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Zesty Dairy Free "Cheese" Ball

Zesty Dairy Free Cheese Ball
I can't take credit for this one! My Mom and Sister came up with it quite a few years ago to take the place of the cream cheesy ball that Mom always made when we were kids that everyone loved.

I made this 5 or 6 years back at Christmas and now my husband asks for it every year. It has become a tradition!

It's very good with veggies or crackers! I love that our family feels like it's a special treat when in reality it is super duper healthy with mainly raw sprouted almonds packed full of whole food nutrition and enzymes that well help you digest those maybe not so much whole food treats! ;)

I love to make this up just before Christmas and have as part of all our fun dips with our finger foods. I make enough that we have some leftover for New Years too.

Healthy Cheese Ball without Dairy

Zesty Dairy Free "Cheese" Ball
2 cups almonds, soaked for 8 hours
1 cup sunflower seeds, soaked for 4 hours and sprouted for 4 hours (or just add 3 cups of soaked almonds instead of 2)
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup water
1/2 cups chopped green onions
1/4 to 1/2 cup Tahini
1/4 cup Shoyu
3 slices sweet onion, cut in small chunks
1/2 medium green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
6 Tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
2 to 3 medium cloves garlic, minced
pinch of cayenne pepper
pinch of ginger powder
pinch of cumin
pinch of paprika
1 can crushed pineapple, drained very well
1 cup finely chopped pecans

Place the soaked and drained almonds and/or sunflower seeds, lemon juice and water in a food processor and process until smooth. Scoop into a large bowl. Stir in the chopped green onions, tahini, shoyu, onions, parsley, bell pepper, garlic, cayenne, ginger, cumin, and paprika. Add the crushed, drained pineapple into the mixture till well blended. Shape with dampened hands into a rounded ball shape and place carefully on a plate or dish (approx. eight inch diameter) Press the chopped pecans onto the ball with your hands so that the ball is covered with nuts. Can garnish with a parsley leaf and dried cranberry if desired.


Permission to Unwind said...

This looks so yummy! I will have to try it. :o)

fitncrafty said...

This looks tasty! I am going to have to try it some time...

Your French Lentil Soup recipe is on my stove right now.. yummy.. Bread bowls awaiting!!!

Hey it's Natée said...

Love that picture of Ryan! He seems to really be enjoying it.

Maile said...

I wonder, your mom gave me a cheese ball with pineapple a few years ago, it was delicious! I would love to know if this is it, because I seriously wanted to eat the whole thing myself and not share with others!

Cassie said...

I am going to try this. I used to love cheeseballs. I am excited to try this healthy version! Thank you.

Aimee - Choose To Be Better said...

#1-We tried this for New Year's Eve and it was yummy!! Thanks!

#2-I ran across this video and couldn't help but laugh. Chances are that you have already seen it, but I thought that SURELY you would get a giggle from it as well. It's too cute.


Tammie said...

Aimee: Yep we have seen it, we got a real kick out of it. My children quote it often. "You won't even taste it." (being sure to use high squeaky voice;) So funny!