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Zucchini Bites – Healthy Little Foodies

Zucchini Bites, made from zucchini (courgette), cheese, eggs and oats are delicious hot or cold. A perfect lunchbox item or snack for toddlers.

Side Shot of a Stack of Zucchini Bites with Grater and Ingredients in Background

Why These are Great for Kids

  • A balanced snack – this simple snack contains veggies, carbs, protein and dairy to keep little tummies satisfied.
  • Vegetable Exposure – children often need to be exposed to vegetables a number of times before they start to enjoy them. If your child is still learning to like zucchini, this may be a good way of serving it.
  • Easy to Make – There are so many benefits to getting your kids involved in the kitchen, this recipe is perfect for little ones as it has few steps and is easy to make.
  • Great Hot or Cold – meaning they are perfect for taking out and about for snacks/lunchboxes.

What You Need

Flat Lay Shot of Ingredients Needed to Make Zucchini Bites (Grated Zucchini, Grated Cheese, Egg Oat Flour, Italian Herbs)
  • Grated Zucchini
  • Grated Cheese – a good melting cheese such as cheddar or mozzarella works well (or a mix).
  • Oat Flour – (blend oats in a food processor/blender until flour consistency) You can replace with all-purpose if you prefer.
  • Eggs

How to Make

  • REMOVE EXCESS LIQUID FROM ZUCCHINIS – To ensure these zucchini bites work, it is important to squeeze the water out of the zucchini. Skip this step and the mixture will be too wet. Place the grated zucchini onto a clean cloth and squeeze. Get your kids to help with this, they will love it!
  • MIX – Once the juice has been squeezed out of the zucchinis, mix it together with the remaining ingredients.
  • FORM – Make balls, around 1/2 tbsp in size. On a prepared baking sheet, flatten each ball into rounds approx 1/2 cm thick / 1/4 inch. If you make them too thick they won’t cook the same and with have more of an omelette / soft doughy like texture.
  • BAKE – Until for around 13-15 mins, until browned and crispy on the outside.
Collage of 4 Images Showing How to Make Zucchini Bites (1) Squeeze Liquid from zucchini 2) Mix Ingredients Together 3) Form Bites 4) Bake

Video – Watch How to Make Them

Fussy Eater Tip

  • If your kids don’t like seeing “green bits” in their food, peel the zucchinis before grating.

Storage Instructions

  • REFRIGERATE: Store in an airtight container for up to 2 days. Note: The bites will soften in texture when cold
  • FREEZE: Allow to cool and freeze on a baking sheet. Once hard transfer the bites to an airtight container or ziplock bag and freeze for up to 2 months
Child's Hand Holding Up a Zucchini Bite to the Camera

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Child's Hand Holding Up a Zucchini Bite to the Camera

Zucchini Bites

Made from zucchini, cheese, eggs and oats, these zucchini bites are a fantastic toddler snack or lunchbox filler.

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 180C / 350F / Gas 4 and prepare two baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet

  • Place the zucchini on a clean cloth and squeeze out the liquid into a bowl. (You need to get the zucchini quite dry for the recipe to work)

  • Place the zucchini back in the bowl and mix with the remaining ingredients

  • Form ½ tbsp balls and flatten into rounds onto the baking sheet. (Mine were around ½ cm / ¼ inch thick and I made 21)

  • Bake for approx. 15 mins (until crispy on the sides)

Recipe Notes

Zucchini Liquid: Don’t throw this goodness away – add it to smoothies or pasta sauces.
Cheese: You can use any good melting cheese such as cheddar, mozzarella or tasty. Or you can use a mix.
Flour: Oat flour can easily be made by blending / processing oats until a flour consistency. Alternatively you can replace with another flour (such as all-purpose or almond)
Making for a Baby: To lower sodium levels you can reduce the cheese to 1/4 cup.
Nutritional Information is a ROUGH guide only, calculated using an online nutrition calculator.

Nutrition Facts

Zucchini Bites

Amount Per Serving

Calories 29
Calories from Fat 18

% Daily Value*

Fat 2g3%

Saturated Fat 1g5%

Cholesterol 20mg7%

Sodium 29mg1%

Potassium 48mg1%

Carbohydrates 1g0%

Fiber 1g4%

Sugar 1g1%

Protein 2g4%

Vitamin A 85IU2%

Vitamin C 2.2mg3%

Calcium 31mg3%

Iron 0.2mg1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

*Originally posted April 2016. Has been updated to include process shots, new photos and extra recipe information.

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