Roasted Zucchini Cakes

gut health recipes Aug 25, 2021

Our garden overproduced zucchini this season and I’ve become OBSESSED with this simple side. 

Zucchini Cakes are a veggie side dish my kids don't complain about! Made with grated zucchini, garlic, dairy free “cheese”, basil, almond flour, egg, then baked in the oven and finished in a simple marinara sauce.

These vegetarian patties were inspired by a neighbor's “ball” party. She made a similar zucchini meatball recipe using bread crumbs and cheese. They were a huge party hit so I transformed these party favorites into a dairy free (DF) and gluten free (GF) masterpiece so that my lactose intolerant son & I can enjoy them without a belly ache. 

We’ve served these patties over GF pasta and as a side with Italian grilled chicken.

If you're one of my gut health warriors note that zucchini research suggests that zucchini also offers anti-inflammatory protection within the gastrointestinal tract that can reduce IBS, ulcer-related symptoms and leaky gut syndrome.(1)

Zucchini Cakes


  • Coconut oil cooking spray
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 1/4 lbs. (about 2 large) unpeeled zucchini, grated
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 1-2 tsp Italian seasoning (in my opinion, more is better)
  • 3 tbsp. chopped basil, plus leaves for garnish
  • 1 cup almond flour 
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 ounce dairy free grated “mozzarella cheese” freshly grated, plus more for serving
  • 2 cups quick marinara sauce or jarred, I love The Vine Organics


  1. Heat the oven to 375°F. Spray a large rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Place the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. When hot add the garlic and sauté until golden, about 30 seconds.
  3. Add the zucchini, season with salt and pepper and cook on high heat, 5 to 7 minutes.
  4. Transfer to a colander and press with paper towel to get rid of any excess water. Transfer to a large bowl along with the flour, beaten egg, DF cheese, Italian seasoning, and chopped basil.
  5. Form the zucchini mixture into 10-14 patties and transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Spray the top and bake until firm and browned, about 20 to 25 minutes.
  6. If topping with sauce, heat the sauce in a pot and drizzle over patties and or pasta.  
  7. Garnish with fresh basil leaves

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