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Lemon Protein Balls

Lemon protein balls are a perfect snack on the go or in a lunch box. I love how easy they are to put together and how they look. These are great straight from the bowl or if you have a few extra minutes, you can put them in the oven for a few minutes. You know how toasting nuts just adds another layer off goodness to them that’s what toasting these protein balls do. The toasted ones are slightly lighter in color than the untoasted protein balls. Both ways of eating them are delicious. I like to double or triple this batch and freeze a bunch so that I have them ready to go to pack my kids’ lunch.

Lemon Protein Balls

I love protein balls and my kids need protein and calories. Nuts are a great way to help them grow and stay full. This is just one other way of getting nuts into them. There are several recipes online for lemon protein balls with dates. I love dates. Everyday before I exercise, I eat dates.I love dates in Larabars and protein balls. However, I didn’t love the idea of something lemon looking brown and I don’t love the lemon taste with dates. So, I came up with these. I feel like if you wanted more fruit in these lemon balls I would put dried apricot in them before dates.

After school Snack. Lunchbox addition. Kid Snack

I was also happy to come up with another way to use my almond flour as opposed to copious amounts of macarons (not that there is a problem with that). My kids often help make these lemon protein balls. Kids like pushing blender to pulse the coconut. They can measure and mix everything together. They can gently fold in the chia seeds so the seeds don’t disintegrate into the protein balls and can easily be seen. Here is my warning these are really easy to eat a lot of. They are so good.

Lemon Protein Balls

Lemon Protein Balls

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Serves: 5
Prep Time: 20


  • 1 ½ cups almond flour
  • ¾ c unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 4 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon zest
  • 1/4 c. lemon juice
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds



1) Preheat oven to 325° degrees.


2) Blend the shredded coconut to flour consistency.


3) In a mixing bowl, combine the almond flour, blended coconut, lemon zest and salt.


4) Then add the honey, lemon juice, and vanilla.


5) Gently fold in the chia seeds at the end.


6) Using clean hands form the dough into 1 inch balls. I get about 20 protein balls.


7) Eat them straight (they freeze great), or toast them in the oven for about 12-13 minutes.


Yield: About 20 balls. These protein balls can be eaten toasted or straight up. So, if you don't want to turn on your oven don't. Fresh lemon zest tastes better but use dried in a pinch. Fold the Chia seeds in gently at the end so the seeds don't disintegrate into the ball. The balls look much prettier if the chia seeds are put in last and folded in.

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