I know the title to this recipe may not be appealing to some (or all lol), but if you are like me, and have a huge sweet tooth, then you will do anything to satisfy it with healthy options, like cauliflower!
Cauliflower is the most versatile veggie in my opinion, it can easily be disguised in recipes, takes on the taste of whatever seasonings are used (HELLO cinnamon!), it is affordable, a good source of fiber and helps to keep things moving along (if you catch my drift haha) and super low calorie/carbs – I rarely come across a client who cannot tolerate cauliflower!
This recipe is along the same lines of my Healthy Raw Cookie Dough recipe that I shared a few weeks back (http://eatyourheartoutedibles.com/healthy-raw-cookie-dough-snack/ ), where I took an item that is not normally thought of as sweet, and added a little of this, and a little of that and BOOM, new recipe! You can play around with how sweet you want this to be, by adding more or less sweetener and you can change the flavor up by subbing pumpkin pie spice for cinnamon.
I like to use my sweet riced cauliflower in both sweet and savory dishes, and it is the perfect “volume food” to add to yogurt, oats, pudding and healthy ice cream – heck I even add it to my healthy cookie dough to add more volume and fiber without tons of extra calories. You can also add some toasted nuts of choice and eat a big ol’ bowl of cinnamon cauliflower with a nice crunch! ANNND lastly, feel free to just cut a head of cauliflower into florets and roast them in oven, for sweet cinnamon cauliflower florets as opposed to rice cauli!
Sweet Cinnamon Cauliflower
1 medium to large head of cauliflower (See *Note below)
About 3 TBSP melted coconut oil (enough to generously coat the cauliflower)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 Tbs. cinnamon
1-2 TBS of stevia or coconut sugar (depending on just how sweet your sweet tooth is)
Sea salt to taste
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Clean and chop cauliflower into bite-sized florets, and then run through the food processor until the cauli looks like grains of rice*
- Add coconut oil to cauliflower so it is completely covered
- Add cinnamon, sweetener and a pinch of sea salt, mix well
- Place cauliflower on baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes to desired crispy-ness.
- Or, you can sauté the cauli-cinnamon mixture on the stove top, the taste will be the same, but the texture will definitely be different, not as “crunchy”
* Note: You can find bags of pre-riced cauliflower in most grocery stores, in the produce section.
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