prep Time : 4m
  • Cook Time : 30m
  • Ready In : 50m

Cauliflower Popcorn Bites don’t really taste like popcorn, but they do look a little like it and they are moreish and yummy. So, that’s good enough, I think. The weather in Sydney has been non-stop rain for a week. We are all well and truly over it but one positive is that I like to experiment in the kitchen, and, Harry just loves to “help”. We came up with these little popcorn-looking bites when I was craving popcorn and knew I wouldn’t be able to get away with eating it in front of Harry.

My sister and Mum made a batch too, and both loved it.

Nutrition note:  The humble cauliflower contains many important naturally occurring plant chemicals (phytochemicals) that work to protect the body from damage and disease. There’s nothing like a bit of spice to add flavour and fun to this everyday veg.

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  • 1 head of cauliflower (around 2 cups)
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (or any cooking oil)
  • 1/2 tsp smoked or sweet paprika
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • Pinch of cinnamon (optional for sweetness)
  • Pinch of salt and pepper (optional depending on age)


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 180-200°C (depending on your oven strength). Prepare a large oven tray by lining with baking paper. -

Step 2

Break the cauliflower into small popcorn sized pieces. -

Step 3

Toss the cauliflower in oil and spices. -

Step 4

Spread the cauliflower evenly over the baking tray. Bake for around 20 minutes, then toss, and bake for a further 15 or until golden brown and crispy. -

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Recipe Comments

  1. posted by The Hungry Mum on July 4, 2013

    what a delicious & simple idea – will have to try this. #yum

  2. posted by Jessica on October 29, 2013

    These have been a hit with my 9 month old fussy eater. Thanks

    • posted by Allie on October 29, 2013

      Thanks for the feedback Jessica 🙂 Ax

  3. posted by Debbie Mauder Reinbolt on December 30, 2013

    I just made these. I’d like to point out that one head of cauliflower makes a LOT more than 2 cups. Also, I set my oven at 400 degrees F and they took a lot more time to become crispy. As a matter of fact, they’ve been in my oven for 45 minutes so far and they’re not crispy yet. But I took a quick taste and they’re very good! So this recipe is a keeper, with a couple changes.

  4. posted by Royell on December 30, 2013

    I don’t cook over 225F degrees that way it doesn’t kill all the live enzymes

  5. posted by Jo on February 18, 2014

    Oh so good! A winner with my fussy 23month old. Thank you (a winner with me too!)

  6. posted by Rebecca on May 4, 2014

    Can these be frozen? Thanks.

    • posted by Jess on May 7, 2014

      Hi Rebecca,
      No unfortunately these don’t freeze well. They best enjoyed at the time they are made. Thanks, Jx

  7. posted by Jolie on May 28, 2014

    These are delicious and moreish! My 17 month old and I gobbled them all up.

  8. posted by Abi on September 7, 2014

    I love most of your recipes however I found these cauliflower bits didn’t go crunchy or crispy, only burnt on the edges and pretty floppy, not sure how to get them crispy?

    • posted by Allie on September 8, 2014

      Hi Abi, could you chop them smaller and lower the heat but cook for longer? Also patting them with a paper towel before adding the oil and spices might help. Ax

  9. posted by Shivani Harland on September 18, 2014

    I love these so much that I make them for myself more so than for the little one… she still eats them but my god these are moorish!

  10. posted by hayley on April 29, 2015

    How do I store these and how long will they stay good for ?

  11. posted by Anne on July 28, 2015

    Still in the oven
    for well over time recommended – not crispy at all.

    • posted by Allie on October 2, 2015

      Sorry to hear these didn’t work for you. More oil? Ax


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