Spinach Bites

These cheesy, savory spinach balls are the easiest way to get kids to eat spinach! Serve them as a party appetizer or packed into a lunch.

Parmesan Spinach Balls Recipe

These baked spinach balls are so easy to make and a hit everywhere they go.

Spinach Recipes for Kids

Not many kids are jumping to eat spinach and let’s be serious getting my kids to take a bite of steamed spinach? Please!

However, getting them to eat one of these cheesy, spinach bites? Now we’re talking! Like spinach dip, this is one of those spinach recipes anyone will gladly inhale and ask for more.

Healthy Spinach Balls

These spinach bites can be packed into a container for a fun lunch or served at a party for a healthier alternative to regular appetizers. Since they’re made with Parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs I like to serve them with marinara sauce.

If gluten is an issue in your family, swap the regular breadcrumbs for gluten-free, it doesn’t make a difference in taste and you can feel safe about serving it to guests with sensitivities.

Parmesan Spinach Balls Recipe

How to Get Picky Eaters to Eat Spinach

Spinach is an excellent source of vitamins and nutrients, but still, most kids and even some adults won’t budge on their spinach intake.

While most won’t eat a spinach salad, I find that blending it into a Pineapple Green Smoothie or cooking it down into a soup or thick chili are great ways to disguise the flavor, texture, and color, whatever it is they don’t like about spinach.

Frozen Spinach Recipes

Frozen spinach works best for this recipe, it’s already been chopped and cooked down so all you need to do is defrost and add it to the bowl. Easy enough right?

Once defrosted you can add frozen spinach to a number of recipes like:

Spinach and Bacon Mini Quiches
Spinach & Tomato Tortellini
Easy Skillet Beef Tacos

Or swap it with kale to make:

Butternut Squash & Chorizo Hash
Buffalo and Kale Tacos

Can You Freeze Spinach Balls?

Need another reason to love these spinach bites? Here goes, they can be made ahead and frozen! You and I both know, that making meals from scratch isn’t always possible every. single. day.

It’s one of the reasons many families in the MOMables community love the family meal plans. We take all the hard work off your plate by providing a complete meal guide for the week with recipes, shopping lists, and prep tips so you can work ahead. It’s too good not to share, get a sneak peek of all our family meal plans offer, here.

But let’s get back to the spinach balls. To freeze, you will make the recipe as directed but omit the baking step. Place them onto a baking sheet, leaving space in between each bite. Freeze for 4 hours or until solid, then transfer to a large zip bag and keep frozen for 3 months.

How to Form Spinach Balls

Shaping spinach balls is a lot like making meatballs. I prefer to use a small cookie scoop or large spoon to scoop a generous amount of the mixture into the palm of my hand and roll into a ball.

How to Cook Spinach Balls

How do spinach balls get that crispy on the outside, soft on the inside texture? They get baked! You can bake them fresh or straight from the freezer. Don’t bother waiting for frozen spinach balls to defrost, these are better when baked directly from the freezer.

I’m curious, how do you like to eat spinach? What recipes have you had the most success? Let me know!

Parmesan Spinach Balls

Parmesan Spinach Balls Recipe

Cheesy, savory Spinach balls are a kid-approved spinach recipe that’s perfect to pack into a lunchbox or serve as a healthy appetizer!

  • Author: MOMables.com
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 - 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 - 40 minutes
  • Yield: 40-45 bites 1x
  • Category: appetizers
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 10-ounce packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained*
  • 1 1/2 cups breadcrumbs
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large pan, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook until soft. Add the garlic and stir. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the spinach, breadcrumbs, eggs, Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, and butter mixture. Stir to thoroughly combine.
  4. Using a small cookie scoop or spoon, scoop the mixture into your hands and roll into a ball and place them on the baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until lightly browned.

Notes

  • If you’re using a 2-teaspoon scoop, this recipe will make approximately 45 Spinach Bites.
  • You can add more breadcrumbs if necessary; just add 2 tablespoons at a time and mix well.
  • If you want to use fresh spinach, you’ll need about 6 cups of fresh spinach leaves (packed).

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 bites
  • Calories: 119
  • Sodium: 200.7mg
  • Fat: 7.7g
  • Carbohydrates: 7.5g
  • Fiber: 1.1g
  • Protein: 5.4g
  • Cholesterol: 70.9g

Recipe adapted from The Curvy Carrot.

 

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29 thoughts on “Spinach Bites”

  1. Aj says:

    Could you use coconut or canola oil instead of butter??

  2. Christine says:

    Hi – my son has an egg allergy. Is there anything I can substitute for the eggs that would have a minimal effect on the recipe? Thanks!

    1. I have not tried making this with a flax egg but a lot of our members have with success.

  3. Hungry says:

    Breadcrumbs: Do you mean canned, or fresh, or ‘fresh-but dried’. If ‘fresh’, what kind of bread works best?

    1. MOMables says:

      dried bread crumbs. if you make them yourself, they are not “fresh” they are made from dry/toasted bread then ground.

  4. Leslie says:

    Do these leftovers freeze and reheat well?

    1. MOMables says:

      I’ve never frozen them but I’ve stored in them in the fridge for up to 4 days and reheated them without any issues.

      1. Scott says:

        I’m not a mom, but a proud daddy to a 9 month old. Once he started eating solid foods, I’ve started to follow the diet his doctor suggested for him… lots of fruit, veggies, and my new favorite…Greek Yogurt! I found your website while searching for a banana chips recipe and really enjoy your awesome website. These recipes sound yummy, but do you have basic nutrition information for them? I’ve realized some “healthy” yogurts can be as sugar packed as a 12 oz. soda, so just trying to get an idea for how good for you these can be!

        1. MOMables says:

          I think the nutritional information is in one of the comments above. something like less than 1g of fat per ball. I use unsweetened plain yogurt with nearly all recipes. I am delighted to have you here Scott. MOMables isn’t just for “moms”… we have hundreds of dads in our community too.

  5. Cassi says:

    Does it HAVE to be frozen spinach?
    I dont know why but i have this phobia of canned and frozen spinach. BLECH!

    1. Cassi says:

      Nevermind- I didnt see the note about fresh spinach at first. Sorry!

  6. Renee says:

    Has anyone tried to make these gluten free? If so, what did you use to substitute the breadcrumbs?

    1. MOMables says:

      gluten free breadcrumbs is what people have been using. Good luck!

  7. apryl says:

    Wow! Just was I was looking for! I’m going to try this today for my no-vegetable-ever-boy Would anyone happen to have the nutritional facts on these? (Or maybe they are posted here and I just don’t see it?) Thanks!

    1. MOMables says:

      April, you are welcome to plug the ingredients and serving size into any recipe nutritional facts calculator. I believe if you check the comments you will find some previously posted.

  8. Colleen says:

    Would goat cheese work instead of the Parmesan? If not, any recommendations? He’s allergic to cows milk.
    Thanks!

    1. MOMables says:

      colleen, yes, try it with goats milk. i bet that would be delicious!

  9. Michele says:

    I made these tonight because I had fresh rainbow silverbeet (Swiss chard?) that needed to be used up. It was fabulous. The recipe was really easy so I made it at the same time as cooking dinner. They were ready after dinner but everyone wanted to try them straight away because they smelled so good. They were a big hit with everyone, especially my two boys, 5 and 8 who ‘hate spinach’!

    1. MOMables says:

      Great use of the chard!!

    2. Michelle says:

      I love the idea of using swiss chard! Glad your boys loved them! :)

  10. janet says:

    made this week-cut the receipe in half-sooooo good!!!!

    1. Michelle says:

      So glad you enjoyed them! :)

  11. Lydia says:

    Love this idea! We love your recipes and I became a subscriber today! Can you make these in a mini muffin tin? How would you alter the cooking time? Thanks for the great recipes!

    1. MOMables says:

      Hi Lydia! yes, you can make these in mini muffin pan. make sure you grease the pan, press down and bake. don’t fill them to the top, just half way. baking time is going to be a little bit different (but not by much if you are using a 2tb scoop). check around minute 17-18. enjoy!

  12. Tracey says:

    Is there a way to cut down on the fat in this recipe that won’t alter the flavor too much? My main concern I guess would be the butter. Thanks.

    1. MOMables says:

      Tracey,
      1/2 cup of butter = 110grams by weight. 110 grams of butter = 89.7 fat grams. This recipe yields 45 bites (when measuring accurately with a 2 tablespoon scoop). That means that each bite has roughly 2g of fat from the butter. You can substitute coconut oil, which many believe is a healthier fat, but fat is fat. I have not made this recipe with less. I’ll take these real ingredients over unidentifiable things in the store-bought bites. Please let me know if you make these successfully with less.

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