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Mini Cheese Balls

Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Claire Spollen

Hands-on time 25 mins
Total time 45 mins
Yield

Serves 18 (serving size: 2 balls)

Almond milk cream cheese is delicately nutty, with a buttery-rich texture and zero grams of sat fat. Find it at Whole Foods stores nationwide. You can substitute 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, which adds 1.6g sat fat to each serving.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces goat cheese
  • 8 ounces plain almond milk cream cheese (such as Kite Hill)
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 1/2 cup roasted salted almonds, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme

Nutrition Information

  • calories 94
  • fat 7.4 g
  • satfat 2 g
  • monofat 1.9 g
  • polyfat 0.6 g
  • protein 5 g
  • carbohydrate 3 g
  • fiber 0.0 g
  • cholesterol 6 mg
  • iron 0.0 mg
  • sodium 136 mg
  • calcium 28 mg

How to Make It

  1. Place first 4 ingredients in a large bowl, and beat with a mixer at medium speed 2 minutes or until smooth. Freeze 15 minutes.

  2. Place nuts and thyme in a food processor; process until finely ground. Place nut mixture in a shallow dish.

  3. Divide cheese mixture into 36 equal portions (about 2 teaspoons each), rolling to form 36 balls. Freeze 10 minutes. Gently roll each cheese ball in nut mixture, coating well. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.