When Waffle Fries are Chick-Fil-A’s most popular food, (seriously, it’s true!) rather than the chicken that hails their name, that tells me we love bite-sized foods that are crunchy, salty, comforting, and easy to pop in our mouths!

This shouldn’t come as a big surprise, since chips, pretzels, M&M’s, and roasted-salted nuts all pretty much fit the bill! Small and loaded with flavor…the perfect combination of fats, salt, and sugar!

If you’ve followed me for any length of time, you know how this is going to go down….All this news about Chick-Fil-A’s waffle fries and their popularity sent my mind racing!

You know the drill…I predictably got inspired to “spin” a more healthy version for snack sized bites! And so it was! What if there were a similar food (bite-sized snack) that fits the above descriptions (fats and with a bit of sugar and salt), but loaded with all the great nutrients that should be in our daily diets….What if the food offered protein, fiber, healthy fats, and even delivered healing foods for heart health, cancer, gut, and decreased inflammation? That would be a….

SLAM DUNK! 

Think broccoli, cauliflower, flax, nutritional yeast, onions, garlic, and almonds! Seriously! This is TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE! 

And, my recipe was born…8 healthy ingredients thrown together quickly and easily into Broccoli Bites for popping in your mouth with “full on flavor” and no guilt! I’m pretty much in heaven and you will be too!

Grab your kids, head to the kitchen, and get cooking! Please let me know how much you love this recipe. I hope you will share your pictures and reviews…just tag me when you do #pacerkristen/@pacerkristen.

Enjoy!

BROCCOLI BITES, Kristen Tinker

INGREDIENTS 

  • 3 cups broccoli and cauliflower (mix of half and half), finely chopped
  • 2 flax seed eggs (2 Tbsp ground flax seed mixed with 6 Tbsp water)
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 cup almond meal/flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2  tsp ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper rubbed with a thin coating of olive oil.
  3. Place ground flax seed into a small bowl with 6 Tbsp water). Allow to soak until thickened and most of water has been absorbed, approximately 5-10 minutes.
  4. Place 3 cups of broccoli and cauliflower into a food processor (I used a mix of half and half). Pulse in batches until finely chopped.
  5. Transfer broccoli and cauliflower to a medium bowl. Add remaining ingredients and mix lightly until moisture and ingredients are well-distributed.
  6. Using a small scoop or tablespoon, drop mixture onto oiled parchment paper into 18 “balls.” Using your fingers of the back of a spoon, flatten each ball into a small fritter.
  7. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 15 minutes on each side, for a total of 30 minutes total, until each side is crispy and brown.Alternatively, these can be pan-fried in a small bit of oil, although this is a messier and less healthy method!
  8. Serve warm…and for kids, a side of catsup just might be in order!