First up, Happy New Year! I hope that 2017 brings you lots of love, laughter and happiness.
I don’t know about you, but I really set about eating my body weight in food over Christmas! Chocolate, Christmas pudding, cheesecake, prosecco…
Nothing was left untouched.
Of course, January is now upon us and, while I’m not one for resolutions, or for leaping into a diet (I believe that both can ultimately set us up for failure), I am detoxing a little. A little!
Once more, I’ve ditched refined sugars, and I’m also attempting to cut back on the non-processed sorts, too. Since this leaves much of my cupboard out-of-bounds (we have endless selection boxes, thanks to kids!), I had to quickly whip up these Lemon Coconut Energy Balls.
While these balls do have a smidge of maple syrup, they are relatively low-carb, and vegan-friendly, too. Perfect if you’re getting into Veganuary!
Of course, these energy bites are pretty easy to adapt and have a play with. You could use other flavourings – orange, perhaps – or switch up the coconut for more nuts, or vice versa.
You can also add in some superfood powders, such as baobab or a sprinkle of turmeric. Perhaps you’d like to toss in some flax, or some chia seeds? The world really is your oyster with these!
I like to keep my energy balls fairly simply by just rolling them in dessicated coconut. However, these taste utterly divine when drizzled in dark chocolate.
But then, doesn’t everything…?
Lemon Coconut Energy Balls
- Makes 15 balls
- 1/2 cup cashews, soaked 4-6 hours and drained / patted dry
- 1/2 cup macadamia nuts, soaked 4-6 hours and drained / patted dry
- 3/4 cup desiccated coconut
- 2.5 tbsp vegan protein (I used a vanilla one)
- 1.5 tbsp chia seeds
- Zest one lemon
- Juice 1 lemon
- 1-2 drops lemon extract (optional but recommended)
- 2 tbsp maple syrup or honey for non-vegans
- 1 tbsp melted Lucy Bee coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla paste
- Pinch salt
- Extra desiccated coconut for decorating (optional)
- Blend your nuts together in a high-powered blender until they form a fine powder. Add in the remaining ingredients and blend until they form a sticky dough. If you mix feels a little wet, add a touch more desiccated coconut or protein. If it’s too dry, then more sweetener or coconut oil will do.
- Take around a tablespoon of mixture and roll into balls. Roll in the extra desiccated coconut to decorate, if desired. Eat immediately, or store in an airtight container until ready to enjoy.