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Nutrition information
Serving: 2 tablespoons and 4 crackers (53 grams)
Servings per recipe: 24
Calories: 140 (70 from fat)
Cholesterol: 10 milligrams
Fat: 8 grams (1.5 saturated fat, 0 trans fats)
Protein: 5 gram
Sodium: 290 milligrams 
Total carbohydrate: 14 gram (2 fiber, 3 sugars)

Recipe tip

If you’re allergic to nuts, replace the almonds with a smoky-flavored, low-fat meat or cheese.

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Smoked almond cheese ball

Almonds may be high-fat but they’re good for your health! The monounsaturated ("good") fat in almonds can help to reduce your risk of heart disease.


12 ounces fat-free cream cheese
12 ounces low-fat cream cheese
1 1/2 tablespoons dried minced onions
2 celery ribs, minced
4 ounces smoked almonds, chopped
1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
96 snack crackers


  1. In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients except parsley and crackers.
  2. Form mixture into a ball shape. Cover and place in refrigerator for about 1 hour or until firm.
  3. Remove ball mixture from refrigerator and roll in chopped parsley.
  4. Serve chilled with crackers.

Makes 24 servings

Recipe contains: wheat, milk, nuts


Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department

First published: 11/14/2013
Last updated: 11/14/2013

Reviewed by: Allina Health's Patient Education Department