Carrot Cake Cheese Ball

Carrot Cake Cheese Ball

3 Reviews
From the EatingWell Kitchen

This sweet carrot-shaped cheese ball recipe is a clever take on an Easter dessert favorite: carrot cake. Serve with graham crackers, vanilla wafers, gingersnaps or apple slices for dipping fun that both kids and adults will love.

Ingredients 12 servings

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  • 8 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel), softened
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shredded carrot plus ¼ cup, divided
  • ½ cup diced pineapple
  • ¼ cup golden raisins
  • ¼ cup chopped toasted pecans
  • ¼ cup toasted unsweetened coconut flakes
  • Carrot greens for garnish

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  1. Whisk cream cheese, honey, vanilla, cinnamon and salt in a medium bowl until combined. Stir in 1 cup carrot, pineapple and raisins.
  2. Coat a large piece of plastic wrap with cooking spray. Scoop the cheese mixture onto it. Using the plastic wrap to help you, form the cheese mixture into a ball, then completely wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 2 days.
  3. Just before serving, combine pecans, coconut and the remaining ¼ cup carrot in a small bowl. Turn the cheese ball out onto a serving plate and form into a carrot shape. Coat with the pecan mixture. Garnish with carrot greens, if desired.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 2 Tbsp.
  • Per serving: 101 calories; 7 g fat(3 g sat); 1 g fiber; 9 g carbohydrates; 2 g protein; 7 mcg folate; 14 mg cholesterol; 7 g sugars; 3 g added sugars; 2,079 IU vitamin A; 4 mg vitamin C; 31 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 120 mg sodium; 108 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (42% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½
  • Exchanges: 1½ fat

Reviews 3

April 08, 2017
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By: Joo
Wow, it looks amazing! Hope taste is amazing too :)
April 05, 2017
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By: foodienc
I used crushed, drained, canned pineapple, toasted walnut pieces, and Splenda instead of honey. It is a delicious recipe and was a hit with graham crackers and apples. Kids could make this easily with a little help cause you mix it all with a fork. This is a keeper.
April 04, 2017
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By: Penelope Wall
This is sooo yummy. It's more on the sweet side as far as cheese balls go. Tastes a little bit like cheese cake. I omit the nuts because of food allergies and it's still delicious.
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