Cauliflower Breadsticks (Paleo, AIP, Gluten & Dairy Free)
These cauliflower breadsticks are perfect for snacking and dipping! They’re paleo, AIP, dairy free, gluten free, and nut free.
Breadsticks. Breadsticks are life. Well, breadsticks were life. I used to order from pizza places just so I could get breadsticks sometimes. Some well seasoned, cheesy, soft yet crispy breadsticks dipped in marinara sauce are just so good! Breadsticks are one of the things that I miss most!
There are a lot of recipes out there for gluten-free cauliflower breadsticks made with lots of cheese. It helps to hold the breadsticks together and makes it taste like pizza. But what about those of us who are dairy-free? We still want gluten and dairy-free breadsticks! That’s why I made these! These cauliflower breadsticks are dairy-free, grain-free, nut-free, and easy to make egg-free and AIP. They’re perfect for dipping in nightshade-free marinara sauce, serving as an appetizer on Italian night, and a great game day snack!
The Ingredients for Cauliflower Breadsticks
- Riced Cauliflower. I always buy cauliflower pre-riced and frozen for convenience. However, you can easily rice your own cauliflower by adding florets to the food processor.
- Arrowroot Starch and Coconut Flour. Though I prefer arrowroot starch here, you can use tapioca as well
- Nutritional Yeast. This helps make the breadsticks taste cheesy!
- Olive Oil. You can likely use avocado oil but olive oil has a much better flavor here.
- Egg. If you’re egg free, you can use a gelatin egg substitute. You’ll find the instructions in the recipe.
- Basil, Oregano, Garlic, Salt, and Parsley. For flavor!
- Baking Soda.
- Apple Cider Vinegar.
How to make Cauliflower Breadsticks
- Cook and strain cauliflower rice. Add the riced cauliflower to a medium pot and cover with water. Bring to a simmer and cover for 7 minutes to steam the cauliflower. Remove the lid, strain the excess water and allow the cauliflower to cool before using a cheesecloth or nut milk bag to remove all water from the cauliflower.
- Combine the dough.
- Flatten the dough on the baking sheet and form into a large rectangle.
- Bake. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until lightly golden brown and crispy.
- Slice and enjoy! Remove from the oven and use a pizza roller to slice into 14-16 slices.
What do you serve this recipe with?
You can serve it with a main dish of your choice like pasta and salad, and a sauce on the side for dipping like nomato sauce!
Can you make these breadsticks ahead of time?
You can! They’re best fresh, but you can store them in the fridge for 2-3 days and reheat them in the oven.
Can you make these breadsticks coconut-free?
Coconut flour has a lot of unique properties and is hard to swap 1:1 for another ingredient. I haven’t successfully made this recipe coconut-free.
Can you leave out the nutritional yeast?
You can, though it breadsticks won’t have a cheesy flavor.
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- 2 cups cauliflower, riced
- 1/2 cup arrowroot starch
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp dried parsley
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 3/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 egg (substitute gelatin egg for AIP, see notes)
- Preheat the oven to 375 F and line a baking sheet with lightly greased parchment paper.
- Add the riced cauliflower to a medium pot and cover with water. Bring to a simmer and cover for 7 minutes to steam the cauliflower. Remove the lid, strain the excess water and allow the cauliflower to cool before using a cheesecloth or nut milk bag to remove all water from the cauliflower.
- Combine the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix well. Add the riced cauliflower and stir to combine. Incorporate the olive oil, apple cider vinegar and egg (or gelatin egg) and stir until a dough forms.
- Flatten the dough on the baking sheet and form it into a large rectangle. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until lightly golden brown and crispy.
- Remove from the oven and use a pizza roller to slice into 14-16 slices. Serve warm with tomato sauce or nightshade free marinara.
For the gelatin egg substitute – Add 1/4 cup water to a small saucepot and slowly sprinkle in 1 tbsp of gelatin. Use a fork to gently mix any clumps. Set aside and allow the mixture to harden for 2-3 minutes. Place the pot on the stove and turn the heat on low heat. Allow the mixture to become liquid. Once liquid, immediately remove from heat. Vigorously whisk the liquid until it becomes frothy. Pour it into the breadstick mixture immediately to swap for an egg.
All nutrition facts are estimated and will vary.
- Prep Time: 20
- Cook Time: 30
- Category: Snacks
- Method: Baked
- Cuisine: Italian American
- Serving Size: 1 serving
- Calories: 472
- Fat: 18.1g
- Carbohydrates: 70.2g
- Fiber: 7g
- Protein: 9.1g
Originally published in 2019 and updated in 2022. Recipe by Michelle Hoover of Unbound Wellness, photos by Eat Love Eats.