You know, way back when I shared a Lemon Cranberry & Pistachio Cashew Cheese Ball recipe. It was such a huge hit I thought it was about time I bring it back with a revamp. Three possible combinations, using the original recipe’s base. All of which are sure to be a huge hit at your next party or solo movie marathoning on the couch – I’m not here to judge.
I had so much fun coming up with these flavors. I even included a bonus option for those of you interested in more ideas. You really can’t go wrong with either, I recommend giving all three a try. However I am impartial to the coconut bacon option. It’s kind of my weakness. I adore my recipe for these sweet and smoky bits. I’ve actually been experimenting with a maple bacon version that’s sweeter and even more caramelized. Basically take the original recipe and add a bit of maple syrup and extra liquid smoke. Cook it at a lower heat for a longer amount of time and toss it more often. It will yield the greatest faux bacon bits you’ve ever tasted!
Depending on your affinity of coconut you can opt to use refined or virgin coconut oil in this. Both work beautifully, but using refined coconut oil will yield a more “cheese-like” flavor. Again, they’re both delicious either way though. Just depends on your personal preference.
Lucky for you this month at Kroger you can actually save $1.00 on Spectrum coconut oil. Here’s a link to the digital coupon for those interested. I love saving money wherever I can, hopefully this helps anyone that’s needing to stock back up. If you’re an avid Kroger or Fred Meyers shopper you’ll actually find a large selection of organic and natural foods on sale from July 9-26. Definitely check out everything discounted at OrganicsEveryDay.com if you’re interested in saving up to $100 with digital coupons. I’m always blown away by the selection of organic vegan options, you all know I adore Kroger Co. I’m very excited to stock up on my favorites at an affordable price!
In order to hit the ground running with this recipe, you’ll need to do a bit of prep work. Soak your cashews the night before and make a batch of coconut bacon and sunflower seed parmesan. For the coconut bacon I recommend following my recipe and chopping up the flakes into small bits or feel free to use any vegan facon bit you prefer. Both recipes are essential for these to come together. They’ll make the next day infinitely easier if prepped ahead, saving you lots of time. You can also cut back on time if you decide not to portion into personal-sized servings.
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10-Ingredient Vegan Cheese Balls (3 Ways!)Prep 20 mins
Cook 15 mins
Inactive 4 hours
Total 4 hours, 35 mins
- ¼ cup Nutritional Yeast
- 3 tbsp Refined Spectrum Coconut Oil, solid
- 2 tbsp White or Chickpea Miso, optional
- ¼ cup Lemon Juice, freshly squeezed
- 2 tbsp Lemon Zest
- 1 tsp Salt, or to taste