cauliflower gnocchi cinnabon bites

Cauliflower Gnocchi Cinnabon Bites

Cauliflower has a lot of different identities. Its been made into buffalo bites to copy cat the wing version, its been made into pizza, rice and now we used it as the base for this dessert. If you haven’t tried Trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi, you need to. They’re great in soups, as a side dish, sauteed with veggies…pretty much any way you can think of including them in your dinner. We came across a recipe awhile ago on the Trader Joe’s instagram page where someone used them as a dessert so we had to try. These cinnabon bites are soft and doughy in the inside and perfectly baked on the outside thanks to my handy air fryer I have. I won’t lie, they’re a little different in the fact I can still taste the cauliflower a little and nothing can ever replace an actual Cinnabon cinnamon roll but they’re still worth sharing.


What you need:

An air fryer

1 bag of Trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi (found in the freezer section)

25 grams of white sugar


Coconut oil spray

30 grams of powdered sugar

A little milk or creamer (seriously, you just need a splash)


Start by spraying the basket of your air fryer with the coconut spray and putting your frozen cauliflower gnocchi in. Give those a little spray too. Cook for 5 minutes at 380 degrees.


While those are cooking, mix your white sugar and cinnamon in a big bowl. I just eyeballed how much cinnamon I wanted, you just want a nice cinnamon sugar mixture.


Once the 5 minutes is up, remove from the air fryer and toss them in the cinnamon sugar mixture, coating it evenly. Add back to the air fryer, give another little spray of coconut oil and put back in for 10 more minutes ( you want to toss them around 1/2 way through).


While they’re cooking those last 10 minutes, make your frosting. I mixed 30 grams of powdered sugar with a splash of coffee creamer. I tried using almond milk at first but it looked grey and gross. It barely takes any liquid to making the frosting consistency you want so use sparingly, you can always add more liquid.


Once your gnocchi is cooked, remove from air fryer and transfer to plate or bowl and drizzle frosting. I started with a drizzle and then ending up stirring them altogether, I thought it coated them better.



PS: (They do have a slight cauliflower taste and I think they’re actually better once they cool off)


If you split the above recipe into 3 servings, macros per serving are:

2.5 fat

36 carbs

1.7 protein

cauliflower gnocchi cinnabon bites