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Cheesy Zucchini Balls

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These cheesy Zucchini Balls are delicious quick bites for any party platter, barbecue, or as a simple appetizer for Christmas or Thanksgiving.

Zucchini Balls are not only scrumptious, but they’re also gluten-free, keto-friendly, and have only 1.6 grams of net carbs per serving.

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Zucchini Balls are amazing because:

  • Ready In 30 Minutes
  • Gluten-Free
  • Keto-Friendly
  • Big Batch Ready
  • Healthy

How To Make Zucchini Balls

These baked zucchini balls are perfect snacks or appetizers with a delicious cheesy texture and garlic flavor.

Ingredients

They are very easy to make using only a few simple ingredients:

  • Zucchini – keep the skin on to add fiber and decrease the net carbs. Zucchini is a perfectly low-carb vegetable.
  • Almond Flour – prefer ultra-fine almond flour over the grittier coarse almond meal. Learn how to choose the best keto flours.
  • Psyllium Husk – a simple ingredient loaded with fiber and nutrients.
  • Eggs
  • Hard Grated Cheese – grated mozzarella is my favorite as it gives the best cheesy texture to those zucchini bites. You can also use mature cheddar or Emmental. Learn which cheeses are keto-friendly.
  • Garlic
  • Paprika
  • Oregano
  • Cumin
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Making The Zucchini Mixture

Grate the zucchini with a food processor.

Tip: Remove The Water From The Zucchinis

This recipe is better when the zucchinis are as dry as possible. To do so, place the grated zucchinis in a clean towel and squeeze it as hard as you can.

Measure the grated zucchinis and place them in a large bowl.

Beat the eggs with an electric beater or a fork in another bowl and pour them on the grated zucchinis.

Add the garlic, almond flour, psyllium husk, dried herbs, cumin, paprika, salt, pepper, and mozzarella cheese freshly grated with a box grater.

Combine the zucchini ball batter with a spoon and start kneading with your hands when it becomes too sticky.

Baking The Balls

Form 18 zucchini balls using a mechanical ice cream scoop and roll the zucchini batter in your hands.

Place them on a large baking tray lined with lightly oiled parchment paper.

Bake the zucchini balls for 20 to 30 minutes at 400°F (200°C) until the zucchini balls start to turn golden and crispy.

Serving Zucchini Bites

They are delicious warm appetizers or snacks. But they become even better when dipped into 4-Ingredient Guacamole, Homemade Sugar-free Ketchup, or sour cream.

You can also serve them as a side dish to a delicious cooked steak, or next to a Keto Chicken Marsala or a Steak Alfredo.

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Storage Instructions

You can store these zucchini balls for up to 3 days in the fridge in an airtight container.

If you want to make a large batch, double the recipe and 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 the zucchini balls in a hot oven at 300°F (150°C) on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until hot in the middle and crispy outside.

No need to defrost or thaw them before rewarming.

Allergy Swaps

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

  • Almond Flour: Swap the Almond Flour and Psyllium Husk for Panko Breadcrumbs.
  • Zucchini: if you don’t like zucchinis, make my Spinach Balls instead.
  • Mozzarella: you can’t make this recipe without cheese, but if you don’t like the taste of mozzarella, you can use parmesan cheese instead.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Fry Zucchini Balls?

Yes, you can also cook them by frying them in an air fryer or in a frying pan over medium-high heat.

What Can I Serve Zucchini Balls With?

Baked Zucchini recipes are delicious with simple dips like guacamole, tomato sauce, or spinach dip.

How To Cook Zucchini Ball?

Zucchini Balls are best cooked in the oven, but you can also place them in an air fryer. Since you need to put them on a single layer, you have to bake several batches.

What’s The Difference Between Zucchini And Courgette Balls?

Zucchini Balls and courgette balls are the same things. Zucchini is the Italian name for the vegetable known as Courgette in France and several countries (UK, South Africa, etc.).

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More Party Food Recipes

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

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Zucchini Balls

1.6gNet Carbs
4.91 from 317 votes
These Zucchini Bites are healthy cheesy zucchini appetizers or snacks to share with friends.
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Yield: 18 zucchini balls
Serving Size: 1 keto ball

Nutrition

Net Carbs 1.6g
Fat 2g
Protein 4.1g
Calories 62kcal
4.91 from 317 votes
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Ingredients

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Classic version – not keto

Homemade Sugar-free ketchup to dip

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Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
  • Wash the zucchini and remove the ends. Keep the skin on. Finely grate using a food processor or 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.

Storage

  • 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
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
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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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