Bang Bang Broccoli

Serves: about four

Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Oil-Free, Vegan (of course!)

Oh my flavor! This Bang Bang Broccoli will certainly kick up your lunch hour! Spicy, creamy, delicious, and actually quite nutritious, this Bang Bang Broccoli is the perfect dish to share with anyone who loves the traditional “Bang Bang Shrimp!”




For the broccoli:

  • Two 16 oz. bags of frozen broccoli florets
  • 1/4 of a cup of chickpea flour*
  • Chopped green onions and lettuce (I used romaine lettuce) for serving

For the Bang Bang Sauce:

How to make:

  1. Place the cashews and pitted dates into two separate bowls, then soak them in enough hot water to cover them for at least one hour.
  2. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Rinse the broccoli florets under hot water to “defrost” and to get them wet, then pour the broccoli into a large bowl.
  4. Pour the chickpea flour evenly over the broccoli, then mix to evenly coat each floret.
  5. Place the coated broccoli florets onto the baking sheet, then bake the them for 25-30 minutes, or until the broccoli has crisped.
  6. While the broccoli bakes, drain and rinse the cashews, then blend them in a high-speed blender with the 1/2 of a cup of water (add more if needed) until smooth, thick, and creamy.
  7. Drain the dates, then blend them and the other remaining sauce ingredients into the cashews until smooth and even.
  8. Once the broccoli florets are done baking, remove them from the oven and evenly coat them with with Bang Bang sauce.
  9. Serve the Bang Bang Broccoli with lettuce and chopped green onions.
  10. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes:

*If you do not have chickpea flour, you can try subbing it for your flour of choice; however, I have not tested any other flour, so I cannot guarantee results.

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4 thoughts on “Bang Bang Broccoli”

    1. Hi Josh, I personally do not count calories, so I do not have an exact estimate for the amount of calories in this dish. I try to watch how much salt I use in my dishes; however, I do not know the exact salt content of this dish. You could try plugging this dish into a calorie tracker online. I hope you enjoy this dish!


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