Recipe: Cauliflower and cheese nuggets

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Sure, we’d all love to eat takeaway chicken nuggets every day. But in no way is that feasible! These cauliflower and cheese nuggets are a healthier (and vego!) alternative that are a hit with kids.

There is no denying that they DO taste different to regular chicken nuggets, however thankfully my kids are still naive enough to believe me when I tell them they are ‘special chicken nuggets’, which is kind of true anyway I guess!

We’ve made these a few times now and I’ve even been brave enough to add 100g of corn kernels to the mixture to sneak some extra veggies into the kids. I was caught out! However they still ate them, albeit covered in homemade tomato sauce.

These are really simple to make either using a food processor or a Thermomix and this is also a great recipe to make with the kids, although be warned - their nuggets may look a lot different to yours!  This recipe does make quite a few nuggets and you can freeze any leftovers for another day.

Cauliflower and cheese nuggets

Makes 30
Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes


  • 1 cauliflower - approximately 600g
  • 1 egg - lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon of onion flakes
  • 3/4 cup of tasty cheese
  • 1/4 cup of mozzarella cheese - finely grated
  • 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil spray - optional


  1. Preheat your oven to 190 degrees and line two trays with baking paper.
  2. Cut the cauliflower into small florets and blitz in a food processor until it resembles breadcrumbs.
  3. Transfer the cauliflower to a large mixing bowl and add the breadcrumbs, egg, onion flakes, cheeses and a little salt and pepper. Mix well to combine.
  4. Use a dessert spoon to scoop up the mixture and shape it with your hands to form a 'nugget' shape. Place the nuggets onto your prepared baking tray and repeat until all the mixture has been used.
  5. Give your nuggets a light spray with olive oil (optional) before placing them into your oven to bake for 10 minutes. Carefully turn them over and cook for a further 5 minutes or until golden.
  6. Serve immediately.

Republished with permission from Create Bake Make.