Jalapeño Popper Vegan “Cheese” Ball

Plan for: 15 minutes
Yield: 6 servings

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  • 2-3 tbsp HOPE Jalapeno Cilantro Hummus
  • 1 8 oz tub Vegan Cream Cheese (we love Treeline!)
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced (optional)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp nutritional yeast
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • Whole and sliced raw, unsalted almonds, for decorating
  • Fresh rosemary and thyme sprigs and sugared cranberries, for garnish


  1. Make the Cheese Ball mixture — In a medium sized bowl, add hummus, cream cheese, jalapeno, jalapeno, garlic and onion powders, nutritional yeast and salt + pepper. Beat with an electric mixer or in a food processor until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. Decorate the Cheese Ball—remove the “cheese” mixture from the refrigerator. On a serving platter or cutting board, shape the cheese into 2 cone shapes. Press the almonds into the cheese cone until it’s completely covered and resembles a pinecone. Place rosemary and thyme sprigs, and sugared cranberries at the top to resemble pine needles and berries. Serve with raw veggies and crackers. So festive!

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