Sausage Balls with Almond Flour are a gluten-free, low carb, keto friendly alternative that you’re going to LOVE. Great for game day, breakfast, parties, or any other occasion.
One more weekend of March Madness. So many of the games this year have been nail-biters but that doesn’t mean you don’t need some low carb, gluten free snacks to get you through. Keto sausage balls with almond flour are my favorite for breakfast but are also great for game day.
Since they’re made with almond flour, they’re low carb, gluten free and keto friendly, but I personally think they’re a great alternative to traditional sausage balls made with flour. The almond flour adds texture and they’re not as doughy. No fork is required which makes them a great appetizer for game day.
Why you’ll love it
- Quick and easy to throw together
- They’re not greasy
- Almond flour adds a great flavor
- They’re good warm and at room temperature
- Great if you’re eating low carb or need a gluten free option
What you’ll need for a keto sausage ball recipe
- Breakfast sausage – Anytime you make sausage balls you want to try to use the best sausage you can find since that’s the main ingredient. The better the quality, the less grease there’s going to be. My favorite is Neese’s hot sausage but if you’re not from this area, I really like the breakfast sausage from Whole Foods.
- Almond Flour – I use Bob’s Red Mill. You want to use almond flour and not almond meal.
- Cheese – If you can, don’t use the pre-shredded cheese, it will not melt as well. If you’re using a food processor, shred the cheese first and save some clean up.
- Baking powder and an egg.
How do you make sausage balls with almond flour:
With only 5 ingredients, they’re just as easy to make as regular cheesy sausage balls . You can use a food processor, mixer or your hands.
Step 1: Dump all the ingredients into a bowl and mix with your hands until it’s well combined. If you have a food processor, it will mix it even better than your hands, but I’ve made this for years before I thought of trying the food processor. So it’s not necessary, just less messy. A mixer will also work if you don’t want to get your hands dirty.
Step 2: Use a small ice cream scoop to help keep them the same size which will give you evenly cooked sausage balls. Roll them with your hands to form uniform balls.
Step 3: Bake them on a rack or directly on parchment paper. Baking on a rack makes them less greasy.
You can eliminate some of the grease by baking them on a rack in a rimmed baking sheet. They’re best eaten while still warm, but I’ll make a batch and freeze them. Then in the morning, I just take out a couple and heat them up.
Should you microwave sausage balls without flour?
The answer is NO!! No mater what recipe you use, if you microwave them, they’ll get rubbery. Of course, I still microwave them if I’m in a hurry, but they’ll be best if you put them in the toaster oven for a couple of minutes.
At the time of this post my team is still in it. Hopefully they can make it to the Final Four. If not, I’ll try to appease myself with more March Madness appetizers. We still have one more weekend of college basketball!
If you like to dip your sausage balls, I like a blue cheese or ranch dip.
Need some more low carb, game day appetizers, give these a try
- Bacon wrapped chicken bites are amazing
- You can’t go wrong with baked parmesan wings
- Spice things up with pepper chicken poppers
- Go Tex-Mex and try Tequila wings
- Stuff some baby peppers
- You can never have enough roasted nuts
FAQ’s and tips
Almond meal will make these much heavier than almond flour.
You can bake these directly on parchment paper. If baking without a rack, remove them to a paper towel lined plate as soon as you have removed them from the oven.
Place in a toaster oven or regular oven for about 5 minutes until warmed through. Warming them in a microwave will make them rubbery.
More low carb breakfast ideas
- Cheesy Muffins are an all time favorite that just happen to be low carb.
- Focaccia Bread great for sopping up your eggs.
- Sausage Bagels my favorite breakfast on the go.
What can you serve with sausage balls
Sausage Balls with Almond Flour
- 1 lb Sausage
- 1 egg
- 1 cup almond flour
- 8 ounces cheddar cheese shredded
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- Preheat oven to 350º. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment and place a wire rack inside.
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Using your hands, mix well.
- If using a food processor, grate the cheese first and add almond flour, baking powder and process until combined. Add half of the sausage and process, then add the rest of the sausage and the egg and process until well combined.
- Using a small ice-cream scoop, form into balls about 11/2 to 2 tablespoons in size.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes until slightly browned. Remove to wire rack to cool slightly.
Barbara’s Tips + Notes
- You can use a food processor, mixer, or your hands to combine the ingredients.
- You a small ice cream scooper to make the balls all the same size.
- Use the best quality sausage you can find for less greasy sausage balls.
- Don’t over bake, take them out as soon as they are slightly browned.