Healthy Baked Zucchini Tots

6-Ingredient Healthy Baked Zucchini Tots (Gluten Free!) | ASpicyPerspective.comLooking for healthier back to school side dishes? These 6-Ingredient Healthy Baked Zucchini Tots are gluten free and packed with flavor!

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Chances are, if you’re a gardener and happened to plant zucchini this year, you’ve got bushels of these tender green batons coming out of your garden right now.

What should you do with your mountain of zucchini? You could make…

Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Baked Zucchini Chips

Zucchini Nutella Swirl Muffins

Grilled Fajita Veggie Skewers

Zucchini and Crimini Street Tacos

Roasted Vegetable Tostadas

Zoodles with Capers and Cherry Tomatoes

Just to name a few. Zucchini lovers unite!

Making 6-Ingredient Healthy Baked Zucchini Tots (Gluten Free!) |

However, my latest zucchini addiction is Healthy Baked Zucchini Tots made with only 6 ingredients (+ salt and pepper) and they’re gluten free to boot.

Easy 6-Ingredient Healthy Baked Zucchini Tots (Gluten Free!) |

Healthy Baked Zucchini Tots make a wonderful side dish or snack for kids and adults alike.

They are packed with zucchini, seasoned with herbs, and held together with eggs, a little cheese, and crushed rice cereal.

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Once baked, they have the consistency of tater tots, yet have a lot more going for them, including zesty flavor as well as protein, vitamins, and minerals!

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Healthy Baked Zucchini Tots are fun to make and even more fun to dunk. Try them with ketchup, honey mustard, ranch, or blue cheese dressing.

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My kids love these little guys. And I love that I’m sneaking extra veggies into their diet.

As an added bonus, Healthy Baked Zucchini Tots are easy to freeze! Just bake them according to the recipe, place in a zip bag and freeze. When you’re ready to use them, warm them in the oven at 350 for about 10-15 minutes!

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Healthy Baked Zucchini Tots

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Looking for healthier side dishes? These 6-Ingredient Healthy Baked Zucchini Tots are gluten free and packed with flavor!
Servings: 6
Nutrition Facts
Healthy Baked Zucchini Tots
Amount Per Serving (6 tots)
Calories 86 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 67mg 22%
Sodium 102mg 4%
Potassium 146mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 1g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 5.9%
Vitamin C 9%
Calcium 11.3%
Iron 4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • 2 cups packed shredded zucchini
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cups shredded Italian blend cheese (could use low fat cheese)
  • 1/2 cup crushed rice cereal such as Rice Chex or gluten-free rice puffs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Shred the zucchini and measure out 2 cups tightly packed. Dump the zucchini onto a paper towel. Then use another paper towel to press out as much moisture as possible. Discard the paper towels. Place the zucchini in a large bowl.
  2. Crush the rice cereal into fine crumbs. Add the eggs, cheese, crushed rice cereal, herbs, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper. Mix well to combine.
  3. Using a 2-teaspoon cookie scoop, spoon out tightly packed portions of zucchini mixture and place on parchment paper lined baking sheets. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden.

Recipe Notes

NOTE: If your recipe does not need to be gluten free, you can substitute panko bread crumbs for the rice cereal.

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36 comments on “Healthy Baked Zucchini Tots

  1. Britposted April 8, 2019 at 11:13 pm Reply

    The nutritional value reads that this has no carbs, but every dry oz. of rice cereal contains 3 grams of carbs. I love the recipe, the idea and the results. But for no carb diets, this is incorrect. Just low carb(:

    • Britposted April 8, 2019 at 11:17 pm Reply

      My boyfriend is diabetic and carbs turn into sugars, so that’s the only reason I thought i’d mention it. For someone who is insulin dependant or who has liver cancer, they would have to inject themselves accordingly. This doesn’t take away from how simple, eletant, healthy, creative and TASTY this dish is though!!

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  3. Cristinaposted March 27, 2019 at 8:56 pm Reply

    These are so good!

    I made one change, I used a ninja to chop up the Zucchini. I think that made them more liquidy. So, I put then in a six muffin pan. Fit perfect and they came out great. A definite keeper.

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  5. Kim Hacklposted September 29, 2018 at 10:35 pm Reply

    I love these! They are so tasty and such an easy recipe to make. I have lots of zucchini from my garden and have made them twice already. I am still trying to perfect them. I think the variable is how much one squeezes out their zucchini. I will definitely be making these for Book Club and other parties because I can see it will be super easy to have them made up and then just scoop them out and bake them up when everyone arrives. Thank you for such an easy and tasty treat!

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  9. Olga Wallposted August 12, 2018 at 4:49 pm Reply

    Omg….never Tasted anything better..Sooooo amazing…easy to make and delicious

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  13. Brandyposted September 27, 2017 at 10:41 am Reply

    Can I use something other than the cereal? I have no dietary restrictions and Chex seems like it would add sweetness I don’t necessarily want.


    • Sommerposted September 27, 2017 at 2:50 pm Reply

      Hi Brandy,

      If you don’t have any dietary restrictions, and don’t want to go with rice cereal, I would use panko bread breads in equal portion. The tots will turn out great! :)

      • Brandyposted September 28, 2017 at 9:46 am

        Sweet! Thanks! I’m making them to go along with wings :)

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  15. maryannposted August 11, 2017 at 11:28 am Reply

    Do I really need to use parchment paper for these? I don’t have any. The recipes looks very good.

    • Sommerposted August 12, 2017 at 12:56 pm Reply

      Hi Maryann,

      They come off the baking sheets much easier with parchment paper. It also helps them not to spread. :)

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  18. Edward Kowalskiposted June 20, 2017 at 2:28 pm Reply

    Add 1 cup parmesan cheese…FANTASTIC!

  19. Stephanieposted February 17, 2017 at 1:50 pm Reply

    Looks awesome! 

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  21. Marlaposted September 9, 2016 at 3:41 pm Reply

    Any thoughts on how to make this dairy free? It sounds amazing, but I can’t have the cheese. Thanks!

    • Sommerposted September 9, 2016 at 10:26 pm Reply

      Hi Marla!

      Hmmm… The cheese and eggs help hold the mixture together. I’d try omitting the cheese and adding one more egg.

      • Marlaposted September 10, 2016 at 1:09 am

        Thank you. I just haven’t found good cheese substitutes and tend to avoid recipies that seem hard. I will try that!

  22. Julie | Table for Twoposted August 31, 2016 at 8:11 pm Reply

    You have NO IDEA how excited  I am to see these! Thank you!

  23. Marla Meridithposted August 31, 2016 at 12:59 pm Reply

    Such healthy party apps!

  24. Terese Christianposted August 31, 2016 at 12:48 pm Reply

    These look great, Sommer!! I’m going to substitute the rice cereal with crushed pork rinds for a super low carb option!!

  25. Jenny Flakeposted August 31, 2016 at 10:55 am Reply

    These look fantastic!!

  26. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted August 31, 2016 at 9:35 am Reply

    Love these healthy tots!

  27. [email protected]posted August 31, 2016 at 9:03 am Reply

    These are a superb way to eat courgettes. I have harvested 37 so far from my garden and there might be two or three more so I am making this for a cocktail party tomorrow night. Great recipe!

  28. Emily @ Life on Foodposted August 31, 2016 at 8:48 am Reply

    Oh I wonder if my 2 year old would eat theses. I am looking for ways to feed her zucchini that she will actually eat. These might just be the way.

  29. Mariaposted August 31, 2016 at 8:24 am Reply

    I am going to make these for our boys!