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Cheesy Zucchini Balls easy Keto appetizers

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These cheesy zucchini balls are delicious keto appetizers or snacks with only 1.6 grams of net carbs per serving.

Baked keto zucchini Balls an easy healthy appetizer

Those baked keto zucchini balls are perfect snacks or appetizers with a delicious cheesy texture and garlic flavor. They are very easy to make using only a few simple ingredients:

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How to enjoy your zucchini bites?

They are delicious warm appetizers or snacks. But they become even better when dipped into homemade guacamole or sour cream.

You can also serve them cold into your kids’ lunchboxes. My kids are big fans of these and bring them to school many times per month. They dip them into my keto sugar-free ketchup recipe. 

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I very much inspired this recipe from my spinach balls recipe. This time I added some dried Italian herbs and garlic to the batter.  The texture is very soft and cheesy inside but and crunchy on the outside, with zucchini bits all around the balls.

A quick make-ahead keto appetizer

It takes less than 20 minutes to prepare these zucchini balls, and they freeze very well.

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As a result, they are very handy make-ahead appetizers for the holiday season or game night. Plus, you can create a large range of flavors playing with spices and cheese to surprise your guests every time!

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More keto party food

I hope you guys enjoy this new keto appetizer recipe. If so I recommend you try the other low-carb party food below to pair with the zucchini bites.

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Zucchini Balls Baked

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1.6gNet Carbs
4.89 from 283 votes
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Net Carbs 1.6g
Fat 2g
Protein 4.1g
Calories 62kcal
Author: Carine Claudepierre
18 zucchini balls
Keto baked Zucchini Bites are healthy cheesy zucchini appetizers or snacks to share with friends.

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Keto version

  • 1 ½ cup Grated zucchini packed, squeeze to remove all juice
  • 3 large Beaten Eggs
  • 3 Garlic Clove finely crushed
  • 1 cup Almond Flour
  • 2 tablespoon s Whole Psyllium Husk
  • 1 tablespoon Dried oregano or dried parsley, or Italian mix
  • ½ teaspoon Cumin
  • ½ tablespoon Ground paprika
  • 1 cup Grated Mozzarella or cheddar
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Classic version - not keto

  • 1 ½ cup Grated zucchini packed, squeeze to remove all juice
  • 3 large Eggs
  • 3 Garlic Cloves finely crushed
  • 1 ¼ cup panko breadcrumb
  • 3 tablespoons dried herbs parsley, oregano, Italian mix or mint or cilantro
  • ¾ cup Grated Mozzarella or cheddar
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Homemade Sugar free ketchup to dip

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  • Preheat oven to 370°F (200°C).
  • Wash the zucchini and remove the ends. Keep the skin on. Finely grate using a manual grater.
  • Squeeze the grated zucchini in a clean towel to extract all the zucchini juice then pack the dried grated zucchini into a measuring cup. Measure 1 1/2 cup, set aside in a bowl.
  • Stir in the beaten eggs, crushed garlic,  almond flour, psyllium husk, dried herbs, cumin, paprika, salt, and grated mozzarella cheese.
  • Combine with a spoon, then knead with your hands, squeezing the batter to ensure that all the ingredients come together. It should take 1 minute of squeezing/kneading until it forms a consistent batter.
  • Form 18 zucchini balls, golf size balls rolling the batter within your hands.
  • Place each ball onto a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. If your parchment paper tends to stick to food, brush a teaspoon of olive oil on top to prevent the zucchini balls from sticking to the paper.
  • Bake for 20-30 minutes or until the outside is golden and crispy.
  • Serve immediately with a dip of your choice like my homemade sugar-free ketchup or simple guacamole recipe, or sour cream.


  • Store up to 3 days in the fridge in an airtight container.
  • Freeze the baked zucchini bites in an airtight container leaving half a thumb of space between each ball to make sure they don't stick to each other.
  • Rewarm in hot oven 150°C (300°F) on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until hot in the middle and crispy outside. No need to defrost before rewarming.
Herbs: feel free to use dried mint if preferred. If you don't like mint, the recipe works without herbs or replace it with your favorite herbs like parsley, cilantro, dill, or basil.
Cheese options: this recipe works well with any hard grated cheese like cheddar, Colby cheese, Emmental, or mozzarella. Low-fat cheese works as well. Use your favorite cheese flavor.
Psyllium husk: 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 the food dry, purple, or blue.
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Nutrition Facts
Zucchini Balls Baked
Amount Per Serving (1 keto ball)
Calories 62 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Carbohydrates 2.7g1%
Fiber 1.1g5%
Protein 4.1g8%
Net Carbs 1.6g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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    55 thoughts on Cheesy Zucchini Balls easy Keto appetizers
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    • Hi Julie, I never tried this recipe without cheese. I like the taste ad texture it adds to those simple zucchini balls. You may have to add more breadcrumbs until you obtain a consistency that makes balls easily. It will helps the batter to hold together but the result will be more dry. Let me know if you try to adapt this recipe ‘cheese free’. I am sure this will interest lots of others readers that don’t eat dairy. Thanks for reading my blog Julie. I hope you’ll find even more delicious recipe here – I have got plenty of others cheese free finger foods recipe, just browse! xoxo Carine.

  1. 5 stars
    I don’t usually comment, but I must say I was pleasantly surprised by this recipe. I find most zucchini recipes like this one to be wet or very eggy. These were really good. Would make a great appetizer. Had it with a little yoghurt dip. Also, since I’m not a big fan of mint, I used half mint and half fresh basil. I also used cheddar instead of edam. Yummy!

    • Hi Emily, thank you so much for taking a minute to share your lovely feedback with this recipe. I must tell I love those zucchini balls too and all my friends are always surprised by their texture. Cheddar is a great substitute for edam I will give it a go next time. Thanks again for following the blog and for your kind comment. xoxo Carine.

    • Hi Anna,

      I do freeze those zucchini balls before baking them. Then, no need to defrost before baking. Simply lay the frozen zucchini balls on a baking tray covered with baking paper and bake as indicate until crispy outside and soft in the centre. It works like magic as a quick make ahead appetizer! Enjoy the recipe. Carine.

    • Hi K, I just updated the recipe with the nutrition panel. Here it is, Nutrition panel per zucchini balls. This recipe makes 16 zucchini balls. [Recommended serving size 3-4 balls per persons as a light dinner with green salad or as an appetizer] Calories: 62.6 kcal | Carbs: 7.5 g | Sugar: 0.5 g| Protein: 3.1 g| Fat: 2.9 g| Fiber: 1 g| Net Carbs: 6.5 g
      I hope you will make some ! It is delicious. Carine.

        • Don’t pre bake them before freezing then I recommend to defrost 2-3 hours before on a baking tray covered with parchment paper, at room temperature. This way they will be like fresh before baking and you could simply follow the same baking instruction, as if they were not frozen! Always check the color, when golden on the outside and crispy they are all good to eat! Merry Christmas and thanks for bringing my recipes on your table this year. XOXO Carine.

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