Broccoli Cheese Balls

These broccoli and cheese bites are great for minimal mess eating, and are great for on the go! They are also great to pack for lunchboxes and are freezer-friendly! 

Can you ever go wrong with broccoli and cheese? It is one of those combos that just merges together so beautifully and always seems to work!


Here is what you’ll need to make these broccoli and cheese bites:

  • Broccoli: Nutritional powerhouse rich in essential vitamins and minerals.
  • Breadcrumbs: I like to use plain flavored panko breadcrumbs.
  • Egg: Used as a binder to help hold these broccoli and cheese bites together.
  • Shredded Cheese: Used to add flavor to these bites. You may use mozzarella cheese as a low sodium option, or a cheese blend for more flavor.
  • Onions: Used to add extra flavor and subtle natural sweetness to these bites. Finely chop the onions so that there aren’t too many large chunks.
  • Garlic Powder: For added flavor.


  1. Add broccoli florets to a small pot of boiling water and boil for 3 minutes. Drain and finely chop into small pieces and add to a bowl.
  2. Add the breadcrumbs, cheese, egg, finely chopped onion, and garlic powder to the bowl with the broccoli.
  3. Mix well until combined. 
  4. Pack into a mini muffin pan and bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown!


Once cooled, store the bites in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, bake the bites at 350 degrees F for 5 minutes or microwave for 15-20 seconds or until warmed through. To freeze, place the cooled bites in a freezer-safe Ziploc bag in an even layer and freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost at room temperature before reheating, or quickly reheat on high in the microwave for 20-30 seconds.


  • Eggs: For an egg-free version, substitute the egg with a flax egg by mixing one tablespoon of ground flaxseed meal with three tablespoons of water and letting it sit in the fridge for 15 minutes to set and thicken.
  • Breadcrumbs: I use panko breadcrumbs in this recipe, but for a gluten-free version, replace the breadcrumbs with ⅓ cup of almond flour .
  • Cheese: For a dairy-free version, substitute the cheese for dairy-free shredded cheese.


  • This recipe makes 20 mini bites. You can make regular-sized broccoli and cheese bites by adding a few more minutes to the total bake time.
  • I like to use a silicone muffin pan to bake these bites as they pop out easily without any sticking. If using a regular mini muffin pan, be sure to coat with a cooking spray beforehand. Avoid using paper liners as these bites tend to stick. 
  • Finely chop the onions as small as possible so that there aren’t too many large chunks.
  • I usually use mozzarella cheese as it is lower in sodium compared to other cheeses, but feel free to use any type of cheese! I also love using a cheddar jack combo or a 4-cheese Mexican blend!
  • Add salt and other seasonings for a bit more flavor if serving to adults. I usually make a batch for my baby and add salt and a little spice to a batch for everyone else!






1 1/2 heaping cups fresh broccoli florets

1 cup shredded Colby cheese

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

4 ounces Velveeta, cut into small chunks

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

2 1/4 cups Panko crumbs, divided

1 egg, lightly beaten

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

2 eggs, lightly beaten

Vegetable or Canola oil


Steam broccoli until slightly softened. Let cool.

Finely chop broccoli. You want the pieces to be 1/4-inch or less. Place in a large bowl.

Add cheese, red pepper flakes, 1/4 cup Panko crumbs, and 1 egg to bowl with broccoli. Stir well.

Use your hands to shape mixture into balls using about a rounded tablespoon for each ball. You should get 12-14.

Place balls on a plate and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Place flour in a bowl.

Place the 2 lightly beaten eggs in a second bowl and mix in 1 tablespoon water.

Place remaining 2 cups Panko crumbs in a third bowl.

Pour about 2 inches of oil in a Dutch oven or heavy pot. Heat oil to 375 degrees. For best results use a thermometer.

Remove broccoli balls from refrigerator, coat in flour, dip in egg mixture, and then coat in Panko crumbs.

Fry about 4 balls at a time cooking until golden brown on all sides.

Drain on a paper towel-lined plate.

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