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Garlic and Pesto Dough Balls (Gluten Free and Low Carb)

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I used to love garlic dough balls so had a play around with a low carb bread stick recipe and voila, low carb and gluten free alternative to dough balls.  Slathered with some garlic butter and yum! 

Garlic and pesto doughballs

My second batch was smothered with mozzarella cheese and baked in the oven until it melted.  Delicious.  You could play around with the flavourings too… I used pesto as I love the taste of it with cheese, but any herbal spices would be lovely instead.  Just use the almond and cheese ingredients and adapt…go crazy and get inventive in the kitchen!

garlic and pesto doughballs


Garlic doughballs


Garlic and Pesto Dough Balls
Yields 20
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  1. 1 cup (100g) ground almonds (almond flour)
  2. 1 cup (100g) grated Parmesan cheese
  3. 2 teaspoon (28g) Pesto sauce
  4. 2 tablespoons melted butter
  5. 1 egg, beaten
  6. 1/4 cup (33g) Mozzarella cheese
  7. 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  8. 1/4 -1/2 cup (113g) garlic butter (for topping, perhaps add some cheese too?)
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F degrees.
  2. Mix all the ingredients together (apart from the garlic butter..that comes later)
  3. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  4. Take about a tablespoon of the mixture and make a ball shape, place on the greaseproof paper.
  5. Bake for about 20 minutes, turning over half way through baking, until golden brown.
  6. Remove from the oven and slather with garlic butter (to your taste...perhaps top with some cheese).
  7. Eat and enjoy!
  1. Makes 20 Balls
  2. Nutritional Info per ball โ€“ 105 Calories, 10g Fat, 4g Protein, 1.5g Total Carbs, 0.5g Fibre, 1g Net Carb
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  • Reply
    February 17, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    Hi, can these somehow be made without the egg?

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      Angela Coleby
      February 18, 2019 at 10:42 am

      Possibly. Perhaps add more cheese to bond the mixture.

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    August 18, 2016 at 8:23 am

    Thanks for this great recipe, which is very much appreciated also in Germany. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Angela Coleby
      August 18, 2016 at 11:32 am

      Glad to hear this! My grandmother was German so I have a small link to there!

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        October 22, 2017 at 5:12 pm

        Can these be frozen before or after baking?

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          Angela Coleby
          October 22, 2017 at 5:13 pm

          Good question! I think you could do both!

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    Lori Greer
    May 15, 2016 at 1:17 am

    I am allergic to almonds and am wondering about coconut flour as these look amazing.

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    Diane Clark Meeker
    March 17, 2016 at 12:30 am

    Is the parm cheese a bottle one or is it fresh shredded in a bag?

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      Angela Coleby
      March 17, 2016 at 8:46 am

      Either is fine! I’ve tried both and enjoyed each batch.

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    Linda Dorrance
    January 24, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Threw these together for last minute dinner guests and they went nuts for them! So many comments that they taste like pizza, I have a batch in the oven as a large pizza.

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      Angela Coleby
      January 24, 2016 at 5:14 pm

      So glad you enjoyed them! Love the idea of a large pizza too!! Thanks for popping by x

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    January 24, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Can you freeze the Garlic & Pesto Dough balls?

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      Angela Coleby
      January 24, 2016 at 1:14 pm

      Hi Fran, I haven’t tried them but would think that you could freeze them. Hope you enjoy them!

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    November 11, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    There is a major flaw with this recipe….and that is YOU MUST DOUBLE IT!! These are so scrumptious that you will be upset because the first batch will be gone so quickly. Thank you for this amazing, yet so simple recipe!

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      Angela Coleby
      November 11, 2015 at 6:59 pm

      LOL! You just made me roar with laughter Kelly! Thanks for your kind words! Glad you enjoyed them and thanks for popping by!

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    September 5, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    Assuming I am grating the mozzarella?

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    Chuck Collingwood
    June 1, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    OMG… these are the best. My wife, daughter and I have been on and off cutting out or eating minimal amounts of wheat, gluten, dairy and really working at eating healthy and now added low carb. The most difficult part for me is I love to cook and I LOVE garlic bread or pesto garlic bread with tons of garlic. Until now we (mostly my wife, great researcher) has not found anything close to replacing my need for really good garlic bread. I will often go to a few choice restaurants because they have the best garlic bread. Who cares about the main course…lol. To my TOTAL surprise she found these and made them yesterday. We were out of basil so she just made them with garlic and minimal parmesan cheese. All i can say is I don’t think it would be possible to come up with a better low carb, gluten/wheat free replacement and I don’t really see them as a replacement. They are AWESOME standing alone on their own. THANK YOU SOOOOOOO MUCH. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      June 1, 2015 at 6:49 pm

      Awwwh Chuck, you’ve made my day! Thank you much for you kind words! Am delighted you enjoy them as much as I do! Happy baking and thanks for popping by!

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    Sharon Deeter
    March 26, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    Just made these for dinner with Chicken Alfredo, but left out pesto, and added a lot of fresh garlic in the batter and also in the melted butter topping. Yummy!

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      March 28, 2015 at 12:14 am

      Love the extra garlic! Yummy! Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for the comment. Happy baking!

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    Rhonda Rhew
    February 23, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    These look OH so good ! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      February 23, 2015 at 7:20 pm

      Thanks Rhonda, hope you enjoy them! Thanks for popping by.

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    December 29, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Can you make these into breadsticks?

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      December 30, 2014 at 10:32 am

      That sounds a great idea Natalie! Just roll them into a breadstick shape! Thanks for the great idea and stopping by!

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        January 1, 2015 at 5:58 pm

        Can I freeze these if I make ahead of time???

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          January 4, 2015 at 4:01 pm

          I’ve never tried it but think they should be okay?

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    Cindy Grady
    October 27, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    I just wanted to say I made these and they are delicious! I feel like I’m eating a garlic knot. What a great recipe that uses regular old ingredients. Love that. Thank you!

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      October 29, 2014 at 9:00 am

      Thank you Cindy! Glad you enjoyed them!

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    October 6, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    These were delicious! My whole family, including the 3 and 8 year old, loved them!

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      October 6, 2014 at 9:27 pm

      Thanks Danielle! So glad you all enjoyed them!

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    October 1, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Is the ground almond the same as using almond flour?

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    September 29, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    Looks delicious! I will definitely be making these tomorrow! Do you have the nutritional facts on this?

    • Reply
      October 1, 2014 at 7:23 pm

      Hi Tina, I’ve just updated the recipe with the nutritional details. Hope you enjoy them! Thanks for popping by!

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    Michelle Pieters
    February 4, 2013 at 4:52 am

    We just made these and can I say yum!! I made them smaller and didnโ€™t need to flip them and there are only a few left lol. These would be awesome at anytime but people would love them at a party. One of the yummiest low carb gluten free recipes I have ever found! Thanks!

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      February 4, 2013 at 7:55 pm

      Awhhh! Thank you Michelle! Glad you enjoyed them!

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