Thursday, December 13, 2018

Itsy Bitsy Broccoli Bites for the holidays

With a free morning up my sleeve, I made a batch of these green goodies  for the freezer to have on hand at Christmas time. These nutritious and fun snacks are great for small children to munch on and for adults to enjoy with a cold Christmas drink. If you know you are being visited by young parents over Christmas with little people you will score some serious Brownie points if you produce these little beauties which the kids will love. They don't even realise that they are packed with nutritious green vegetables and no sugar. Finger food and vegetables are essential for healthy children and if they see us eating them as well, they will want them. The Sweet Chilli Jam on the side is strictly for adults only.

The rain has stopped for the moment leaving muggy and oppressive weather, suggesting that more rain is on it's way. The Dove orchids are coming out in bloom again, also a promise of more rain,  so hopefully they are right. According to the BOM reports Cyclone Owen will be bearing down on us this Sunday so batten down the hatches. I am trying to get all of the housework, washing etc done today knowing that over the next couple of days the wet weather could hamper our activities.

To make these little gems, I whizz the broccoli up in the food processor to save time doing all that chopping and then the rest of the ingredients just need to be mixed up, shaped into bite sized balls and put in the oven to quickly bake. So easy and just serve with Sweet chilli sauce or Sweet chilli jam for the adults,  or homemade relish or eat them unadorned! This is my version of Sarah Wilson's clever recipe. I also find it easier to grease my hands with a light layer of coconut oil when rolling them as they can get sticky.

I am putting this recipe up again as I last posted it two years ago and for some reason all of the photos disappeared. This recipe has endured the test of time.


Makes 36 Bites

2-3 cups of finely chopped fresh broccoli or frozen, thawed and chopped broccoli
1 1/2 cups grated cheese ( cheddar, Parmesan or whatever you have on hand)
3 free range eggs, beaten at room temperature
1 cup flour (plain, gluten-free or almond)
1 teaspoon dried oregano or 1 tablespoon freshly chopped oregano
sea salt
olive oil, coconut oil or butter for greasing (I use coconut oil and put a little on my hands as well when rolling the balls)

Let's cook:

Preheat your oven to 190 deg. C.
Line two baking trays with baking paper and lightly grease the paper.
Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.

Roll the mixture into bite sized balls and place on the baking trays. Or spoonfuls of the mixture can just be plopped onto the tray to resemble small fritters.

Sprinkle a small amount of dried oregano or black sesame seeds onto each ball before cooking for the rustic look and for added flavour. Reserve the black sesame seed bites for the adults.

Bake for 25 minutes or until golden.

These will keep in the fridge in an airtight container for 4-5 days, or freeze for a few months.

Best wishes



  1. Oh those looks so yummy. We have the grandkids this holidays so I think a batch of these will be great to have on hand. I have a giveaway on my blog if you want to enter. - free seeds! Yes we also got hit by Owen and watching his return very carefully. Stay safe and dry!

    1. Thanks you too. Our daughter has been cleaning up their property in Cairns today after Owen went through the first time. I'll check out your blog, what a great idea.

  2. Pauline, I have Sarah's books but haven't made these. No pitter patter of little feet around here this Christmas but I will pin this recipe for future reference when the family visits.

    1. You and your hubby would enjoy them as well, and they are healthy. Thanks Chel:)

  3. These sound delicious, Pauline.
    I think I will make these soon. :)

  4. As I'm writing this on your Sunday evening, I'm hoping all is well and Owen did cause much grief. Your Itsy Bitsy Broccoli Bites looks good. I love broccoli so I know I'd love these. We have three large gatherings coming up during the holidays and these are sure to make the appy table for one. Thanks for the inspiration, Pauline.

  5. we are broccoli lovers in this house so these look delish! gotta love a little fritter... cheers sherry


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