During winter, I’m all about the chocolate and cinnamon desserts and snacks, but springtime and sunshine make me want citrus and berry treats. So hold up, wait did I just say that?! Chocolate is my weakness, what I crave when I crave sweets, so I’m not saying dark chocolate is not my #1 love, buuuuut I would pick these lemony-blueberry bites over chocolate ones, folks. At least this week…
These are made from 8 simple ingredients and are easily made in a food processor or powerful blender. Although the recipe doesn’t call for protein powder or supplements, you could add extra supplements like maca, hemp hearts, collagen, or protein but be sure to add a little water to avoid overdrying the mixture.
Blueberry Zest Powerballs
You will need the following ingredients. I’ve included helpful links if you’d like to purchase these items online, but all the ingredients can be found at a natural grocery store, as well. (I receive a small commission from items purchased through these links, but there is no obligation to use them.)
Raw Cashews and Almonds (but you can use all one kind of nut)
Unsweetened Coconut Flakes or Shreds
Dried organic blueberries (I found these in the bulk section of my local Kroger grocery store)
Medool Dates, pitted
Lemon Zest, Lemon Juice
Let’s roll some balls…
Yields 18 balls
These citrus and berry flavored snack balls are perfect for after school snacks, taking on the go, after a workout, or whenever you need a healthy snack. The flavor is like blueberry lemonade married a zesty morning muffin. I hope you love them as much as I do!
- 1 cup raw nuts - Cashews and almonds
- 1/2 cup dried blueberries, organic if possible
- 1 Tbsp flaxseeds
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 4 Medjool dates, pitted
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- optional pinch of sea salt
- optional 1-2 tsp water as needed
- *If the dried dates and blueberries are not soft, place in a cup of hot water and soak for 10 minutes to soften and plump. Drain well before using.
- *Soak the nuts in water for 2 hours to neutralize the enzymes and lower the phytic acid, which prevents nutrient absorption.Drain well and don't use any added water in the recipe.
- In a medium to large food processor or high powered blender, place the nuts in and blend until a coarse, almost flour-like texture is reached. Be careful not to blend too long,it will become nut butter!
- Add dates, blueberries, and coconut. Blend on high speed until smooth. It will ball-up and be tough to blend, but once you add the lemon juice, zest, and vanilla, the texture should become similar to a rough dough that sticks together when pinched.
- Add any additional add-ins, water, or sea salt as needed.
- Chill dough for 30 minutes.
- Roll dough into Tablespoon-sized balls with hands, and if it's super sticky, spray or rub the hands with some coconut oil. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes or in the fridge to set up for a few hours.