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Nut and Seed Crusted Smoked Gouda Cheese Ball

This keto smoked Gouda cheese ball, courtesy of recipe developer Chelsea Cohen of SlimFast, proves that you don’t have to give up tasty appetizers just because you’re on the keto diet.


20 - 20 serving

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  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • grated
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. bacon crumbles
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 c. pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 c. pine nuts


In a medium mixing bowl use a fork to mash all ingredients except pumpkin seeds and pine nuts.

Use a spatula to scrape the cheese mixture onto a large piece of cling wrap. Use your hands to mold the cheese into a ball inside of the wrap.

For best results, refrigerate the ball for an hour to firm it up.

Gently unmold the cling wrap from the ball and place it on a bed of the bacon, seed and nuts. 

Roll the ball until every side is covered in the coating. If there are a few bare spots press nuts and seeds in gently to cover.

Serve with a variety of vegetables or flax crackers to dip.

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