Cheddar Cauliflower Bacon Bites are the perfect healthier appetizer for all your holiday entertaining or an easy weeknight side for the family!
Entertaining during the holiday season can be a downfall when you're trying desperately to watch your weight and eat healthier. Forget trying to lose weight, I'm talking let's just maintain status quo, right? The biggest trouble I find is all the picky finger foods! I could eat my weight in those alone just by gabbing and grabbing. The next thing I know I'm full before the party begins or the sit down meal starts.
I've made this recipe quite a few times, changing it and tweaking it along the way for my family. I remember the first time I made them, they were more like fritters which I adapted from my Zucchini Fritter recipe. I thought it would be the only way to fool my kiddos into eating cauliflower.
And I was right! They never saw it coming.
Packed with scallions and bacon, the oldest, who's a teen said, "WHAT!! YOU GOT ME TO EAT CAULIFLOWER, NO WAY???? THESE ARE SOOOO GOOD MOM!"
SO I made them quite a few times as a fritter but wasn't quite happy with how hard it was too cook them in a saute pan and flip them over. Quite flimsy and difficult. I thought, if I'm having trouble flipping these babies no one else will like that either despite the fact the taste is outstanding. I tweaked the ratio of flours a bit, trying different kinds each time and reducing egg and cheese, it was a science experiment every time, but each time, my family ate them all up no matter how I made them.
I decided......well, actually, credit must go to the hubby on this one who said, "just bake them like you do with those zucchini bites you've made before." And he was right. Worked like a charm, no flipping, no frying, easy peasy easy! You might be able to sub the gluten free flour for quinoa as I did in my Broccoli Cauliflower Quinoa bites, although not sure if they would hold as well like the flour but it's worth a try.
These are a win for the family and a great alternative at the holiday appetizer table! You can eat 6 per serving for only around 200 calories, and gluten free as well. You could use regular flour if gluten is not an issue for you. Enjoy!!
Please note: I re-calculated my nutritional information as saw a difference in using Bob's Red Mill All purpose gluten free flour compared to their new 1 to 1 gluten free flour. The difference in one cup is 88 grams of carbs to 120 grams of carbs. Also the calories for the 1 to 1 are 520 in one cup and using the all purpose it is only 400. On 12/4/14, I readjusted the calculations using the regular all purpose gluten free flour instead of the 1 to 1.
UPDATE: I removed the gluten free flour and now use coconut flour, tastes just as good!
Cheddar Cauliflower Bacon Bites
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Steam cauliflower until fork tender. Cool then add to food processor.
- Pulse until fine crumbs.
- Transfer to a large bowl and add the rest of the ingredients.
- Stir until combined.
- Grease a mini muffin tin.
- Fill mini muffin cups by adding a heaping tablespoon of batter and pressing into each cup. Fills 30.
- Bake 15 minutes and let cool about 10 minutes then remove from pan.
- Enjoy immediately!
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