These keto cranberry stuffing balls are a colourful and tasty addition to a keto Thanksgiving or Christmas. Cranberries and walnuts are used in this easy recipe that can be served with turkey or any roasted meat.
Cranberry walnut stuffing balls are based on the traditional stuffing recipe using bread but with low carb and gluten free bread rolls instead. Stuffing rolls are a tasty side dish if you don't want the stuffing cooked in a turkey or chicken.
Are Dried Cranberries keto?
Cranberries are lower in carbs than blueberries with a 100g serving being 8g net carbs. The equal amount of blueberries is 12g. However, when using dried cranberries you should check the label for any additional sugars. Or make your own.
Carbs in Walnuts
Nuts are a great low carb snack but not all nuts are low in carbs. Sorry cashews, you don't make the list, but walnuts do! For a 1oz (28g) serving there are just 2g net carbs.
Walnuts are nutrition rich, full of healthy fats and antioxidants. They go great with cranberries too!
What low carb bread to use for keto stuffing
Any low carb bread or bread roll can be used for this low carb stuffing recipe. You could use store bought or home made. Bread loafs or bread rolls made with almond flour or coconut flour may have a different flavour. We used a nut free bread roll but any of our almond flour or coconut flour low carb bread recipes would work.
If you want to save time baking a bread loaf or batch of bread rolls just for the stuffing, use the recipe for quick burger buns. Let the bread cool before use in the stuffing balls.
How to make keto cranberry stuffing balls
Making this keto cranberry stuffing recipe is easy but most stuffing recipes are easy. Mix, form into balls and then bake! The bread is made into breadcrumbs using a food processor, then added to the other ingredients to make the stuffing mixture.
Fresh cranberries could be used in place of the dried cranberries but they may pop during cooking.
For the herb flavouring we used sage which is a great herb used in stuffing mixes. Feel free to add your own favourites.
Can you freeze low carb stuffing balls?
Yes you can. I have a batch currently sitting in my freezer, waiting patiently for Christmas Day. Store them in an zip lock bag and they should last up to 3 months.
To defrost, place them in the fridge to thaw out. Reheat in the oven, pop in the microwave or even the air fryer.
Bacon or sausage meat could be added to the stuffing mixture.
Soak the dried cranberries in red wine for an extra festive flavour.
Make these ahead and keep uncooked in the fridge. Pop them in the oven when you are ready to bake.
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Keto Cranberry Stuffing Balls
- 1 cup dried cranberries chopped
- 8 oz low carb bread store or home made
- 1 celery stalk finely chopped
- 1 onion peeled and finely chopped
- 1 cup walnuts chopped
- 1 tablespoon sage chopped
- 1 medium egg beaten
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Preheat the oven to 190C/375F degrees.
- Make breadcrumbs from the bread rolls by placing them in a food processor and pulsing until bread crumbs form.
- Heat the olive oil in a frying pan on a medium heat and saute the chopped onion and celery for 3 minutes until soft.
- In a medium bowl add all the ingredients and mix well.
- Using damp hands or using a medium cookie scooper make balls from the mixture.
- Bake for 20 minutes, turning over half way.