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Homemade Baked Broccoli Tots


Looking for a creative way to serve broccoli?

You’ve gotta check out these yummy and kid-friendly broccoli tots! Serve them as a healthy homemade snack or side dish! You can form them into a “tot” shape, or simply bake them in a mini muffin pan. The Parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs add lots of delicious flavor and the texture is perfectly crispy on the outside.

Homemade Baked Broccoli Tots

Adapted from GimmeDelicious.com


1 head broccoli (about 12 ounces) – diced
1/4 cup onion – diced
1 egg
1/2 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese
1/3 Italian bread crumbs
1/3 Panko bread crumbs
1 teaspoon parsley
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Healthy Recipe Ideas for Kids: Broccoli Tots from Hip2Save.com
Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bring a pot of water to boil on the stove. Place head of broccoli in the pot for one minute to blanch. Rinse with cold water and drain well. Dice onion and broccoli with a knife or in a food processor. In a large mixing bowl, combine diced broccoli, onion, egg, Panko bread crumbs, cheese, and seasonings. Spoon out a 1-1 1/2 tablespoons of mixture and shape tot in your hand. Place tots on a parchment paper lined baking tray. (Or forgo rolling by hand and bake in a greased mini muffin pan to save on time). Bake at 400 degrees for about 20-24 minutes until slightly brown. Makes about 20-22 tots.

Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s recipes created just for Hip2Save, click here.

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Comments 35

  1. Kara

    Going to make this for dinner now I just need something that would go with it for the main course

    • rebecca

      the nice thing is that broccoli can go on the side of just about anything! pasta, chicken, meatloaf, burgers, BLTs…

  2. brindha

    Awesome…. gonna try it today…

  3. Rita

    Can we omit eggs. We are vegetarian.

    • Suzanne H

      What about using a “flax egg?” You probably need something that will work as a binder.

    • Unknown

      Flax Seed is a good egg substitute 1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds To replace one egg 3 tablespoons water.

      whole flaxseeds 1 tablespoon whole flaxseeds 4 tablespoons water

    • terri

      This is what I was going to suggest as well, a nice vegan option. The egg isn’t even necessary 🙂

    • April

      Would it be alright without the parmesan or any cheese, too?

  4. Andrea

    Wow that sounds delicious. My son is 6 and loves broccoli. He’ll love this recipe.

  5. Rose

    yummy sure will gonna try 🙂

  6. Jennifer

    Oh my, what a great idea! thanks Lina

  7. sky

    This is a really yummy and easy recipe. I made mine with cheddar cheese.
    My boys actually ate it..

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)


  8. Sonal

    Can you store these once cooked? How long and where?

  9. susan

    can we substitute or omit bread crumbs? My ds is allergic to wheat.

    • Rac

      how about some cooked rice or boiled potatoes?

      • Sara

        Potato chips!!!

        • Bre

          Potato chips are a great option. My SIL is allergic to gluten. She makes chicken nuggets with them.

          • Sarah Ann

            Do you know how? I am also gluten intolerant. Thanks!!

    • Jennine

      Quinoa 🙂

    • Kathy

      use gluten free bread crumbs

  10. justme

    these look yummy & delicious! I’m definitely going to make these. Thanks for yet another awesome recipe!

  11. Brandy

    I do something similar with zucchini

  12. SK

    Looks so good, cant wait to make them. My kids (6 & 4) go through stages of liking and disliking stuff and right now they love broccoli. I bet they will love these. Thanks for the recipe.

  13. kali

    This is awesome.. Definitely going to try. Thank you!!

  14. gmail

    Going to do this with all the broc stems that we always toss!

  15. Heather C

    My 19 y/o son hates broccoli in any form. We love to tease him & tell him we’re going to make broccoli cereal, cake, etc etc etc. (when my MIL was in rehab from a fall, she left some broccoli on her plate from lunch. I took a pic & we sent it to him letting him know it was saved for him 😝) I showed him the post &’said “look buddy- broccoli tots!” He just rolled his eyes. Sometimes humor can help. Maybe one day it’ll be his favorite!!

    • Danielle

      As a 28 year old, I would not recommend holding your breath.

  16. Cc

    Made these and they are AMAZING!! A huge hit with my toddlers and husband! Yum

  17. rach

    Can it freeze?

  18. Danielle

    Anyone use frozen broccoli

  19. Nicole Park

    This recipe called for way too much paprika and/or black pepper. I scaled back and only used 2/3 tsp of each, and it still was spicy, even for me (and I like spicy food). My toddler wouldn’t touch it. If I was making this, I’d cut the paprika and black pepper to maybe 1/4 tsp each.

  20. Sue H

    Are those bread crumb measurements in cups?
    The ingredients list both Italian and panko crumbs, the directions only say to add Panko, the photo looks like it only has Italian ones. What is the recipe???

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Sorry! We will fix this recipe. Measurements are in cups and add in both types of bread crumbs at once.

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