Broccoli Tots

full serving plate with broccoli tots for babies.

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Healthy homemade broccoli tots are a delicious veggie-packed twist on classic tater tots! Vegan and gluten-free, this baked broccoli tot recipe is made with just 2 ingredients, broccoli and potato, plus customizable seasonings. No grains, eggs, or dairy! This allergy-free toddler-friendly side dish is perfect for meal prepping and stashing away in the freezer for busy weeknight meals everyone in the family will love!




  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F
  2. Microwave the frozen riced broccoli and shredded potato hashbrowns (if needed).
  3. If you are using raw broccoli and potato, chop the broccoli into florets and peel and shred the potato. Add the broccoli florets to a food processor to rice. Steam the potato and broccoli until soft but not falling apart (about 10-15 minutes).
  4. Squeeze out excess liquid using a dish towel or cheesecloth from the riced broccoli and shredded potato before adding the veggies to a mixing bowl.
  5. Add your choice of seasonings and mix and mash everything together with a fork until combined.
  6. Use a tablespoon measuring spoon to portion out 1 tablespoon of broccoli tot filling and use your hands to shape the tot by rolling it into a small tightly packed cylinder shape (about 18-20 tots).
  7. Place the shaped veggie tater tots on a parchment paper or Silpat lined baking sheet and bake them in the oven for 12-15 minutes before carefully flipping them over and baking an additional 12-15 minutes on the other side until golden brown.


Air Fryer Instructions:

  1. Follow the same steps as above but after you shape the tots, arrange them in a single layer in an air fryer basket. Spray the basket with oil to prevent sticking.
  2. Air-fry the broccoli tots in your air fryer at 400°F for about 10-12 minutes until golden brown. No need to flip them halfway if you leave enough space in between the tots (don't overcrowd the basket!)

Leftovers: Once the tots have cooled, you can store them in an airtight container in the fridge for about 5 days. Place a paper towel on the bottom of the container to soak up excess moisture.

Freezing: To meal prep a large batch of veggie tots ahead of time for storing in the freezer, first follow all cooking instructions and then allow the tots to cool on a wire rack. Place the broccoli tater tots in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze until solid. Then you can transfer the frozen tots into a freezer-safe storage bag or air-tight container for up to 6-8 months.

Reheating: To reheat tots from the fridge place them onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and warm in a 375°F oven for 8-10 minutes or in a 375°F air fryer for 3-4 minutes. If reheating from frozen, bake for an additional 3-4 minutes and air fry for an additional 2-3 minutes until crispy and golden brown. You can toss leftover tots in the microwave to make them soft and moist which is ideal for babies and toddlers.