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Zesty Lemon Coconut Energy Balls

March 23, 2017
Zesty Lemon Coconut Energy Balls (raw vegan) - 5 ingredients, 1 bowl, and less than 30 minutes to make! You'll love this recipe, it's easy to make, healthy, and absolutely delicious. Great pre-workout and post-workout snack! | thehealthfulideas.com

If there’s one thing you should know about me, it would have to be that I’m a snacker. I also have a huge sweet tooth which creates a slight problem because then you just want to eat chocolate all the time. It’s essential for me to always have good healthy snacks on hand to grab when a snack attack hits me. I love making savory roasted chickpeas, kale chips, or veggie chips for savory snacks, and energy balls, raw bars, and granola for sweet cravings. I absolutely love these Zesty Lemon Coconut Energy Balls because they’re a nice change from the foods I usually snack on (aka chocolate everything). 

You essentially only need 5 things to make these. Cashews, coconut, dates, and a lemon. Could it BE any easier?! (channeling my inner Chandler here haha)


Zesty Lemon Coconut Energy Balls (raw vegan) - 5 ingredients, 1 bowl, and less than 30 minutes to make! You'll love this recipe, it's easy to make, healthy, and absolutely delicious. Great pre-workout and post-workout snack! | thehealthfulideas.comZesty Lemon Coconut Energy Balls (raw vegan) - 5 ingredients, 1 bowl, and less than 30 minutes to make! You'll love this recipe, it's easy to make, healthy, and absolutely delicious. Great pre-workout and post-workout snack! | thehealthfulideas.com

Okay, I need to talk about procrastination and getting stuff done for a second. It’s crazy to think how fast time goes. No matter what we do it always goes forward and it’s important to move along with it. I keep telling myself I’ll do all these things tomorrow or the next day but the next thing I know, it’s two weeks later and I still haven’t done a thing. I tend to get stuck doing one thing and procrastinating instead of doing what’s important to help me move forward both with my blog and in my personal life.

Just think about it, if you started going to the gym a month ago, you’d have been going there for a month by now. Instead, you haven’t gone once. Same goes for healthy eating. I know the struggle, believe me. I really want to start working out and go to the gym at least twice a week but I just can’t get myself to do it. Either I’m too busy or too tired, or I find another excuse not to go. The fact that I don’t have a long-term schedule at work doesn’t help – we only get one week of shifts in advance and the hours aren’t regular so it’s difficult. That being said, it’s still doable if I really wanted, there’s no valid excuse to not go to the gym that I could use. I just have to start. The first time for everything is the hardest. After you’ve been going to the gym for months, it’s like a second nature to you. Not fun or exciting by any means but when you start seeing the results and start feeling better, it’s easier to do it.

Zesty Lemon Coconut Energy Balls (raw vegan) - 5 ingredients, 1 bowl, and less than 30 minutes to make! You'll love this recipe, it's easy to make, healthy, and absolutely delicious. Great pre-workout and post-workout snack! | thehealthfulideas.comZesty Lemon Coconut Energy Balls (raw vegan) - 5 ingredients, 1 bowl, and less than 30 minutes to make! You'll love this recipe, it's easy to make, healthy, and absolutely delicious. Great pre-workout and post-workout snack! | thehealthfulideas.comZesty Lemon Coconut Energy Balls (raw vegan) - 5 ingredients, 1 bowl, and less than 30 minutes to make! You'll love this recipe, it's easy to make, healthy, and absolutely delicious. Great pre-workout and post-workout snack! | thehealthfulideas.comZesty Lemon Coconut Energy Balls (raw vegan) - 5 ingredients, 1 bowl, and less than 30 minutes to make! You'll love this recipe, it's easy to make, healthy, and absolutely delicious. Great pre-workout and post-workout snack! | thehealthfulideas.com

I’m going to start going to the gym. Starting this Saturday. By writing this here, I can’t make excuses because if I didn’t go that would just be embarrassing. Yep, it’s happening! I really need to get fit. Between standing at work all day and sitting at my computer in the evenings and on my off days, I don’t move much and that’s never good. I used to go to the gym and on runs and I know how good it made me feel. It’s time to bring that back! ;)

Speaking of gym, these lemon energy balls are a great pre or post workout snack! They’ll keep your energy levels up and fuel you after a workout.

Let’s make some Zesty Lemon Coconut Energy Balls!

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Zesty Lemon Coconut Energy Balls
 
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Recipe type: snack
Serves: approx. 24
Ingredients
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 2 cups shredded coconut
  • pinch sea salt
  • 10 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1-2 lemon essential oil (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place the cashews, shredded coconut, and salt into a food processor and pulse a few times until crumbly.
  2. Add the dates, lemon zest, lemon juice, and the lemon essential oil (if using) and process until you get dough consistency (only a few minutes). It should stick together when you press it between two fingers.
  3. Roll into small balls, about ½ tbsp at a time (you can wet your hands if it gets too sticky).
  4. Store in the fridge in an airtight container for a week and in the freezer for a month.

Zesty Lemon Coconut Energy Balls (raw vegan) - 5 ingredients, 1 bowl, and less than 30 minutes to make! You'll love this recipe, it's easy to make, healthy, and absolutely delicious. Great pre-workout and post-workout snack! | thehealthfulideas.com


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32 Comments

  • Reply Taylor Meehan March 23, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    These look incredible, adding this to my recipe list for sure.

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas March 24, 2017 at 3:37 pm

      Yay! Thanks so much Taylor!

  • Reply Shannon Burlingame March 28, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    Lemon and coconut sound like the PERFECT combination! I can’t wait to try these! :)

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas March 29, 2017 at 7:14 am

      It totally is! Hope you love them, Shannon! :)

  • Reply Kennedy Lazar March 28, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    These look delicious! And those pictures make them look 10x better! I’ll have to give them a try

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas March 29, 2017 at 7:14 am

      Thanks so much Kennedy! Let me know how they were if you do :)

  • Reply Jill March 28, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    I need to break out my food processor and make these- they look awesome!!!! I love coconut things – thanks for sharing!

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas March 29, 2017 at 7:13 am

      Thanks, Jill! You definitely should! ;)

  • Reply Helene March 28, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    I had to pin this for later! This just sounds way too delicious not to try!

    xo, Helene
    http://www.circleskirtsandpetticoats.wordpress.com

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas March 29, 2017 at 7:13 am

      Thanks, Helene! :)

  • Reply Maya @ FilteredFamily.com March 28, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    Ok these look so good! I’m making these for treats this week!

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas March 29, 2017 at 7:12 am

      Hope you enjoy! :)

  • Reply Leah March 28, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    I can’t wait to try these!! There are so many energy balls out there but most have chocolate and peanut butter, I need a change and this is perfect! Thank you for sharing pinning for later

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas March 29, 2017 at 7:12 am

      Yay! Hope you love these! Yeah I love my chocolate but it’s nice to change it up once in a while :)

  • Reply Jessica March 28, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    This look so delicious! I need to make them minus the coconut for me!

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas March 29, 2017 at 7:11 am

      I bet these would also be delicious with hemp seeds! :)

  • Reply Anita March 29, 2017 at 1:34 am

    Yum yum yum I love energy balls and eveything cocount. I am allergic to nuts but that’s okay, it looks delicious.

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas March 29, 2017 at 7:11 am

      You can always sub the cashews for more coconut or any seeds :)

  • Reply Jazz March 30, 2017 at 2:33 am

    These look fab. And, as usual, your photography is beautiful!

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas March 30, 2017 at 8:21 am

      You’re too sweet, thanks, Jazz! :)

  • Reply Stacey March 30, 2017 at 5:36 am

    I love nut energy balls, how have aI never thought to add lemon before! These look so tasty =)

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas March 30, 2017 at 8:21 am

      They’re super delicious! Thanks! :)

  • Reply Stephanie April 22, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    Can I make them with pecans, walnuts or almonds since I don’t have any cashews nor a store close to where I live (small white village in Spain) that I can buy them at today…also, I believe you mean raw nuts, yes?
    Thanks for a reply as I want to make these ASAP!

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas April 22, 2017 at 10:12 pm

      Yes, those are raw nuts. You can make these with any nuts you like, I chose cashews because they have the mildest flavor and they don’t overpower the coconut and lemon. I’d probably go with almonds. I love pecans but I don’t know how it would make these lemon balls taste. Macadamia nuts would also be great but those are even harder to find than cashews.

      • Reply Stephanie April 28, 2017 at 6:03 pm

        Just to say thanks for the reply and oh so yummy! I made these today using 1/2c almonds and 1/2c walnuts plus I added 1/2tsp extra lemon juice for some more tartness. They are wonderfully moist and tasty. We are taking them on a camping trip which always includes long hikes so we need the quick easy snack.

        • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
          Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas April 28, 2017 at 11:14 pm

          I’m so glad you liked these, Stephanie! Happy camping!

  • Reply Kim April 24, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    I have to make these, they look delicious. Perfect for snacking on at work!

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas April 25, 2017 at 9:22 am

      Totally! Thanks! :)

  • Reply Anonymous July 23, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Was wondering if you used sweetened coconut flakes or unsweetened? Thanks

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas July 23, 2017 at 11:45 am

      Unsweetened, but make sure it’s shredded coconut, not the big coconut flakes.

  • Reply Anonymous July 23, 2017 at 9:42 am

    These look amazing. Did you use sweetened or unsweetened coconut flakes?

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas July 23, 2017 at 11:41 am

      I used unsweetened :)

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