Vitamin-Rich Butternut Squash Tots

Recipe by: Shikha of 

These squash tots are sure to be a winner! Velvety, sweet butternut squash pairs beautifully with herbs, making great finger food for little ones. You can easily double up the recipe, and batch cook these for quick and easy lunches. 

  • Prep time: 10 mins
  • Cook time: 35 minutes 
  • Serves: 12-14 tots 

veggie tots in a toddler plate

What do you need?

  • 400g butternut squash, diced 
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 tbsp spelt flour (or use wholewheat flour)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder 
  • 1 tsp dried thyme 
  • 1 tsp dried parsley 
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
veggie tater tots in a blue toddler plate


  1. Preheat your oven to 180c and line a baking tray with parchment paper. 
  2. Steam or boil the butternut squash for about 10 minutes until soft.
  3. Once cooked, mash the butternut squash until smooth.
  4. Add the cheese, flour, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, parsley, and breadcrumbs. Mix until well combined. 
  5. When cool enough to handle, use your hands to shape into tots and place onto the prepared baking tray. 
  6. Bake for 22-25 mins, until golden. 
  7. Serve and enjoy! 

Pro Tip: These can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for three days or frozen for up to 3 months. 

Looking for more nutritious finger food ideas? Try these Taco Pockets made with pizza dough!

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