Healthy 3 Ingredient Baked Sweet Potato Zucchini Tots (Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free)

Healthy 3 Ingredient Baked Sweet Potato Zucchini Tots (Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free) which are crispy and made completely oil-free! The perfect snack or veggie-packed side dish which is also grain free, low carb, kid friendly and dairy free! 

Healthy 3 Ingredient Sweet Potato Zucchini Baked Tots (V, GF, P, DF)- Crispy, easy and accidentally healthy low carb tots which are the perfect snack or veggie packed side dish- Oil free too! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

Friends, it is time for our friend who feasts on fruit to take center stage! I think Nat was thinking I was joking when I said I’d make it my mission for her to share savory recipes on here. Well, if you go through the last few posts, you’ll know that it is still going on strong. 

BOOM.

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Let’s rewind for a second to this post where I made fun of nuggets for having a hard-to-take-seriously name. Because when it comes to juvenile names, nuggets have nothing on the tot. It’s a palindrome. It’s hard to say with much (if any) dignity. And when you add “tater” in front of it it’s not even proper English. But luckily tastebuds don’t care about titles as long as the flavor = yum.

The sweet potato center of these little oblong orange bites is so simple that sorting out the crispy brown exterior was the trickiest part of getting this recipe right. Although there is one little surprise waiting for you when you bite in that is not sweet potato or seasoning or something you saw coming (unless you read the title, obviously). Oh hey there shredded zucchini!

Healthy 3 Ingredient Sweet Potato Zucchini Baked Tots (V, GF, P, DF)- Crispy, easy and accidentally healthy low carb tots which are the perfect snack or veggie packed side dish- Oil free too! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

Cauliflower in my milkshake, carrots in my breakfast, zucchini in my brownies–I’m good with all of the above situations. (Btw those are my personal pick for most irresistible brownie of all TBMW brownies so far, and that is coming from someone who has tasted much of Arman’s brownie archives…a.k.a. I have brownie cred.)

If someone were to hand me a celery cupcake I’d probably give it a little skeptical nibble even. Because when an opportunity arises to squeeze veggies into more-fun-than-salad place, I take it! As long as squeezin’ in the unexpected plant foods doesn’t mean sacrificing flavor, of course. And if you pick your plant food wisely and plan your veg to other stuff ratio accordingly, it won’t.

Healthy 3 Ingredient Sweet Potato Zucchini Baked Tots (V, GF, P, DF)- Crispy, easy and accidentally healthy low carb tots which are the perfect snack or veggie packed side dish- Oil free too! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

So mingling amidst the soft sweet potato center is a little extra dose of green for your day. Honestly at about two tots in I didn’t even notice the zucchini anymore, but maybe that’s because I was too busy reveling in the toastydelicious crumbly coating.

This coating. The in-my-head plan did not match up with the in-real-life or in-real-the-oven plan for the coating. The initial strategy was a coconut flour version, a regular flour version, and some sort of cinematic split screen video segment to show both. I considered mixing the flours into the sweet potato instead of going the coating route, but textural contrast is important to me. So for the first batch, I had all my little oven-bound tots lined up on a pan—one row coated in coconut flour and one row in all-purpose. But there was space for a third row and extra of the orange stuff, so on a whim I decided to toss a few in almond flour. Just for fun, ya know?

Healthy 3 Ingredient Sweet Potato Zucchini Baked Tots (V, GF, P, DF)- Crispy, easy and accidentally healthy low carb tots which are the perfect snack or veggie packed side dish- Oil free too! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

Well just for fun turned into thank goodness I tried this because these are SO much better than the rest! And to think, we may have never known. The almond flour version baked up to be the hands-down winner. Coconut flour was too soft. Regular flour was too floury. But almond flour was juuuuuuust right. Goldilocks and the Three Sweet Potato Tots—coming to bookstores never.

After I knew almond flour was my go-to guy for the coating, I wanted to hone in and find the optimal temperature and cook time for color and texture. As I suspected, higher temperature (400F) and longer cook time (almost 40 minutes) made the almond coating even more crispy, crumbly, and perfect in contrast to the soft middle. And a few minutes on broil at the end didn’t hurt either, especially for golden color purposes. Broil or not, be sure to eat them while they are still warm though, that crispiness won’t last forever.

Healthy 3 Ingredient Sweet Potato Zucchini Baked Tots (V, GF, P, DF)- Crispy, easy and accidentally healthy low carb tots which are the perfect snack or veggie packed side dish- Oil free too! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

Tasty and toasty and gloriously textured, just like a tater tot breading should be. Well except minus the actual bread bit. And since we already threw dignity out the window, I for one am breaking out the ketchup!

Healthy 3 Ingredient Sweet Potato Zucchini Baked Tots (V, GF, P, DF)- Crispy, easy and accidentally healthy low carb tots which are the perfect snack or veggie packed side dish- Oil free too! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

Healthy 3 Ingredient Baked Sweet Potato Zucchini Tots (Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free)

Healthy 3 Ingredient Baked Sweet Potato Zucchini Tots (Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free)

Healthy 3 Ingredient Baked Sweet Potato Zucchini Tots (Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free) which are crispy and made completely oil-free! The perfect snack or veggie-packed side dish which is also grain free, low carb, kid friendly and dairy free! 
3.88 from 8 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Calories: 75kcal
Author: Natalie

Ingredients

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini approximately 2 large zucchini
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 cup almond flour

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 Fahrenheit and line a large baking tray with parchment paper.
  • Bake the sweet potatoes either in the microwave or oven. Once they are cool enough to handle, peel them. In a mixing bowl, mash the sweet potatoes with a fork. 
  • Shred the zucchini. Use a dishtowel or nut milk bag to squeeze out any extra liquid. Add the zucchini to the sweet potato along with the salt and pepper. Mix until well combined.
  • Break off small pieces of this mixture and roll/shape them into tater tots. One by one, toss the tater tots in the almond flour to lightly coat them on all sides. Arrange on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. 
  • Bake for 20 minutes at 400F. Flip. Bake for an additional 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
    Optionally: turn the oven up to broil for 2-3 minutes for additional browning and crispy outside texture. Watch them VERY carefully to avoid burning.
  • Cool briefly, then enjoy with your favorite dipping sauce!

Nutrition

Calories: 75kcal

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30 thoughts on “Healthy 3 Ingredient Baked Sweet Potato Zucchini Tots (Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free)

  1. Catching up on the past few weeks of blogs and am so pumped to try these! They sound like a great combo!

    1. YES!!!! this is my ‘arman sauce’- I add it to everything! 2 tablespoons peanut butter, 2 tablespoons chilli sauce of choice, 1 tablespoon soy sauce and optional water to thin out 🙂

  2. This tasted amazing! When we baked them for 40 minutes the flour was still powdery on the outside. We gave them a little fry over the stove and they finished perfectly! SO yummy!

          1. Have no issues with you catering to the majority. It only makes sense. Now I know though, I can adjust the measurements to Australian and have a finished product which tastes as it should. Did mean to say to you the Sweet Potato Zucchini Tots are delicious. They freeze well and are perfect for the “I’m hungry and don’t know what to eat” times. Thanks.

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