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Baked Zucchini Coins

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We recently did a poll on the weelicious Facebook page asking parents what their kid's favorite green vegetables is. While broccoli and peas ranked high on the list, zucchini was barely even mentioned. Maybe that's because people aren't familiar with how to prepare it. A lot of people tend to steam zucchini, which I find makes it a bit limp and so I can understand why kids don't take to a vegetable with that kind of texture. Since I'm always playing around with fun ways to prepare vegetables that kids are actually excited to eat, I decided to revisit zucchini this week.

Coincidentally, we've got zucchini growing in our garden right now and it's all over our farmer's market too. Zucchini has a very delicate flavor, so I focused on a simple preparation. These zucchini coins are baked, which makes them crunchy on the outside and soft and tender inside -- a real textural treat for kids (and Kenya gets a kick out of eating "coins" because he feels like he's got edible pocket change on his plate). Add a little tomato sauce on the side and they're the perfect side dish for your family to enjoy with any meal.

Baked Zucchini Coins  (Serves 4)

  • Prep Time: 10 mins,
  • Cook Time: 20 mins,
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We recently did a poll on the weelicious Facebook page asking parents what their kid's favorite green vegetables is. While broccoli and peas ranked high on the list, zucchini was barely even mentioned. Maybe that's because people aren't familiar with...

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup whole wheat panko or bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 medium zucchini, cut into 1/4 inch coins
  • canola or olive oil spray

Preparation

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees and coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. 2. Mix the first 4 ingredients in a bowl.
  3. 3. Whisk the egg in a separate bowl.
  4. 4. Place the flour in another bowl.
  5. 5. Make an assembly line with the bowls, and first dip the zucchini coins into the
  6. flour, then the egg and finally into the bread crumb mixture, coating evenly and repeating with all the zucchini coins.
  7. 6. Place all of the coins on the baking sheet/rack. Arrange so they’re not touching, spray with oil and bake for 20 minutes or until the
  8. bread crumbs are golden.
  9. 7. Serve.
  10. *After step 5 place on a baking sheet and freeze for 30 minutes. Remove and place in a ziploc bag, label, and freeze. When ready to eat – take them out of the freezer and put them in the oven adding at least another 3-5 minutes baking time.

Accompaniments: Weelicious Tomato Sauce for dipping

Baked Zucchini Coins

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  2. cindy30

    September 27, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Is there any way to print?

    • catherine

      September 30, 2013 at 10:32 am

      Yes! Just below the recipe there is a button that says Print! Next to the Recipe Box and Ziplist buttons! :)

  3. Shpresime

    September 6, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    I love zucchini but I can only get my 2yo to eat it when I add some to pasta. Maybe it’s because I usually steam it – thanks for the tip! I’ll have to try these soon!

  4. Christy

    August 6, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    These were great! Didn’t even need the dipping sauce, they were that good. Kids liked them too. THanks for this yummy recipe. Now I know what to do with zucchini (besides your chocolate zucchini bread). :)

  5. Katie S

    July 9, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Just made these last night with Weelicious Turkey Burgers! Delicious way to use garden zucchini in summer! I did find the prep time to be more like 20 min instead of 10.

  6. adrimolina

    June 26, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    I made these a couple of days ago, I wish I would’ve read the tips on how to make them faster, took me a while but totally worth it. They were delicious!

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  8. Lindy

    April 25, 2013 at 1:15 am

    I make these for my one year old daughter all the time! She loves them- I just add a little Parmesan to the batter

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  10. grace c.

    February 13, 2013 at 1:53 am

    made these tonight to serve with ravioli – LOVE them! my girls still won’t touch them, but i probably ate most of them myself! :) made another batch for the freezer.

  11. Susan

    January 30, 2013 at 12:46 am

    Do you peel the zucchini first or just wash and cut into coins? As you can tell I’ve never cooked with zucchini before, but I want my daughter to eat a variety of healthy foods. Hopefully, I’ll like them too.

    • catherine

      January 30, 2013 at 12:59 am

      You do not need to peel them! Just cut into coins and bread!

      • susanesweet

        January 31, 2013 at 12:34 am

        Thanks. I think we’ll try these tomorrow.

  12. Kara

    January 28, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    These are positively delicious. I had some leftover breadcrumb mixture after making my zucchini, so I made some tofu nuggets. They were also delish – my husband, who claims he doesn’t even like tofu, ate half of them as they were cooling. Have you tried this for any other veggie? I was thinking breaded cauliflower would be tasty too.

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  15. Melissa

    September 28, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Catherine these look so yummy! I saw these in Parents magazine, would I be able to share this recipe on my blog, http://www.highlandsranchmom.com? I love how easy and healthy these are for a snack! I’ve been looking for fun veggie recipes. I will definitely be getting weelicious :) . Thanks so much for sharing!

    • catherine

      October 1, 2012 at 12:42 pm

      Of course you can share them! Thanks!

  16. Kristin

    August 21, 2012 at 8:56 am

    This are awesome…thanks!!

  17. sye83

    August 6, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Tryed these today, and in emabarrassed to say that thay tasted so good, i ended up eating most of them……..ok so i ate them all lol. My 12 month old took a bite or two lol. He had already had his dinner so i figured i would eat the rest. Thankfully i freezed a whole batch of them. Great little recipe idea. Thanks

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  19. Sabrina

    February 14, 2012 at 12:30 am

    Halfway thru prep I realized I had no eggs. Or milk. So I used balsamic dressing instead. Came out wonderful. My 3 year old anti green veggie daughter is devouring them as I type. Yay!! :)

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  24. Crystal

    December 8, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    DELISH! Even my anti-green three year old devoured them!

  25. tive76

    September 29, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Just made this and they are so yummy, I can’t stop eating them, don’t know if there will be any left for dinner lol

  26. Alison-in-Sydney

    August 28, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    I made these last night as part of our dinner and our two year old loved them! He almost pulled the bowl off the kitchen bench top trying to get to another piece! Summer’s on the way here in Australia and I can’t wait to try the same mix with squash and aubergines. Bravo Catherine!

  27. Miranda

    August 23, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Does it matter if I freeze these before or after I bake them? The instructions call for freezing before baking, but does after baking work as well. These are very tasty, by the way. Thank you for this great recipe. I will try them on my 2-yr-old for dinner tonight. Thanks again. I really love this site!

  28. Amber Gray

    August 13, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    These were awesome!! My 3-year-old (who can be picky from time to time) asked for seconds with these!! Thanks for another great idea!

  29. Traci

    August 7, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Made these tonight and they were very good! A tad bit salty for my taste but that’s an easy fix for next time. My two year old ate some, though he would take one bite and then put it down, take another for one bite and put it down. Not sure why but next time I will make them smaller to see if a bite-size shape works better for him. Overall I was impressed and glad to have a fun way to prepare zucchini; this was my first time cooking anything with it!

  30. SKnight

    August 2, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    I put the bread crumb mix in one tupperware container and the flour in another. My 17 month old daughter loved helping make dinner by shaking the zucchini coins for me. She ate a couple of them (which is amazing since all she seems to ever want is ketchup) and her 12 year old sister ate the rest of the entire batch!

  31. Mrs. Price

    July 29, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    Very yummy!!! I got my 2 year old to eat 3!!!!

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  32. Amber

    July 21, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    I made these and froze them after they were coated. And tonight after trying to heat them up again (this is time number 2) They turned out SUPER soggy. What am I doing wrong? I really want my 19 month old to get off of pureed and these are just to soggy for him and he wont eat them any other way.

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  34. Susan

    July 13, 2011 at 1:32 am

    Hi, I tried this recipe and it turned out very delicious ! I never thought zucchini could be that delicious. DELICIOUS !
    I also tried it with eggplant. The sweetness really comes out !

    Can I post this on my Bahasa Indonesia blog ?
    Moms here should know about this recipe, to ‘trick’ the kids to eat vegetables. Thank you !

  35. Brandan WH

    July 1, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Should have taken a look at these comments before I tried to make these last night as they seemed to be more labor intensive that I imagined. I will try again by putting the flour in a bag and will also use 2 eggs as I used up the 1 egg before I was half done. Forgot about using the rack but will do so next time, as well. Surprisingly, for the few that I did manage to do, they tasted great. Looked a hot mess, but quite tasty!

  36. Jean

    April 11, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    When I do the flour, I put it in a ziploc bag, put all the zucchini coins, and than shake it all. All your zucchini gets floured evenly and fast, without getting your fingers dirty.

    • jessica

      June 9, 2011 at 7:35 pm

      Great idea! Thanks!

  37. Stacy

    December 12, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    My 1year old little girl loves zucchini no matter how I make it but I made these just to do something different and she loved them! and so did my husband. Thanks!

  38. Judy R

    November 9, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    I made these tonight. 3 year old thought the circles were appealing enough to at least try one (I consider this a win). Daddy and I ate a ton.
    Baked at 450 in a convection oven for 8 minutes in case that helps anyone who wants to make it even quicker.

  39. Loretta

    November 5, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Usually make fried zucchini, but really WAY too oily. Made a batch of the baked coins yesterday & my semi-finicky son asked for them again today! Omitted the parmesan & they still turned out delicious.

    My oven cooks faster, so they were a little burned at 15 minutes yesterday; going to try 10 minutes today.

    Thanks for the great recipe! They are delicious. Makes me feel a little bit like a “bad mommy” cuz I eat so many of them. :-D

  40. elisa

    November 5, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    made these in stick version (my son loves things in sticks) and then at the very end of cooking put the oven on broil for like 1 minute or 2 and it made them super crunchy!!! loved them.

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  44. Amy

    September 5, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    LOVE THIS RECIPE!!!! My girls are good eaters but zucchini is one of those that they don’t eat as well. We made a batch this afternoon. Not only are they fun for the girls to make, but very tasty dipped in pizza sauce!

    Thanks for a great recipe. I am new to your site and it is already one of my favorites!

  45. Erin

    August 24, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    He ate it! He actually ate it! Seven of them to be exact. I have the pickiest two year old who hasn’t willingly eaten a vegetable in almost a year. I am beyond ecstatic!

  46. Anna

    August 23, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    Just made these and my 10.5 month old baby absolutely loved them!
    * I omitted the salt and garlic powder, she hasn’t had much of either yet and it tastes great!

  47. Lavanda

    August 18, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    What type of rack – Can you use cooling racks?

    • catherine

      August 18, 2010 at 4:51 pm

      yes you can :)

  48. Kristi

    August 14, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Just made these for the first time tonight! I had to make a 2nd batch because they’re sooooooooooooo good!!!! I want to hop on this “freezing train” but does the breading all mush together? How are you freezing these? Do you freeze them on the rack and then put them in a bag? I keep thinking the breading is all going to fall off??

    • catherine

      August 16, 2010 at 12:32 pm

      Yes freeze them first on a baking sheet then put them in a bag :)

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  50. Brandy

    August 9, 2010 at 9:59 am

    I made these last night and they were fantastic! I am a big fan of the whole wheat panko crumbs now and will use them for several of my recipes substituting for regular bread crumbs! These were so crispy! My 16 mo. old loved them! Thanks for all of the great recipes.

  51. LauraH

    August 6, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    Ugh, I don’t have a rack, and tried to do it on just a baking sheet and flipped them halfway through… NOT a good idea! Guess I’ll have to go get one!

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  52. Charlotte

    August 6, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    DO you think you could freeze these once they are coated? I am into making extra to get things in the freezer before my new little addition arrives so Daddy has quick stuff to fix for the other two!! :)

    • catherine

      August 9, 2010 at 3:29 pm

      Yes :) Freeze the coins once they are coated and when ready, just pop them into the oven!

    • Charlotte

      August 7, 2010 at 4:10 pm

      Sorry, just now seeing the bottom where you give the freezing directions!!! :)

  53. Laura

    July 13, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    Do you think that sweet potato will work?

    • catherine

      July 14, 2010 at 2:10 pm

      Sounds interesting! I haven’t tried it but I think the cooking time would be totally different. If you give them a try let me know how they turn out!

  54. Nanda

    July 5, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    i finally found time to make these today and it just didn’t work. not sure what went wrong, but here’s what happened: i dipped the slices into the flour, but then when dipping into the egg, the flour coating seemed to repel the egg from sticking onto the slice (i used whole wheat pastry flour b/c that’s what i had). also, i guess you need to grate your cheese extremely fine, since mine wouldn’t stick with the bread crumbs onto the slice at the end. so it was a big disaster! any thoughts on why this didn’t work?

    • catherine

      July 6, 2010 at 1:57 pm

      I’m so sad it didn’t work out, i hope you try them again. When you dip them in flour, try to pat or shake away the excess flour then put them in the egg. Once you put them in egg, let them sit on each side for about 10-20 seconds so the flour can absorb the egg (i did this in big batches and just threw them in the egg to sit then went on to the next step). Usually when the egg repels from the flour its because you have too much flour. I used grated parmesan, the kind that you can sprinkle over your pasta and its looks like bread crumbs – not the shredded kind. I hope this helps a lot, Let me know how they come out! :)

      • Nanda

        July 20, 2010 at 5:59 pm

        thanks a lot for your input. i will try again sometime soon and let you know!

  55. Karen

    June 25, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Darn! After shopping for and making these, my 3 year old said that she did not like the “middle part.” (The ZUCCHINI!!) I liked them, though!

  56. Betsy

    June 24, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Made these today and all three kids gobbled them up (even by 9 month old!). I changed the name to “Pirate’s Gold” to appeal to my five year old son. It was a winner! The garlic powder and parm cheese really gave the breading a nice flavor. They came out super crispy. What a delightful lunch!

  57. Vanderbilt Wife

    June 23, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    YUM! I have a near-impossible time getting my toddler to eat any vegetable, but if it’s sort of breaded, she’s usually game to at least try it! I would love this.

  58. Sriya

    June 22, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    Made these tonight – these are the first non-pureed vegetable my 21 month old ate more than one bite of. What a godsend! Thank you!

    Note: I made mine with Ener-G Egg Replacer (http://www.ener-g.com/store/detail.aspx?section=8&cat=8&id=97) instead of the egg and it worked out great. I did have to make two “eggs” worth following the package directions to have enough. This product is egg (and dairy) free for those looking for a substitute.

  59. Darlene

    June 22, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    have you tried zucchini fritters with greek yogurt dipping sauce…my little guys loves ‘em!

    • catherine

      June 22, 2010 at 4:08 pm

      No, tell me more! are they fried?

  60. Jennifer

    June 17, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    These were delicious! It had the crunchiness of fried food that kids like. I used dried basil instead of parmesan cheese since we have a milk allergy. Yum.

  61. Cara

    June 17, 2010 at 11:07 am

    I’m definitely bookmarking this recipe to try! I like zucchini, but my husband hates the texture and my son doesn’t eat much of anything. I’ve got a great cheesy zucchini recipe on my blog if you need more zucchini inspiration. Hoping to try these zucchini coins in the next few days!

  62. Gwenn

    June 16, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    I made these for my 5 year old & 1 year old for lunch today. These two are snarfing these down faster than I can get them on their plates! A Clear winner in this household!

  63. eve

    June 15, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Can you use frozen zucchini? I have 6 frozen bags of organic zucchini and squash slices that I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with.

    • catherine

      June 16, 2010 at 2:40 pm

      Yes just thaw them out then make them! :)

  64. Lynn

    June 15, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Just went to buy my zucchini… trying it tonight!

  65. chelsea

    June 15, 2010 at 10:55 am

    I can’t wait to try this!! My husband makes a delicious (fried) version which we rarely eat because of all the grease, so I am exciting to blow him away with a healthy version. Thanks for sharing! Also trying pulled pork soon! Keep the great ideas coming!

  66. Alex

    June 15, 2010 at 10:35 am

    My son is not a parmesan cheese fan. Can I make this without the parm cheese or substitute something else?

    • catherine

      June 15, 2010 at 12:15 pm

      You can make them without the cheese or substitute it with italian herbs or even buy italian herb bread crumbs and bread them with those. You don’t have to put the cheese. Hope he likes them!!

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        February 4, 2014 at 9:54 pm

        Great arielct, thank you again for writing.

  67. NotaCoolMom.com

    June 15, 2010 at 9:12 am

    Great! My 3 year old loved zucchini and now he doesn’t want it. This is a great way to bring it back!

  68. Katie Newell

    June 15, 2010 at 7:20 am

    Catherine! This looks great! I’ve done similar to eggplant, but never thought about breading zuccini! I will probably also try this with summer squash. Thank you for another great recipe!

  69. Sudha

    June 15, 2010 at 5:57 am

    What can I use instead of eggs in this recipe?

    • catherine

      June 15, 2010 at 12:12 pm

      You can try using buttermilk.

      • Emily

        July 26, 2010 at 9:28 pm

        I made these tonight and replaced the egg with 1T flaxseed meal mixed with 3T warm water. My daughter has a dairy allergy in addition to egg, so I also substituted wheat germ for the cheese. They were delicious! Thank you for the great idea.

  70. Jana

    June 15, 2010 at 2:13 am

    I like these myself. Unfortunately my fourteen-month-old has gone off veggies all together. Frustration, sigh! I hide them in muffins, bread, and pancakes and he eats them. I guess I’ll keep trying and cross my fingers. Thanks for all the good ideas.

    • Valerie

      August 10, 2010 at 4:17 pm

      My daughter won’t eat veg either and I am putting them into all sorts of things. We should e-mail eachother to share ideas!