Cheesy Carrot Bites

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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

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!

If you’re looking for more veggie-based recipes, you’ll also love these savory veggie muffins and green bean fritters! These cheesy zucchini fritters and broccoli and cheese bites are other fun ways of incorporating more greens into your little one’s diet!

What You’ll Need

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

Ingredients to make cheesy carrot bites.
  • 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 a 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!

See the recipe card below for full information on ingredients and quantities.

Recipe Substitutions & Additions

  • 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.

Step By Step Instructions

Steps to make cheesy carrot bites.

STEP 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 (Image 1).

STEP 2: Add the carrots to a bowl along with the other ingredients. Mix well until combined (Images 2 & 3).

STEP 3: Scoop out tablespoon-sized portions and roll them into small balls. Place the balls onto a parchment paper-lined pan (Image 4).

STEP 4: Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes, or until the edges start to slightly brown.

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

Tips For Success

  • 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.

Recipe FAQs

Can I make these bites in the air fryer?

Yes! You can air fryer these bites at 400 degrees F for 8 to 10 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through. Make sure to spray the tots with a little oil beforehand and keep an eye on them to ensure that they don’t burn.

Can I use a larger-sized hole on a box grater to grate the carrots?

I recommend using the smallest size hole on a box grater to grate the carrots. This is so that the carrots merge seamlessly with the other ingredients and so that the mixture binds together well.

Can I incorporate other veggies into these bites?

Yes! Zucchini and broccoli are great additions that could work here! If you are using zucchini, be sure to remove any excess moisture from it before adding it to the mixture.

Cheesy carrot bites served with broccoli and carrots

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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!
Prep: 10 minutes
15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 10 bites

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup finely 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

Calories: 33.38kcal, Carbohydrates: 2.56g, Protein: 1.77g, Fat: 1.81g, Saturated Fat: 0.88g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.17g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.46g, Trans Fat: 0.002g, Cholesterol: 20.14mg, Sodium: 50.79mg, Potassium: 54.92mg, Fiber: 0.45g, Sugar: 0.73g, Vitamin A: 2200.14IU, Vitamin C: 0.77mg, Calcium: 36.53mg, Iron: 0.2mg
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Until next time, Lily!

About Lily Payen

Hi, I’m Lily! The mama behind Feeding Tiny Bellies. I’m here to help you take some of the stress out of meal times for your little ones. My goal is to create simple recipes with baby in mind that can easily be adapted for the entire family.

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68 Comments

    1. I’m so glad to hear that! These are good frozen in an airtight container for up to 3 months😊

  1. 5 stars
    You’ve done it again!! These were a huge hit with my 9mo. Thank you thank you! Subbed mozz as suggested for lower sodium. I also didn’t have panko so I just chopped up some stale sourdough which made for a lumpier texture but worked out.

  2. 5 stars
    I’m so happy I found this recipe. Just made these today- I love them. Waiting for my son to wake up to try them. I love having more veggies added to his meals in a delicious way. (Used mozzarella, so good).

  3. 5 stars
    Made these for the first time tonight. My 18-month-old loved them and was begging for more! I’ll double the recipe next time: do you know what one serving size is?

    1. Hi Janna! I’m so happy to hear that your little one enjoyed these😊 As far as serving size, do you mean how many balls this recipe is intended to make or how many bites are suggested to offer at a time?

    1. Yes, these can be air fried! I suggest air frying for about 10 minutes (shaking halfway through) and adding a few more minutes as needed!

  4. 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!

    1. Hi Sarah! I’m so happy to hear that your little ones enjoyed this combo! Thanks for sharing your great feedback!😊