Broccoli Cheese Balls (Low Carb / Keto)

Healthy Broccoli bites are loaded with broccoli, cheese, herbs, and spices. This super nutritious snack is Low Carb and makes a delicious protein replacement, appetizer or snack! Broccoli Cheese Balls (Low Carb / Keto Friendly)These tiny broccoli balls have been my go-to for years. I use them as a meat replacement (meatballs), as a snack and I feed them to my kids. They love them so much that they don’t care that they’re eating broccoli! If I had to pick one superfoods recipe on the website this would be it. They’re super nutritious and loaded with lots of vitamins, protein, and fiber.

I shared an identical recipe (broccoli tots) to these a few years back and have been getting tons of positive feedback from happy readers. This time around, we’ve simplified the recipe, made it easier to shape, and adapted it to a low-carb diet making these broccoli bites even healthier!Broccoli Cheese Balls (Low Carb / Keto Friendly)

To Make Broccoli Balls You Will Need

To get started with this recipe you will need a few basic ingredients that are completely adaptable to your taste.

Broccoli: Fresh or frozen broccoli will work. Measure 2 cups of florets.

Cheese: Cheddar, mozzarella, taco blend or your favorite melting cheese.

Almond flour: Almond flour is used for keto and low-carb diets. Panko breadcrumbs or Italian breadcrumbs will also work although not low carb.

Egg: Large whole egg or flax egg for vegan.

Herbs: Cilantro, parsley or any blend of fresh herbs.

Spices: Taco, Cajun, Italian, or your favorite spice blend.

Onion: Chopped onion, shallots, or scallions (optional)

How To Make Riced Broccoli

In the Food Processor: Pulse in a food processor and pulse for 15-20 minutes or until the broccoli is fine. 

By Hand: You can rice the broccoli by chopping it with a knife until it is finely chopped.

Prepared: Alternatively, you can find riced broccoli in the freezer aisle at your local supermarket.

Broccoli Cheese Balls (Low Carb / Keto Friendly)Can You Freeze Broccoli Balls?

Absolutely! Having a batch of these healthy balls in the freezer will ensure you always have a  healthy snack on hand and never run out.

To Freeze, Spread uncooked broccoli balls onto a parchment lined baking sheet and freeze for about 2 hours then transfer to a large zip-seal bag and freeze up to 3 months. To Bake, place into the oven directly from the freezer. Additionally, you can also freeze the balls after baking if preferred.

To Reheat: After baking, cover any leftovers in an airtight container or with plastic wrap and refrigerate up to 3 days. To reheat leftovers or cooked balls, microwave or bake in toaster oven until warmed through. Broccoli Cheese Balls (Low Carb / Keto)

 

Broccoli Cheese Balls: Low Carb Keto

Healthy Broccoli bites are loaded with broccoli, cheese, herbs, and spices. This super nutritious snack is Low Carb and makes a delicious protein replacement, appetizer or snack! 
3.34 from 6 votes
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Course: lunch or side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked, balls, bites, broccoli, healthy, keto, low-carb, meatballs, tots
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
5 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 20 balls
Calories: 32kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup almond flour or panko or Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup shredded cheese mozzarella, cheddar, or favorite melting cheese
  • 1/4 cup minced onion or shallots optional
  • 2 tbsp cilantro chopped optional
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun or taco seasoning or favorite seasoning blend!
  • Pinch of salt and pepper black pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.
  • Steam broccoli in boiling water or microwave* (see notes) until tender. Chop broccoli using a knife or food processor until finely minced.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the chopped broccoli, eggs, almond flour, cheese, parsley, and spices. Mix until well incorporated.
  • Scoop about 1 tablespoon of mixture and form into a ball. Place on lined baking sheet and spray or drizzle lightly with oil. Bake 25-30 minutes or until lightly golden and cooked through. 
  • Serve on a salad, in a sandwich, with rice, or as an appetizer or snack with your favorite dipping sauce. 

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Notes

To steam broccoli in the microwave: Add the broccoli to a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 2 minutes covered with a wet paper towel.
To steam broccoli in water: Add the broccoli florets to a steamer basket and steam until fully tender, about 5 minutes. Or blanch in boiling water for 1 minute.
To Make Vegan: Replace egg with flax egg and cheese with vegan cheese. 
Keto option: add in ¼ cup cooked crumbled bacon to the mixture before baking.
Sauces for serving: we like to serve these broccoli balls with our favorite chipotle sauce, avocado cilantro sauce, or light ranch.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ball | Calories: 32kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 41mg | Potassium: 41mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 160IU | Vitamin C: 8.3mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 0.2mg

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