• Lucy Francis

Zesty Lemon + Coconut Bliss Balls

Updated: Sep 19, 2020

A super yummy, nourishing snack you can prep and pack in your work/school bag to help keep you ticking with energy.

I absolutely love citrus flavours (partly due to lemon drizzle being my all time favourite cake when I was little – it’s still a hard one to beat!) These chewy protein balls are just divine – indulgent but nutritious, naturally sweetened from fruit, plus plenty of fibre and minerals such as magnesium and zinc.

I’ve used pumpkin seed protein – rich in omega 3 + 6 fatty acids and gives a soft nutty flavour. You could use vanilla/plain protein powder as a sub if you’ve not got this though, no problem!

These are so simple to put together with minimal ingredients and keep well in the fridge for around 1 week.

Ingredients (makes 8-10 balls) double recipe for bigger batch:

1/3 cup walnuts or pecans

1/3rd cup pitted dates

1/3 cup oats

1 tbsp chia seeds or flaxseed

1/2 lemon (juice)

1 tsp natural lemon extract

1.5 tbsp protein powder (I used pumpkin seed protein)

1 dessert spn coconut oil, melted

desiccated coconut (enough to coat the outside)


  1. Pop the dates into a small dish and cover with hot water. Let soften for 5-10 mins whilst you get going with the next step.

  2. In a food processor, blitz the nuts into a ‘finely chopped’ consistency then transfer to a mixing bowl and mix with the other dry ingredients.

  3. Drain the water from the dates and blend with 1.5 tbsp water to make a paste – it doesn’t have to be perfectly smooth, a few chewy bits add to the texture.

  4. Add the date paste and other wet ingredients into the dry, and mix until a round dough forms.

  5. Break sections away from the dough and shape into balls. Roll the balls in a little desiccated coconut and pop them in the fridge to set for around 1 hour.

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