Vegan Mini Cheese Balls

My daughter and I are in complete agreement (which is not such an easy thing, considering she is a teenager) that these Vegan Mini Cheese Balls may be just the best vegan thing we’ve ever eaten. And we’ve had our fair share of vegan eats! If you’ve ever teetered on the line of indecision about veganism…and if you’re worried that vegan food is just sort of *meh*…trust me, try this recipe and I’m sure you’ll be in the Vegan Camp with us!

Try these vegan mini cheese balls by Namely Marly to convince you of the delicious vegan recipes available

Being vegan doesn’t have to be hard. That’s right. I said it. It’s really easy being vegan. (Sung to the tune of Kermit’s, “It’s not Easy Being Green.”).

This recipe is the primo example of how true that really is. Place the ingredients in the food processor, blend for a few minutes, chill it out a bit, then roll them into balls. No baking. No 50-step processes. Just 15 – 20 minutes of your precious time and you will have people falling all over themselves.

And isn’t that what we’re all after?

Try these vegan cheese balls served in mini phyllo cups

I got the idea for this recipe from my friend Sommer. Do you remember her? Sommer’s the fabulous food blogger with the very cool name. She’s the master mind behind the site, A Spicy Perspective and she recently blew me away with this post about Mini Cheese Balls. She was all over the idea of a vegan version of her recipe. How fun!

I rolled these babies in ground flax seed, black sunflower seeds and chopped walnuts. I think that makes them not only delicious but healthy too!

And for a gluten-free version, I served some of them on rice crackers.

A gluten free version of these vegan mini cheese balls, served on rice crackers

 So without further ado…Vegan Mini Cheese Balls!

Vegan Mini Cheese Balls

Ingredients

  • 1/2 container of Daiya Jalapeño Garlic Harvarti Style Wedge, cubed (this ingredient is critical! It’s that good)
  • 1/2 container dairy-free cream cheese (my favorite is Tofutti’s Original Better than Cream Cheese)
  • 1 tablespoon soy milk (plain…not vanilla flavored)
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons dehydrated onion flakes (although you can use fresh if you prefer)
  • 1 tablespoon minced medjool dates
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
  • 1/2 cup Chopped walnuts and/or Sunflower Seeds for topping
  • 1 box Athens Mini Fillo Shells

Directions

  1. Place the cubed Daiya cheese, cream cheese, soy milk, and vinegar in a food processor. Pulse for several seconds until the mixture is creamy.
  2. Add the onion flakes, dates (you’ll be so glad you did), garlic powder, and sea salt. Pulse a few more seconds until everything is combined.
  3. Use a spatula to place the contents in a lidded container. Make sure you get every last bit because you’re going to want all of it soon!
  4. Place the mixture in the fridge and allow it to chill out for 30 minutes to an hour. That’s the part where you go have your nails done, get a massage, or maybe eat bon bons and watch 30 Rock. (You have to have your priorities)!
  5. When you’re ready, scoop the cheese ball mixture using about 1/2 tablespoon per scoop. It’s messy. What I did to make it easier to handle was to roll the messy goo in a little bit of the ground flax seed to give it some firmness. Then I rolled that in either the chopped walnuts or sunflower seeds.
  6. Drop the rolled cheese ball in the Fillo Shell and voila! Mini Cheese Ball! Repeat that until you fill all the Fillo Shells.

Yield: Makes 15

Enjoy!

Posted 2 years ago by Marly on Thursday, December 20th, 2012 · Permalink

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16 Responses to Vegan Mini Cheese Balls

  1. Wow these look SO tasty!! I miss cheese balls, so I know I will have a ball making these :)
    Thank you Thank You!!

  2. These look awesome, Marly!! Love the photos!!

  3. These look amazing!

  4. These look so good. The ultimate appetizer finger foods!

  5. These look fantastic, Marly! Thanks for sharing!

  6. I love the vegan take on these. Such a fun appetizer too!

  7. Great photos! Mini cheese balls are the perfect appetizer!

  8. Oh my yum! Perfect little appetizer bites!

  9. These look delish, but they are NOT Vegan. Havarti is made from cow’s milk and vegan’s abstain from all animal by-products. Best to be classified as vegetarian.

    • This “havarti” is made by Daiya and I can guarantee that their products are all dairy free. Check out the link: Daiya Jalapeno Garlic Havarti Cheese

    • This Havarti is vegan & Kosher.
      No dairy darivitives or animal products. My daughter is anaphylactic to Dairy, and this Dayia chesse is all that she can have for cheese. Dayia is the best cheese alternative out there- melts like real cheese, tasts like real cheese.

  10. Marly – these look fantastic! We’re hosting a Christmas Eve Open House and I’ve been looking for a special vegan appetizer for a friend who’s coming, so I’m thrilled to find this vegan version of Sommer’s Cheese Balls!

  11. These are beautiful, Marly! What a great appetizer!

  12. Marly, love these–and thanks for the shout out. I’ll have to make your version now. :)

  13. Just made these and they are awesome! I’m putting the scoops into cherry tomatoes cut in half and scraped out. Thank you :)

    • What a GREAT idea! This cheese ball material inside a cherry tomato? Watch out MJ, because this could seriously rock my world! OK. Off to get the ingredients! ;-)

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