One thing that I was a little worried about with starting low carb was breakfast. On weekends, bacon and eggs or sausage are fine, but through the week I barely have time to fill up my water bottle before I head out the door, let alone make myself breakfast. Our school mornings are usually a chaotic mess with fighting over mirror space, a couple reminders to brush teeth, last minute hunting for a certain jacket or a lost shoe (how do you lose one shoe?), hollering over where one of our nine hair brushes went off to, and just a little bit of yelling to “Hurry Up, we’re going to be late!” I used to grab a Clif Bar, or Kind Bar and eat it in the car for my breakfast. And while those are not necessarily terrible breakfast choices, they do have way too many carbs and sugar if you are doing low carb. Now that I’m used to eating Keto, I just have coffee in the morning and prefer to wait to eat until lunch time on most days. Even on days when I workout in the morning, I prefer to workout while fasted. But, getting to that point can take some getting used to, and some people prefer to have a real breakfast every day, so this recipe can help you out there. When I first started Keto, I still needed something to eat in the morning so I hunted for some easy ideas for breakfast that I could make ahead on the weekend and just have in the fridge ready to go. I’ve already posted the Ham Cups recipe a while back and they are a good option, but I wanted something even easier. I came across a few different versions of sausage ball type biscuit recipes and thought that might work, so I played around with the ingredients until I came to a winner. These Sausage Bites keep in the fridge and can easily be tossed in the microwave to warm them up for just a few seconds on those “run out the door” mornings. I also love them because they are super easy to transport if you want to bring them to a potluck, party, or pack in your lunch. They make savory little appetizers too, so they are more than just a breakfast item. The best part about the sausage bites is that they are very tasty and don’t skimp on flavor, but they keep that carb count low enough that you can stay on track.
Low Carb Sausage Bites
1/2 pound ground pork sausage. I use regular flavor
3/4 C cooked crumbled bacon
2 1/4 C almond flour
4 TBS butter – melted
1 1/2 C shredded cheese – whatever flavor you like
2 1/2 teas baking powder
Salt and Pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350° F
Cook the sausage in a skillet until no longer pink. Stir to break it up as it cooks. Do not drain.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the almond flour, baking powder, cooked sausage, bacon, and shredded cheese. Add in the melted butter and beaten egg. Season with Salt and Pepper.
Using a spoon or cookie scoop, scoop mixture to form balls (about golf ball size) and place on greased cookie sheet, parchment paper, or silicone baking mat.
Bake at 350°F for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Let the Sausage Bites cool down and then transfer to platter or serve them up.
Refrigerate any leftovers.
If making ahead of time, the Sausage Bites do well in the fridge in a container or storage bag for up to 5 days. You can place them on a plate or napkin and heat in microwave just for 7-10 seconds until warm.
Here’s more step by step instructions if you like visuals:
I just use pre cooked – crumbled bacon from Costco, but you could show me up and fry up some bacon, crumble it by hand, and toss it in there. I used a mixture of Colby Jack and Italian Style cheese, but you can use whatever you like or have on hand.
Combining the simple ingredients.
I love using an ice cream scoop and you know we have plenty of those in the kitchen!
Ready to go into the oven.
Golden out of the oven.
A couple of these with some coffee and breakfast is served!