These keto cream cheese balls are a savory fat bomb that are so good – you’ll forget you’re on a diet. But isn’t that the magic of keto? You get to eat rich foods until you feel satisfied … and you lose weight in the process!
But is cream cheese keto friendly? You bet it is – and cream cheese recipes like this make the perfect keto friendly party food.
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The Perfect Keto Party Appetizer
These festive cream cheese balls are a must at your next holiday party. And while these delicious mini cheese balls make the perfect appetizer for game day – why reserve this amazing keto cheese ball recipe only for get togethers? 🤔
Keep this savory fat bomb at the top of your keto snack recipe list to make year round! It’s an easy cheese ball recipe with simple ingredients. These creamy fat bombs include a delicious dose of healthy fats for a keto diet with only 2 net carbs per ball!
Wanna hear the best part of turning a cream cheese ball recipe into little cheese balls? There’s no need to waste extra carbs (or cash) on keto crackers. Pop these mini cheese balls straight from the fridge into your mouth!
How to Make Keto Bacon Ranch Cheese Balls
It’s easiest to work with soft cream cheese to form the mini cheese balls. Allow the cream cheese to come to room temperature before getting started with this easy recipe.
At this point you have a choice. You can either keep this on your basic 5 ingredient keto recipes list that uses softened cream cheese, shredded cheese, crispy bacon, chopped pecans, and green onions or choose to give it a little more flavor.
Change this bacon cheese ball recipe up by turning these bite sized delights into bacon ranch cheese balls. You can even give the recipe a little kick by replacing the cheddar cheese with pepper jack cheese instead.
There’s no best way to enjoy this easy appetizer. I make minor adjustments to simple appetizer recipes all of the time. It’s fun to make new recipes my whole family enjoys, even family members who don’t follow a low carb diet.
Choose Your Savory Fat Bomb Flavor
In order to turn this into a bacon ranch cheese ball recipe, add the ranch seasoning to the cheese mixture while mixing the cheeses together. I prefer to combine garlic powder with other fresh herbs to make a homemade ranch mix. Fresh ingredients give this recipe a great flavor.
You may not have the time or inclination to make ranch from scratch. This is still a good recipe with a store bought ranch mixed into the low carb cheese ball recipe.
Form the Mini Keto Cheese Balls
Form the cheese mixture into 16 mini balls. Place them in one single layer onto a baking sheet or serving tray.
You don’t need to use exact measurements when forming the cheese mixture into a ball shape. You can measure out the first ball, which should be around 1 and 1/2 tablespoons. Then eyeball the rest of the cheese balls to make them approximately the same size.
Feel free to use a cookie scoop to form the cheese balls, or even just use your hands. While using your hands to form the balls gets messy, it’s a quick and easy way to make this recipe. Have a paper towel handy if you go this route.
Once formed, refrigerate for 1- 2 hours, or until the mini cheese balls are firm.
Prepare the Keto Cheese Ball Toppings
While you’re oh-so-patiently waiting, chop up crispy bacon, pecans, and green onions into small pieces. Mix together in a small bowl and set aside. Be sure to combine well … and don’t nibble too much on the toppings mixture while waiting for the cream cheese balls to harden 🧐
You could use a food processor for this part, but don’t rush out to buy one. Chopping the ingredients by hand is pretty quick. I don’t own a food processor since it seems like one more contraption to clean. Who’s got the time?
Use Real Food Ingredients
If you don’t have bacon crumbles on hand it is not OK, I repeat NOT OK, to just throw in store bought Bacos and call it a day. If you’re new to keto, please understand keto isn’t just another diet – it’s a healthy lifestyle! You get way better results when you use real, high quality food.
Highly processed versions of bacon that can be stored at room temperature for months at a time is not the way to improve health. They also make weight loss on a low-carb diet more difficult. Plus – Bacos are gross.
When it comes to bacon, it’s easy to meal prep a batch of bacon over the weekend. Then store it in the fridge for recipes throughout the week. If you don’t happen to have real bacon bits on hand, throw a few slices into a frying pan over medium-high heat. Then remember this easy meal prep tip for next time.
OK – that’s enough bacon tangents for today.
Roll the Cheese Balls Through the Toppings
Once the cream cheese balls are firm, roll them through the bacon mixture. You can either serve immediately or store them in the fridge in an airtight container.
While you may be tempted to store them on a small plate with a piece of plastic wrap over it, these could pick up any lingering smells you’ve got going on in that fridge. Don’t ask me how I know. Just stick with a glass container so your cheese balls stay fresh!
The Keto Cheese Ball Recipe Wrap Up
These easy keto cheese balls are perfect low carb appetizers to sneak extra healthy fats into your keto diet, whether you use them as a party snack or even as an everyday treat.
Cream cheese is a great way to sneak extra healthy fats in your diets … and keto cream cheese fat bombs are the best way to do it! If you want even more delicious cream cheese fat bombs, check out delicious cheesecake fat bombs or almond butter cheesecake balls.
Keep scrolling for the full nutritional information, including fat content and the printable recipe card.
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Keto Cheese Ball Recipe
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Festive Cream Cheese Balls
Mini keto bacon cheese balls that are great for game day, or even as an everyday snack.
- Prep Time: 20
- Cook Time: 2 hours in fridge
- Total Time: 2 hours, 20 mins
- Yield: Recipe Serves 16 1x
- Category: Keto Fat Bomb Recipes
- Method: Fridge
- Cuisine: Keto / Low Carb
- Diet: Diabetic
- 16 oz cream cheese, softened
- 3/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
- 3/4 cup cooked bacon, crumbled
- 1/4 cup green onions, chopped
- 1/4 cup pecans, chopped
- Whip the softened cream cheese and cheddar cheese together with a hand mixer. (Add the ranch seasoning here if you want that flavor)
- Form the cheese into 16 even balls using a cookie scoop or your hands. Place them onto a cookie sheet.
- The balls will be approximately 1.5 tbsp
- Refrigerate for 1-2 hours, or until firm.
- Add the crumbled bacon, pecans and green onions to a mixing bowl and combine well.
- Once the cream cheese balls are firm, roll them through the bacon mixture.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
- Serving Size: Recipe Serves 16
- Calories: 150.2
- Sugar: 1.2
- Fat: 14.1
- Saturated Fat: 7.3
- Carbohydrates: 2.1
- Fiber: .2
- Protein: 4.4