Broccoli & Cheese Nuggets Recipe

Nuggets just got better. Broccoli now has a new fun way of appearing in your dinner plates and lunchboxes other than steamed. This Broccoli and Cheese Nuggets Recipe will revolutionize the way you serve broccoli at your house.

easy to make broccoli nuggets are perfect for dinner or in the lunchbox!

“When in doubt, make nuggets” was my friend Anne’s advice when I asked her how else I could make veggies appealing to my kids.  It seemed easy enough, right? But how exactly do you turn things like broccoli into a nugget?

I’ve seen veggie nuggets in the freezer isle at Whole Foods but at $6 for a small bag it seemed expensive. Plus, one of the brands had soy (an ingredient I avoid in our home) and most had gluten as well. For a few weeks, I tinkered with the broccoli mixture until it held together well. The result was a kid approved recipe made with easy to find ingredients.

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simple ingredients and easy to make broccoli nuggets recipe

In the dozens of emails I receive daily, many parents ask for help to feed their kids more veggies. I always say that you have to try the same vegetable in many different ways. Vegetables have a crunchy texture that changes greatly depending on how you cook them. Some even smell different, like broccoli and cauliflower.

If you don’t have a food processor, you can finely chop the broccoli by hand, in a blender, or in one of those mini choppers. I’m a one-bowl-and-done kind of gal so I opted for the food processor.

broccoli nugget ingredients inside the food processor

While my daughter now loves steamed broccoli, that wasn’t always the case. My boys still refuse to eat broccoli, but one of them will eat these nuggets without a fuss. Maybe it’s because I call them Shrek Nuggets, but either way, he tolerates them.

broccoli nuggets? Shrek Nuggets? Either way, this green nugget is a winner!

Sure, 4-6 nuggets might not be as much broccoli as we’d like our kids to eat; but the reality is that it’s better than no broccoli and every little bit of veggies count towards a serving.

If you can roll out meatballs, you can make these nuggets. Check out how easy they are to make in this video.

If you think that nuggets are just for kids, you are mistaken. I’ve eaten my share of nuggets in the office packed for lunch. You can either pack them at room temperature in a lunchbox or heated inside a thermos.

broccoli nuggets make an awesome school or office lunch! gluten free, dairy free versions too.

You’ll find the recipe for the classic version, a gluten free, and a dairy free version. It’s crucial that you season these nuggets because without seasoning, they are pretty bland.

What are some interesting ways you serve up vegetables at your house?

Broccoli & Cheese Nuggets Recipe

easy to make broccoli nuggets are perfect for dinner or in the lunchbox!
  • Author: Laura Fuentes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
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Ingredients

  • 16 ounce bag of broccoli florets, thawed
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 teaspoons favorite seasoning mix (Italian or Creole)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Place broccoli florets inside a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.
  3. Add eggs, breadcrumbs, cheese and seasoning to veggie mixture. Process a few pulses until every combined.
  4. Using a small cookie scoop, place veggie nugget scoops onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Gently press them down so all nuggets are the same height.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the tops are golden. Remove from the oven and allow them to cool slightly prior to serving.
  6. Store leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate up to 3 days.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 149
  • Fat: 4.6g
  • Carbohydrates: 19.8g
  • Protein: 11.4g

Gluten Free Broccoli & Cheese Nuggets Recipe

broccoli nuggets? Shrek Nuggets? Either way, this green nugget is a winner!
  • Author: Laura Fuentes
  • Yield: 46 servings 1x
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Ingredients

  • 16 ounce bag of broccoli florets, thawed
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup gluten free bread crumbs
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 teaspoons favorite seasoning mix (Italian or Creole)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Place broccoli florets inside a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.
  3. Add eggs, breadcrumbs, cheese and seasoning to veggie mixture. Process a few pulses until every combined.
  4. Using a small cookie scoop, place veggie nugget scoops onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Gently press them down so all nuggets are the same height.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the tops are golden. Remove from the oven and allow them to cool slightly prior to serving.
  6. Store leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate up to 3 days.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 177
  • Fat: 5.7g
  • Carbohydrates: 23.1g
  • Protein: 13.1g

Dairy Free Broccoli & Cheese Nuggets Recipe

easy to make broccoli nuggets are perfect for dinner or in the lunchbox!
  • Author: Laura Fuentes
  • Yield: 46 servings 1x
Scale

Ingredients

  • 16 ounce bag of broccoli florets, thawed
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 2 teaspoons favorite seasoning mix (Italian or Creole)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Place broccoli florets inside a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.
  3. Add eggs, breadcrumbs, nutritional yeast, yellow mustard, and seasoning to veggie mixture. Process a few pulses until every combined.
  4. Using a small cookie scoop, place veggie nugget scoops onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Gently press them down so all nuggets are the same height.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the tops are golden. Remove from the oven and allow them to cool slightly prior to serving.
  6. Store leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate up to 3 days.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 180
  • Fat: 4.2g
  • Carbohydrates: 25g
  • Protein: 14.3g

53 thoughts on “Broccoli & Cheese Nuggets Recipe”

  1. D says:

    Does the consistency or baked final product allow for a cookie cutter to be used?

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      I haven’t tried it with cookie cutters.

  2. Suzanne says:

    These look so good! What a great meal prep for kids!

  3. Vanessa says:

    Thanks for sharing! Are they very good after being frozen?

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      The texture changes a little but they are not bad as long as they are baked crispy.

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