Healthy Cauliflower Popcorn – Vegan, Paleo & EASY Roasted Cauliflower Recipe!

Make eating your vegetables FUN with this grain-free healthy alternative to popcorn: CAULIFLOWER popcorn! Okay, so it’s really just a snack-able form of roasted cauliflower…

But, the shape and color eerily resemble popcorn, and the pieces are perfect for munching on—a simple way to make vegetables more appealing! And, if you’re trying to feed a picky eater, something as basic as changing the name of a dish can make it more enticing.

Best of all, cauliflower popcorn is so EASY to make! Just cut your cauliflower into small florets, toss with oil and your favorite seasonings, and roast for an easy healthy snack that’s vegan and paleo approved.

Make This Cauliflower Popcorn Your Own

For this recipe, I kept my cauliflower popcorn simple with just salt and garlic powder. And, my main intention there was to appeal to finicky or picky eaters. Keep the seasonings simple but still tasty, and a cauliflower ‘hater’ might be open to trying it!

Often, picky eaters don’t even know whether or not they like an unfamiliar food. Especially if they haven’t even tried it yet! So, dressing up an unfamiliar food with familiar seasonings they already like might make them open to trying it. And, even calling this dish cauliflower popcorn can make the food more enticing.

But, you can go wild with different flavors here! You could add curry powder, parmesan cheese, or some nutritional yeast for a cheesy yet VEGAN cauliflower popcorn recipe. And, those seasonings will also make your cauliflower popcorn more golden yellow—like real popcorn!

Of course, the old school striped popcorn bag is optional. And, you could offer this as a side dish to a meal, but encouraging kids to eat their cauliflower popcorn with their hands makes for a more authentic popcorn experience! Delicious served warm, but also fun to eat cold!

Cauliflower Popcorn

Cauliflower Popcorn Recipe

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  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut into bite-sized florets (~4 cups florets)
  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp garlic powder, optional
  • optional: parmesan, nutritional yeast, curry powder, any other seasonings you enjoy!


  • Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
  • In a large mixing bowl, toss cauliflower in oil and seasonings.
  • Transfer to parchment-lined baking sheet. Roast 15-20 minutes, until golden and tender.
  • Serve and enjoy!
  • Yields ~3 cups cauliflower popcorn.
Serving: 1cup cauliflower popcorn, Calories: 64kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 4g, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 3g
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