Vegan Cheezy Broccoli Fritters

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I wanted to make broccoli fritters that are super tasty and cheezy while being vegan and gluten-free. These Cheezy Broccoli Fritters are tender and moist on the inside, crispy on the outside and will melt in your mouth. The rustic and hearty broccoli and the cheezy nutritional yeast flavors just make a perfect combo!

Further Food Nutritionist Commentary:

These broccoli fritters are packed with nutrients that give you a guilt free treat much better than its deep fried cousin. Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable packed with vitamin C, known for its immune booting antioxidants. Broccoli also helps build strong bones thanks to its vitamin K and calcium content.

Chickpea flour is a great gluten-free, high protein and high fiber alternative to white flour. These ingredients make it a filling swap that doubles for heart health since chickpeas have been shown to help balance unhealthy cholesterol levels and reduce hypertension.

By Ale Zozos

Vegan Cheezy Broccoli Fritters

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Servings: 6

Ingredients

1 egg replacer (1 tablespoon flaxseeds + 3 tablespoons water)
1 head broccoli
70 grams or 2/3 cup chickpea flour
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1 teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
Olive oil (for frying)

Instructions

1. Prepare your egg replacer and set aside.
2. Steam the broccoli for a few minutes until fork-tender. Chop florets into small pieces with a knife.

3. In a large bowl, combine the broccoli pieces with all the other ingredients and mix well until the mixture feels like it will hold together.
4. Make 6 patties.
5. Heat about an inch of oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Place fritters in the skillet (don’t crowd the pan; only cook about 3 fritters at a time), reduce heat to low and cook fritters on each side for about 2/3 minutes until golden brown. These are lightly fried and not deep fried.

6. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Serve hot!

1. Prepare your egg replacer and set aside. 2. Steam the broccoli for a few minutes until fork-tender. Chop florets into small pieces with a knife. 3. In a large bowl, combine the broccoli pieces with all the other ingredients and mix well until the mixture feels like it will hold together. 4. Make 6 patties. 5. Heat about an inch of oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Place fritters in the skillet (don’t crowd the pan; only cook about 3 fritters at a time), reduce heat to low and cook fritters on each side for about 2/3 minutes until golden brown. These are lightly fried and not deep fried. 6. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Serve hot!

Nutrition Information

Per Serving:  Calories: 216; Total Fat: 16g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 11g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 412mg; Potassium: 432mg; Carbohydrate: 15g; Fiber: 5g; Sugar: 3g; Protein: 6g


Nutrition Bonus: Vit C: 151%; Vit C: 13%; Iron: 10% 

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5 thoughts on “Vegan Cheezy Broccoli Fritters

  1. Anonymous

    I’m going on my son’s advise and going vegan. I’m on day two now and chose your recipe for an additional component. Yum-0. Anyone who loves broccoli are going to love these little morsel.

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  2. Gotte

    These are so amazing! I don’t like eating regular hamburgers so these are such a great alternative for me! I used a garlic sea salt with some lemon herbs and ground parsley and it made it so flavorful! This is honestly one of my favorites! I also used a little less of the yeast and it still turned out great! You can very easily make this recipe any way you want and it still works! Love it!

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  3. Evolvewellstef

    I just tried these fritters but added scallions, onion powder, oregano, and extra salt. The chickpea flour renders a little bit heavy, so next time I might try it with half chickpea, half almond flour. I will also cut down on the nutritional yeast by about half. It would go well with a nice dip on the side…hmmm… ideas are brewing!

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  4. Patti

    Just made this today as it sounded yummy. No wonder it’s hard for people to switch to vegan or vegetarian cuisine with recipes like this that are so bland and non- flavorful! I like the concept but the next time I make this I will add spices maybe a little chopped onion and that “cheesy” taste will actually taste cheesy when I make a bit of the cheesy sauce with the nutritional yeast. This recipe as is is tasteless.

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    1. Theitalianveganista Post author

      Hi Patti, I’m sorry to read you didn’t like this recipe. As I love broccoli flavor I didn’t want to add to many spices that could cancel the natural flavor of the broccoli. But as we are all different, and not with the same preferences I think that anyone could customize and make the recipe as his/her desire, maybe adding spices as you suggested or more salt. As I make these also for children, that love them, I want to keep them delicate and less in salt.

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