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Popcorn broccoli

These delicious snacks have solved our inability to 'pop' round the 'corn'er for any finger lickin' goodness!

These are our healthy and vegan twist on the crispy battered KFC popcorn chicken that is super easy to prepare at home. While they may not give the exact same texture, they are a quick snack to make or a great edition to a tapas style lunch.

The Recipe

Serves: 4

Prep time: 20mins

Cook time: 20mins


1 head broccoli, cut into small florets

375ml soya milk

1 ½ tsp apple cider vinegar

1tbsp hot sauce (make sure its vegan)

200g plain flour

1 tbsp cornflour

½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

70g bread crumbs (about 3 slices)

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp garlic granules

Salt and pepper

1 tbsp olive oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C fan or 220°C.

  2. Start by making the vegan buttermilk. Combine the soya milk and apple cider vinegar and leave to sit so that the milk begins to curdle, about 15 minutes.

  3. Mix the remaining ingredients (apart from the broccoli florets) in a separate bowl until they are evenly incorporated.

  4. After the milk has curdled, add 4 tbsp to the dry mixture and mix so that it starts to form a crumb like texture but hasn’t formed a completely smooth batter.

  5. To make the popcorn broccoli, start by dipping each floret in the vegan buttermilk mixture, followed by the crumb mixture until the broccoli is completely covered and placed on a baking sheet. Repeat this with the rest of the broccoli florets until all are coated.

  6. Brush a thin layer of oil over the broccoli and place in the oven to bake for 20 minutes. Half way through, turn the broccoli over and coat the other side with the rest of the oil.

  7. We served the popcorn cauliflower alongside a maple and mustard dipping sauce!


*Similarly to most of our vegan recipes, you can substitute any plant based milk that you have access to, we tend to use either soya or oat.

*If you don’t have any hot sauce you can use extra paprika or a little chilli powder to get the spicy flavour.


*Don’t let too much of the wet mixture drip into the crumb mixture when you are coating the broccoli otherwise it will become too sticky to use for the rest of your florets.

*It’s important to paint the broccoli in oil so that it goes nice and golden in the oven but you want the florets to get crispy so avoid using too much.

*The broccoli is also really nice served alongside a chilli soy sauce dipping sauce.

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