Jalapeño Cheddar Broccoli Bites

jalapeno cheddar broccoli bites on a plate with marinara dipping sauce

Jalapeño Cheddar Broccoli Bites

These Broccoli Bites are the most highly palatable form of vegetables I have ever encountered. If you are looking for an easy way to get in more vegetables, this recipe is it. If you have a food processor these can probably be prepared in minutes.
PREP TIME
3 Hours
COOK TIME
20 Minutes

Per Serving – Makes 48 Bites

26 Calories

3.5g C | 1.1g P | 0.8g F

How to Make Jalapeño Cheddar Broccoli Bites

Broccoli Bites made in the air fryer

Jalapeño Cheddar Broccoli Bites

4.80 from 10 votes
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American, meal prep
Keyword: free, freezer friendly, gluten free, meal prep, snack, under 10 ingredients, under 500 calories
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Inactive: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 35 minutes
Servings: 48 bites
Calories: 26kcal
These Broccoli Bites are the most highly palatable form of vegetables I have ever encountered. If you are looking for an easy way to get in more vegetables, this recipe is it. If you have a food processor these can probably be prepared in minutes.
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Ingredients

  • 2 lbs (908 g) frozen broccoli
  • ½ medium (100 g) onion
  • 3 medium (90 g) jalapeños
  • 1 cup (112 g) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup (120 g) maseca masa harina
  • tbsp (12 g) garlic powder
  • tsp (9 g) salt
  • 2 tsp (4 g) pepper
  • ¼ cup (60 g) water
  • (10 g) oil spray optional for reheating

Instructions

For the Broccoli Bites

  • Thaw out your broccoli in the microwave.
  • NOTE: If you have a food processor you can probably just add all of the ingredients (minus the oil spray) and pulse it until it forms a "dough".
  • If you don't have a food processor, pour out all of your broccoli onto a cutting board and chop it as fine as you reasonably can.
  • Cut your onion and jalapeños into as small of a dice as you can.
  • Combine the broccoli, onions, jalapeños, and cheese together on the cutting board and continue mincing it until you achieve a riced consistency.
  • In a large bowl, add the broccoli, onion, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and maseca. Mix to combine.
  • Add in the water and stir to hydrate. Keep moving everything around until the maseca becomes sticky and a dough like consistency starts to form.
  • Line a large baking sheet (I used 17"x11") with foil or parchment and spread out the broccoli mix. Press it into all sides of the sheet pan to get a dense, thin product.
  • The thinner you make these the crispier they will get in the air fryer. If your sheet pan is too small and you try to fit the entire mixture on to it, your final bites will probably be too thick. It may be necessary in this case to use two sheet pans. You want about ⅛"-¼" in thickness.
  • Place the sheet pan into the freezer and allow it to freeze until solid. This will make it a breeze to form into pieces. You would have to do it by hand otherwise which would get messy and time consuming.
  • You can just form them by hand and air fry immediately if you don't need them for Snack City.
  • Once frozen solid, remove from the pan and cut into 48 pieces. I achieved this by cutting it into 8 rows and 6 columns.
  • Transfer the bites to a ziplock bag and store them inside of Snack City in your freezer.

Cooking and Serving

  • Preheat your air fryer to 400°F. Place the frozen broccoli bites into the air fryer. (Spray with oil if you wish). Air fry for 16-20 minutes, flipping half way. Cooking times may vary depending on thickness, just keep an eye on them.
  • Serve your broccoli bites with a bit of pasta sauce for dipping. Choose your favorited jarred sauce at the store.
  • Note that the nutrition information doesn't include the pasta sauce, just the broccoli bites.

Video

Nutrition

Calories: 26kcal | Carbohydrates: 3.5g | Protein: 1.1g | Fat: 0.8g



NUTRITION INFO

The information in the following table are estimates for the total nutrition of the recipe, as written.  If you follow the recipe listed above, as written, you can use these tables to determine the nutrition information if you wanted to split the recipe, as written, into more or less servings than what is originally listed.  If you update the number of servings in the “Servings” field of the recipe above, the information in these tables are no longer accurate as you have updated the ingredients.

Servings
Carbs
167.4g
Protein
50.7g
Fat
40.6g
Calories
1237.8 cals

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This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. Eric

    Is there a low carb subsitute for the maseca?

  2. Gimme Nick

    4 stars
    I’ll give it a 4/5. Because vegetables are poop. Tastes like homemade playdoh! LOL! But I’m determined to adjust it my liking. I added way to much salt and I could do without the jalapeno’s. I think it needs mushroom or something. I might try another go at it.

  3. Erin

    5 stars
    You ever had something so satisfying and yummy it makes you mad and you hit the kitchen table once or twice because this shouldn’t have worked out so well but it did?

    Yeah, that’s this recipe!!!

  4. Riley

    5 stars
    I loved it. I also agree with Erin, this shouldn’t have worked out so well for my first dish I made by myself. I’m below 16 yrs old.

  5. Riley

    5 stars
    I also agree with Erin, this shouldn’t have worked out so well for my first dish I made by myself. I’m below 16 yrs old.

  6. A B

    5 stars
    Absolutely delish, great as a already prepared vegetable side to rice or protein in a meal when I’m feeling lazy

  7. Anthony

    4 stars
    I’m not sure what I did wrong, but mine froze together into one block. (stacked them sideways in a Zwilling vacuum bag, just like you did in the YT video) Once I chiseled a few squares off, they tasted great!
    Next time I’m thinking of baking them on the sheet tray before cutting and freezing.

    1. Nathan

      Hey Anthony! A similar thing happened with my hidden veg breakfast muffins when I made them – I think my mistake was not freezing them long enough before putting them into the vacuum bag; I saw them squishing a little when I vacuumed the bag, which shouldn’t happen if they were frozen solid. Could the same thing have happened with you and these bites?

  8. s10jam

    Anyone try using something other than mesaca?

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