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Walnut Balls

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min.


8 servings

Updated: Oct. 15, 2022
Most of my family members don't eat meat, so I've made these appetizers for special occasions ever since a friend shared the recipe with me. The moist bites and tangy sauce are always well received. —Bonnie Young, Desert Hot Springs, California
Walnut Balls Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 large 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 7 ingredients. Stir in the crackers, walnuts and cheese. Coat hands with cooking spray; shape mixture into 1-in. balls. Place in a 13x9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine sauce ingredients. Bring to a boil. Pour over walnut balls. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°.

Nutrition Facts

4 pieces: 265 calories, 12g fat (3g saturated fat), 61mg cholesterol, 585mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 8g protein.

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