These paleo sausage balls are the perfect holiday appetizer! They’re gluten-free, dairy-free, and still taste like the classic made with bisquick!

sausage balls with toothpick

What are sausage balls?

Sausage balls are a southern appetizer that is traditionally made with sausage, cheese, and Bisquick! Yes, the pancake mix. It makes them super fluffy and almost like a biscuit. They’re a perfect recipe to serve as a holiday appetizer!

Since Bisquick is a main ingredient, you’d think that it would be hard to make this recipe gluten-free, but it can be done! This version is gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, and it tastes like the real thing.

The ingredients for gluten and dairy-free sausage balls

  • Pork sausage. This is flexible to whatever sausage you like! You can do a spicy sausage, breakfast sausage, or even use ground pork and your own favorite herbs to make a DIY sausage.
  • Almond flour and tapioca starch. This makes a nice blend that binds the sausage and also makes it fluffy. I haven’t tried this without the almond flour.
  • Egg. To bind the recipe together.
  • Nutritional yeast. For that cheesy flavor! You can leave this out if you’d prefer, but I think it makes it taste more like the real thing.

How to make gluten-free and dairy-free sausage balls

  1. Combine: Using a large mixing bowl, combine the pork, almond flour, tapioca starch, nutritional yeast, and seasonings. Fold in the eggs and stir until fully combined.
  2. Scoop the sausage balls: Using a meatball scoop (or your hands) scoop out small meatballs. Roll with your hands to make them even and place on the baking sheet, evenly spaced.
  3. Bake & serve: Bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes or until fully cooked through. Serve warm as an appetizer with a creamy sauce like honey mustard.

one sausage ball with a tooth pick

What do you serve with these sausage balls?

These sausage balls are great with a creamy dip like a honey mustard sauce! They’re an appetizer so they’re great for serving with whatever other apps you have, though my husband also likes having them with breakfast.

Can you make these sausage balls AIP?

I haven’t been able to replicate an AIP version that actually tastes like it would have Bisquick in it, however, here are some recipes that are super similar and are already fully AIP!

sausage balls on a plate

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Paleo Sausage Balls (Gluten & Dairy Free)


  • Author: Michelle
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

These paleo sausage balls are the perfect holiday appetizer! They’re gluten-free, dairy-free, and still taste like the classic made with bisquick!


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Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground pork breakfast sausage
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp almond flour
  • 3 tbsp tapioca starch
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp thyme leaves
  • 1 tsp ground sage
  • 2 eggs

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Using a large mixing bowl, combine the pork, almond flour, tapioca starch, nutritonal yeast, and seasonings.
  3. Fold in the eggs and stir until fully combined.
  4. Using a meatball scoop (or your hands) scoop out small meatballs. Roll with your hands to make them even and place on the baking sheet, evenly spaced.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes or until fully cooked through.
  6. Serve warm as an appetizer with a creamy sauce like honey mustard.

Notes

All nutritional information are estimations and will vary. Estimations do not include optional ingredients.

  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 533
  • Fat: 32.1g
  • Carbohydrates: 8.6g
  • Fiber: 1.8g
  • Protein: 28.4g