Pizza Puff Appetizers | Homemade Healthy Appetizers

You will love these pizza puff appetizers! I try really hard to make healthy food choices when I grocery shop. I avoid processed food whenever possible and prefer to make it from scratch. When my husband or the kids (17 & 21) go to the store on their own, they bring home foods that are more processed than I prefer. They have a love for your traditional frozen foods like frozen pizza puff appetizers and snack foods.  I came up with some homemade healthy appetizers to take their place.

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Pizza Puff Appetizers | Healthy Homemade Appetizers

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Pizza Puff Appetizers | Homemade Healthy Appetizers

I made these with a gluten-free flour blend so that my daughter could enjoy them. If you’re not following the gluten-free diet, you can use traditional all-purpose flour and they’ll come out just as delicious. The type of cheese you use is flexible. To keep it Italian in flavor, I used mozzarella as the main cheese. I used Colby Jack to sprinkle on top because that’s one of my husband’s favorites. If you’d rather you could certainly use Cheddar or Parmesan instead. I used dried herbs because it’s winter time; however, if it was summer I would have substituted fresh herbs from our garden instead.

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Pizza Puff Appetizers

10 minPrep Time

25 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

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  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour or gluten free flour mix
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup other shredded cheese (I like Colby Jack)
  • 1 tbsp Italian herbs, dried
  • 1 cup spaghetti sauce (to dip in)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped pepperoni, nitrate free
  • Organic olive oil spray


  1. Preheat the oven to 375F. Spray mini muffin tins with organic olive oil spray. It should make 18 mini pizza puff appetizers.
  2. Put flour and baking powder in a bowl. Add milk and egg. Whisk till combined.
  3. Add cheese, herbs and pepperoni. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  4. Divide between 18 mini muffin tins.
  5. Sprinkle cheese on top.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes until the tops are golden. Cool slightly & remove.
  7. Serve with dipping sauce while warm.

We dip our pizza puff appetizers in a marinara sauce. But, you can easily use spaghetti sauce or pizza sauce if that’s what you have on hand. My daughter enjoys dipping hers into ranch dressing at times. Or, try a homemade queso dip and use that. It’s all about what you want.

Pizza Puff Appetizers | Healthy Homemade Appetizers

These Pizza Puff Appetizers will make a great appetizer for your football party or for any party you’d like to be able to offer homemade healthy appetizers.  They would even work well as a late night snack or light lunch for the kids.

What are your favorite homemade healthy appetizers?

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Ellen is a busy mom of a 20-year-old son and 25-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email to chat.


  1. These look delicious! I'm like you in that I prefer to eat healthy with less processed foods in my diet. Our teens and my husband could care less. LOL! These are a great option for all of us to enjoy pizza appetizers like these. Thanks for the recipe!
  2. Ellen! Those look amazing. I'll have to try as I have gluten free flour in the cupboard. Thanks for the recipe.
  3. I would totally eat these! Thanks for sharing, I hope you have a great weekend!
  4. These look amazing and so delicious!! I would miss pizza if I had to cut out gluten what a great option! 
  5. THese look totally amazing!! YUM! 
  6. Oh those look dangerously delicious and my kids love anything you can dip. Thanks for sharing the recipe!
  7. Kristina and Millie says:
    ohhh these look delish and portion control! :) Love all the options you give and I am so going to try making my own pizza puff appetizers!
  8. These pizza puffs sound amazing! And I love they're a little bit healthier, too :)
  9. These to perfect for an appetizer but also a tasty snack for the kids and family! Thanks for the great idea. I will be adding these to my menu for next week. For Sure! Pinned!
  10. These look really interesting!
  11. Barb @ A Life in Balance says:
    Thank you for submitting to Motivation Monday!
  12. Looks delicious thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop. pinning.
  13. vegetarianmamma (Cindy) says:
    Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays Party!  I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest!  :)  I can't wait to see what you share next time!  -Cindy


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