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Keeping with the theme of kid-friendly recipes, I’ve been asked for this healthier tater tot recipe for a long while.

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Make Them Fun! – If you have a shaped muffin tin, why not try it out? The muffin tin method for making tater tots leaves lots of room for being creative in the kitchen. We L♥VE using our heart-shaped mini muffin tin to make the tots extra filled with love. Let your creativity flow; there may be even more tin shapes that would work well too!
Create Some Fun! – If you have a shaped muffin tin, why not try it out? The muffin tin method for making tater tots leaves lots of room for being creative in the kitchen. We L♥VE using our heart-shaped mini muffin tin to make the tots extra filled with love. Let your creativity flow; there may be even more shapes that would work well. We’re thinking dinosaurs and animal shapes might be fun too…

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Keeping with the theme of kid-friendly recipes, I’ve been asked for this healthier tater tot recipe for a long while. And truth be told, life doesn’t get much better than tater tots whether or not you’re under eighteen or just a kid at heart. Right?

But who wants all the extra preservatives and fillers from store-bought? Also, if you’re celiac or have a gluten intolerance, it might be hard to find tater tots that don’t have wheat in them.

So in our continued quest to bring you healthier and wheat and gluten-free options of pre-packaged favorites, we’ve come up with another winner with our recipe for Easy, Cheesy Homemade Baked Tater Tots!

Check out the full post here because the recipe equals roughly one store-bought bag or about 72 tots. So unless you’re making the recipe to feed an entire family in one setting, many readers will find our tips in the post very helpful. We’ve done our best to help you save time, pre-bake up a batch, and freeze it for later in our quick tips.

How to Make Easy, Cheesy, Homemade Baked Tater Tots

Filled with Extra Fiber (We Leave the Skins On) and B & C Vitamins – These Tots Are Irresistible Little Bites of Crispy Outsides with Creamy, Cheesy Potato Insides!

The printable version is available here.

Suggested Serving = 6 Tater Tots (180 Calories per 1 Serving) | Kid-friendly cheesy baked tater tots that are “Oh So Good” adults will love them too!

Ingredients

Nonstick cooking spray

▢ 6 strips of Bacon cooked, chopped (optional)

▢ 3 pounds Russet Potatoes

▢ 1 ½ tablespoon Grapeseed Oil

▢ 1 ½ tablespoon all-purpose gluten-free Flour

▢ 1 ½ teaspoon Kosher Salt

▢ 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder

▢ ½ teaspoon Black Pepper

▢ ⅔ cup Cheddar Cheese grated (about 2 ounces)

▢ 4 tablespoons fresh Chives, chopped [3]

Instructions

1. Cook bacon according to your favorite method until each strip is uniformly crisp, then dice into small pieces. [1]

2. Preheat your oven to 425°F (218°C). Meanwhile, scrub and remove any bad spots from the potatoes and cut them into large chunks. [2] Next, parboil the potatoes by placing them in a large pot. Cover them with 1-inch cold water, then bring them to a boil over high heat. Immediately reduce the heat to medium to simmer for 6-7 minutes (the potatoes will only be halfway cooked). Drain and rinse with cold water until easy to handle.

3. Once cooled, grate the potatoes into a large bowl. Add the grapeseed oil, flour, salt, garlic powder, and black pepper. Using your hands, gently fluff and turn the ingredients into the potatoes until evenly distributed. Add the bacon, cheese, and chives, gently combining again. Don’t overmix, as the potatoes will become very starchy and pasty. [3]

4. Generously coat a 24-cup mini muffin tin with nonstick spray. This recipe will make about three batches. To form the tots, scoop about one large tablespoon of the potato mixture into each mini-muffin space, using your fingers to help press the mixture within the muffin cup, then flatten. When the cups are filled, bake for 12-15 minutes until the potatoes are golden browned around the edges. Remove from the oven, spray the top with more cooking spray, then turn each tot over using a spoon or table knife. Coat the tot tops again with cooking spray and return to the oven to continue baking for 12-15 minutes until golden browned.


Recipe Notes

Footnote(s):

[1] While including bacon in this recipe is purely optional, we highly recommend it for adding loads of flavor. To make bacon that turns out expertly cooked with uniformly crisp-cooked strips every single time, try one of our easy bacon cooking methods (posts coming soon):

• Classic Skillet Cooked Bacon

• Crispy Air Fryer Bacon

• How to Make Oven-Baked Bacon

[2] The potato chunks should remain large enough that once cooled, they can be easily managed for grating using a box or hand grater or shredding using a food processor. We leave the potato skins on to add extra fiber (about 2 grams per ounce) and retain the B and C vitamins and other nutrients, but you could also wholly peel the potatoes if desired.

[3] Kick these tots up a notch in flavor by substituting or adding chopped or minced items from the onion or pepper family, such as scallions, shallots, jalapeños, green chiles, or sweet bell peppers.


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Are you craving a taste of Spring? Make this quick and easy Cherry Rhubarb Sauce to spoon over cheesecake, pound cake, ice cream, pancakes, or waffles. Layer it with granola and yogurt. Slather it on top of English muffins or toast. Sauce it over savory spiced meats like grilled pork and roasted chicken, or serve it as a sweet side to any meal!

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Three Gluten-Free Blog Posts We’re reading this week…

All The Amazing Gluten Free Cookies You’ll Ever Need
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5 Hidden Sources of Gluten at the Grocery Store
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Learn the difference between types of oats, whether they’re gluten free, and cooking methods for each. Steel cut, rolled, and quick oats.

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