Baked Kale Spinach balls

Inspiration for my recipes comes in very different ways. The other week I was buying my grocery at Trader Joe’s and I stopped in front of the frozen area and I saw the frozen “kale and spinach bites”. As I always do when a new food appeals to me at the grocery store, I read the ingredients list and the nutritional value chart 🙂 I have to admit that the ingredients used were all good and on the healthy side and the amount of sodium was not crazy high. Still, I like to prepare everything from scratch for my family so that I can control 100% the ingredients and the level of salt/sugar used.

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That’s how I ended up recreating a homemade version of their “kale and spinach bites”. The result was impressive. The kids loved them, and that’s why I decided to share with you the recipe 🙂

I love them because they’re baked not fried, loaded with antioxidants and vitamins A, C, and K, plus I’m giving my family a healthy appetizer.

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This is a perfect recipe to freeze. Simply prepare the balls and freeze them before baking. When needed, just place them on a baking sheet, drizzle some Extra Virgin Oil of Olive on top and bake. Ready in 15 minutes!!!

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Baked Kale Spinach balls

Baked Kale Spinach balls


  • 10 oz. kale (300gr.)
  • 10 oz. spinach (300gr.)
  • 3 Tbsp Extra Virgin Oil of Olive
  • 2 small shallots
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3/4 Cup breadcrumbs (100gr)
  • 1 Cup breadcrumbs for coating
  • 3/4 Cup grated Parmesan cheese (100gr)
  • 1 egg


  1. In a medium size pan add the Olive Oil and turn the heat on at medium.
  2. Let the oil warm up for 1 minute and add the minced shallots and the minced garlic. Stir and cook for 2/3 minutes up until they will reach a nice golden color.
  3. Add the spinach and the kale. Stir and let it sauté for 4 minutes.
  4. In a food processor add the spinach and kale mix altogether with one egg, 3/4 cup breadcrumbs and the grated parmesan cheese. Mix for 2 minutes to obtain a smooth consistency.
  5. With the help of two spoons (I used plastic ones, the mix sticks less) create small round balls.
  6. Coat them in the breadcrumbs and place them one next to the other on a parchment paper on a baking sheet.
  7. Drizzle some Extra Virgin Oil of Olive on top and bake in the preheated oven at 400F/200C for 15 minutes. Enjoy!
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6 Responses to Baked Kale Spinach balls

  1. Archie Tamayo October 16, 2016 at 10:10 pm #

    I did the same thing!! I saw this at the store, I’m so excited to try it 😀
    Thank you so much, the video is so helpful!!

    • Barbara Lamperti October 17, 2016 at 9:35 pm #

      Hi Archie! let me know if you like them!!! ciao, b

  2. Jessica February 2, 2017 at 8:29 pm #

    Loooved these. My 1 and 2 year old boys ate them so a success in my book. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Barbara Lamperti February 2, 2017 at 11:13 pm #

      Hi Jessica! The KaleSpinach balls are a hit in our house too!! I’m so glad your little ones liked them!!! Thank you so much for following BuonaPappa!! ciao, b

  3. SILVIA August 22, 2017 at 5:26 am #

    My 10months old boy loves this recipe as well. Perfect finger food. Grazie Barbara, ti seguo con affetto dall’Australia.

    • Barbara Lamperti August 29, 2017 at 7:15 pm #

      Awww, grazie mille Silvia, e’ un vero piacere sapere che altri bimbi apprezzano le mie ricette!!!

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