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A vegan cheese ball being spread over a cracker.

Vegan Cheese Ball


Description

A vegan cheese ball recipe, perfect for the holidays. Made with vegan cream cheese, vegan cheese shreds, pecans, olives, spices, scallions and chives. 


Ingredients

  • one cup of vegan cream cheese, left out at room temp to soften for about an hour
  • one cup of vegan shredded cheese, roughly chopped
  • 3 scallions, very thinly sliced
  • 1 TB chives, finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp dried parsley
  • 2/3 cup pecans, roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup black Greek olives or any mild buttery black olive, roughly chopped (*see notes below) 
  • cooking spray, to oil your hands

Instructions

  1. Place all of the ingredients except for the pecans and olives into a large prep bowl. Stir to combine until a shaggy ball forms.
  2. Combine the chopped pecans and olives of your choice onto a flat plate.
  3. Oil your hands with the cooking spray. 
  4. Pick up the vegan cheese ball and pack it into a ball shape as much as you can. Roll it onto the pecan/olive mixture to coat, pressing it evenly into the ball.
  5. Wrap the vegan cheese ball in cling wrap, twisting it up the the top to seal.
  6. Place into the refrigerator to chill for at least an hour.
  7. Serve with crackers, pretzels, crusty bread, carrot sticks or anything you like.

Notes

* If you are looking for a more intense/salty olive, try Kalamata or oil-cured olives. If using one of these, scale back the portion to about 2 chopped tablespoons for Kalamata or 1 chopped tablespoon for oil-cured olives.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • To chill and set: 1 hour

Keywords: vegan cheese ball