A close up shot of a slice of scalloped cauliflower bake on a plate with a sprig of thyme

Vegan Scalloped Cauliflower (Gluten Free)

Creamy, filling, comforting food without all the added saturated fat and bloated feeling! This vegan scalloped cauliflower needs to be on your holiday list!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword baked cauliflower, vegan side dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 182 kcal
Author Sophia DeSantis


  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 6 tablespoons breadcrumbs , gluten free if needed (see note)
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 3 tablespoons hemp seeds
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt


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  1. Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C.

  2. Make sauce. Cook potato and onion by boiling until soft. Place all sauce ingredients into a high speed blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Make breadcrumb parmesan topping by placing breadcrumbs, pine nuts, hemp seeds, and salt into a food processor and pulse until crumbly. Take half of the breadcrumb parmesan mixture and set aside for the topping.
  4. Wash the head of cauliflower and slice it into thick slices, about ½ inch thick. Make sure to get out most of the thick stem.
  5. Line the cauliflower pieces up on a tray and sprinkle with the other half of the breadcrumb parmesan mix, making sure to coat both sides of each piece. It doesn’t have to be fully coated, just looking for some added texture to the cauliflower. If your cauliflower is dry then you can always brush with veggie broth or oil to help get the mixture to stick.
  6. Layer the slices into a square baking dish (I used 9 x 9 inches). 

  7. Pour the sauce over the top until it fully covers the cauliflower. You will use all but about ½ - ¾ cup of the sauce. You can save the extra for another time, it’s great with pasta!

  8. Sprinkle the other half of the breadcrumb parmesan mix over the top. Then sprinkle with fresh thyme leaves.
  9. Bake at 350°F/180°C for 35-40 minutes. Check at 35 minutes by piercing it with a fork to see how cooked the cauliflower is. I like it more on the al dente side, but you can continue to cook until your preferred texture is reached. Keep in mind it will cook a little more as it is cooling.

  10. Make sure to allow the dish to cool before serving to allow it to set a bit. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Vegan Scalloped Cauliflower (Gluten Free)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 182 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 471mg20%
Potassium 195mg6%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 70IU1%
Vitamin C 9.9mg12%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.