healthy mozzarella sticks

Who says our favorite cheesy foods have to be off limits? Mozzarella sticks are awesome for every occasion, and make for a delightful snack that most of us have been accustomed to since childhood. Now that we’re mature college girls who are more health conscious, we can still have the cheesy snack we all love, guilt-free! Read on for instructions on how you can DIY these delicious healthy mozzarella sticks!
 

What you need

  • 12 sticks of string cheese in your choice of cheese, go for the low sodium kind if you want to be extra healthy
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp of flour
  • 5 tbsp of bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp of parmesan cheese
  • A dollop of olive oil, or cooking spray

 

Preparation

  1. Cut the cheese sticks in half, making 24 slices, then freeze the slices in the freezer until completely frozen
  2. Beat the egg in a small bowl. Use a separate bowl to combine the bread crumbs and parmesan cheese
  3. To bread the cheese sticks: First dip the frozen cheese stick into the flour, then into the egg, then into the bread crumb mixture
  4. Once all of the 24 sticks are coated, place them on a baking sheet covered with aluminum foil coated with a few drops of olive oil or sprayed with cooking spray (this will keep cleanup to a minimum, and keep the sticks from sticking!)
  5. Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for about 4 minutes, or until crisp. They need to be watched closely so they don’t melt completely!

 
What makes them healthier? They’re home cooked with less butter, they’re baked instead of fried, and cheese sticks are a naturally lower calorie cheese snack. You can also add italian spices or herbs to the recipe, adding them into the bowl with the breadcrumb mixture. Serve with marinara sauce and enjoy!
 

Have you tried this mozzarella stick recipe?

What do you think? What are your favorite healthy substitutions to make while cooking? Leave us a comment below!

 

Author: Anna Patrick

85 Comments

  1. deliilah0819 says:

    @everycollegegirl – These look great! I’ll definitely try these out.

    @Jade – I’m sure that anyone wanting to eat healthy isn’t going to make mozzarella sticks everynight for dinner. This is just a healthier alternative to deep frying.

    If you eat in a healthy way, then it’s ok to have a treat every now and then. Get over yourself and your so-called “seasoned professionalism”. Any real health professional will tell you that even a cheeseburger is fine every once in a while – as long as your daily diet is healthy.

    Ugh – people like you make it hard to live in this world. No flexibility and you think you know everything… boooooo!

    To everyone else – enjoy this recipe! (Just don’t eat it every day)

  2. Jade says:

    This is NOT healthy. Not in the slightest. You want recipes for healthy foods look for ones that don’t contain dairy or wheat, and has some amount of real food product and isn’t fried. The amount of sodium in eating jsut a couple of these alone is enough to create fat deposits, artery clogging, cholesterol jumps and lord knows what else. This is nothing but nutrient devoid food-like products. The use of the word ‘healthy’ in this actually offends me.
    I’m not sure what you’re learning in college but it’s obviously nothing about nutrition. Take it from a seasoned health professional.

    • Lorelai says:

      We are obligate omnivores. We NEED animal products in small quantities, and women in particular need calcium, which is best supplied in dairy foods. The calcium in even the most calcium rich plant foods isn’t adequate to the task. Low-fat diary *is* an excellent and healthy choice. As for the current “wheat is bad” fad, if you are a celiac, then yes, by all means, avoid the wheat gluten which makes you ill. If you are NOT a celiac, then avoiding wheat, especially whole wheat, does nothing but cut you off from a good source of fiber and nutrition. We as a species survived mainly on wheat products for centuries (“give us this day our daily bread”) as both a protein source and a complex carbohydrate source. Jade, you need to be educated by someone who actually *knows* about nutrition, and if you are really a “seasoned health professional” (which is a category broad enough to include paid faith healers, btw), then you should know better. Take it from a scientist who has actually read the literature.

      • Erin says:

        I would love to know where you get your information from, because I wholeheartedly disagree with your views of gluten and grains in general. Also, plenty of people have lactose and casein intolerances and allergies and would benefit from avoiding dairy.

    • Caitlin says:

      Dear Jade,

      As a fellow healthcare professional, I would hope that you know health doesn’t mean cutting out dairy, oil, and carbs. I would suggest that you take another look at your food pyramid and repeat to yourself “everything in moderation” daily. There’s no such thing as a “bad” food, just excessive. You can have a few french fries, but not every day and buckets at a time. I would suggest that you allow everyone to make their own distinction about what healthy and unhealthy is. I’m sure you could agree that someone that is morbidly obese and eats 20 pizza daily, this recipe would, in fact, be a healthy alternative for them. Is it not?
      I’m actually offended that I, as a healthcare professional, am being represented by someone as ignorant as yourself. Have fun going to other blogging websites and incorrectly categorizing their recipes as “unhealthy” as well.

      PS. These look delicious and I will be making them myself at home soon :)

    • Kristina says:

      Wow, if something like THIS offends you, I would hate to be around you in the real world. Not eating dairy or wheat is a life-style choice and not usually something a college student can do on a budget and if only food in dorm eating halls are available. How about you lighten up. This recipe does have “some amount of food product” such as eggs and cheese and the whole point is that it is NOT fried. Get a life.

    • prettygirl says:

      Stop being an asshole… God.

    • Nikki says:

      Compared to regular mozzarella sticks, these are celery…

  3. Anna Patrick says:

    Fingers have been the best method I have found… embrace the mess! I just washed my hands every few sticks. As for getting the crumbs to stick better, coat with more egg, or try to repeat the breading step twice on the same stick. Messier but more efficient

  4. Jerrika says:

    My husband and I live in an older townhouse and everything we seem to make doesn’t quite turn out like the recipe, even though we follow them to the T, our burners and oven may not be up to par. These probably would have been okay, regardless of it taking double the time, except they were such a mess on my hands, is there an easier way to dip them besides with your fingers? lol. Also, I couldn’t get the bread crumbs to stick once it got down to the last 8. Any suggestions?

  5. Emily says:

    These were so easy and delicious! I’ll definitely be making these more!

  6. BBGG says:

    The word “healthy” in the title is really misleading. Mozzarella is loaded with saturated fat.

    • Erin says:

      yes, artery-clogging, heart attack provoking saturated fat. guess it’s just a coincidence that I haven’t died yet from all the bacon, grass fed beef, and eggs I consumer on a weekly basis :)

    • lindsay says:

      Actually weight watchers sells string cheese and they’re 1 point each. thats what i use

    • Caitlin says:

      That is why is says you can use any kind of mozzarella, I actually used reduced fat which only has 2 grams in it and they turn out great. That is in fact much healthier than what normal cheese sticks are.

  7. Yours look palatable! I am probably not using enough flour or too much but they do not turn out so presentable. They taste delicious though! I will keep trying until I get them to look the way I want them.

    Thanks for sharing :)

  8. Kendall says:

    Does anyone know how to tweak the recipe to cook them in a microwave so I can make them in my dorm room, thanks! Great recipe, I can’t wait to try it!!

  9. Anne says:

    These were yummy but I would def recommend double-dipping in the eggs and crumbs to make a thicker batter or being sure to use Panko crumbs for a nice crunchy batter. I used regular bread crumbs out of the can and dipped as per the recipe and the coating turned out very thin and not crispy. Of course I still devoured a plate of them in record time :)

  10. Katie says:

    MMMMMM! These look so yummy! I have featured you on my blog The Crafty Blog Stalker, Pinterest Picks post. I would love for you to stop by, grab a feature button and wear it proudly.

    http://thecraftyblogstalker.blogspot.com/2012/03/pinterest-picks_25.html

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