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Cheesy Zucchini Tots (for better afternoon snacks!)

Cheesy Zucchini Tots (for better afternoon snacks!)

Cheesy zucchini tots are baked rather than fried, making them a lower-carb alternative to tator tots. And, they're made fresh, NOT frozen!

Whether this school year means in-person teaching or online classes, routines help keep things normal, such as the afternoon snack. Boost their learning with a tasty and healthy treat! 

This healthier solution to classic tater tots, uses fresh, shredded zucchini, panko breadcrumbs, and your favorite shredded cheese to make a great, baked snack whenever the craving hits. Let kids join in on the fun by mixing together ingredients and helping to shape the zucchini tots!

Cheesy Zucchini Tots


Healthy Zucchini Tots

Servings: 6-8

  • 2 whole Zucchini, shredded (our favorite box grater)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup Panko
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  •  Dipping sauce of choice.


1.  Preheat oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2.  Place shredded zucchini on a clean, lint-free kitchen towel or on a couple of paper towels. Wrap towel around the sides and gently squeeze the excess water from the zucchini. Remove zucchini from towel and place in a bowl.

3.  Add the salt, egg, parmesan cheese, panko breadcrumbs and olive oil in the bowl with the zucchini and stir until combined. Scoop out tablespoon-sized portions and shape to look like tater tots. Place on baking sheet leaving about ½-inch distance. Bake 15-20 minutes, until golden.

Enjoy! -Frankie

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Frankie - August 20, 2020

Hi Nancy,
They are! Come back and tell us how you liked them.

Frankie - August 20, 2020

Hi Peg,
I used 2 medium-sized whole zucchini, then peeled and shredded them. I didn’t measure how much that yielded. Sorry! Hope this helps.

Peg - August 20, 2020

How much is 2 zucchini (cups shredded, or ounces, etc.) in the healthy zuchinni tots

Nancy - August 20, 2020

the zucchini tots look delicious! I’m definitely going to try this recipe! Thanks

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