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If you are looking for low-carb options for your meal plan, well, look no further! These broccoli fritters, along with my Baked Zucchini Fries, Eggplant Bites, Jicama fries, and Turnip fries, are among my favorite low-carb recipes that you should try.

These broccoli fritters are helpful for those who are trying to eat healthily, and they are also perfect for someone on a candida diet. They taste great and hold together well without falling apart, because of including chickpea flour and ground flaxseeds in the ingredients. 

My low-carb broccoli fritters are actually crispy on the outside and soft inside, with a lovely earthy flavor, and spiced with cumin, cilantro and a touch of cayenne pepper.

Broccoli Nutrition Facts

Broccoli is mostly comprised of water and fiber, with lots of vitamins and minerals. With its nutritional profile, its no wonder this vegetable is a common household favorite.

It is an extremely dense source of vitamin K, which is vital in blood clotting and wound healing. In fact, one cup of broccoli includes as much as you’ll need in a day.

Since broccoli has so much fiber while being low in calories, it is a great menu addition to anyone trying to lose weight. It will keep you full while not providing any empty calories.

Fiber is also essential for digestion and possibly helping to prevent type 2 diabetes. Broccoli, along with other cruciferous veggies, is also thought to help improve heart health.

For those on blood thinners such as Coumadin (warfarin), consult with your medical professional before making changes to your diet, especially concerning vitamin K intake.

Flaxseed Nutrition Facts

Flaxseeds are sprinkled with quite an assortment of vitamins and minerals, along with being a great source of fiber and fats. 

However, their most notable claim to fame is the sheer amount of omega-3 fatty acids that they contain, which is usually found in fish and is quite rare to find from plant-based sources.

This makes them come very high on my list of important foods for every vegan pantry.

Moreover, they can produce a wonderful gel that is the perfect egg substitute for any recipes that require a binding agent. You can find ground flaxseeds in most of my baked goods, savory or sweet. 

Flaxseed oil is great to be added to salad dressing or other cold foods, and adds a very uniquely pleasant flavor, not too unlike a mild fish.

Keep in mind that the oil is quite delicate and can become rancid very easily, so it should be kept refrigerated to prolong its shelf life.

Alpha-linolenic acid, the particular amino acid that flaxseed has plenty of, is important for your heart health since it helps prevent clogged arteries and high cholesterol.

The Benefits of Chickpeas

Chickpeas’ protein content in particular make it a favorite in plant-based diets, and also is featured heavily in diets where meat is not always eaten everyday, such as Indian and Mediterranean cuisines.

Don’t be afraid of the carbohydrate content of chickpeas, indeed all beans and legumes. They are not simple carbohydrates, similar to sugars, that cause your blood sugar to spike and crash, making you feel drowsy and sluggish.

Complex carbohydrates are in fact essential for your body to run, and you will want to ensure that complex carbs make up the majority of your carb intake. Chickpeas contain resistant starches, meaning that they slow down digestion, lowering the chances of a blood sugar spike. 

As a side note, I hope it goes without saying: if you are diabetic, please consult your doctor, as they know the nuances of your condition and its particular needs.

Broccoli Fritters Steps

Broccoli Fritters Ingredients

  • Broccoli
  • Onion
  • Cilantro
  • Garlic
  • Chickpea Flour
  • Ground Flaxseeds
  • Cumin
  • Cayenne
  • Salt
  • Oil

How To Make Broccoli Fritters

To make broccoli fritters recipe, you can either shallow fry or make baked broccoli fritters.

  1. Place broccoli florets, onion, cilantro, and garlic in batches in a food processor, and process until the mixture is crumbly (looks like rice grains).
  2. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl. Stir in chickpea flour, flaxseed meal, cumin, cayenne pepper, and salt. Mix well and squeeze together, as if you are forming a dough.
  3. Heat the oil on medium heat in a large skillet. Form into patties with about 1/4 cup’s worth of mixture. Place fritters in the skillet, reduce the heat to low, and cook fritters on each side for about 4 minutes until golden brown.
  4. These are lightly pan fried, not deep fried. What I like to do is cover the skillet after I turn them, to make sure the fritters are well cooked in the middle.
  5. Alternatively, you can bake the fritters on a baking sheet that is lined with parchment paper and sprayed with cooking spray in a preheated oven at 400℉ for 30 minutes, turning halfway.
  6. Serve with my vegan ranch dressing.

 Other Delicious Fritters To Try

Vegan Broccoli Fritters With Vegan Ranch Dressing

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Nutrition

(Per portion)
  • Energy: 77 kcal / 322 kJ
  • Fat: 4 g
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Carbs: 9 g

Cooking Time

  • Preparation: 10 min
  • Ready in: 30 min
  • For:
  • 10 Servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Place broccoli florets, onion, cilantro, and garlic in batches in a food processor, and process until the mixture is crumbly (looks like rice grains).
  2. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl. Stir in chickpea flour, flaxseed meal, cumin, cayenne pepper, and salt. Mix well and squeeze together, as if you are forming a dough.
  3. Heat the oil on medium heat in a large skillet. Form into patties with about 1/4 cup's worth of mixture. Place fritters in the skillet, reduce the heat to low, and cook fritters on each side for about 4 minutes until golden brown.
  4. These are lightly pan fried, not deep fried. What I like to do is cover the skillet after I turn them, to make sure the fritters are well cooked in the middle.
  5. Alternatively, you can bake the fritters on a baking sheet that is lined with parchment paper and sprayed with cooking spray in a preheated oven at 400℉ for 30 minutes, turning halfway.
  6. Serve with my vegan ranch dressing.

Notes

Broccoli fritters stacked, 5 of them with salad in the background

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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.