If you are a fan of fried mozzarella sticks (is anyone not?) then you are going to love to today’s recipe…a fantastic, easy, and oh so yummy Baked Cheese Balls Recipe! I recently came across the original version of these Baked Cheese Balls at Never Trust a Skinny Cook, and then made a few changes to make them lower in Weight Watchers Points. They were SO good! And the fact that they were little balls rather than sticks, made me feel like I was getting a lot, which I love. I made these while my kids were napping, and then sat down on the couch for 15 minutes of glorious, uninterrupted, cheesy bliss, while I indulged. Just 5 Points for the whole recipe makes these Baked Cheese Balls a fantastic Weight Watchers snack idea for the fried food lover. These are also a great idea for a tasty, yet healthy Super Bowl Recipe, so make sure to keep this recipe on file for game day. Enjoy!
Baked Cheese Balls Recipe
A healthier alternative to fried mozzarella sticks, these Baked Cheese Balls are the perfect fried food fix. They are not only and incredibly easy snack recipe, they are delicious, cheesy, and just 5 Points for the whole dish.
- 2 sticks of light mozzarella string cheese
- 1/2 cup Fiber One cereal (or other high fiber cereal)
- 1/4 cup liquid egg whites
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp dried parsley
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Optional marinara sauce for dipping
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spray lightly with non-fat cooking spray or with an olive oil mister.
- Cut up cheese sticks into bite sized pieces.
- In a blender or food processer, combine cereal, garlic powder, salt, parsley and oregano until they have a reached a breadcrumb like consistency. Empty into a small bowl or a Ziploc bag.
- Dip cheese bites into egg whites, shake off excess, and then coat with Fiber One breadcrumb mixture.
- Place coated cheese balls onto baking sheet and very gently mist with olive oil or non-fat cooking spray.
- Bake for about 5-7 min, or until cheese begins to soften, but doesn’t melt into a puddle.
- Let stand one minute and then enjoy!
- *To avoid your cheese balls from melting into a puddle, watch closely when cooking and remove from oven just when balls are softened, and just starting to ooze. Also, Never Trust a Skinny Cook recommended freezing the cheese balls before baking and/or using fat free string cheese.
*To avoid your cheese balls from melting into a puddle, watch closely when cooking and remove from oven just when balls are softened, and just starting to ooze. Also, Never Trust a Skinny Cook recommended freezing the cheese balls before baking and/or using fat free string cheese.
Preparation time: 5 minute(s)
Cooking time: 7 minute(s)
Diet type: Vegetarian
Diet tags: Low calorie, Reduced fat
Number of servings (yield): 1
Culinary tradition: USA (Traditional)
Entire recipe makes 1 serving
Serving size is approximately 10 cheese balls
Each serving = 5 Points
PER SERVING: 160 calories; 6g fat; 27g carbohydrates; 14g protein; 14g fiber