Gluten-Free (GF) Recipes
Mini Pumpkin Cheese Balls (Keto, GF)
November 8, 2019
Image Credit: Kitchen Simplicity

Cheese balls are a holiday staple, they go way back to our grandmother’s tables. These mini pumpkin cheese balls are super fun!

This is another fantastic recipe from Cheri over at Kitchen Simplicity, the blog that inspired my Low-Carb Pumpkin Pie Dip. These are so cute, they would be the perfect addition to any Thanksgiving menu. Your guests will be talking about them through the New Year.

This cheese ball recipe was already low-carb, but I altered it just a little bit to make it even lower carb. Thanksgiving is a day of munching, so the more carbs we can pull out of the snacks, the better! Your keto friends will appreciate it.

Lots of folks would probably just eat these on their own. But you can also serve them on a platter with all kinds of great things like cold cuts, celery sticks, jicama slices, cucumber slices, cheese crisps, carrot sticks, bell pepper squares, flax crackers, and Low-Carb Cheese Crackers.

These super cute mini pumpkin cheese balls would also make the most adorable garnish on just about anything and everything including cold cut platters and veggie trays. Spruce up your charcuterie, so festive!

Let me know what your guests think if you serve them!

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mini pumpkin cheese balls on a platter

Mini “Pumpkin” Cheese Balls

  • Author: Heather Cooan
  • Prep Time: 45 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 Minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12 Servings 1x


These little guys are kinda spicy! These mini “pumpkin” cheese balls are a very different Thanksgiving appetizer, your guests will be impressed.


  • 1 Package Softened Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • Pinch Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 Cup Grated Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 Green Onions
  • Paprika


  • Mix cream cheese, red peppers, garlic and cayenne together until well blended. Stir in cheddar cheese and chill.
  • Roll the cheese mixture into 1 inch balls and then roll them through paprika to cover. Use a butter knife to make segment indentions like a pumpkin.
  • Cut green onion stems into 1 inch pieces, fold in half length-wise and add it to the pumpkins like a stem.
  • Store in the refridgerator until you are ready to serve.


For a dairy-free version, substitute the cream cheese and shredded cheddar cheese with Daiya products.

Serve with flax crackers or veggie slices. Some may just munch em all alone!

  • Category: Snacks
  • Method: Non-Cook
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: mini pumpkin cheese balls


About author

Heather Cooan

Heather is a marketing executive turned nutrition consultant and educator. Heather advocates for informed consent, bodily autonomy, and healthcare authorship. She speaks and writes on nutrition and lifestyle design interventions for health recovery. Heather successfully recovered her health from vulvar cancer, Hashimoto's, and lichen sclerosus. She reversed estrogen dominance, insulin resistance, arteriosclerosis, and fatty liver utilizing a food-as-medicine and integrated clinical treatment approach. Heather is a certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner and Nutrition Therapy Practitioner.

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  • Katerina says:

    They look very elegant and sophisticated.

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