Baked cauliflower tots, or croquettes, are a great weaning food for babies and toddlers and one of my favourite vegetable recipes for kids. A healthy recipe that is suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Can be served as a side dish.
Growing up I would have called this kind of thing a croquette. Nowadays they seem to be known as tots, which I believe is due to a popular American food, the tater tot. Tater tots are small hash browns in a tube-like shape.
Whether you call it a croquette or a tot these cauliflower tots are a great first food for babies and toddlers. They’re ideal for baby led weaning, they taste great with a dip and for older kids and adult they make a great vegan or vegetarian side dish.
There’s pretty much zero chance of my kids eating roasted cauliflower or cauliflower rice but they were willing to give these a go.
You will need a food processor to make these. If you don’t have one you’ll need to chop the cauliflower very finely or it won’t cook through in time.
Healthy baked cauliflower tots
Baked cauliflower tots, or croquettes, are a great weaning food for babies and toddlers and a wonderful vegetable side dish for everyone else. A healthy recipe that is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
- 1/2 medium cauliflower (250g weight)
- 1 tbsp nutritional yeast optional, adds cheesy flavour
- 2 tbsp panko breadcrumbs
- 1 tsp parsley very finely chopped
- salt and pepper to taste
Pre-heat the oven to 180°C (fan)/200°C/gas mark 6. Line a baking tray with non-stick paper.
Break the cauliflower into florets. Place in a food processor and pulse several times until it resembles rice. Don't over do it - you don't want it to be mushy. If you do over mix it you'll need to squeeze some of the water out - it's best to do this with your hands.
Transfer to a mixing bowl and add all the other ingredients. Omit salt if making for babies. Mix well until fully combined.
Using your hands roll into eight croquette or tot shapes. Place on the baking tray.
Bake in the pre-heated oven for 25 minutes or until golden brown, turning with a spatula halfway through the cooking time.
Serve warm with tomato sauce or allow to cool completely and store in an airtight container in the fridge.