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Holiday Vegan Cheese Balls

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Take your holiday table to a new level with these beautifully crafted Holiday Vegan Cheese Balls. Combining vegan ricotta, nuts, and cranberries, it's a creamy, nutty, and sweet treat that's sure to delight guests, proving vegan appetizers can be irresistibly delicious.

The picture alone makes you want to just scoop one up and enjoy it! These Holiday Vegan Cheese Balls are definitely going to be on my table this Thanksgiving (and probably at Christmas too) they are just perfect!!

This recipe is set to become the star of your holiday appetizer spread and will have everyone wanting seconds; even those diehard dairy fans! My Holiday Vegan Cheese Balls are the perfect blend of flavors and textures that come together to create something truly special. Made with vegan ricotta and a festive mix of nuts and cranberries, this vegan cheese ball is not only a delightful treat for the taste buds but also a joy to behold.

The ingredients you’ll want to get rolling!

  • vegan ricotta (or cream cheese)
  • maple syrup
  • toasted pecans
  • garlic powder
  • shelled pistachios
  • dried unsweetened cranberries
  • fresh parsley leaves
  • lemon zest

What makes these vegan cheese balls so perfect for the holidays?

Cheese balls have always been a popular choice for gatherings, and it’s easy to see why. They’re not only incredibly versatile; they can be made with a variety of flavors but also offer a sense of comfort and nostalgia. A cheese ball is like a canvas, allowing different ingredients to come together and create something bitesize and adorable. Their convenient bite-sized form makes them an ideal finger food, perfect for socializing and mingling. They add an element of fun and indulgence to any party table, and when made vegan, they cater to a wider audience, ensuring everyone can enjoy the festivities!

Charm your guests and prepare for a delightful surprise to start off the evening.

Wine and cheese? Obviously! These vegan cheese balls are more than just an appetizer; they’re a celebration of the holiday spirit, beautifully wrapped in a creamy texture and a tantalizing mix of sweet cranberries, rich nuts, and smooth vegan ricotta. They’re the unsung star of the night and super fun to make, offering a luxurious taste experience that can convert even the most traditional cheese lovers!

Happy holidays, and enjoy every delightful bite!

Jackie Akerberg

Author of the Clean Vegan Cookbook, Food Blogger and Recipe Developer from Des Moines, Iowa. 

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Holiday Vegan Cheese Ball

Get ready to *sleigh* your holiday appetizer game with this Vegan Holiday Cheese Ball – it's the plant-based party star and its TOTALLY vegan! Crafted with love and a dash of festive flair, this cheesy delight takes vegan ricotta, toasted pecans, dried cranberries, pistachios, maple syrup, and parsley to the next level. It's so irresistibly creamy and delicious that even your ornery meat-loving uncle is guaranteed to trade in his scowl for a bite (and come back for seconds). Spread it on crackers, and it is sure to be a hit, perfect for thanksgiving or any holiday occasion!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, vegan
Servings 16 balls


  • 8 oz vegan ricotta or cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup plus more for serving
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup toasted pecans finely chopped
  • ½ cup shelled pistachios finely chopped
  • ½ cup dried unsweetened cranberries chopped
  • ½ cup fresh parsley leaves finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest


  • Add the ricotta, maple syrup, salt, garlic powder and half of the pecans to a mixing bowl. Use a fork or hand mixer to combine. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the remaining pecans, pistachios, cranberries, parsley, and lemon zest. Stir to mix. Scoop out 1.5 tbsp balls of the ricotta mixture, using a cookie scoop, and place them in the dry mixture one at a time. Use your hands to roll and press the coating into each ball. Place on a serving tray. Repeat with the remaining cheese mixture.
  • Once all your cheese balls are prepped, drizzle with extra maple syrup if desired and sprinkle with the remaining coating. Serve chilled with crackers.
Keyword dairy free, easy holiday recipes, gluten free, plant based, vegan appetizer
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