Broccoli Cheese Bites

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These broccoli cheese bites are high in plant protein. They’re packed with quinoa and chickpeas, which are a natural source of protein. These healthy snacks are vegetarian and gluten-free.

Foods high in protein not only repair and build muscle, they’re also filling. So, they help you eat less. Eating protein also boosts your metabolism, helping you lose weight.

These Broccoli Cheese Bites are crispy and full of cheesy goodness. And they’re so yummy that even your kids will love them.

stack of broccoli bites

They’re nicely seasoned too. That’s because you use 6 different spices which you probably already have in your pantry: garlic powder, thyme, basil, onion powder, salt, and pepper.

So, make sure you have a good set of measuring spoons. I like these ones here because they don’t rust or get stained.

Each Broccoli Cheese Bite provides 2.2 grams of protein. So, they’re a good source of protein. The protein comes from 4 different sources: cheddar cheese, quinoa, chickpeas, and broccoli.

broccoli cheese bites

Ingredients You’ll Need

Chickpeas (15 oz can) – This helps bind the ingredients together.

Quinoa (1 ½ cups) – This also helps bind the ingredients together.

Cheddar Cheese (1 cup) – This adds cheesy flavor. If you want to make it vegan, you can just use vegan cheese instead.

Broccoli (1 ½ cups) – The “secret” ingredient…great way to sneak some veggies into your kids’ diet.

Garlic Powder (2 tsp)

Thyme (1 tsp)

Basil (1 tsp)

Onion Powder (1 tsp)

Salt (½ tsp)

Black Pepper (½ tsp)

Water (½ – 1 cup)

high protein broccoli bites with cheese on a plate

How to Make Broccoli Cheese Bites

Step 1. Blend a mixture of cheddar cheese, cooked quinoa, canned chickpeas, boiled broccoli, and spices in a food processor until smooth, adding some water for better processing.

Step 2. Once smooth, shape your mixture into balls. Next, place them on a parchment paper-lined baking tray that has been sprayed with olive oil to prevent any sticking.

Step 3. Finally, spray the balls with some olive oil and bake for 20 to 25 minutes until nice and golden.

broccoli bites on baking sheet

How Many Calories in These Broccoli Bites?

Each Broccoli Bite contains only 43 calories. So, you can have a couple and not feel guilty.

vegetarian broccoli cheese bites on a plate

How Many Carbs in Broccoli Cheese Bites?

Each Broccoli Cheese Bite contains 3.6 grams of net carbs. So, they fit into a low carb diet.

cheese bite dipped on tomato sauce

Benefits of Eating Broccoli

Your mom probably told you to eat up your broccoli when you were a kid. And for good reason-besides being nutritious, it’s good for your health.

It contains powerful antioxidants that may support your body. It also contains substances that reduce inflammation too.

And since it‘s rich in fiber, it helps promote good digestion too. So, eat up your broccoli!

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4.41 from 30 votes

Broccoli Cheese Bites

By Karo @ AllNutritious
Broccoli cheese bites are vegetarian, gluten-free, and high in protein. It's a kids-approved snack that goes amazing with ketchup or any other sauce. Most importantly, these bites are packed with plant-based protein.
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Servings: 30 cheese bites


  • 15 oz can chickpeas 1 ½ cups
  • 1 ½ cups quinoa cooked
  • 1 ½ cups chopped broccoli boiled
  • 1 cup mature cheddar cheese shredded
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ black pepper
  • ½ - 1 cup water


  • Cook quinoa and boil broccoli.
  • Add all the ingredients into a food processor and blend until all the ingredients nicely combine, and there is one consistent texture. You might need to do it in batches, make sure each batch has cheese added to it, so it nicely binds all the ingredients.
  • Add some water to each batch to help the food processor pulse the ingredients better.
  • Preheat the oven to 350F (180C), line the baking tray with parchment paper and spray it with olive oil.
  • Take a little bit of mixture and form balls with your hands. Place each ball on the baking sheet and flatten them. Make sure you nicely form the bites. They should be of circular shape.
  • Before putting the tray into the oven, spray the cheese bites with more olive oil. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Let them cool down before eating.

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Serving: 1 cheese bite | Calories: 43kcal | Carbohydrates: 4.8g | Protein: 2.2g | Fat: 1.7g | Saturated Fat: 0.8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 3.7mg | Sodium: 107mg | Fiber: 1.2g | Sugar: 0.2g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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