Disclosure: This post is sponsored by NOW Foods. As always, all opinions are my own.
Bright, citrusy, lemon energy bites are a perfect summertime snack option!
Last weekend was recipe-testing-palooza up in our house. Smoothies, energy balls, pancakes, lasagna…our kitchen was full of food for upcoming blog recipes! The hubby and kiddo definitely weren’t complaining, haha – they love being my testers.
One of my favorite types of recipes to test are energy balls/bites, because I find them incredibly convenient to prep ahead of time for a healthy snack. These lemon energy bites are a nice invigorating option; a fun citrusy change from the other varieties I usually revert to.
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They’re sweet but only about 100 calories each, so they’re a perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth without overdoing it. This version actually has no added sugar – all the sugar comes naturally from the lemon juice and golden raisins. (Though if you find yours need a little more moisture or sweetness, you can certainly add a spoonful or two of honey or maple syrup).
A little side note about golden raisins – most energy ball recipes feature dates, which I love. But I’ve gotten some questions from readers about ways to make them without dates. The solution for many recipes is just substituting golden raisins instead. They have a similar sweetness and also provide the necessary stickiness to keep the energy ball together.
So in addition to the lemon and raisins, you’ll use a handful of easy-to-find ingredients for these lemon energy bites. I grabbed all of mine from NOW Foods (I’ve been partnering with them for a while and the quality of their natural food is amazing!):
- Rolled oats – Oats are a good source of soluble fiber, which is helpful for heart and gut health.
- Chia seeds – Ch-ch-ch-chia! These seeds – which yes, are the same thing chia pets were made from – are actually rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and fiber.
- Cashews – Bring on the healthy fats! Cashews also contain vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
- Coconut – I love that you can find unsweetened shredded coconut on the market these days! It’s a great way to add richness and flavor to an energy ball.
Once you’ve got all your ingredients, just measure everything out, toss it in a food processor, and boom – delish lemon coconut balls!
You can use these as a convenient grab-and-go snack option when you want a punch of citrusy sweetness, and they’re great for the kiddos too. And for anyone with dietary limitations, these are vegan and can be made gluten-free as long as you specifically seek out certified gluten-free oats.
I hope you’ll give ‘em a whirl soon!
Bright, citrusy, and nutritious - that's what makes these lemon energy bites a perfect snack option anyone!
- 3 tbsp lemon juice (about 1 large lemon)
- 2 tbsp lemon zest (about 1 large lemon)
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 cup cashews
- 1/2 cup rolled oats (if gluten free, look for certified gluten free)
- 1/3 cup golden raisins
- 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
Place all ingredients in a food processor. Turn on for about 10-20 seconds, or until the ingredients look well combined.
Roll mixture in your hand to form 10 energy balls. Store in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Notes: If your energy balls seem a bit dry, you can add 1-2 tbsp of maple syrup or honey. Nutrition analysis: 96 calories, 5.5 g fat, 2 g sat fat, 10 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g sugar, 2.5 g protein, Vitamin A: 0%, Vitamin C: 6%, Calcium: 2%, Iron: 3%