Spinach Balls – Keto Appetizer

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Keto spinach balls are a tasty gluten free keto 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.

spinach balls in a bowl

Bored of boiled eggs, slices of chicken and a handful of nuts as a low carb snack? These keto 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, it’s rare they make it through the day.

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.

Ingredients

ingredients for spinach balls measured out
  • 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.)

spinach leaves cooked and squeezed dry on kitchen paper

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.

Chop. 

spinach mixture in a mixing bowl and a spatula

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 tbsp olive oil.

Feel free to add a touch of salt but the cheese is salty in itself. Mix until combined. 

unbaked spinach balls on a baking sheet

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 for 20 – 23 minutes until golden on top, turning after 15 – 18 minutes. 

Serving Suggestion

Serve with one of the following low carb sauces or dips:

hand dipping a spinach ball in ketchup

Substitutions and FAQs

Can I use frozen spinach?

Yes, you can also 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.

a spinach ball broken in half

Storage

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).

More keto appetizer recipes

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Keto Spinach Balls Appetizer

from Sugar Free Londoner

These gluten free keto spinach balls are great for when you’re feeling a bit peckish. They also make a fabulous keto appetizer. Only 0.5g net carbs per spinach ball.

Prep Time 10 mins

Cook Time 20 mins

Total Time 30 mins

Course Appetizer, Starter or Snack

Cuisine British

Servings 18 balls

Calories 44 kcal

Note: The servings slider only changes the first amount in each line and not any subsequent amounts. Please make your own calculations where necessary. ***As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

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Instructions 

  • 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 tbsp 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.

Notes

0.5g net carbs per spinach ball. Makes 18 spinach balls. Serves 6 people as an appetizer or snack (1.5g net carbs / 3 balls per serve).
***You can also use frozen spinach, just cook the same way and measure the quantity.
Optional: Add a touch of salt to the mixture. I did not feel the need because the cheese is salty in itself.
Tip: If the dough is sticking rub your hands in olive oil first before rolling into balls.
Option to use the air fryer. Air fry at 180C / 350F for about 17-20 minutes. 
Serve with:

Store in the fridge for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 3 months. 

Nutrition

Calories: 44kcalTotal Carbohydrates: 1.2gProtein: 2.9gFat: 3.3gSaturated Fat: 1.4gFiber: 0.6gSugar: 0.1g

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