Gluten-Free Broccoli Tots

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 The Spruce / Morgan Walker

  • Total: 50 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 60 pieces (6 servings)

Skip the frozen section at the grocery store to make your own broccoli tots with this simple recipe. Packed with healthy broccoli, filling almond flour, and dried herbs these tots satisfy the whole family while also being gluten-free. They’re also a great option to make ahead and freeze for baking later. Just form the tots, fridge them for two hours, or until firm, then store them in a freezer-safe bag for up to three months. They can be baked straight from the freezer for a healthy and quick snack or served alongside grilled chicken or salmon. 

For a slightly different take on broccoli tots, try making them into thin patties and lightly frying them then topping with a bit of applesauce. Though not as healthy, this option is delicious for those who enjoy something crispy! 

Ingredients

  • 2 small heads broccoli or 1 medium, broken into florets
  • 2 medium red potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 cup flax meal 
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan, grated
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1/4 cup yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon salt 
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons scallions, finely diced

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather ingredients.

    broccoli tots ingredients
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  2. Preheat oven to 400 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Prepare an ice bath by filling a large bowl with cold water and ice.

    ice bath and parchment lined sheet for broccoli tots
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  3. In a large pot over high heat bring 8 cups of water to a rapid boil. Working in batches, carefully lower the broccoli florets into the boiling water and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until bright green and just barely tender.

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  4. Using a slotted spoon, remove broccoli and immediately plunge into ice water.

    ice water bath to blanch broccoli florets
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  5. When broccoli is completely cool remove from ice water and pat dry with a kitchen towel.

    dry broccoli florets
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  6. Chop the blanched broccoli very fine until you yield 3 cups of broccoli.

    chop broccoli for tots
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  7. In a small bowl combine flax and 1/4 cup water and mix well. Let the mixture sit for about 5 minutes, or until it thickens.

    flax and water for broccoli tots
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  8. In a food processor combine chopped broccoli, potatoes, flax mixture, parmesan, almond meal, parsley, onion, salt, garlic powder, and scallions and pulse about 5 times to incorporate.

    broccoli tot ingredients in food processor
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  9. Form broccoli tots by scooping about 1 1/2 tablespoons of the broccoli mixture into your hand and form into a tater-tot shape then place onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes or until slightly golden and crispy.

    scoop tots on to baking sheet
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  10. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with salt. Serve warm with ketchup or barbeque sauce for dipping.

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