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Walnut Balls Recipe

Walnut Balls Recipe

Most of my family members don't eat meat, so I've made these appetizers for special occasions ever since a friend shared them with me. The moist bites and tangy sauce are always well received. --Bonnie Young of Desert Hot Springs, California.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/4 cups finely crushed reduced-sodium saltine crackers
  • 3/4 cup ground walnuts
  • 3/4 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup apricot spreadable fruit
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Stir in the crackers, walnuts and cheese. Coat hands with cooking spray; shape mixture into 1-in. balls. Place in a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray.
  • 2. In a small saucepan, combine sauce ingredients. Bring to a boil. Pour over walnuts balls. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 160°. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

One serving (4 balls with sauce) equals 265 calories, 12 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 61 mg cholesterol, 585 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 8 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 fat, 1 lean meat, 1 starch, 1 fruit.

Reviews for Walnut Balls

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Reviewed Feb. 4, 2014

"OMG! These were so awesome! I brought them to a Super Bowl party and everyone loved them, and all were meat eaters! Even my pickiest friends went back for seconds. The texture and look is so much like meatballs, I almost fooled myself! You would never know this was vegetarian or delicious and easy to make. A must do!!"

Reviewed Jul. 27, 2013

"OMG I fooled everyone. They thought I made meatballs with turkey. This is such a great recipe. The first time I made them gluten free with GF crackers and everybody loved them. The second time I made them regular and fooled some more meat eater friends... And I just looked it up again. I'm going to make a double batch and cook just the walnut balls without the sweet sauce and freeze some so I can grab some easily for recipes. My husband who is a real meat eater is requesting them. They are soooo good... Ya gotta make won't be sorry!!!"

Reviewed May. 5, 2012

"Oops, I forgot to mention that in order to do "spaghetti and meatballs" with these as mentioned below, you make the balls and bake them WITHOUT the apricot barbecue sauce. Just follow the directions as they are, but don't prepare the apricot barbecue sauce. The walnut balls simply go in the oven without any sauce."

Reviewed May. 5, 2012

"Love these! I have made them for holiday gatherings and family events, and no one can tell they aren't meat! I eventually have to break the (good) news to those vegetarians so that they can enjoy them, too. Recently, I made a double batch. They freeze well and great heated with pasta sauce for "spaghetti and meatballs.""

Reviewed Sep. 5, 2011

"I made these tonight and they were wonderful! I am a vegetarian and always looking for new recipes and I will definitely be making these again and again! :)"

Reviewed Aug. 19, 2009

"These are really good! You definitely don't miss the meat! I serve them over mashed potatoes for a main dish! Yummy!"

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