Mini Zucchini Pizza Bites ~ cheesy pepperoni pizza with tangy pizza sauce on sliced zucchini rounds baked until the cheese is gooey and the zucchini tender. Delicious, low-carb appetizer or snack with just 4 ingredients and 15 minutes!
If you planted zucchini back in the spring by now it probably looks like a garden version of the movie, The Birds. Zucchini everywhere you turn – you run or hide fast enough.
No worries, though because there are actually so many recipes to use zucchini in. This moist Lemon Blueberry Bread that’s both breakfast and dessert takes full advantage of summer harvest and if you’re in need of an easy side dish, try Grilled Zucchini from my friend Melissa at Mamagourmand.
But when it’s low-carb, healthy pizza you’re craving, these 4 ingredient Zucchini Pizza Bites that whip up in just 15 minutes are for you. Served up as an appetizer, snack or light lunch they’re loaded with delicious flavor.
Zucchini Pizza Bites are also ideal if you’re trying to get more vegetables into your diet (aren’t we all?) or some unsuspecting kids. I mean, we’re A) talking pizza and B) there’s plenty of cheese involved. Mission accomplished.
what size zucchini should i use?
The choice is yours. I like smaller zucchini so they’re one-bite and easier to eat, but you can use larger zucchini as well.
what’s in zucchini pizza bites?
- pizza sauce
- grated mozzarella cheese
Other optional toppings:
- green pepper
- fresh basil
how to make zucchini pizza bites:
Preheat the oven to 450° then line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil for easy cleanup.
Wash the zucchini, trim the ends then cut into 1/4″ thick rounds (leaving the skin on). Transfer to the prepared baking sheet then lightly season with salt.
Add about one heaping teaspoon of pizza sauce onto each zucchini round, then top with a sprinkle of cheese and 1-2 pieces of pepperoni. NOTE: the amount of sauce, cheese and pepperoni will vary depending upon the size of your zucchini bite.
Bake 6-8 minutes or until the zucchini is tender and the cheese is gooey and melted then broil about 1 minute to lightly brown the cheese. Optional: sprinkle with sliced basil. Serve right away.
can i make zucchini pizza bites ahead of time?
Yes! Slice and assemble the bites then cover loosely and refrigerate until you’re ready to bake.
can i grill these zucchini pizza bites?
You can definitely grill these Zucchini Pizza Bites which makes them a great camping recipe too! Add foil to the grill then transfer the prepared bites to the foil. Grill over medium high heat (about 400°) until the cheese is melted and the zucchini is fork tender.
what about substituting squash for zucchini?
Yes! Summer squash – which is probably also going crazy in your garden can definitely be used in this recipe in place of zucchini.
how can i make this recipe even healthier?
To make this recipe even healthier than it is, use low fat cheese and turkey pepperoni. You can also leave the pepperoni off completely and go with a strictly cheese – or veggie – option.
If you tried this Zucchini Pizza Bites recipe or any other on the blog then I hope you’ll leave a comment with some stars!
Zucchini Pizza Bites
- 2 small zucchini sliced into rounds, skin on
- 1/2 cup pizza sauce
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese grated
- 1-2 mini pepperoni per pizza bite
- Preheat the oven to 450 then line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
- Wash the zucchini, trim the ends then cut into 1/4" thick rounds leaving the skin on. Transfer the zucchini to the prepared baking sheet then lightly season with salt.
- Add about 1 rounded teaspoon of pizza sauce to each zucchini round then top with a sprinkle of cheese and 1-2 pepperoni. The amount of sauce, cheese and pepperoni will vary depending upon the size of the zucchini bites.
- Bake 6-8 minutes or until the zucchini is tender and the cheese is gooey and melted then broil about 1 minute to lightly brown the cheese. Optional: sprinkle with sliced basil. Serve right away.