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Vegan Chickpea Cauliflower Tots are crispy and golden brown. They are spilling over onto a brown cloth just waiting to be picked up and eaten.
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Vegan Chickpea Cauliflower Tots

Vegan Chickpea Cauliflower Tots uses one head of cauliflower and it makes a lot of tots.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Air Fryer, Finger Food
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 65 Tots
Calories 260kcal


  • 1 head cauliflower, cleaned and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup onion - white onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 15 ounces can chickpeas, drained
  • 1 1/2 cups bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil for frying


  • Put the cauliflower in a food processor and process until the cauliflower is in small pieces that almost looks like rice.
  • Lay a double layer of paper towels on the counter and spread the cauliflower on top. Press down evenly over the cauliflower with more paper towels to remove as much excess liquid as possible.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients (except the oil) into the food processor and pulse until well chopped.
  • Add the cauliflower and the rest of the mix to a large bowl and mix well.  Form into small oval balls; you will get 55 to 65 tots.
  • Heat the coconut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, start adding the cauliflower tots and fry on all sides. Do not crowd.
  • Transfer to paper towels to drain. Proceed until all the tots are fried.  See the directions above the recipe card to see how to make these tots in an air fryer.


Serving: 10Tots | Calories: 260kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Sodium: 320mg | Potassium: 450mg | Vitamin C: 12.6mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1.9mg