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Cranberry Feta Dough Balls

cranberry feta doughballs

A cranberry feta dough ball mixture that is great for the festive season.   Or any time you have some cranberries about too!  Baked using coconut flour ensuring that these dough balls are low carb and gluten free.

This recipe was created purely as I wanted to bake some dough balls in a Christmas tree shape.  The challenge though, was what to flavour them with.  I wanted them to be a bit more special than garlic and cheese, although very good flavours and a crowd pleaser.   Since I have a jar of cranberry chia jam in my fridge I wanted to use that and my thoughts went to Feta cheese to go with this.  The result looked as colourful as I wanted and a lovely flavour combination.   There is something about cranberries with cheese which I love at this time of the year! 

 

Although I had my heart set on making a Christmas tree shape for the fun of it, I was also tempted to make a seasonal wreath shape.  The Christmas tree shape won though as it was my first thought and I had doodles of it in my recipe note book.   If you go for the wreath shape, you could serve it with a dip in the centre.   Another cheesy dip?

 

 

If you don’t want to make the cranberry chia jam, you could replace this with cooked cranberries.  Just make sure that the cranberries are still quite firm as you don’t want them too mushy.   Also, if you like the idea of these dough balls but are not too sure of the Feta and cranberry combination, then try it without and slather over some garlic butter once they are baked.  Perhaps sprinkle with some grated Cheddar cheese and pop under the grill. 

 

Before baking

These cranberry feta dough balls are delicious warm from the oven.  I was taking photos frantically as fast as I could due to the smell of them begging to be taste tested.  Since the Chief Taster was at work when I baked these he didn’t eat them until later that day, so I can also confirm that they are just as delicious heated up.   We had some left over, which were kept in the fridge.  They made a delicious breakfast snack for me too.   So, warm, reheated or cold, they are a delicious cranberry feta dough ball with a festive flavour.

Cranberry Feta Dough Balls
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup (112g) Mozzarella Cheese, grated
  2. ½ cup (50g) Parmesan Cheese, grated
  3. ½ cup (56g) coconut flour
  4. 2 eggs, beaten
  5. 1 cup (150g) Feta cheese, crumbled
  6. 3 tablespoons cranberry chia jam
  7. ¼ cup (56g) butter- unsalted, melted
  8. ½ teaspoon baking powder
  9. 2 tablespoons chopped chives (decoration)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/400 degrees.
  2. In a bowl, mix the Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese together.
  3. Add the eggs and butter and mix thoroughly.
  4. Add the coconut flour and baking powder and mix until you almost have a dough like texture.
  5. Add the Feta cheese and cranberry chia jam, gently mixing this throughout the dough.
  6. Using your hands (clean!) make 15 even shaped balls for the tree shape. Anything left over can be used as the trunk if need be.
  7. Place the balls on a parchment covered baking tin in the shape of a Christmas Tree. You could try a festive wreath too!
  8. Bake for 30-35 until firm and golden.
  9. Eat and enjoy!
Notes
  1. Makes 15 balls
  2. Nutritional Info per ball: 121 Calories, 9g Fat, 6g Protein, 3.7g Total Carbs, 1.9g Fibre, 1.8g Net Carbs
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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Sophie
    December 26, 2016 at 11:34 am

    THE tree looks so Magicial! Waw! I Will be making it tomorrow! Yummm!

    • Reply
      Angela Coleby
      December 27, 2016 at 9:49 am

      Hope you enjoy it!!

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    Colleen
    December 23, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    They look amazing, am making these today. Thank you so much for all your fabulous recipes, hints and little chats. I have been on Keto since February, and LOVE it….I feel amazing, not only have I lost 20 kilos, but am no longer on any medication which is a huge bonus. Thanks for helping me stick to this way of living, you have kept me motivated!A Merry Christmas and New Year to you and your ‘chief taster’.

    • Reply
      Angela Coleby
      December 23, 2016 at 5:28 pm

      Glad you enjoy the recipes and well done for the weight loss! You are a star and should be very proud of yourself! Wishing you and your family a very fabulous and happy Christmas x

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    Elaine @ foodbod
    December 21, 2016 at 2:51 am

    The whole thing looks fab!

    • Reply
      Angela Coleby
      December 21, 2016 at 8:28 am

      Thanks! It was a good baking day for me!

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    Linda B
    December 19, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    Hello Angela…just pulled a half batch out of the oven, at 18 minutes at just 350…smelled like they might be burning, and bottoms are pretty brown…just FYI. Can’t wait to taste, DH is napping and will be very hurt if I dig in before he gets back out here. Tree shape is very very cute! Thanks as always and very Merry Christmas to you and the chief taster!!

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      Angela Coleby
      December 19, 2016 at 6:59 pm

      I swear my oven has a mind of its own! Hope you enjoy them and a very Merry Christmas to you both too x

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        Linda B
        December 19, 2016 at 7:46 pm

        Well, these are amazing. You have definitely outdone yourself Angela!! Great texture. Only substitutions I made were cheddar for mozarella, comte for feta and dried cranberries for the jam. I think they will be my “bread” for stuffing this year. So nice!! Thanks again!

        • Reply
          Angela Coleby
          December 20, 2016 at 7:17 am

          Glad it worked out for you and what a great idea to use this as stuffing! It had not occurred to me!

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    Nout Boctor-Smith
    December 19, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    that looks amazing! I’d really love to do a rosemary, sun dried tomato, and goat cheese one 🙂

    • Reply
      Angela Coleby
      December 19, 2016 at 1:31 pm

      Like the sound of those flavours!

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