Let Them Eat… Cauli Pops!

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Isn’t cauliflower just the most versatile, clever veggie ever?!

Until recently – a total underdog!

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Ok, but first, I HAVE to just tell you what my almost-4-year-old son told me this morning…

You might know this about me; I am NOT a morning person, and since I’ve had kids, I’m even less of a morning person. {Lack of sleep, etc.}

My oldest son, however, is a total early bird and he wakes up ready for the day, with a huge smile on his face – ready for action!

I usually put out some toys, paper, crayons and a snack for him, so that when he wakes up at 5 am, he can quietly keep himself busy in my room, while I’m still half asleep…

This morning, I presented him with these little cauli pops as his snack.
He ate it.
He loved it.
And this is what he told me: ‘Mommy, you’re the Master-Builder of food!’

Aaaaahhhhhh – my heart MELTED.

{FYI – Master-Builder is from the Lego movie, he needs no instructions on how to build things.}

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Here are the instructions for these little pops:

Cauli Pops

  • Difficulty: easy
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You will need:

1 1/2 head cauliflower, cooked and mashed / blended
(NB: cook or steam the cauliflower like normal, in a bit of water, then DISCARD the excess water. Blend the cooked cauliflower to resemble cauli rice or a course puree – it should not be soggy}
1 cup grated Mozzarella cheese
1 tbs Peppadew spice or any other seasoning
1 egg
2 tbs psyllium husk
1/2 a block of cream cheese

Mix everything together, except for the cream cheese.

Form little balls with the cauli mixture and insert a small piece of cream cheese inside, closing the ball securely.

You should get about 32 balls.

Line a baking tray with parchment paper and bake at 180C for 30 minutes.

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These are great for lunchboxes, appetizers, snacks and even as a side dish!
{Imagine little cauli-pizza-balls with a creamy centre – totally delish.}

If you’re having it as a snack, you could try it out with your favourite chili dipping sauce.

The kids love it and it also makes for a great party snack!

Enjoy! X

12 comments on “Let Them Eat… Cauli Pops!”

  1. Irene

    You ARE a genious and master builder! Well done on these … Definitely making them for our HSN platters. #lowcarb #Glutenfree

  2. Althea

    Please could you let me know how much a block of cream cheese weighs – we get it in tubs in Australia. Thank you

    • Heidi

      Hi Althea,
      It’s 250g, but I didn’t use a whole block, probably only a third.
      You really only need a small ‘blob’ inside each ball, about the size of the tip of your index finger…
      It’s just easier when it’s in a block, then you can cut it into pieces, but cream cheese in a tub works fine too – just use a teaspoon to scoop out small ‘blobs’.
      If that makes any sense at all?!

      Heidi X

    • Heidi

      I know! And it’s so delicious, nutritious and versatile! Am going to be doing a lot more cauliflower recipes…

  3. Santie Grobler

    Hi, the cauli pops recipe looks great, but please help me out. What is “psillium husk”?? Not familiar with it at all.

    • Heidi

      Hi Santie,

      Psyllium husk is a seed husk that is indigestible and is used to aid in digestion. It also helps bind grain-free baking. It is basically fiber.
      It helps to bind the cauliflower and makes it more sturdy.
      You can get it at any health store.

      Hope you find it!

  4. vincent

    OMW that sounds too gorgeous for words!! Psyllium Husk is a giant challenge on The Island though. Will try 2 TBS of Coconut Flour instead maybe?!

    🙂 Vin

    • Heidi

      Hi Vin!

      I wouldn’t do coconut flour – personally, I’m not a huge fan…
      Just leave out the psyllium husk and wring the moisture out of the cauliflower using muslin cloth or a dish towel…

  5. Debbie Barnett

    Hi Heidi…I got your question in my email about the flaxseed with the pops but when I clicked on the link to reply it said the link was no longer available and the comment is not even in this chain of comments. Any insight about this? Anyway, the pops were great with the flaxseed! I spiced them up a bit too. YUM!

    • Heidi

      Hi Debbie, I’m glad the pops worked!
      The technical issues I’m having might be because I’ve just chanced web hosts… I am working on this and hopefully it’ll be sorted shortly and all will return to normality!
      In the meantime, please bear with me…

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