These Lemon Bliss Balls are a zesty blend of simple ingredients such as coconut, fresh lemon, chia seeds and cashew nuts. Need a nut-free option for lunchboxes? We've got you covered with wholesome oats. Whatever the version, you are sure to enjoy the citrusy burst with every bite!
Reasons to Love this Recipe
- Quick and Easy: With just a quick blend and roll, this recipe simplifies snack preparation to the max!
- Freezer Friendly: Whip up a double batch and freeze for an on-the-go nutritious snack or lunchbox filler whenever you need it.
- Nut-Free Option: We have tested a nut-free version, using rolled oats and coconut oil, and it is equally as delicious. A perfect snack for a nut-free school or for those with a nut allergy.
- Delicious: The delightful pairing of lemon and coconut creates a heavenly flavour profile, making each bite a delightful treat.
The full list of ingredients and amounts can be found on the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post. This section gives information on each ingredient and suggests alternatives if required.
- Lemon: Both the juice and zest are utilised to boost the intensity of the lemon. Freshly squeezed lemon juice gives the best results but bottled lemon juice will still provide that lemon flavour.
- Chia Seeds: Added for nutritional benefits and to make a more satiating snack.
- Desiccated Coconut: - I use unsweetened coconut.
- Cashew Nuts / Rolled Oats - Unsalted raw cashews provide creaminess and healthy fats, while rolled oats with a little coconut oil serve as a nut-free alternative. Macadamia nuts are also a delicious option (although on the $$$ side!).
- Coconut oil: Adds moisture and enhances mouthfeel when using rolled oats. Not as necessary when using nuts but you can still choose to add it. Can also be replaced with coconut butter or coconut cream.
- Honey: Provides sweetness to the recipe. Maple syrup or rice malt syrup can be substituted. Vanilla extract also adds a lovely flavour. Medjool dates can also be used, though they will darken the colour of the mixture.
Step by Step Instructions (with Images)
This section features step-by-step photos for visual reference. The complete recipe can be found by scrolling to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.
- Soak Chia Seeds: In a small bowl soak the chia seeds in the lemon juice for around 5 minutes.
- Blend Ingredients: Transfer all ingredients into a food processor and blend until thoroughly combined. The mixture should reach a sticky dough consistency but firm enough for rolling into balls
- Form Balls: Take a tablespoon-sized portion of the mixture and roll it between your palms to form a ball. Repeat until all the mixture is used.
- Coat in Coconut: For added texture, flavour and visual appearance, consider coating each ball in extra desiccated coconut.
- Zest Wisely: Use a zester when zesting your lemon to ensure the right amount of citrus kick. Only use the yellow part of the skin to prevent bitterness.
- Adjusting Consistency: If the mixture is too dry to roll into balls, gradually add more lemon juice or water, one teaspoon at a time, until the mixture reaches the desired consistency. Conversely, if the mixture is too wet, incorporate additional desiccated coconut or oats until it firms up.
- Doubling the Recipe: Doubling the recipe allows you to add a batch of these lemon bliss balls to the freezer. ensuring you always have a healthy snack on hand
- Sweeten Up: If you are looking for a more indulgent recipe try drizzling with white chocolate or a delicious lemon icing glaze.
These lemon coconut balls are ideal for storing in both the refrigerator and freezer, offering a convenient snack whenever cravings strike.
- Refrigerator: Place the bliss balls in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 5 days to maintain freshness.
- Freezer: For longer storage, transfer the bliss balls to a freezer-safe bag and store for up to 2 months. Simply thaw them in the refrigerator before enjoying.
While I wouldn't recommend these for babies, if you choose to serve them, you must omit the honey as honey is not suitable for children under 1 year old.
Although these balls contain nutritious ingredients providing protein, healthy fats, and fiber, I consider them an "occasional food" best enjoyed as part of a balanced diet.
While a food processor yields the best results, a high-speed blender can also be used, though the texture may vary and removal from the blender jar might be challenging.
Yes, protein powder can be added, but you may need to adjust the liquid content by adding water or lemon juice or reduce the amount of coconut/nuts/oats used.
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Lemon Bliss Balls
- Food Processor (or high speed blender *results may vary)
- 1 tablespoon Chia Seeds
- 3 tablespoon Lemon juice
- 2 tablespoon Lemon zest
- 1 cup (75g) Desiccated coconut
- 3 tbsp Honey
- 1 cup (130g) Cashew nuts
Nut Free Version
- 1 cup (95g) Rolled Oats
- ½ tbsp Coconut Oil
Coating (Optional )
- ¼ cup (20g) Desiccated Coconut (optional)
- In a small bowl soak the chia seeds in the lemon juice for around 10 minutes.
- Transfer all ingredients (nut or nut-free version) into a food processor and blend until thoroughly combined. The mixture should reach a sticky dough consistency but be firm enough for rolling into balls
- Take a tablespoon-sized portion of the mixture and roll it between your palms to form a ball. Repeat until all the mixture is used. For added texture and flavour, consider coating each ball in extra desiccated coconut.
- For added texture and flavour, consider coating each ball in extra desiccated coconut.