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Healthy Keto Zucchini Tots Recipe

Move over, tater tots! This easy recipe for keto Zucchini Tots makes a great low-carb snack or side dish.  These tots are a delicious way to eat your veggies.

holding a zucchini tot

These tasty zucchini tots are similar to zucchini fritters, but they are not fried.  They are pretty easy to make and are healthier than their pan-fried counterpart.  They are baked in a mini muffin pan and have only 4 grams of carbs in 4 tots.

Zucchini Tots are a great side dish or low-carb appetizer.  These tots are a great way of getting the pickiest eaters to eat more veggies.

How To Make Keto Zucchini Tots

For this homemade zucchini tots recipe, you need the following ingredients:

  • 2 cups shredded zucchini, about 1 medium zucchini
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheese, about 4 ounces (or nutritional yeast if dairy-sensitive)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

Before you get started, preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 24-cup mini muffin tin with cooking spray and set it aside.

Next, place the shredded zucchini in a medium-sized or large mixing bowl and toss with the salt. Let sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Use a tea towel, dish towel, or paper towel to squeeze out as much water as you can and discard the liquid. (This is a very important step. Do not skip it.)

Sprinkle the coconut flour onto the zucchini and toss well to coat. Add the eggs, cheddar cheese, onion, and paprika, and mix well to combine.

Fill each muffin cup with 1 1/2 tablespoons of the zucchini mixture. Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown.

unbaked zucchini tots in a muffin tin

Run a knife around the tots to loosen as soon as you get them out of the oven. Let cool for a minute to allow them to set up, then remove them from the muffin pan.

Zucchini Facts

Zucchini is considered a non-starchy vegetable and a medium-size zucchini has only 33 calories.  Zucchini is rich in Vitamin B6 and zeaxanthin and several other compounds that can play a role in preventing oxidative stress.

zucchini tots on a platter
plate of zucchini tots

Zucchini Tots

Lynda
These simple keto Zucchini Tots from The Ketogenic Cookbook make a great low-carb snack or side dish. They are a delicious way to eat your veggies.
4.51 from 364 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Side Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 6 Tots
Calories 115 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups shredded zucchini about 1 medium zucchini
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheese about 4 ounces (or nutritional yeast if dairy-sensitive)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 24-cup mini-muffin pan with cooking spray.
  • Place the shredded zucchini in a medium-sized or large bowl and toss with the salt. Let sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Squeeze out any moisture and discard the liquid.
  • Sprinkle the coconut flour onto the zucchini and toss well to coat. Add the eggs, cheddar cheese, onion, and paprika and mix well to combine.
  • Fill each muffin cup with 1 1/2 tablespoons of the zucchini mixture. Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Run a knife around the tots to loosen as soon as you get them out of the oven. Let cool for a minute to allow them to set up, then remove them from the muffin pan.

Notes

Recipe from The Ketogenic Cookbook, copyright 2015. Reprinted with permission from the author.

Nutrition

Serving: 4TotsCalories: 115kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 7gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 74mgSodium: 532mgPotassium: 174mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 515IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 155mgIron: 1mg
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The Ketogenic Cookbook

In The Ketogenic Cookbook, written by Jimmy Moore and Maria Emmerich, readers are introduced to the ketogenic diet – a low carb, moderate protein, and high-fat diet.  (It’s commonly referred to as a keto diet.)

While this may seem counter-intuitive to what modern-day science is trying to tell us, many are finding success in losing weight and becoming healthier by following a ketogenic diet.  By consuming little to no carbs, the body goes into a state of ketosis – it burns its own fat as a primary source of fuel.

In the book, we learn what prompted the two to collaborate on the book, the history of the ketogenic diet, why it can heal the body, the nutrition behind the diet, and the correlation between a keto diet and a Paleo diet.

There are sections on cooking keto and specialty ingredients (many of which you can find at stores such as Whole Foods, Sprouts, and Earth Fare).  Along the way, we read of testimonials of how the two have helped others through sharing the keto/low-carb diet.

The Ketogenic Cookbook

I tried the diet for a couple of weeks.  During that time, my stomach felt pretty good – no bloating or indigestion and my elimination patterns became more regular.  I think that there can be a lot of positive things to be said about this diet.

On the negative side, it can be difficult to follow if you are the only one in your household doing so.

I like the book and think that it is a good primer for the ketogenic diet.  Plus, there are a lot of recipes good for those on the diet and even those who are not.

Believe it or not, there is a recipe for Keto Bread.  It is made using eggs and egg white protein powder.  I think it’s quite revolutionary. (Tip: Don’t use vanilla flavored egg white protein powder or it may taste a little too much like angel food cake.)

baked zucchini tots in a pan
Zucchini Tots

The recipe for zucchini tots has been my favorite so far.  The tots are baked in a mini-muffin pan.  (I was unable to find my pan, so I used the next best thing – a doughnut hole pan.)

Recipes In the Book

The Ketogenic Cookbook is a beautiful, full-color cookbook. There are recipes for making basic condiments such as dairy-free hollandaise, homemade mustards, tartar sauce, ranch dressing, tomato sauce, nacho cheese sauce, enchilada sauce, and more.  There are recipes for:

  • Breakfast (French Scrambled Eggs, Dairy-Free Breakfast Pizza, and Creamy Zucchini Hash Browns are a few of the starters),
  • Appetizers (how does Bacon-Wrapped Cheese Curds sound to you?),
  • Beef and Lamb (Asian Meatballs, Meaty Spaghetti, and Swedish Meatballs to name a few),
  • Pork (Asian Lettuce Wraps and Stromboli are a couple of examples),
  • Poultry (Lasagna Roll-Ups, Zesty Chicken Pizza, Chicken Enchiladas, Gumbo, and many more),
  • Fish and Seafood (Shrimp Po’ Boys, Seafood Salad, and Shrimp Scampi are a few that I want to make),
  • Vegetarian Dishes (Fried Parmesan Tomatoes, Brie and Tomato Sandwich, Pizza Margherita, Mini Egg Salad Sandwiches)
  • Sides (Keto Bread, Keto Naan, Braised Cabbage, Slow Cooker Cabbage “Pasta,” Spinach Dip), and
  • Treats (tempting keto desserts such as Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, Easy Mocha Fudge Truffles, and Cookie Dough Brownies are a few included in the book).

The Ketogenic Cookbook includes a sample 7-Day Meal Plans and lists resources to help those who want to begin a keto diet.

Who Might Benefit From the Keto Diet?

According to Chris Kesser, a low carb diet is beneficial for the following conditions (but aren’t limited to):

  • Overweight and obesity
  • High blood sugar, metabolic syndrome, diabetes (both type 1 & type 2)
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Epilepsy
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Other neurological conditions
  • PCOS

About the Authors

In 2004, Jimmy Moore lost 180 pounds thanks to a radical (low carb) lifestyle change.  Since that time, he went on to create a successful blog, Livin’ La Vida Low Carb.

Maria Emmerich suffered from irritable bowel syndrome and acid reflux.  While searching for a solution, she recalled how her veterinarian inquired about her pet’s diet when her dog was losing her hair in patches.

Maria questioned why her physicians didn’t ask about her diet.  After digging deeper, she ended up cutting out most carbs and all grains and saw an immediate improvement in her health.  She has gone on to publish books and has taken on clients as a nutritionist.  Maria’s blog is Maria Mind Body Health.


Hungry for more but don’t like to cook?  Check out my blog post on how to make a keto version of Red Lobster’s Cheddar Bay Biscuits.


Zucchini Tots Nutrition Information

Thanks to an astute reader, the nutrition information for these tasty tots has been updated. Since I originally posted this recipe, I have changed recipe plug-ins which also means that the way the nutrition is calculated is different. I also noticed that I had it listed as 24 servings because there are 24 tots. I should have entered 6 servings since each serving is 4 tots. Below are some screenshots of the recipe plug-in and its calculations.

Zucchini tots information calculations.
Zucchini tots nutrition information defined.

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