Healthy Eggplant Parm Bites

Looking for an easy and delicious snack idea? These healthy Eggplant Parm Bites are crunchy and crispy and seasoned just right! Like a little bite of eggplant Parm, but made healthy, gluten-free and optionally dairy-free. Serve as a snack or as an appetizer!

Tasty eggplant Parm bites on a plate with dipping sauceGluten Free Eggplant Parmesan Bites

These Gluten Free Eggplant Parmesan Bites are highly addictive! With a crispy crunchy coating made from almond flour, they are pan fried and served with your favorite marinara sauce. They’ll be loved be all! While this recipe makes enough to serve about 4-6 people, you may be left wishing you had double or tripled the recipe because they are THAT good!

How to Make Eggplant Parm Bites

Like any eggplant parmesan dish you are doing to start off with a breading situation! First you’ll whisk up your eggs to help the breading stick! As always, make sure to season as you go so add in a pinch of salt and pepper to your eggs.

Here we are using our classic gluten-free breading mix which is made up of almond flour and seasoning. To make this eggplant “parmesan” we added in parmesan cheese. If you are strictly dairy-free go ahead and leave that out. We tested it both ways and both were delicious.

Next, cut up your eggplant into bite sizes pieces, about 1″ or so. Sprinkle with salt and then begin breading the eggplant!

First the eggplant goes in the egg to coat. Next it’s coated with the almond flour “breadcrumbs” and finally it’s fried! I use avocado oil when I fry because it’s a great healthy fat with a high smoke point, but you can use whatever you are comfortable with that is good for frying.

After you have lightly fried the eggplant cubes, serve immediately with your favorite marinara. Seriously, you’re going to love these!

dipping eggplant Parm into marinara sauce

Ingredients for Gluten Free Eggplant Parmesan Bites

  • Eggplant
  • Eggs
  • Almond Flour
  • Fresh Parmesan Cheese (omit for dairy-free)
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Garlic Granules
  • Avocado oil, for frying
  • Marinara sauce, for serving

healthy eggplant parmesan on a plate with marinara

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Eggplant Parm Bites
Serves 5
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup almond flour
  2. 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  3. 1/2 teaspoon garlic granules
  4. 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt, more for sprinkling
  5. Optional: 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  6. Optional: 1/4 cup fresh parmesan cheese
  7. 2 pastured eggs
  8. 1 large eggplant
  9. 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  10. Olive oil or avocado oil, for frying
  11. 1/2-1 cup favorite marinara or pizza sauce, store-bought or homemade
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, combine almond flour, Italian seasoning, garlic, sea salt, and optional red pepper flakes and Parmesan cheese
  2. In a separate bowl whisk together two eggs
  3. Cut eggplant into cubes and sprinkle with sea salt
  4. Place cubed eggplant into egg mixture, making sure all cubes are covered
  5. Transfer eggplant cubes into the breading mixture and coat evenly
  6. In a skillet, heat enough oil to cover 1/2 to-1 inch of your skillet
  7. Once oil is hot, transfer eggplant cubes to the skillet
  8. Let cook for 3-4 minutes, then flip and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes or until golden brown
  9. Repeat with any remaining eggplant cubes
  10. Serve hot
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Oven-Baked Zucchini Fries

These Oven-Baked Keto Zucchini Fries are low-carb, paleo-friendly, flavorful, and the perfect side dish to any accompany any meal! Serve them with a delicious roasted garlic mayo dipping sauce and you’ll make a zucchini lover out of anyone!

Paleo and Keto Zucchini Fries with roasted garlic dipping sauceOven Baked Keto Zucchini Fries

It’s zucchini season: the time of year when everyone is either harvesting bushels of zucchini from their own backyard, or on the receiving end of somebody else’s backyard stash. These easy-to-make zucchini fries are the perfect way to use up your ever growing pile. These zucchini fries are PACKED with flavor and so crispy on the outside. They make the perfect side dish any night of the week, or a really great snack. They’re paleo, gluten-free and keto friendly and will make anyone a fan of zucchini. Serve with the suggested roasted garlic mayo or warm marinara sauce and you’ll be in love.

Are Zucchini Fries Healthier than French Fries?

A big yes to this! These low-carb zucchini fries are “breaded” with gluten-free almond flour which is packed with protein. In addition zucchinis have a ton of nutrients including Vitamin B6 and anti-inflammatory phyto-nutrients. Plus, they’re delicious! Zucchini has a way of taking on any flavor it’s baked with, so we made sure to pack in the flavor in the breadcrumbs.

Zucchini Fries keto on sheet tray

How to Get Crispy Zucchini Fries

This recipe is quite easy, but to ensure crispy fries follow these tips:

  1. Make sure to dry off the zucchini after it has been cut. Soggy zucchini means soggy fries.
  2. Bread the zucchini well, and don’t wait too long between breading and baking.
  3. Make sure to pre-heat the oven.
  4. Leave space in between the zucchini fries on the sheet pan to ensure proper crispness.

Paleo Zucchini Fries with dipping sauce

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Oven-Baked Zucchini Fries

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:25 Total Time 0:35 Serves 3

Ingredients

    Oven-Baked Zucchini Fries

    Roasted Garlic Dipping Sauce

    Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 425 °F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

    3. Cut zucchini into thick slices and pat dry with a paper towel.

    4. In a large mixing bowl, mix almond meal, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and parmesan if using.

    5. In a separate shallow bowl crack eggs and whisk together.

    6. Dip zucchini strips into egg, then dredge in 'breadcrumb' mix. Make sure they are well coated.

    7. Lay flat on baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes, flipping half way to ensure even baking until they are golden brown and crispy.

    9. While zucchini fries are baking prepare the roasted garlic dip. Slice the end off the garlic cloves and place in a ramekin or small baking dish. Pour 1/2 teaspoon of extra-virgin olive oil over garlic. Cover with tinfoil and place in the oven with the zucchini fries. Roast the garlic for 20-25 minutes, or until soft.

    7. In a bowl whisk together mayo, roasted garlic, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired. Place in serving dish of choice and set aside.

    8. Serve the zucchini fries warm with the roasted garlic dip and other dips of choice. I love dipping these in marinara sauce!

    Recipe Notes

    Updated: 3/1/2017

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