Healthy Gluten-Free Bean and Cottage Cheese Ball

My easy Gluten-Free Bean and Cottage Cheese Ball Recipe is a healthier twist with white beans and cottage cheese to increase the protein and decrease the fat. They’re blended with cream cheese, cheddar cheese, parsley, dill, garlic, and onion, then rolled in toasted pecans and green onions and become completely undetectable. It’s the perfect charcuterie board appetizer for Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Year’s Eve, or game day party.

Gluten-Free Bean and Cottage Cheese Ball on a plate.

My easy Gluten-Free Bean and Cottage Cheese Ball Recipe is a healthier twist on the classic cheese ball recipe. This homemade cheese ball has a few additional superfoods, including white beans and cottage cheese, to increase the protein and decrease the fat. They’re blended with cream cheese, cheddar cheese, parsley, dill, garlic, and onion, then rolled in toasted pecans and green onions and become completely undetectable. 

It’s the perfect appetizer to add to your holiday appetizers menu, Thanksgiving appetizers, New Year’s Eve, or football season game day. It’s a simple recipe to add to a charcuterie board and serve with veggie slices or crackers at your next party.

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Why You’ll Love This Easy Cheddar Cheese Ball Recipe

  • You only need a few simple ingredients.
  • It is super easy to make for an impressive result.
  • The flavor-rich ingredients make it taste amazing!
  • All the ingredients are easily digestible for a gentle tummy.
Gluten-Free Bean and Cottage Cheese Ball on a plate.

How to Make My Healthy Cheddar Cheese Ball Recipe

Here is everything you need to make the best-tasting gluten-free bean and cheddar cheese ball:

Step 1: Prepare the Cheese Mixture

In a food processor, combine the cream cheese, cottage cheese, cheddar cheese, white beans, Worcestershire sauce, dried parsley, dried dill, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt.

Pulse until the mixture is smooth and well combined. If using fresh herbs, fold them in at this stage.

Cheeseball ingredients in a food processor.

Step 2: Chill the Mixture

Place the cheese ball mixture in the center of a piece of plastic wrap. Bring all the sides together and twist it into a ball. Place the wrapped ball in a bowl and refrigerate for at least 1-2 hours. Chilling helps the flavors meld and makes the mixture easier to handle.

Spreading cheese ball mixture in the center of a piece of plastic wrap.
A cheese ball wrapped in plastic.

Step 3: Shape the Ball

Finely chop the pecans and green onions and mix them together in a shallow bowl, mixing bowl or plate. Remove the chilled cream cheese mixture from the plastic wrap and roll it in the pecans and green onions until it is completed coated

Arrange the cheese ball on a serving platter. Provide gluten-free crackers, vegetable sticks, or other accompaniments for dipping and enjoy!

Gluten-Free Bean and Cottage Cheese Ball on a plate.

Gluten-Free Cheddar Cheese Ball Recipe Notes

Cream Cheese Balls: You can also shape the mixture into smaller mini cheese balls for individual servings or a quick snack. Prepare the mixture, shape the balls with a cookie scoop or spoon, and coat them. Store them in the refrigerator, covered, until ready to serve.

Seasoning Adjustment: You can easily adjust the seasonings to your taste. Fresh herbs taste delicious and enhance all the flavors.

Toasting the Pecans: Toasting the pecans enhances their flavor. Melt one teaspoon of butter in a frying pan over medium/high heat. Add 1/2 cup of pecans and a few dashes of salt. Toss the pecans to coat and allow them to cook until they become lightly toasted. Keep an eye on them so they don’t overcook and burn.

Dairy-Free and Vegan Options: To make this recipe dairy-free and vegan, use plant-based substitutes for cream cheese, cottage cheese, cheddar cheese, and Worcestershire sauce. Silken tofu is a good alternative for cottage cheese.

Serving Suggestions: 

This dip tastes fantastic served with celery sticks, carrot sticks, any variety of crackers, and pretzel sticks.

Refrigeration: Store the prepared gluten-free bean and cottage cheese balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This helps maintain freshness and prevents them from absorbing odors.

Separation: If stacking the cheese balls, place parchment paper or plastic wrap between layers to prevent them from sticking together.

Limited Storage Time: Consume the stored cheese balls within 3-5 days for the best taste and texture. The longer they are stored, the softer they may become.

Nuts and Coating: If possible, store any extra chopped nuts or alternative coating separately. Sprinkle them over the cheese balls just before serving to maintain their crispness.

Avoid Freezing: While the cheese mixture itself can be frozen, the texture may change upon thawing. However, it’s not recommended to freeze the coated balls, as the nuts may become soggy upon thawing.

Serve at Room Temperature: Before serving, allow the refrigerated cheese balls to sit at room temperature for about 15-20 minutes. This allows the flavors to develop and the texture to soften slightly.

Can I make these ahead of time?
Yes, you can prepare the mixture, shape the balls, and coat them ahead of time. Store them in the refrigerator for up to a day before serving.

Can I freeze the cheese balls?
While the cheese mixture can be frozen, freezing the coated balls is not recommended as it may affect the texture of the nuts upon thawing.

Can I use different nuts for coating?
Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with different nuts or seeds for coating, such as almonds, walnuts, or pumpkin seeds.

How do I make this cheese ball recipe vegan?
Use dairy-free alternatives for cream cheese, cottage cheese, and cheddar cheese. Silken tofu is a good replacement for cottage cheese, and vegan Worcestershire sauce can be used.

Can I adjust the level of spice in the recipe?
Absolutely! Feel free to adjust the quantities of garlic powder, onion powder, or any other seasoning to suit your taste preferences.

Can I use fresh herbs instead of dried?
Yes, you can substitute dried parsley and dill with fresh ones. Use 1 tablespoon each of chopped fresh parsley and dill.

Gluten-Free Bean and Cottage Cheese Ball on a plate.

Gluten-Free Cheese Ball Recipe

Gluten-Free diet-friendly recipe
My easy Gluten-Free Bean and Cottage Cheese Ball Recipe is a healthier twist with white beans and cottage cheese to increase the protein and decrease the fat. They're blended with cream cheese, cheddar cheese, parsley, dill, garlic, and onion, then rolled in toasted pecans and green onions and become completely undetectable. It's the perfect charcuterie board appetizer for Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Year's Eve, or game day party.
5 from 3 votes
Servings 12
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 4 oz cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 1/4 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1/2 cup white beans
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup pecans (toasted & chopped)
  • 1 green onion (diced)

Instructions
 

  • In a food processor, combine the cream cheese, cottage cheese, cheddar cheese, white beans, Worcestershire sauce, dried parsley, dried dill, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt.
    Pulse until the mixture is smooth and well combined. If using fresh herbs, fold them in at this stage.
  • Place the cheese ball mixture in the center of a piece of plastic wrap. Bring all the sides together and twist it into a ball. Place the wrapped ball in a bowl and refrigerate for at least 1-2 hours. Chilling helps the flavors meld and makes the mixture easier to handle.
  • Finely chop the pecans and green onions and mix them together in a shallow bowl, mixing bowl or plate. Remove the chilled cream cheese mixture from the plastic wrap and roll it in the pecans and green onions until it is completed coated
    Arrange the cheese ball on a serving platter. Provide gluten-free crackers, vegetable sticks, or other accompaniments for dipping and enjoy!

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Notes

Cream Cheese Balls: You can also shape the mixture into smaller mini cheese balls for individual servings or a quick snack. Prepare the mixture, shape the balls with a cookie scoop or spoon, and coat them. Store them in the refrigerator, covered, until ready to serve.
Seasoning Adjustment: You can easily adjust the seasonings to your taste. Fresh herbs taste delicious and enhance all the flavors.
Toasting the Pecans: Toasting the pecans enhances their flavor. Melt one teaspoon of butter in a frying pan over medium/high heat. Add 1/2 cup of pecans and a few dashes of salt. Toss the pecans to coat and allow them to cook until they become lightly toasted. Keep an eye on them so they don’t overcook and burn.
Dairy-Free and Vegan Options: To make this recipe dairy-free and vegan, use plant-based substitutes for cream cheese, cottage cheese, cheddar cheese, and Worcestershire sauce. Silken tofu is a good alternative for cottage cheese.
Serving Suggestions: This dip tastes fantastic served with celery sticks, carrot sticks, any variety of crackers, and pretzel sticks.

Nutrition

Calories: 116kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 4gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 158mgPotassium: 90mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 242IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 91mgIron: 0.5mg
Keyword cheese ball, cottage cheese, healthy appetizer, high protein, toasted pecans
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