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Lemon Balls


Lemon Balls

Serves: 15

Category: Desserts
Author: Karen Gabriel
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These delightful bite-size treats are perfect for sharing with friends and family. So simple, you need only four ingredients: cashews, coconut, dates and lemons.

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Ingredients:

2 cups raw cashews
2 organic lemons, juiced and zested
1 1/2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup dates, pitted

Instructions:

Place cashews in a food processor and process to a fine powder.

Add lemon juice, lemon zest, coconut and dates and process until consistency is thick and moist, adding a bit of water if needed.

Using hands, roll into small bite size balls and then roll into some extra shredded coconut to coat the ball.

Refrigerate or freeze until firm.

This recipe makes approx. 30 balls

Calories 177; Protein 4 g; Carbohydrates 12 g; Sugars 5 g; Total Fat 13.9 g; Saturated Fat 6.6 g; Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 6 mg; Fiber 2.7 g; Beta-Carotene 1 ug; Vitamin C 4 mg; Calcium 13 mg; Iron 1.6 mg; Folate 7 ug; Magnesium 64 mg; Potassium 213 mg; Zinc 1.3 mg; Selenium 5.5 ug

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Elaine Garces

09/30/2013 07:25 PM

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Delicious! They looked like 'dunkin donuts munchkins' when I rolled them in coconut. That was funny to me ;) because are anything but. I will make these again.

ewperkins

12/15/2014 11:56 AM

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I made these for my Dad who has always loved anything lemon, but he is not ETL. I also added more lemon, and he loved them! We did too. Definitely a keeper!

SonjaD

12/15/2014 12:11 PM

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Sorry for my ignorance, but ewperkins, what does ETL mean?

vsas

12/15/2014 12:21 PM

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SonjaD,

ETL stands for Dr. Fuhrman's book "Eat to Live" which describes the Nutritarian eating style.

42DM

12/15/2014 03:23 PM

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My problem is "Zested" The way I zest is to only take about an inch of peeling and shave the yellow top off. Are we supposed to do the entire lemon?

KMVR

12/15/2014 04:09 PM

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For family members who can't/won't eat coconut: what else could I use as substitute?
This comment was last edited on 12/15/2014 04:10 PM

kwilcox

12/15/2014 06:44 PM

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Anyone know how many in a serving?

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12/15/2018 07:58 AM

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2 balls per serving.  Makes 30, serves 15.  I think that is right...

SHERIE

12/15/2014 07:03 PM

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30 in a serving as indicated in the recipe.

CarolLynn

12/15/2014 07:34 PM

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kwilcox: The recipe says is serves 15 and makes 30 balls. That works out to 2 balls per serving.

Kathleen75

12/15/2014 09:37 PM

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KMVR, A coconut substitute is a good question with not many answers. I googled it and found that there are very few suggestions except finely chopped almonds, additional oats, or finely chopped dried fruits. I have no idea how well those substitutes would work. Good luck.

JaneF

12/17/2014 07:13 AM

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42DM, the word "zested" is unclear. When I am making smoothies in my Vitamix, I remove the zest (yellow part of the peel) using a potato peeler and discard the zest because it would make the smoothie too bitter. I do of course include the juice in the smoothie. But this recipe says "juiced & zested" as if both the juice & the zest should be treated the same. I think that what I would do is to remove the zest with a potato peeler, slice the lemon in half and remove the seeds, and then use the rest of the lemon (no zest, no seeds). HTH.

NoraB

12/17/2014 12:15 PM

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On the "zesting" question. Take a lemon in one hand roll it around on the counter, pressing down slightly, that "loosens" the juice inside the lemon. then take a hand held rasp/grater hold the lemon over the Food Processor Bowl and grate all around the lemon, letting the zest fall in to the bowl. Done!

T.Knight

12/17/2014 10:53 PM

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I LOVED these!! My lemons were medium sized, & yes, I zested the entire yellow peel off both lemons with a very fine grater. Then juice them AFTER you've removed zest(not the other way around). They had the perfect amount of lemon flavoring, & the consistency for rolling was perfect too. If I had added any more lemon juice, like others had to, they would have been way too wet to roll, so I guess my lemons were the right size. I'm going to a girls night on Saturday, & I'll be making another batch of these for my contribution. Thank you Karen!!

pippen

12/18/2014 11:03 AM

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These were a hit! Don't skimp on the lemon zest. I wish I had added more. Since I do not have a vitamix, I used my coffee grinder instead to grind up the nuts and dates separately, to get that great super fine texture, then mixed everything together in my food processor.
This comment was last edited on 12/18/2014 11:03 AM

Lucy4

12/18/2014 02:31 PM

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Re a substitute for cocoanut flakes, how about toasting some almonds or filberts and then finely chopping or grinding them? The toasting wold bring out the nutty flavour and be a nice complement to the lemon.

ShellyG1958

12/19/2014 02:50 PM

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I have ground cashew meal - does anyone know how much of the "fine powder" results from processing 2 cups of raw cashews?

Sue546

12/26/2014 10:06 AM

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These were delicious. I zested a third lemon and pressed pomegranate seeds into the mixture at the end. I took them to Christmas dinner and they were a hit. The combination of pomegranate, lemon, and coconut was amazing.

1sewslim

02/16/2015 12:04 AM

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I over packed the lemon zest when I measured but they were still amazing. I liked them best when frozen and enjoying just one a day kept me away from the Lemon Bars my daughter made.

Costas

03/18/2016 04:32 PM

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These sound great and I want to make them. But does anyone have a substitute for the cashews? I have a friend who is allergic to nuts. Any other options? Oats? Any ideas?

Mom4Life

03/18/2016 05:44 PM

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I LOVE these! You definitely want the zest, which is the yellow part of the skin, very finely grated. It really adds to the lemon flavor. You do NOT want the white pith, as that would just add bitterness. Just use a fine grater/zester to remove the (washed) yellow part, and then juice the lemon, adding both the zest and the juice to the recipe.

I took these to a breakfast where the others in the group make fun of me for the way I eat, and to a mom's night out where there is a mix of healthy eaters and SAD eaters, and they were a huge hit both places. Unfortunately, I have one son who is allergic to cashews, but the rest of my family - who merely put up with my ETL foods - really enjoyed them, as well.

I did also make them with walnuts instead of the cashews, and they were good, too (and enjoyed by the aforementioned son). I did like them better with the cashews, though.

I would think you could substitute finely ground almond meal for the coconut. I can't imagine it being as good with oats, though!

123sabina123

03/19/2016 10:30 AM

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Maybe you could roll them in unsweetened coco powder.

StephenA

03/19/2016 03:22 PM

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To improve the omega 3 profile of this treat, substitute macadamia nuts for cashews

rodney01

03/19/2016 11:43 PM

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can you use cashew butter?

KenBren07

08/23/2016 11:47 AM

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Wow! Amazing! We doubled the lemon. Used 8 medjool dates. The perfect treat.
This comment was last edited on 08/23/2016 11:48 AM

Anita Swift

12/31/2017 12:00 AM

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Oh yum! So simple, sooo delicious!

swenster

03/13/2018 03:27 PM

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These are sooo good!  I substitutded raw almonds, as I did not have cashews.  I used 1 3/4 large lemons, with the zest (adding a little water to the food processing).  They are very lemony!  If you've been on the fence about making these, I highly recommend them.  

This comment was last edited on 03/13/2018 03:27 PM

clt600

12/14/2018 08:53 PM

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these are high in calories.  

jzsusie replies:

12/14/2018 11:32 PM

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If following ETL no worry about calories ??