These spinach balls are the best keto appetizer with a delicious cheesy chewy texture and spinach garlic flavor. Plus, the recipe is gluten-free, so all your friends can enjoy them!
What’s a spinach ball?
Spinach balls are one of the most popular appetizers, perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas, but it works for any occasion! It’s a small cheesy ball filled with grated cheese, eggs, and spinach.
The classic original recipe uses panko breadcrumbs as a binder.
Here I am sharing with you both recipes, the original recipe for the purists and the keto spinach ball recipe using a combo of healthier flour, almond flour, and psyllium husk.
How to make keto spinach balls?
Keto spinach balls are a variation of my original recipe using low-carb flours instead of panko breadcrumbs. Let’s see the ingredients you need to make this healthy appetizer.
Spinach – fresh or frozen, both will work well. Always measure spinach once cooked, drained, and chopped for precision. Spinach is a perfectly keto-friendly vegetable, with only 0.3 grams of net carbs per 100 grams!
Grated mozzarella – any hard grated cheese would work, but mozzarella creates the most impressive cheesy effect. Mozzarella made from cow milk, goat milk, or buffalo milk have between 0 and 0.7 grams of net carbs per ounce, so very keto-friendly.
Almond flour – or almond meal if you prefer. If you’re not sure how to choose the right flour for your keto diet, read my keto flour guide!
Whole psyllium husk – husk is 100% fiber. It gives a chewy texture to the balls and holds the ingredients together into a lovely round shape. Don’t use Metamucil fiber supplements in my recipes. This is not the same product as whole psyllium husk fiber. Metamucil is a husk powder that is not suitable for baking keto bread. It will turn food dry, purple, or blue.
Fresh herbs – it’s optional but highly recommended to boost the flavor. The best herbs are parsley or cilantro (aka coriander).
Garlic salt – or fresh garlic and salt, but I’m lazy sometimes, and both result in a delicious spinach ball.
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How to make my original spinach balls?
If you are not on a keto diet and are looking for the original spinach ball recipe, simply replace the combo of almond flour and psyllium husk with 1 cup of panko crumbs and reduce the amount of grated cheese to half a cup.
I recommend looking at the recipe card where both recipes are displayed.
An easy, no-fail recipe
This is a no-fail recipe, really. If you have a large mixing bowl and you are not scared to get your hands a bit dirty, here you go! You are a few minutes away from making the most delicious appetizer for your next party.
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Preheat oven to 370°F (200°C).
Trim and wash the fresh spinach leaves.
Place the leaves in a large mixing bowl and cover with boiling water. Cover the bowl with a lid and set aside for 3 minutes.
Rinse the spinach with cold tap water. Drain and, using your hands, squeeze all the remaining water. You should measure 2/3 cup (160 g) of packed cooked spinach leaves. If you are using frozen spinach, defrost, and measure this quantity.
Place on a chopping board and finely chop the cooked spinach. Transfer into a mixing bowl.
Add beaten eggs, grated cheese, fresh herbs, salt, garlic powder, almond flour, and psyllium husk (or panko gluten-free crumbs if you are making the original recipe). You can also add salt and pepper if your cheese is not very salty. I didn't add any salt.
Combine with a spoon until it forms a batter from which you can form balls.
If too moist, add slightly more almond flour or crumbs until easy to roll a ball with your hands.
Place the balls on a non-stick cookie tray covered with baking paper, leaving a half-thumb between each bite. You should be able to make 22 spinach balls. One ball is about 1 tablespoon of batter.
Bake at 370°F (200°C) for 20-30 minutes or until golden on the top.
Serve immediately with dips like sugar-free tomato sauce, guacamole, mustard, or tzatziki.
Freeze on a plate covered with parchment paper. After 1 hour, they are frozen enough to be transferred into an airtight container. Keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.
You don't need to defrost the balls before baking. Place them on a tray covered with parchment paper and bake as regular.
Spinach measurement: you need about 6 cups of fresh spinach. It makes about 2/3 cup (160 g) of cooked, squeezed, and packed spinach. It is ok to use frozen spinach as long as you have 2/3 cup cooked, squeezed, packed spinach.Cheese options: you can replace grated cheddar but mozzarella, parmesan, Colby, Emmental, or any hard grated cheese you love.Herbs options: these spinach balls are delicious with fresh parsley, dill, or basil. Use your favorite herb, or mix it!Psyllium husk:Don't use Metamucil fiber supplements in this recipe. It is not the same product as whole psyllium husk fiber. Metamucil is a husk powder that is not suitable for baking keto bread. It will turn food dry, purple, or blue.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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