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A plate of panko crumbed vegetable nuggets.

Veggie Nuggets

These 4 ingredient Healthy Sweet Potato & Zucchini Veggie Nuggets are perfect for toddlers and kids! Quick, easy and yum!
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Course: healthy snacks
Cuisine: kids recipes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 40 nuggets
Calories: 25kcal


  • Stovetop
  • Oven


  • 2 sweet potatoes medium to large
  • 2 zucchinis medium, grated with the moisture removed
  • ¾ cup cheddar cheese grated
  • 1 ½ cups panko crumbs for coating


  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees celsius (fan-forced). Lightly grease 2 non-stick baking trays and set aside. 
  • Peel and cut the sweet potato into 4cm chunks. Boil in a saucepan until tender. Drain well, place into a bowl and mash.
  • Add the strained zucchini (see notes) and the grated cheddar cheese. Mix until well combined. 
  • Take tablespoon-sized spoons of mixture and shape to resemble a 'nugget'. 
  • Press into the panko crumbs to coat and place onto the prepared trays. 
  • Lightly spray with cooking oil and bake for 20 minutes. Turn and bake for a further 20 minutes or until slightly crunchy on the outside (the nuggets will be soft on the inside). 
  • Serve with sauce or chutney (optional).
  • Store in the fridge for up to 3 days or freeze in an airtight container for up to 2 months. 



Straining the liquid from the zucchini - Drain all of the excess moisture off the grated zucchini by placing into a strainer and squeezing with a tea towel or paper towel. This is an important step as it avoids the nuggets being 'soggy'.
Panko Crumbs or breadcrumbs - If you can't buy panko crumbs you can use regular breadcrumbs. However, they will not be quite as crunchy as the Panko crumbs.
Storing - You can store these Veggie Nuggets in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days.
Freezing - They can be stored in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 months.
Serving - I like to serve these with Tomato Sauce (ketchup) or even Mayonnaise as a dipping sauce, though they are equally delicious on their own.


Calories: 25kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 34mg | Potassium: 54mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 965IU | Vitamin C: 1.9mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 0.2mg