Baby-Led Weaning Dinner Lunch Snacks

Easy Cheesy 4 Ingredient Broccoli Bites

easy cheesy broccoli bites

Truth be told, I am pretty much counting down the days until Penelope is old enough to eat solid foods. Yes, she is only 2 months old, but there is something so exciting about seeing your baby try new foods for the first time. When we first started solids with Harper, we tried the baby-led weaning method and honestly, it was super fun. No baby food purees to make, no force-feeding, just watching your little one explore their food and learn to eat on their own.

Starting around 7 months old, these easy cheesy broccoli bites quickly became one of Harper’s favorite foods. And I love them for so many reasons:

  • perfect for little hands to hold
  • freezer-friendly
  • 4 simple ingredients
  • easy side dish for dinner

Side Note: how adorable are those divided plates for toddlers? You can snag some on Amazon. We’re obsessed!

Easy Cheesy 4 Ingredient Broccoli Bites

Yield: 20 mini broccoli bites

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups broccoli (can use fresh or frozen)

1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (I used 1 cup shredded mild yellow cheddar and 1/2 cup shredded mild white cheddar)

3 large eggs, lightly beaten

3/4 cup plain whole wheat breadcrumbs

easy cheesy broccoli bites

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Chop broccoli into tiny florets and steam for 2-3 minutes until tender.
  3. Mix all 4 ingredients together in a large bowl.

easy cheesy broccoli bites4. Form small patties and place on parchment-lined baking sheet.

5. Bake for 15 minutes, then gently flip the patties and bake for another 10 minutes.

easy cheesy broccoli bites

To Freeze

  1. Allow broccoli bites to cool completely on baking sheet.
  2. Transfer entire baking sheet (with parchment paper and broccoli bites) into the freezer.
  3. Freeze for 20 minutes until the broccoli bites are frozen.
  4. Transfer broccoli bites to a freezer bag.
  5. Label bag and freeze!

easy cheesy broccoli bites

Notes

  • If you’re making these for baby-led weaning purposes, I recommend using plain breadcrumbs without any added ingredients. Most store-bought breadcrumbs contain lots of salt and sugar.
  • If making these for a toddler, feel free to add a little salt, pepper, garlic powder, etc. – for baby-led weaning, I personally wouldn’t add any salt.
  • These keep in the freezer for about a month. Be sure to flash-freeze on the baking sheet first (as noted above) – otherwise they will all freeze together in one big clump!
  • I have made these dairy-free before (for my husband) by using Daiya shredded cheddar cheese.

Recipe slightly adapted from Stacey Snacks Online

These broccoli bites make the perfect healthy toddler snack, and are also an excellent choice for baby-led weaning. They are not only made with 4 simple ingredients, they're also vegetarian and can be made in about 30 minutes!

For more baby-led weaning ideas, check out:

Best Foods for Baby-Led Weaning

Baby-Led Weaning Breakfast Ideas

Best Gluten-Free Recipes for Baby-Led Weaning

What’s your favorite toddler or baby snack? Have any questions about our BLW experience? Ask in the comments below!

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17 Comments

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    Everything You Wanted to Know About Baby-Led Weaning: Best Foods for Baby - Because I Said So Baby
    August 14, 2017 at 2:21 PM

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    Onlygirl4boyz
    August 21, 2017 at 4:18 PM

    Those look great and super easy to make!

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      Marla
      September 18, 2017 at 3:21 PM

      Thank you! They are one of my favorite, easy snacks!

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    Nostalgia Diaries
    August 21, 2017 at 7:08 PM

    My daughter is a huge broccoli fan – I think she’d really like these (and I think they sound good, too!)

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      Marla
      September 18, 2017 at 3:22 PM

      My daughter also LOVES broccoli any way she can get it. And yes – I find myself sneaking these when I make them! 🙂

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    Kiley D. Smith
    August 21, 2017 at 10:17 PM

    It is SO difficult to get my kids to eat their broccoli. I am going to try this!

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      Marla
      September 18, 2017 at 3:27 PM

      Adding cheese is always a winner! 🙂

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    Lauren | also known as mama
    August 21, 2017 at 10:19 PM

    These look super yummy! I’m going to give them a try this week!

    • Reply
      Marla
      September 18, 2017 at 3:25 PM

      Hope you like them!

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    Jaclyn Quinones
    August 22, 2017 at 9:21 AM

    We loved BLW! Broccoli was my little guy’s first food. These look good and easy to make.

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      Marla
      September 18, 2017 at 3:25 PM

      BLW really is a fun experience! I bet broccoli was also a great first food!

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    platformsandpacifiers
    August 22, 2017 at 10:17 AM

    My son HATES broccoli – he talks about how much he hates it on a daily basis, seriously!! I’m going to have to make these and see if he eats them! haha

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      Marla
      September 18, 2017 at 3:24 PM

      I hope they work! Can’t turn down something with melted cheese 🙂

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    Sumer
    August 23, 2017 at 12:22 PM

    These look so awesome! I’d love to try using a dairy-free cheese and making these for my 2 year old. They seem super simple!

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      Marla
      September 18, 2017 at 3:24 PM

      They come out pretty similar with the dairy-free cheese we used. My husband really enjoyed them!

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    Jacqui Woods
    August 24, 2017 at 10:00 AM

    Those look yummy even for adults!

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      Marla
      September 18, 2017 at 3:23 PM

      They definitely work for all ages!

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