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Lemon Coconut Energy Balls

October 6, 2020

Bring together tart lemon with sweet coconut in these nutrition-packed Lemon Coconut Energy Balls. These portable snacks help you curb your hunger when you need that 3:00 PM pick-me-up!

You can never have too many energy ball recipes… right? These energy balls are delicious year round but especially in spring and summer when you’re craving something a little lighter and fresher.

Whether you are craving a lemon treat or just looking for a healthy snack to have on hand, these lemon energy balls fit the bill! They are super simple to make with just a few key ingredients, they will satisfy your craving for something sweet and they are loaded with nutrients to keep you full and energized.

Ingredients in Lemon Energy Balls

  • pitted dates – I used honey dates but medjool dates work too. Make sure your dates are sticky! If they are dry, soak them in hot water for 15 minutes to soften. Drain the water and use dates as directed.
  • cashews – I prefer using raw cashews in this recipe.
  • shredded coconut – make sure you grab unsweetened shredded coconut!
  • chia seeds – loaded with fiber, protein and healthy fats!
  • lemon zest + juice – the star of the show! Use fresh squeezed lemon juice and not lemon juice from a container.
  • sea salt – optional, but I love the hint of salty mixed with the sweet ingredients.

Bring together tart lemon with sweet coconut in these nutrition-packed Lemon Coconut Chia Energy Balls. These portable snacks help you curb your hunger when you need that 3:00 PM pick-me-up!

Ingredient Notes

Dates – I can’t say this enough, make sure your dates are sticky! You’ll also want to make sure you buy pitted dates or remove the pits before processing. I don’t want to be responsible for any broken food processors!

Nuts – I love cashews in this because of their creamy texture and mild flavor but you could swap for a different nut if you prefer.

Lemon – Obviously these are lemon energy bites but if you don’t have any lemon on hand or prefer lime flavored treats instead, you can swap for lime zest and lime juice!

Bring together tart lemon with sweet coconut in these nutrition-packed Lemon Coconut Chia Energy Balls. These portable snacks help you curb your hunger when you need that 3:00 PM pick-me-up!

How to Make Homemade Energy Balls

STEP 1: Add the dates to a food processor and process until broken up into pea-sized bits.

STEP 2: Add the cashews, 1/2 cup of coconut and chia seeds and process until well combined.

STEP 3: Add the lemon zest, lemon juice and sea salt and process for 1 more minute or until the dough comes together into a large ball.

STEP 4: Roll into 18 balls and then roll the balls in remaining 1/2 cup of coconut.

How to Store Energy Balls 

After making the energy balls, I recommend placing them in the freezer for 15 minutes to set and then store in the refrigerator! They will last up to 1 month in an airtight container.

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Lemon Coconut Energy Balls

Bring together tart lemon with sweet coconut in these nutrition-packed Lemon Coconut Energy Balls. These portable snacks help you curb your hunger when you need that 3:00 PM pick-me-up!

  • Author: Davida Lederle
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 18 Balls 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Blend
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. Add dates to food process and process until broken up into pea-sized bits.
  2. Add cashews, 1/2 cup of coconut and chia seeds and process until well combined.
  3. Add lemon zest, juice and sea salt and process for 1 more minute until dough comes together into a large ball.
  4. Roll into 18 balls and then roll balls in remaining 1/2 cup of coconut.
  5. Place in freezer for 15 minutes and then store in fridge for up to 1 month.

*Make sure your dates are sticky. If not, soak them in hot water for 15 minutes to soften and then drain.

Keywords: lemon energy balls, lemon coconut balls, lemon coconut energy balls

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  • Reply
    Sabrina
    March 26, 2021 at 9:33 am

    AMAZING!!! I didn’t have any cashews so substituted with walnuts instead and they still came out great. So tasty and filling. thank you for this recipe!

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    Mlt
    May 22, 2020 at 5:59 pm

    Can you substitute figs for dates?

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      Davida Lederle
      May 25, 2020 at 2:15 pm

      Yes! Generally dried figs will work as a good substitute.

  • Reply
    Vanessa
    March 15, 2020 at 3:10 pm

    Thanks for sharing! They would be a great after school snack for kids too! Does this work with any other mix ins?

  • Reply
    Suzanne
    March 15, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    These look so good! They are exact flavors you want to have during the spring time!

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    Bridget
    August 23, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    Just made these. Love them! Easy to make and a nice lemony-tart flavor. Thanks for sharing!

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    Jodi
    August 19, 2017 at 12:39 am

    Would these freeze well?

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    Catherine
    June 23, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    Can I leave out the cashews?

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    Jet
    August 12, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    Is there a way to find out the nutrient amount in one ball?

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    briana
    May 31, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    Is there something else I could use to replace the dates? I am allergic 🙁

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    Jenesse Sammons
    May 28, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    These came out so delicious. I used 1 c of oat flour in place of the cashews and hemp seeds in place of chia. Coconut and lemon I’d a match made in food heaven! My 2 yr old loves these. Thanks for the awesome recipe.

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