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Cauliflower Walnut Crumbles – Vegan Meat

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a white bowl filled with rows of cauliflower walnut meat, spinach, white corn, chopped tomatoes and black beans on a bamboo placemeat

Becoming a Vegan or a Vegetarian used to be a hip thing to do. Save the animals. However, we are learning more and more about the benefits of a plant based diet from sources all over the internet, on TV, and in books and magazines. I won’t bore you with facts, anyone can Google that. Since what I like to call the Vegetarian movement, where a plant based diet has become more mainstream, there are hundreds of products out in the grocery stores and in restaurants- fake meats if you will. There is fake chicken, BBQ ribs, hot dogs, et cetera……and many of these products are made out of soy and tofu.

Then there is an entire camp that claims soy is not healthy. And while that isn’t entirely true, these fake meats are certainly not ideal in a healthy diet as they are highly processed and contain lots of sodium. I prefer to make my own “meat”.

Mr. Beet isn’t a fan of the fake meats either – besides the reasons listed above, his claim is that if he wanted something with the taste of meat, he would just eat meat. Though very few of these fake meat products taste similar to their meat counterparts.

a turquoise bowl filled with cauliflower walnut crumbles with a white bowl of chopped tomatoes in the background

However, Mr. Beet and I still love tacos, and I love to use crumbles in omelets and chili. I just don’t want to use soy, or use a product that is so processed. I have a recipe for Cauliflower Walnut Crumbles that are super easy and quick to prepare, and can be used in a variety of dishes.

a flour tortilla with cauliflower walnut crumbles and sauteed onions on a light blue plate
three rolled tortillas filled with cauliflower walnut crumbles, tomtoes, cheese and Greek yogurt on a white plate

The recipe is very simple, just a mix of cauliflower florets, raw walnuts, and garlic; then blended with some spices and baked.

white cauliflower florets and walnuts in the clear bowl of a food processor
a white bowl filled with cauliflower and walnuts crumbles topped with brown and red spices
baked cauliflower and walnut crumbles on white parchment paper

I have made tacos with this “meat”, taco bowls,  and  stuffed peppers.

a white bowl filled with chopped tomatoes, black beans, white corn, spinach and cauliflower walnut crumbles on a bamboo placemat

One of Mr. Beet’s favorite meals using this meat are these Zucchini Boats.

a close up shop of zucchinis stuffed with cauliflower walnut crumbles, cashew sour cream and chopped tomaotes

And they make a great Mediterranean burger with a dollop of Tzatziki and fresh tomatoes.

a side by side picture of baked cauliflower walnut burgers on a baking sheet and next to a burger topped with chunky tzatziki sauce and chopped tomatoes

Tacos anyone?

three corn hard shells tacos stuffed with cauliflower walnut crumbles on a white plate
three hard shelll tacos stuffed with cauliflower walnut crumbles, chopped tomatoes, spinach and cashew sour cream on a square white plate

Enjoy the recipe for Cauliflower Walnut Crumbles and tell me what you think.

Cauliflower Walnut Crumbles–Vegan Meat

Cauliflower Walnut Crumbles–Vegan Meat

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

No meat, no soy, no sugar Vegan meat crumbles.


  • 1 large head of cauliflower,, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 cups raw walnuts
  • 4 garlic cloves,, minced
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. ground cumin
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Add the cauliflower, walnuts, and garlic to a food processor and pulse until mixture is crumbly. Do not over pulse, you do not want the cauliflower to liquify. You will need to use a spatula to move some of the larger pieces of cauliflower down towards the blade in between pulses.
  1. Throw the crumbled mixture into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add in all of the remaining ingredients for the meat" and mix well. (I find it easiest to use your hands)
  3. Pour the mixture onto the parchment lined sheet pan and spread evenly using a spatula.
  4. Bake the "meat" for about 30 minutes, stirring the meat after 15 minutes. The meat should be golden brown but not burnt.
  5. Use the crumbles in place of meat crumbles in anything from tacos to omelets.

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Sharon Walsh

Monday 17th of July 2017

Very interesting, I think I will try it

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