Cauliflower Popcorn

Appetizers & Snacks  |  Published Mar 31, 2015  |  Updated Mar 4, 2020  |  By Tawnie

I found this recipe on made by Dawn Jackson Blatner last year and I make it all the time now! It is so simple and such a healthy alternative to regular buttery popcorn. This makes for a great Meatless Monday dessert or even as an appetizer. It has the same crunchy goodness as regular popcorn but without the added salt, fat or calories.

Cauliflower has certainly been a big hit so far in 2015 with cauliflower pizza crust…cauliflower mashed potatoes, and now cauliflower popcorn is making its way into the scene! Most people may think since cauliflower is a white vegetable it may not contain many nutritious benefits but it actually does! It contains fiber, B-vitamins, vitamin-C, calcium, folate, and much more. This nutrient dense veggie is part of the cruciferous vegetable family and contains antioxidants, phytochemicals which can help protect against cancer.


And to top it off (literally) turmeric is added to give it that “buttery” look! Turmeric is a wonderful spice with also more cancer fighting compounds. This is a win-win dessert if you ask me!

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Cauliflower Popcorn

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  • 1 head cauliflower, chopped
  • 1-2 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder


  • Preheat oven to 425° F.
  • Line a baking sheet with foil.
  • Break up cauliflower into popcorn size pieces with your hands or a small knife. Place cauliflower pieces onto baking sheet. Break up any larger pieces you may see.
  • Drizzle olive oil y on top of cauliflower pieces. Then season with turmeric, salt and garlic powder. Toss together with a spoon so your hands don't get stained yellow from the turmeric!
  • Place in oven and cook for ~20-25 minutes or until tender and roasted. Enjoy!
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2 months ago

Served it to my skeptical husband with some extra seasoning I knew he would like. He asked for seconds!

I hadn’t seen cauliflower popcorn until your post but it sounds so yummy! I’ve gotta try it sometime 🙂

I love baked cauliflower like this! Can’t wait to try it!

I’ll be sneaking this into the theaters 😉

Love how much this looks like popcorn, but so much healthier!

I love roasted cauliflower! So so good. Now if I could just get my kids to eat it!

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