Zucchini Pizza Bites

Zucchini Pizza Bites - Healthy, nutritious pizza bites that come together in just 20 minutes with only 5 ingredients!

Healthy, nutritious pizza bites that come together in just 15 minutes with only 5 ingredients!

Zucchini Pizza Bites - Healthy, nutritious pizza bites that come together in just 20 minutes with only 5 ingredients!

Jason and I ordered a late-night pizza the other day as “post vacation recovery” food. But when I woke up the next morning, I felt so nauseous and bloated the entire day. I know I don’t have the metabolism of an 18-yr old but man – I don’t think I can do late night pizza runs anymore!

Zucchini Pizza Bites - Healthy, nutritious pizza bites that come together in just 20 minutes with only 5 ingredients!

So when I had another pizza craving 2 days later, I just had to try these 5-ingredient zucchini pizza bites instead. And boy, was in for a treat.

Zucchini Pizza Bites - Healthy, nutritious pizza bites that come together in just 20 minutes with only 5 ingredients!

I honestly didn’t know what to expect using a zucchini round as a pizza base. After all, carbs and I (particularly pizza crust carbs) have a love affair happening. But little did I know that these zucchini rounds were an amazing substitute for all those heavy calories.

Zucchini Pizza Bites - Healthy, nutritious pizza bites that come together in just 20 minutes with only 5 ingredients!

The zucchini rounds were so great for portion control, and such fun finger foods to pass along the table. You can also control the amount of cheese to top off – if you’re really watching your calories, a little bit goes a long way. Plus, the mini pepperonis make these even more fun to eat!

Zucchini Pizza Bites

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 10 minutes

Total Time 20 minutes

Yield 8 servings

Zucchini Pizza Bites

Healthy, nutritious pizza bites that come together in just 20 minutes with only 5 ingredients!

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch thick rounds
  • Kosher salt and freshy ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 cup marinara sauce
  • 1/2 cup finely grated mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup pepperoni minis
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to broil.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Working in batches, add zucchini and cook, flipping once, until golden, about 1-2 minutes on each side; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Place zucchini rounds onto a large baking sheet. Top each zucchini round with marinara, mozzarella and pepperoni minis.
  • Place into oven and cook until the cheese has melted, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Serve immediately, sprinkled with Italian seasoning, if desired.

Notes

Adapted from Comfort of Cooking

http://damndelicious.net/2014/06/04/zucchini-pizza-bites/


Comments

  1. says

    Oh these look incredible! Love that they’re bite sized and bless your heart for making ALL those little rounds and not getting cheese all over the baking sheet in the process :) They’re gorgeous!

  2. says

    This is fabulous! I have seen aubergine/eggplant being used as base before, which I am not the biggest fan off (too chewy almost if not cooked for long enough!) so using zucchini instead sounds brilliant! Perfect it you wanna treat yourself with some fancy evening snack and a movie :D Thanks! x

  3. Peggy says

    These look positively scrumptious. What a simple yet delicious alternative and a healthy snack. Can’t wait to try them.

  4. says

    These sound like an amazing pizza alternative! I had the pizza hangover (I’m currently suffering through one) so these are an amazing substitute to keep my on track with healthy eating as well :)

  5. Angie says

    Want to make this for dinner… wondering if 3 zucchinis worth of tiny pizzas will fill me up! Haha, thank you very much!

  6. Jocel says

    I tried these today and they were super yummy! Don’t let them get cold though or else they will need to go back to the oven to be heated :P

  7. Cristina Calvo says

    Wow, the pepperonis are so cute! Love that you experimented with zucchinis – a very unusual pizza variant. Regardless, I think I’m gonna have to give this a try. It looks so dainty, yummy and fresh – perfect for snacks while I’m on vacay. The honeyed asian chicken you posted was a big hit at home. It turned out so great. It’s now a staple for weekends. =)

  8. says

    These zucchini bites look perfect! And so delicious. Last summer my dad made something similar to these, only with grilled eggplant — so good!
    Pinning this! Gorgeous photos.

  9. Trish B says

    I think I’m going to combine two of your recipes; I’m going to use the Zucchini Parmesan Crisps as the base for the Pizza Bites>>>> A little less healthy but I can’t stop thinking of how great they’re going to be!!

  10. debi gordon says

    I just made these and have to say “outstanding!”. I have been doing no bad carbs and no sugar for 1 month successfully, but miss some foods badly! I must say i really thought i was eating pizza! I used hot salsa in place of maranara sauce and i just couldnt get enough of them! The pepperoni really makes it. Also, i normally skin my zucchini,but followed ur instructions to leave skin on. I couldnt even tell,really! Very easy to make, but o so much easier to eat. Thanxx:-)

  11. Brianna says

    Just made these. So yummy and filling! Used sliced fresh mozzarella and cut up sopressata. Next time I’ll pat the zucchini dry before placing them on the baking sheet. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Jessica says

    These look delicious! Do you think they will still be good if I re-heat them in the microwave? I want to eat them for lunch at work ;-)

  13. Anna says

    I just made these. I split a batch into two- one to save, one to make in a few when my boyfriend gets here. I had a friend over who “wasn’t hungry” and “didn’t want to eat.” I made him try one. Just one.

    He ate 14. Proposed to me. Claimed I made crack. Danced and sang around my apartment about how he’s never had anything better.

    This is divine and you are a goddess for posting this. This will definitely be a weekly thing in my apartment. Thank you!!!

    I didn’t have italian seasoning but fresh basil, so i added that. So good.

  14. Jenifer says

    I’m home today, craving something warm for lunch, but limited by my diet and these look AWESOME. I want to try them RIGHT NOW. Catch: I don’t have zucchini – I have cucumbers. Any idea if they’ll hold up like zucchini?? Seems like they’re a little juicier??

    • Chungah says

      You can certainly substitute cucumbers but without further recipe testing, I cannot speak for how much this will change the overall taste/texture of the dish. It is always best to use the ingredients listed in the recipe to obtain the best results possible.

    • Chungah says

      They should keep for 1-2 days but I have never tried freezing this myself – there were no leftovers left to freeze! I recommend using your best judgment for freezing and reheating.

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