Veggie Nuggets

This recipe can be made egg-free and dairy-free (substitutes listed)


1 cup shredded carrots

3 cups broccoli florets

1 garlic clove

2 tablespoons chia seeds

6 tablespoons water

1 1/4 cups breadcrumbs divided

3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese OR dairy free cheese alternative

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

2 tablespoon grass fed butter OR coconut oil


Mix the chia seeds and water together in a small bowl and let it sit for 10 – 15 minutes until the mixture becomes gel. (OR you can replace the egg + water mixture with ONE EGG)

Shred carrots. Steam broccoli (in the microwave for two minutes) or until tender.

Place shredded carrots, steamed broccoli, garlic, chia seed mixture, 1 cup of the breadcrumbs, cheese, onion powder, and black pepper in food processor and pulse for 15 seconds or until well combined. Mixture should form easily into a ball. If it’s too crumbly, add water 1/2teaspoon at a time until you achieve the desired consistency.

Form mixture into balls, about a tablespoon each. You should get about 25 nuggets. Flatten slightly into round discs about 1/2-inch thick.

Place remaining 1/4 cup breadcrumbs in a shallow dish. Coat each veggie nuggets with breadcrumbs.

Heat butterin a skillet on medium high heat .

Arrange nuggets in skillet and cook about 4 minutes each side, or until golden brown and crispy.

You can freeze any extra for 2 weeks!


Published by snackswithjax

Sarah is the creator and mom behind "Snacks with Jax", a social media community of over 85,000 parents/caregivers, where she shares her son's meals, nutrition information, and evidence-based tips for feeding children. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist with a Bachelor's degree in Nutrition emphasizing in Wellness from Texas Woman's University and years of experience as a culinary instructor working with ages 2+. She has coached hundreds of parents & caregivers through the journey introducing solids to babies and also navigating picky eating with toddlers and older children. Her focus is on establishing a life-long healthy relationship with food for children while also empowering, encouraging, and educating their adult caregivers.

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