|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 2g||2%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||2%|
|Total Carbohydrate 19g||7%|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||8%|
|Total Sugars 3g|
|Vitamin C 13mg||65%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Vegan zucchini chips make a delicious snack or side dish. Free of eggs or dairy-based ingredients, these chips are perfect for vegans and vegetarians, take very little time to make, and are packed with flavor. Forget about artificially flavored veggie chips or packaged chips filled with preservatives and hydrogenated oils. For our delicious zucchini chips, you simply need some dried herbs, vegan breadcrumbs, and a plant-based milk beverage. Serve with a vegan dip, hummus, or ranch dressing, or as an accompaniment to vegan wraps, sandwiches, burgers, tofu steaks, or tempeh dishes. Or enjoy them on their own.
Zucchini is a delicious ingredient. Thought of as a vegetable, zucchini is actually a fruit, from the same family as cucumbers. Its mildly sweet flavor makes it a great blank canvas to work with, as it can take the flavor of the seasonings you want to use. Zucchini caramelizes well and is tasty when stewed, baked, grilled, or fried. Great on sweet bakes like quick breads, cakes, or muffins because it adds moisture and texture, zucchini can help create bulk in soups and casseroles when you have to feed many, adding very few calories. A large zucchini, approximately 320 grams in weight, has just 55 calories and 1 gram of fat, but 57.8 grams of vitamin C, or 64 percent of the recommended daily intake of the vitamin.
For our recipe, you can use any type of zucchini, but we recommend black beauty, dunja, gadzukes, or cocozelle. Use any kind of breadcrumbs or, for a lighter crust, use panko breadcrumbs instead. These breaded zucchini chips can be either baked in the oven or lightly pan-fried in a bit of oil—it's up to you. A pinch of seasoned salt is a great touch to add to the chips. Use your favorite spice blend, or for a fun twist, use a different salt like pink Himalayan or truffle salt. Vegan parmesan is a great addition on top as well.
3/4 cup vegan breadcrumbs
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
2 medium zucchini, sliced 1/2-inch thick
1/3 cup soy milk, or another vegan milk substitute
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Preheat the oven to 475 F and lightly grease a baking sheet with olive oil or nonstick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, combine breadcrumbs, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, and seasoned salt.
Dip each slice of zucchini into the soy milk, then gently dredge each slice well with the seasoned breadcrumb mix, pressing gently to coat on both sides.
Arrange the breaded zucchini slices in a single layer on the baking sheet.
Bake for 5 to 10 minutes, or until lightly crisped.
Turn the zucchini chips over, and bake for another 5 minutes. Serve immediately.
Pan-Fried Vegan Zucchini Chips
If you prefer, you can also pan-fry these little zucchini chips, although this technique requires more oil:
- Heat up a large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil and swirl to coat the skillet.
- Add the breaded zucchini slices and fry for about 4 to 5 minutes per side until nicely brown.
- Work in batches to avoid overcrowding the pan, using more oil as needed.
United States Department of Agriculture. FoodData Central. "Zucchini." April 1st, 2019.