Cheezy Roasted Cauliflower. Vegan. Plant-based and gluten-free. Made with 4 minute cheeze sauce (cheese sauce), smoked almonds, dates and sweet & spicy onions.
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Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower (Vegan)

Plant-based and gluten-free, this meal in a bowl features roasted cauliflower, an easy vegan cheese sauce, smoked almonds, and dates. Make the deluxe version by topping it with sweet and spicy caramelized onion. Works as lunch, dinner, or a side. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: dinner, lunch
Cuisine: North American
Keyword: cauliflower with cheeze sauce, cauliflower with vegan cheese sauce, eat a whole head of cauliflower, roasted cauliflower
Servings: 4 sides
Author: Sylvia Eastman


  • 4 cups cauliflower
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dates, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon smoked almonds, roughly chopped
  • 2/3 rds cup 4 minute cheeze sauce mix + 1 cup water {See instructions for link to mix recipe.}

Optionally, if you don't have 4 minute cheeze sauce mix:

  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca flour
  • 1 tablespoon, plus 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Optionally, 1 cup of Sweet and Spicy Caramelized Onions {See instructions for link to recipe}


    • If using, make the Sweet and Spicy Caramelized Onions. {The recipe makes 2 cups and you only need 1 for the cauliflower, but see the onion recipe for lots of great uses for the remaining cup.}
    • Make the cauliflower: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Chop cauliflower into approx 1 inch cubes. Put it into a bowl and toss with olive oil. Place on baking sheet and roast for about 25-30 minutes, until the edges are brown, and smaller pieces are looking crispy.
    • Prepare the cheeze sauce. Combine all ingredients in a blender, blend for one minute, and then transfer to a small saucepan. Heat to medium and stir until sauce is thickened and stretchy, 3 to 6 minutes. Turn heat off and set aside until cauliflower is ready. 
    • Combine the roasted cauliflower, cheeze sauce, dates, almonds, and onions if using. 


    Storage and Reheating

    I think this is best when the cauliflower is hot out of the oven, but if you have leftovers, you can reheat in the microwave or oven. If you have leftover cheese sauce, you can reheat in a small saucepan. 

    About 4 Minute Cheese/Cheeze Sauce Mix

    This is just a pre-combined version of all of the cheese sauce ingredients, except the water. You can find the recipe for this awesome pantry staple here. I made the pantry-staple version because I was using the cheeze sauce so often, it just saved a bit of time.