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These Broccoli Cheese Balls are delicious and healthy vegetable-loaded appetizers that can be served with a barbecue or as a food platter bite.

It’s delicious dipped in any sauce like tomato sauce, hummus, or guacamole.

Healthy Baked Broccoli Balls are delicious broccoli cheese bites for your baby first food around 1 year. A simple broccoli appetizer recipes for grown up too with steamed broccoli, oat flour, breadcrumb, eggs and a bite of mozzarella cheese!

What Are Broccoli Balls?

Broccoli Cheese Balls are simple, healthy appetizers that are made with a large amount of broccoli, some cheese, and some healthy flours.

They can also be made with breadcrumbs, but the healthiest version contains almond flour and psyllium husk for a good amount of fiber and nutrients without the carbs.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

This recipe is a great simple appetizer:

  • Healthy
  • High in Fiber
  • Low in Carbs
  • Keto-Friendly (1.6g of Net Carbs)
  • Gluten-Free
  • Grain-Free
Healthy Baked Broccoli Balls are delicious broccoli cheese bites. A simple broccoli appetizer recipes with broccoli (no precooking required!), gluten free breadcrumb, eggs and a bite of cheese! Broccoli cheese balls toddlers loves.

How To Make Broccoli Cheese Balls

Ingredients

  • Broccoli – Broccoli is a delicious low-carb vegetable. Remove the feet of the broccoli, and chop the head finely.
  • Eggs – Eggs are necessary to create the binding.
  • Almond Flour – Almond flour is a low-carb flour, perfect as a healthier replacement for panko crumbs.
  • Psyllium Husk
  • Grated Mozzarella – or any cheese like Emmental freshly grated with a box grater.
  • Onion – finely diced
  • Herbs and Spices – such as Paprika, Dried Oregano, Cilantro, Salt, Garlic Powder, and Pepper.
Healthy Baked Broccoli Balls are delicious broccoli cheese bites for your baby first food around 1 year. A simple broccoli appetizer recipes for grown up too with steamed broccoli, oat flour, breadcrumb, eggs and a bite of mozzarella cheese!

Preparing The Broccoli

Start by removing the feet of the broccoli florets. You can use them later to make a soup.

Only use the softer parts of the broccoli and chop them finely.

Steam the chopped broccoli for just 4 to 5 minutes over high heat. This short cooking avoids losing the nutrients from the vegetables.

You can also boil them for longer and the recipe would still work but steaming is better to keep the nutrient and green color.

Drain the broccoli florets using a clean towel and transfer them to a large mixing bowl.

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 Healthy Baked Broccoli Balls are delicious broccoli cheese bites. A simple broccoli appetizer recipes with broccoli (no precooking required!), gluten free breadcrumb, eggs and a bite of cheese! Broccoli cheese balls toddlers loves.

Making The Broccoli Ball Batter

Add the eggs, grated cheese, and all the other ingredients.

Combine the broccoli cheese ball batter with a spatula until it becomes dense and sticky.

Line a large baking tray with lightly oiled parchment paper and form 20 broccoli balls with your hands.

Baking The Balls

Make sure to leave one or two inches of space between each broccoli cheese ball.

Bake the balls for 15 to 20 minutes at 400°F (200°C) until they have turned golden and the surface is crispy. 

Let them cool down for 5 minutes before serving them hot.

 Healthy Baked Broccoli Balls are delicious broccoli cheese bites. A simple broccoli appetizer recipes with broccoli (no precooking required!), gluten free breadcrumb, eggs and a bite of cheese! Broccoli cheese balls toddlers loves.

Serving Broccoli Cheese Balls

These broccoli cheese balls are perfect for a finger food platter. They can be served with my homemade ketchup, 4-ingredient guacamole, or with an eggplant dip.

They can also be served as a side dish to a Steak Alfredo, Almond Flour Chicken Tenders, or my creamy Keto Chicken Marsala.

Storage Instructions

You can keep the baked broccoli cheese balls for up to 4 days in the fridge.

They can also be frozen in zip-lock bags. Wait until they are fully cooled down before freezing them for up to a month.

Defrost the broccoli balls in the oven, or place them frozen on a cooking tray covered with parchment paper.

Cook them until they have defrosted and are crispy – it takes about 8 minutes at 350°F (180°C). Don’t overcook are they will dry out. 

 Healthy Baked Broccoli Balls are delicious broccoli cheese bites. A simple broccoli appetizer recipes with broccoli (no precooking required!), gluten free breadcrumb, eggs and a bite of cheese! Broccoli cheese balls toddlers loves.

Allergy Swaps

You can’t swap the egg in this broccoli ball recipe, but you can replace the psyllium husk and almond flour with other non-keto ingredients.

  • Almond Flour: Substitute the Almond Flour and Psyllium Husk for Panko Breadcrumbs, pick gluten-free breadcrumbs if you eat gluten-free.
  • Broccoli: if you don’t like broccoli, make my Spinach Balls or Zucchini Balls instead.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Air Fry Broccoli Cheese Balls?

These vegetable bites can be baked in an air fryer. Place them on a single layer in the air fryer basket and cook them for 10 minutes at 400°F (200°C).

How Many Carbs Are In Broccoli?

Broccoli is one of the keto-friendly vegetables with only 4 grams of net carbs per 100 grams.

More Appetizer Recipes

If you like this quick appetizer recipe, I recommend trying the other low-carb party food below to pair with the broccoli bites.

Recipe Card

Healthy Baked Broccoli Balls are delicious broccoli cheese bites for your baby first food around 1 year. A simple broccoli appetizer recipes for grown up too with steamed broccoli, oat flour, breadcrumb, eggs and a bite of mozzarella cheese!

Broccoli Cheese Balls

1.6gNet Carbs
4.67 from 3 votes
These Broccoli Cheese Balls are a simple, healthy, and super-quick appetizer recipe to make a food platter for game day or as a side to a summer barbecue.
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Yield: 20 broccoli balls
Serving Size: 1 broccoli ball

Recipe Macros

Net Carbs 1.6g
Fat 4.7g
Protein 3.6g
Calories 66.6kcal

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Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Cover a baking sheet with lightly oiled parchment paper. Set it aside.
  • Remove the broccoli feet and finely chop the broccoli head into tiny pieces. It will precook faster. Place into a steamer and steam for 2-4 minutes or until slightly tender. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process and maintain the green colors. Don't overcook the broccoli to avoid a puree, All you want is slight softer broccoli pieces. You can also boil the broccoli pieces in a pot filled with boiling water, for the same 2-3 minutes, drain, and rinse with cold water. 
  • Transfer the broccoli pieces into a mixing bowl, cool them down for 3-5 minutes, then add all the other ingredients: almond flour, eggs, psyllium husk, onions, paprika, oregano, salt, garlic powder, and mozzarella cheese.
  • Combine with a spatula until it forms a batter that you can easily shape into balls with your hands. 
  • Slightly oil your hands with vegetable oil, scoop about a tablespoon of mixture, and roll it in your hands into balls. Press and roll until it comes together and shapes well. Wash your hands every 3-4 balls as it sticks a lot.
  • Place the balls on the prepared cooking sheet, leaving a thumb of space between each broccoli ball.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until golden on the outside.
  • Serve hot out of the oven as an appetizer. 
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Nutrition Facts
Broccoli Cheese Balls
Amount Per Serving (1 broccoli ball)
Calories 66.6 Calories from Fat 42
% Daily Value*
Fat 4.7g7%
Saturated Fat 1.2g8%
Trans Fat 0.1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.6g
Cholesterol 29mg10%
Sodium 164mg7%
Potassium 50.4mg1%
Carbohydrates 3.3g1%
Fiber 1.7g7%
Sugar 0.5g1%
Protein 3.6g7%
Net Carbs 1.6g
Vitamin A 181.2IU4%
Vitamin B12 0.2µg3%
Vitamin C 8.3mg10%
Vitamin D 0.2µg1%
Calcium 53.5mg5%
Iron 0.5mg3%
Magnesium 4.6mg1%
Zinc 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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    3 Thoughts On Broccoli Cheese Balls
  1. 5 stars
    Wow I am so happy I just came across your site! I have been so nervous about introducing new foods into my baby’s diet and I don’t want her to have any baddies in her body so I want to make all of her food myself. I’m so glad I came across this 🙂 Thank you!

  2. 5 stars
    Hello Carine! Thank you for your great ideas and wonderful recipes. I have been blessed with 10 grandkids and ANY recipe that helps promote vegetables is appreciated! And these are “fun sized ” for the youngest to the oldest! I always look forward to your emails! Warm wishes to you and your family!
    Sincerely,
    Christina in California ?

    • You are so sweet. The blog wouldn’t exist without my kids around, they are my inspiration. I am so happy to read your message and see that those recipes are actually made and appreciated by other kids around the world! Love form NZ to you Christina and all your grankids. You must be so busy with 10! XOXO Carine

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