Keto spinach balls are a tasty gluten-free appetizer and a healthy, satisfying snack. Ready from scratch in just 30 minutes, these crispy little balls are packed with flavor and goodness. Delicious hot or cold.
Bored of boiled eggs, slices of chicken and a handful of nuts as a low carb snack? These spinach balls are great to have on hand if you’re feeling a bit peckish but don’t want to sit down and have a full meal.
They are fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside!
I like to whip up a batch and store in a Tupperware in the fridge and nibble over a few days. Though with the kids in the house and a hungry husband, leftovers are scarce!
Spinach balls taste so good and at just 0.5g net carbs per ball you can have 3 as a snack at just 1.5g net carbs.
They’re also quite filling - packed with healthy fats and plenty of fiber thanks to the psyllium husk.
I'd say they are like a cheesy dough ball with added nutrients. Perfect to serve as an appetizer, as a savoury Netflix kind of treat or even as part of a healthy lunch box.
- Spinach - cooked and liquid squeezed out
- Eggs - large
- Cheddar cheese - shredded
- Parmesan - finely grated
- Almond flour - I used ground almonds
- Psyllium husk - I used whole psyllium husk. Halve the amount if using psyllium husk powder.
- Herbs and spices - garlic powder, onion powder, pepper and fresh parsley
- Olive oil - for more flavor in the batter and to drizzle on top
How to make spinach balls
(This section contains step by step instructions and photos that show how to make this recipe. Find the recipe card with ingredient amounts and nutritional information at the bottom of the post.)
COOK SPINACH: Place the spinach in a large bowl. Cover and microwave on high for 3 minutes until wilted. Alternatively, let the spinach leaves wilt in a pan with a splash of water.
Allow to cool, then squeeze out the water using your hands, a muslin cloth or use strong kitchen roll. You should be left with ⅔ cup (130g) cooked spinach.
MIX ALL INGREDIENTS: Add the spinach to a large mixing bowl almond with all the remaining ingredients - eggs, cheddar and parmesan, almond flour, psyllium husk, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, parsley and ½ tablespoon olive oil.
Feel free to add a touch of salt but the cheese is salty in itself. Mix until combined.
FORM BALLS AND BAKE: Roll the mixture into balls and place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Spray the spinach balls with a little olive oil.
Tip: If the dough is sticking rub your hands in olive oil first before rolling.
Bake until golden on top, turning half way through.
Serve with one of the following sauces or dips:
- Homemade Sugar Free Ketchup - A classic and one of our fridge staples.
- The Best 5 Minute Keto Mayonnaise - Let me show you how to make gorgeous wibbly-wobbly mayo at home.
- Ranch dressing
- Sour cream
- Sugar Free BBQ Sauce - for a bit og tanginess.
- Keto Hummus
- Blue cheese dressing
- Caesar Dressing - I could eat this dressing with literally anything!
- Sugar Free Sweet Chilli Sauce Recipe - For an Asian twist - a fragrant, super-tasty sauce.
Use frozen spinach. Just cook it the same way, squeeze out the liquid and measure the quantity.
Nut free: Use ⅓ cup coconut flour in place of the almond flour. Or replace the almond flour with a 50/50 blend of sunflower seed flour and sesame seed flour.
Dairy-free: For dairy free spinach balls, use a vegan cheese alternative such as Violife. You can also add a little nutritional yeast.
Air fryer option: You can air fry these spinach balls as well - this makes them super crispy. Preheat the air fryer to 180C / 350F and cook for around 17-20 minutes.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days or freezer for up to 3 months.
Reheating: Cook in the microwave for 30 seconds or gently warm in a non-stick pan. You can also reheat in the air fryer or in the oven (200C / 400F for 5 minutes).
Here are some more easy keto appetizers we love:
- Low Carb Keto Falafel (Cauliflower Recipe)40 Minutes
- Keto Onion Rings - Extra Crispy!15 Minutes
- Cauliflower Popcorn45 Minutes
- Crispy Keto Chicken Nuggets35 Minutes
- Crispy Baked Keto Zucchini Fries40 Minutes
- Keto Low Carb Tortilla Chips17 Minutes
- Air Fryer Radishes - Low Carb Potatoes19 Minutes
- Keto Egg Salad Recipe15 Minutes
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Keto Spinach Balls Appetizerfrom Sugar Free Londoner
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- 6 cups fresh spinach leaves 200g. Makes ⅔ cup (130g) packed cooked spinach ***see notes
- 3 large eggs beaten
- ⅔ cup grated cheddar 75g
- ⅓ cup grated parmesan 25g
- 1 cup almond flour
- 2 tablespoon whole psyllium husk or 1 tablespoon psyllium husk powder
- ⅓ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ⅓ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ cup fresh parsley chopped (15g)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil ½ in the mix and ½ on top
- Preheat the oven to 200C / 400F electric or 180C / 350F fan.
- Place the spinach in a large bowl. Cover and microwave on high for 3 minutes until wilted. Alternatively, let the spinach leaves wilt in a pan with a splash of water.
- Allow to cool, then squeeze out the water using your hands, a muslin cloth or use strong kitchen roll. You should be left with ⅔ cup (130g) cooked spinach.
- Chop the spinach and add it to a large mixing bowl almond with all the remaining ingredients - eggs, cheddar and parmesan, almond flour, psyllium husk, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, parsley and ½ tablespoon olive oil. Mix until combined.
- Roll the mixture into balls and place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Spray the spinach balls with a little olive oil.
- Bake for 20 - 23 minutes until golden on top, turning after 15 - 18 minutes.
- Low Carb Keto Hummus Recipe
- Homemade Sugar Free Ketchup
- The Best 5 Minute Keto Mayonnaise
- The Easiest Keto Caesar Dressing Recipe
- Sugar Free Sweet Chilli Sauce
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I am allergic to psyllium. It affects my heart. Is there anything I can use instead? So many of your recipes contain it now, I know how useful it is.
You can try to replace it with ground flax. Use the golden flax and not the brown variety as it it more neutral in taste.
Thank you Katrin... Do you think that adding a small amount of xanthan gum too would help to give it some integrity?
Yes, xanthan gum is a good binder.
These are definitely on my 'to make' list! And really pleased to see that you have given instructions for an air fryer. I've had mine for a few months and wouldn't be without it!
Keep me posted! The air fryer is a life changer .
Love all your recipes
Thank you so much!!!