These cheesy carrot bites are a great way of serving carrots! They are soft and tender, making for a perfect lunch or handheld snack!

Cheesy carrot bites

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Cheese is pretty magical when it comes to enhancing the taste of veggies. It’s amazing how much flavor a little cheese can add and these cheesy carrot bites are no exception! They are perfect for dipping into ketchup, ranch dressing, or even snacking on as is!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

Here is what you’ll need to make these cheesy carrot bites:

Ingredients to make carrot bites. Specifics provided in recipe card
  • Carrots: The main star ingredient for these cheesy bites.
  • Breadcrumbs: I like to use plain flavored panko breadcrumbs.
  • Egg: Used as a binder to help hold these bites together.
  • Shredded Cheese: Used to add flavor to these bites. I used 4-cheese Mexican blend for added flavor, but you may use any type of cheese.
  • Garlic/Onion Powder: For added flavor.
  • Black Pepper: For a little added kick and flavor.
  • Salt: Optional ingredient for a little added flavor. You can make a batch without salt for a younger baby and add salt to the rest for everyone else!

PROCESS

  1. Shred the carrots using the smallest size hole on a box grater. Use your hands or a towel to squeeze out as much moisture from the carrots as possible. You may also place the carrots over a sieve and use the back of a spoon to press down on it to remove the moisture. 
  2. Add the carrots to a bowl along with the other ingredients. Mix well until combined.
  3. Scoop out tablespoon-sized portions and roll them into small balls. Place the balls onto a parchment paper-lined pan.
  4. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes, or until the edges start to slightly brown.
Ingredients to make cheesy carrot bites

STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS

Once cooled, store carrot bites in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, microwave for 15-20 seconds or until warmed through. To freeze, place the cooled bites in a freezer-safe Ziploc bag 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.

Cheesy carrot bites cut open

SUBSTITUTIONS

  • 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 almond flour.
  • Cheese: For a dairy-free version, substitute the cheese for dairy-free shredded cheese.
Carrot bites mixture
Cheesy Carrot Bites Mixture

RECIPE NOTES

  • It is extremely important to remove as much moisture from the carrots as possible. Excess moisture will result in an overmoist mixture that will cause the bites to be soggy. You can use your hands or a towel, but I find that using a nut milk bag is the easiest to remove the most moisture. Don’t throw out that juice! It has amazing nutrients that can be used in another recipe!
  • This recipe makes 10 small carrot balls. Feel free to double the recipe for a larger batch!
  • If you’d like to make these in a mini muffin pan, I recommend using a silicone muffin pan as they pop out easily without any sticking.
  • I used 4-cheese Mexican blend cheese in this recipe for added flavor. Mozzarella cheese is a good low-sodium alternative.
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Cheesy carrot bites

Cheesy Carrot Bites

These cheesy carrot bites and a great way of serving carrots! They are soft and tender, making for a perfect lunch or handheld snack!
5 from 21 votes
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Course: lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: carrot balls, carrot bites
Prep Time: 10 minutes
15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 10 bites

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • cup grated cheese
  • ¼ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp salt (optional)
  • ¼ tsp black pepper (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (204 degrees C).
  • Shred the carrots using the smallest size hole on a box grater. Use your hands or a towel to squeeze out as much moisture from the carrots as possible. You may also place the carrots over a sieve and use the back of a spoon to press down on it to remove the moisture. 
  • Add the carrots to a bowl along with the other ingredients. Mix well until combined.
  • Scoop out tablespoon-sized portions and roll them into small balls. Place the balls onto a parchment paper-lined pan.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, or until the edges start to slightly brown.

Notes

  • It is extremely important to remove as much moisture from the carrots as possible. Excess moisture will result in an overmoist mixture that will cause the bites to be soggy. You can use your hands or a towel, but I find that using a nut milk bag is the easiest to remove the most moisture. Don’t throw out that juice! It has amazing nutrients that can be used in another recipe!
  • This recipe makes 10 small carrot balls. Feel free to double the recipe for a larger batch!
  • If you’d like to make these in a mini muffin pan, I recommend using a silicone muffin pan as they pop out easily without any sticking.
  • I used 4-cheese Mexican blend cheese in this recipe for added flavor. Mozzarella cheese is a good low-sodium alternative.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Carrot Bites
Amount per Serving
Calories
331.89
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
17.81
g
27
%
Saturated Fat
 
9.56
g
60
%
Trans Fat
 
0.02
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1.65
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
5.32
g
Cholesterol
 
203.23
mg
68
%
Sodium
 
1076.8
mg
47
%
Potassium
 
557.28
mg
16
%
Carbohydrates
 
25.13
g
8
%
Fiber
 
4.54
g
19
%
Sugar
 
7.41
g
8
%
Protein
 
18.32
g
37
%
Vitamin A
 
22001.44
IU
440
%
Vitamin C
 
7.68
mg
9
%
Calcium
 
371
mg
37
%
Iron
 
2.24
mg
12
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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24 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    OMG! Absolutely love these so much! They’re super easy to make and mess free! Both me and my little one loved them so much, I plan on making a second batch some time soon (: Thanks so much!

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve been trying to offer my son carrots for a very long time and this is probably the best, yummiest, creative way to offer carrots to your toddler! My son loves these carrot bites and I do too!! Overall, I’ve tried many recipes from @feedingtinybellies and my son has loved everything. Love her recipes!

    1. I’m so happy that this was a successful way to offer your son carrots! And so happy that he’s been loving other recipes as well! Thanks for sharing your great review, Melissa!😊

  3. 5 stars
    My 13 mo old loved these! Served them for the first time with dinner and they were the first thing to disappear from her plate!

  4. 5 stars
    These are soo yummy! My daughter and I ate every last bite. Definitely making more of these in the future 😍

  5. 5 stars
    Amazing taste! Served them with a side of greek joghurt – mustard die, everything was devoured in minutes! Thank you so much for your recipes!

  6. 5 stars
    I made these tonight and it took restraint for my husband and I not to eat them all. They are absolutely delicious! Can’t wait for my daughter to try them tomorrow.

  7. 5 stars
    Love love love! My kiddos already love carrots and cheese separately, so what a genius idea to put them together! Thank you again, Lily!

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