9 ballin' ball recipes

Round foods are a hands-on activity. It’s a fun way to get kids in the kitchen, their little hands are fully capable of rolling and forming.

9 ballin' ball recipes

Photo: Ryan Schulz

Turkey and Zucchini Meatballs

Revamp the classic meatball with a little turkey and zucchini action. These taste good warm or cold, so stick them in a Thermos or chop them in half and lay them out on good bread with cheese. Get the recipe: Turkey and Zucchini Meatballs

thermos filled with meatballs and veggies

Creamy Cheddar and Apple Bites

Pfft, you just pack regular cheese and crackers? We feel bad for you because you could be tucking these cute little snacks into a lunch box. They’re made from grated apple, cream cheese and shredded cheddar. Fruit resistant kid? This is the answer. Get the recipe: Creamy Cheddar and Apple Bites

plate with small cheese balls, crackers and apple slicesPhoto: Ryan Schulz


No-Bake Brownie Bites

It won’t be hard to convince your kids that these are dessert. They’re so decadant and chocolate-y, but the joke’s on them because they get their sweetness from dates and their chocolate appeal from unsweetened cocoa powder. This is a fun treat to make as a team. Get the recipe: No-Bake Brownie Bites

chocolate balls covered in nuts and coconutPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Sweet-and-Sour Meatballs on Rice

As if we wouldn’t include a few types of meatballs in a ball roundup. Lean ground turkey is the star player, but they’re also coated in a homemade sweet-and-sour sauce that’s irresistable on rice. Make ’em mini and fill up a Thermos. What’s better than a hot lunch? Get the recipe: Sweet-and-Sour Meatballs on Rice

thermos filled with meatballsPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Sticky Rice Balls

Here’s a fun way to eat rice: Roll sushi rice in sesame seeds and dip in a peanut sauce. Get the recipe: Sticky Rice Balls

Black plate with rice balls covered in black sesame seeds with a spicy peanut dipPhoto: Maya Visnyei


Italian Meatball Bites

The next time you’re hosting or attending a potluck, up the ante with these little balls of glory. That’s a mini homemade meatball on a skewer with a basil leaf and a bocconcini. Pure class. Get the recipe: Italian Meatball Bites

plate of homemade meatballs on skewers with bocconcini and basil in marinara saucePhoto: Roberto Caruso

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

If you’re like most humans on planet Earth, you know that chocolate and peanut butter is where it’s at. These no-bake balls (you just have to melt some chocolate, relax) only require a little patience. Patience waiting for them to set in the freezer before mowing them, that is. Get the recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Pink sheet with three chocolate balls topped with sprinkles and crushed nutsPhoto: Craig Boyko

Old-Fashioned Cake Donut Rings and Holes

Donuts aren’t balls, but their holes are and this recipe makes both. All parts of these cake-y morsels are dusted with sugar and cinnamon. Get the recipe: Old-Fashioned Cake Donut Rings and Holes

Pink platter with sugar-coated doughnut rings and doughnut holesPhoto: Andrew Grinton


Spiced Coconut Snowballs

The spice? It’s ground ginger and cinnamon, which adds a little kick. So, they may have a bit of a holiday flair to them, but we say eat them year-round. Get the recipe: Spiced Coconut Snowballs

Blue bowl with powdered sugar-dusted coconut ballsPhoto: Jim Norton
This article was originally published on Oct 22, 2020

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