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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
    Ashley
    March 1, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    I actually found this post while taking a break from updating some of my own recipe posts so that they have more words! Writing was never something I focused on because I have a bad habit of skimming to the recipe when i look at other blogs too so I figured most people don’t care about what I write above the recipe. But I’m actually trying to read what people write now because sometimes it’s really interesting and this post spoke to me because of how slack I’ve been with my own writing.

    Also, it’s kind of inspired me to do a week of smoothie recipes because I have so many of those I want to post.

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    Kelly @ Eat the Gains
    October 8, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    This combo sounds delicious! I usually read blogs just for the stories and to feel a good connection. I love reading the recipes too, but barely make them since I’m trying to create stuff for my own blog.

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      October 9, 2015 at 6:23 am

      That’s exactly how I am so I’m glad to know I’m not the only one 🙂

  • Reply
    Elsbeth
    October 7, 2015 at 7:30 am

    Beautiful pictures, especially the one with the stacked cups and lemon slices!

  • Reply
    Gemma
    October 6, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    Energy Ball Week? I didn’t know it! I’m gonna have so much fun this week trying all these yummy recipes. I love this kind of healthy on the go snacks, never tried energy balls with lemon and yours look so delish! =)

    xoxo

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      October 6, 2015 at 7:12 pm

      Thanks, lovely! I’ve been really into this refreshing flavor lately!

  • Reply
    Hilary
    October 6, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    I don’t think you have to worry about the writing with these flavors! These are such a nice break from the fall flavors (dare I say) I can’t wait to try them out for snacks next week!

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      October 6, 2015 at 7:10 pm

      you mean people are overdoing it on the pumpkin and apple recipes? I didn’t notice 😉 lol xx

  • Reply
    anna
    October 6, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    I have a writing prompt! i was asked this question the other day and had no idea what to say.

    “if you had the everyone in the world’s attention for 30 seconds, what would you say?”

    ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm idk.

  • Reply
    She Rocks Fitness
    October 6, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    I go through phases when the words just come right out and then other times it is a big struggle. I find that when I disconnect and go for a walk, I come back a lot more focused and refreshed…PS: I’m going to do this NOW…Love this ball combo!

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      October 6, 2015 at 2:59 pm

      Just got home from a walk and feeling the urge to write…same person 🙂

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    Stella @ Stellicious Life
    October 6, 2015 at 11:23 am

    These look so yummy and summer-like due to the bright yellow spot of the lemons 🙂 I love reading your rambling words an posts, so just keep it up, I enjoy how honest and sharing you are (and at times shy 😉

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      October 6, 2015 at 1:16 pm

      I was hoping that by making these I could bring summer back 😉

  • Reply
    Sara @ Oats & Rows
    October 6, 2015 at 11:07 am

    Ahhh lemon + coconut is one of my all time favorite flavor combos. I must make these soon!

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      October 6, 2015 at 1:16 pm

      me too!!! Actually anything lemon for that matter. I feel like lemon always gets overlooked for some reason!

  • Reply
    Les @ The Balanced Berry
    October 6, 2015 at 11:06 am

    You know what’s funny? I actually really like your writing style – it’s one of the reasons I have continued to come back to your blog over the past few years! And the amazing recipes of course 😉

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      October 6, 2015 at 1:17 pm

      oyyyyyy you made my day! And I absolutely love having you hear. I’m so happy the blogging world was able to connect us! xoxo

  • Reply
    Allisha
    October 6, 2015 at 9:29 am

    For what it’s worth, I read through your blogs but I do love to see whats in the recipe first! Maybe you could write about how you have come to love said ‘balls’. I understand they are quick and easy and delicious but some background on all the recipes would be great! …just a thought.

    By the way…so happy I ran across your blog a couple months back! I look forward to your posts..

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      October 6, 2015 at 1:17 pm

      Your wish is my command! Full explanation coming in Thurday’s post. Stay tuned!

  • Reply
    Kristina
    October 6, 2015 at 7:32 am

    I actually love to read blog posts, for me what attracts me to a blog are 1. pictures, we are visual creatures. And then what will decide if I will come back to the blog, is the writing. You can see (read) when a person is genuine and when not. The recipe is just something extra, I normally only read it when I decide to make that thing (especially if it’s a long one).
    Good luck with the writing!

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      October 6, 2015 at 1:18 pm

      I’m the same way. Since I’m not usually looking for recipes (I’m far too eccentric to ever follow somebody’s recipe haha) I’m usually there for the person instead. I’m happy to hear I’m not the only one!

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