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Crispy Vegan Cheesy Roasted Broccoli

“Cheesy” roasted broccoli made dairy-free with nutritional yeast. This crispy roasted broccoli makes for a marvelous side dish or healthy snack!

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…Also known as How To Get Your Kid To Eat A Crown Of Broccoli In One Sitting.

Okay, I haven’t actually fed these nuggets to a child, but I’m willing to bet they’d approve. Seriously, these crispy “cheesy” roasted broccoli nuggets are crazy addicting and really hit the spot when you’re jonesing for a nice charred crunch. I make them using nutritional yeast, which mimics the flavor of cheese without the need for actual dairy.

This recipe is modeled after my “Cheesy” Vegan Roasted Cauliflower, which I posted a couple of years ago. The recipe was a hit! Cheesy cheese-less roasted veggies? How can you not go wild?

 

I wanted to revisit this topic but with broccoli, because let’s face it: broccoli + cheese = a mighty fine marriage!

These broccoli nuggets are perfect for those who eat a plant-based vegan diet, are dairy-free, or simply love a healthier snack/side dish. When I find myself craving something salty and crispy, I try to quench the craving with a snack like this.

"Cheesy" Vegan Crispy Broccoli - an easy dairy-free roasted broccoli recipe that has a lovely cheesy flavor from nutritional yeast | TheRoastedRoot.com

How To Make Vegan “Cheesy” Crispy Broccoli

Chop your broccoli crowns into florets (or nuggets, as I like to call them) and spread them on a baking sheet.

Drizzle with avocado oil, nutritional yeast, almond flour, sea salt, and paprika. Use your hands to toss everything together until the broccoli is well-coated.

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Bake until the broccoli is nice and crispy, then enjoy!

I see this roasted broccoli recipe being a staple in any household that welcomes a tasty veggie side dish, an awesome side for the holidays when serving guests with dietary restrictions, or those looking to keep healthier snacks on hand that aren’t laden with sugar.

Get your crispy broccoli nugget on!

"Cheesy" Vegan Crispy Broccoli - an easy dairy-free roasted broccoli recipe that has a lovely cheesy flavor from nutritional yeast | TheRoastedRoot.com

Crispy Vegan Cheesy Roasted Broccoli

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Author: Julia
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Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

  2. Spread the chopped broccoli over a large baking sheet and drizzle with avocado oil, and sprinkle with almond flour, nutritional yeast, sea salt, and paprika. Use your hands to toss everything together until the broccoli florets are well-coated.

  3. Bake on the center rack of the preheated oven 25 to 30 minutes, or until broccoli is golden-brown and crispy.

  4. Serve with your favorite entree, and enjoy!

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Linda

Monday 21st of December 2020

Can you make this with frozen Broccoli?

Julia

Tuesday 22nd of December 2020

Ooh, that's a great question! I'm sure you can but I haven't tried it. I found this article on how to roast frozen broccoli: https://www.thekitchn.com/oven-roasted-frozen-broccoli-259041 you can follow their methodology using the ingredients in this recipe :D Enjoy!

Madelaine

Wednesday 20th of May 2020

This recipe is too good. Its super easy to make and it tastes incredible!! Our family has never eaten so much broccoli before. I've never liked broccoli this much before! Thank you for this family favorite, I see myself making this pretty much forever. ??

Julia

Wednesday 20th of May 2020

I'm so happy you and your family like it, Madelaine! Thanks so much for the sweet note! Hope you guys are staying well :D xoxo

Z

Friday 10th of April 2020

Amazing!! So good. My only suggestion to readers is to mix the broccoli together with the ingredients in a bowl first for an easier coating.

Gwyneviere

Monday 14th of September 2020

I do the same! Cut the broccoli in florets then swirl in the oil mixture; I leave out the almond flour) .

Cynthia

Saturday 24th of August 2019

Made this the other day - I could have eaten the entire broccoli. I’m doing it again today!

Julia

Sunday 25th of August 2019

Yeeeees SO thrilled to hear it, Cynthia! I'm obsessed with it too...broccoli crack is what I call it. Enjoy! xo

Brittany

Thursday 2nd of May 2019

Would any other oil work with this recipe?

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