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Two broccoli cheese tots stacked with bite taken out of top one.
Course Appetizer, Snack

Baby-Friendly Broccoli Cheese Tater Tots

By: Elysia
Servings 18 -20 broccoli tater tots
Bored of broccoli? Spruce it up by making some of these Broccoli Cheese Tater Tots! They're easy, healthy, cheesy and delicious and make a great snack, appetizer or side perfect for babies and toddlers!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 1 cup diced white potato peeled and diced into about 1/2 inch cubes
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped chives or sub in green onion
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups homemade or store-bought whole-wheat bread crumbs* can sub in gluten-free if necessary
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt optional


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a medium saucepan, bring about an inch of water to a boil. Place the steamer basket in the saucepan and fill with diced potato and broccoli. Cover and steam for about 10-15 minutes or until the vegetables are soft enough to mash.
  • Add the steamed broccoli and potato to a large bowl. Mash until mostly smooth, leaving a few chunks here and there. You can also do this step in the food processor.
  • Mix in the chopped chives and shredded cheddar cheese, garlic powder, salt (if using), and 1/2 a cup of breadcrumbs until combined.
  • Using your hands, form the mixture into the shape of longer tots about 2 inches long and 1 inch wide.
  • Beat the egg in a separate bowl. Coat each tot lightly in the egg mixture and then roll in the remaining breadcrumbs.
  • Place each tot on the parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  • Bake in oven for 20 minutes, carefully flipping tots half way through.


  • Chop the broccoli before you measure it. Try to use more of the florets rather than the tough stems.
  • You can either mash the broccoli and potatoes in a large bowl using a potato masher or transfer the steamed veggies to a food processor and blend until mostly smooth. You can also finely chop the broccoli and potato instead if mashing if you want the tots to have more texture.
  • If you find that the broccoli mixture is still too moist before forming it into tots, add some additional bread crumbs until desired consistency is achieved.
  • You can use homemade or store-bought bread crumbs for the broccoli tots. I’ve used homemade and store-bought whole-wheat panko bread crumbs for this recipe and both worked well. If making homemade, you’ll need about 3 slices of whole-grain bread. 
  • If you want to keep these lower carb and egg-free, you can skip the egg/bread crumb coating.
  • If serving these tots to babies under the age of one, you may wish to reduce or skip the salt to reduce sodium intake.
  • To reheat, place in the oven at 400 degrees and bake for 5-10 minutes or until heated through.


Calories: 64kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 3gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 85mgPotassium: 97mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 138IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 42mgIron: 1mg
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