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Sauced-Up Roasted Cauliflower (Vegan)

Sauced-Up Roasted Cauliflower is a delicious and filling main or a side, featuring oven-roasted cauliflower smothered in creamy dairy-free sauce and topped with smoked almonds and dates. Roasting cauliflower is an easy way to enhance its flavour -- roasting it brings out the natural sugars and creates slightly crunchy, nutty nuggets of cauliflower goodness. If you've never tried this before, you'll be surprised at how such a simple treatment results in such a radical transformation.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: dinner, dinner, lunch, side, lunch
Cuisine: North American
Keyword: easy caulifower recipe, eat a whole head of cauliflower, mother mix, quick cauliflower recipe, roasted cauliflower
Servings: 4 sides
Calories: 208kcal
Author: sylvia


  • 4 cups cauliflower, chopped into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dates, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons smoked almonds, roughly chopped
  • 2/3 rds cup Mother Mix + 1 cup water {See instructions for link to mix recipe.}

Optionally, if you haven't made the Mother 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. Place on baking sheet and drizzle with oilive oil. Roast for about 25-30 minutes, until the edges are brown, and smaller pieces are looking crispy.
    • Prepare the sauce using the pre-made Mother Mix and water (or the individual ingredients). Blend for one minute, and then transfer to a small saucepan. Heat to medium and stir until sauce is thickened and stretchy, 5 to 6 minutes. Turn heat off and set aside until cauliflower is ready.
    • Combine the roasted cauliflower, sauce, dates, almonds, and onions if using. 


    Storage and Reheating

    We 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 sauce, you can reheat in a small saucepan. 

    Time Saving Tips

    This recipe doesn't require a lot of prep time, but to make preparation even quicker, you could use packaged chopped cauliflower. We don't recommend using frozen cauliflower. 

    About the Mother Mix 

    The Mother Mix gives you a jumpstart on a number of recipes on this site. It's vegan and gluten-free and made from all natural ingredients.  You can find the recipe for this awesome pantry staple here


    Calories: 208kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 325mg | Potassium: 416mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin C: 48mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 1mg