Vegan and Whole30 roasted Buffalo Brussel Sprouts made with hot sauce, spices, and nutritional yeast for the best brussel sprouts recipe! They will be a hit and are perfect for an appetizer, side dish, or for game day snacking! Dairy-free, paleo, and gluten-free too.
Last updated on January 10, 2020.
Buffalo brussel sprouts!! Can I get a heck yes?!?
There are two camps in this world – you either hate Brussels or you love them. I LOVE them. And if you don’t like them, I promise these roasted brussel sprouts will change your mind! I mean how can you not like brussel sprouts with hot sauce?!
If you are someone that brussel sprouts are not your thing, I can assure you it’s how you are cooking them. Long gone are the days of steaming frozen brussel sprouts. But, if you like them that way, that is awesome. But if you don’t, there are better ways to cook them.
The other weekend Michael was headed to Costco to pick some things up and I asked him to grab some brussel sprouts. He comes home with all the stuff and I am putting it away.
I come across a 4# bag of frozen brussel sprouts. I’m like “what is this?” and he’s all like “brussel sprouts” in a happy voice. Queue me being like nooooo.
Frozen veggies can be a great cheap alternative to fresh, but I feel like this is why people don’t like some veggies.
My favorite way is roasting them in the oven or in the air fryer. Toss them in some cooking oil and spices and crank up the heat to get them all nice and crispy (a little burnt is the way to go).
Our go-to spices are usually ginger and garlic, but wanted to change it up. And with football playoffs here and the Super Bowl coming up, all I can think about is everything buffalo.
Actually that is probably all the time, hence the chicken fingers, buffalo chicken burgers, and even homemade buffalo sauce.
Buffalo Brussel Sprouts
These buffalo brussel sprouts are prepped in a few minutes, roasted until crispy, and couldn’t be easier to make. The recipe makes a lot so they are great for feeding a crowd, serving at a party (hello football Sunday!), or making for meal prep to have on hand for the week.
Here is what you need:
- brussel sprouts
- coconut oil
- hot sauce – I love Franks
- nutritional yeast
- garlic powder
- cayenne powder
- salt and pepper
- fresh dill – optional for topping
- cheesy buffalo sauce – optional to top them off
First start off by cleaning and trimming your brussels. Cut off the stem and then cut in half lengthwise. If you have some that are really large, you can cut them in fourths.
Then mix together the melted coconut oil, hot sauce, nutritional yeast, and spices in a small bowl. After that, mix together the brussels with the buffalo sauce mixture in a larger bowl. Finally, spread out evenly on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and roast for 30-35 minutes until crispy and caramelized.
This recipe can also work great for other veggies – cauliflower, broccoli, and potatoes would be delicious. Just make sure you adjust the cooking time depending on the veggie you use.
What is nutritional yeast?
You might see nutritional yeast in the ingredient list and be wondering what exactly that is. Nutritional yeast is a vegetarian and vegan supplement made from deactivated yeast. It comes in the form of yellow flakes or powder, is rich in vitamin B12 and protein, and has a slight cheesy and nutty flavor.
If you don’t have nutritional yeast, you can leave it off, but it adds a nice cheesy taste and I recommend it! I usually use this brand.
Can I use frozen Brussel sprouts?
While I think frozen veggies can be a great option when you are on a budget or for convenience, I don’t recommend them for this recipe. I’ve tried it and they are a little too wet and don’t get as crispy when roasting.
However, if you do want to try them, make sure they are completely defrosted and pat them down with a paper towel to make sure they are dry.
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Buffalo Brussel Sprouts
- 1 1/2 pounds brussel sprouts, trimmed and cut in half
- 1 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- 1 1/2 tablespoons hot sauce
- 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4-1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- salt and pepper, to taste
- optional toppings: fresh dill, cheesy buffalo sauce, hot sauce, nutritional yeast
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and line 1-2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a small bowl mix together coconut oil, hot sauce, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, paprika, cayenne, and salt and pepper. Add brussel sprouts to a medium bowl and add hot sauce mixture. Toss to combine.
- Spread out brussel sprouts even on baking sheets making sure they aren't too close so they don't steam. Roast for 30-35 minutes, flipping once halfway through. Top with optional toppings and enjoy!
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