Healthy Cheese Balls

These mini cheese balls make a very tasty appetizer. Ideal for any party, perfect for game day.


Yield: 20 cheese balls


  • 1 (8oz) package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3oz (3/4 cup) grated sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1oz grated Parmesan
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Toppings:
  • 1oz (1/4 cup) finely chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, white or black
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika


  1. Place the cream cheese, Cheddar, Parmesan, garlic, parsley, cayenne, black pepper and salt in your food processor. Process until well blended.
  2. Using a rubber spatula, scrape the mixture into a bowl, cover, and freeze for 15 minutes.
  3. Shape the mixture into 20 one-inch cheese balls, each weighing ½ oz (15 grams).
  4. Roll the cheese balls in the toppings to coat. You will need to gently press the cheese balls into the chopped nuts to help the nuts adhere.
  5. Serve immediately, with crackers and/or crudités, or refrigerate until ready to serve. Remove from fridge 30 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Per Serving

Serving size: 1 cheese ball; Calories: 82; Fat: 7g; Saturated fat: 3g;Carbohydrates: 1g; Sugar: 0g; Sodium: 86mg; Fiber: 0g; Protein: 3g