Step into a world of culinary delight with these broccoli and cheddar bites that seamlessly marry the wholesome goodness of finely chopped broccoli with the savory allure of vegan cheddar cheese. This versatile recipe transcends the ordinary, catering to a range of dietary preferences by embracing a dairy-free, healthy, and vegetarian profile. As you embark on the culinary journey, the symphony of flavors unfolds, with each ingredient contributing to the overall harmony.

Begin by preheating the oven to 350°F and lining a baking sheet with parchment paper, setting the stage for a crispy and golden outcome. In a medium bowl, a medley of ingredients awaits—2 cups of finely chopped broccoli, 3/4 cups of grated vegan cheddar cheese, 1 cup of Panko breadcrumbs, 2 tablespoons of finely chopped red onion, 1 teaspoon of minced garlic, and a pinch of salt and ground black pepper. The meticulous combination of these elements is a testament to the recipe’s artistry, with the resulting mixture brimming with texture and taste.

With deft hands, shape heaping tablespoons of the broccoli concoction into 1-inch balls, yielding approximately 16 perfectly portioned bites. These spheres of delight find their place on the prepared baking sheet, ready to undergo a transformative journey in the oven. As they bake for 25 minutes, the bites emerge slightly crisp and golden, a testament to the careful balance of flavors and textures.

Nutritionally conscious, each serving boasts a mere 36 calories, making these bites not only a culinary triumph but a wholesome choice for health-conscious individuals. Beyond the calorie count, the nutrient profile reveals 5g of carbohydrates, 1g of protein, and 1g of fat, showcasing a balance that aligns with various dietary needs.

The magic lies not just in the nutrition facts but in the culinary experience itself. Whether served as an appetizer, a main course, or a snack, these broccoli and cheddar bites transcend traditional boundaries. The umami-rich vegan cheddar pairs seamlessly with the vibrant green broccoli, while the red onion and garlic contribute layers of complexity. The result is a culinary masterpiece that satisfies both the palate and the conscience, proving that healthy, vegan options can be just as indulgent and satisfying. These bites are an invitation to savor the joy of cooking and relish every bite of a dish that is as wholesome as it is delectable.

Baked Broccoli Cheese Balls

The classic flavors of broccoli and cheddar rolled into perfectly portioned bites.

Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Snack

Cuisine: American

Keyword: dairy free, healthy, vegan, vegetarian

Servings: 16

Calories: 36kcal

Author: Holly GrayCook Mode

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  • 2 cups broccoli florets finely chopped
  • 3/4 cups vegan cheddar cheese grated
  • 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons red onion finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the broccoli, cheese, breadcrumbs, red onion, garlic, salt, and ground black pepper. Adjust seasoning to taste. Using your hands, shape heaping tablespoons of the broccoli mixture into 1-inch balls; you will have about 16. Set the balls onto the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 25 minutes, until slightly crisp and golden. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Calories: 36kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Sodium: 102mg | Potassium: 46mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.5g | Vitamin A: 71IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 0.3mg