Lemon Balls With Coconut & Ginger
Each bite of these no-bake lemon balls brings you notes of lemon, ginger, coconut, and vanilla. Made with 8 simple ingredients, these energy balls are not too sweet, vegan, and gluten-free – perfect for a healthy snack or treat!
Friends – a little backstory on these lemon balls! Since moving back to Canada from NYC 5 years ago, I have been deprived of one of my all-time favourite treats: these lemon ginger coconut cookies from Emmy’s Organics. They don’t sell them in Canada, and every time I go back to visit I IMMEDIATELY head to the nearest Whole Foods to grab a bag.
The flavour and texture of them is simply perfect – soft, chewy little bites of lemon, ginger, and coconut that are not too sweet. I am SO excited to say that I’ve replicated something quite close with this recipe!!
If you need more convincing to make them, my husband quite literally said out loud “these are maybe the best thing you’ve ever made” when he tested the recipe. Granted, he is a huge lemon dessert fan, so he may be a bit biased. But, I’ll take it.
About the ingredients
- Lemon: You will be using both the zest and the juice of an average-sized lemon for this recipe.
- Almond flour: I used a super-fine almond flour for this recipe. Almond flour is made from ground almonds, and is both gluten-free and lower in refined carbohydrates. It provides a lovely, chewy and soft texture to these lemon balls!
- Desiccated coconut: Made from dried and grated coconut meat, desiccated coconut has a finer texture and smaller size than those large coconut flakes. I like to use an unsweetened version. You may find that some products are also labeled as “shredded coconut” – just look for the small coconut bits, similar to the ingredients image above!
- Ground ginger: I enjoy using ground ginger over fresh ginger for this recipe – it’s easier to measure and has a more subtle (less overpowering) flavour.
- Vanilla extract: A touch of vanilla pairs beautifully with the other flavours here.
- Coconut oil: Melted coconut oil helps to get these balls to stick together, while also imparting a bit more of that coconut flavour. It’s really quick and easy to melt in the microwave.
- Maple syrup: Likewise, maple syrup also helps to get the balls to stick together, while also adding a very light sweetness to this recipe. While I haven’t tried it, you could likely swap maple syrup with honey or a similar liquid sweetener.
- Salt: A pinch of salt helps to enhance all the flavours here!
Full ingredient measurements and detailed instructions are located in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
Visual guide: how to make lemon balls
STEP 1: Start by zesting the peel of your lemon. I find it much easier to do this before cutting the lemon in half to juice.
STEP 2: Here’s what the lemon zest should look like!
STEP 3: Then, cut the lemon in half and juice it.
STEP 4: Next, add all the ingredients to a large food processor.
STEP 5: Pulse the food processor until everything mixes together. It should resemble the consistency of cookie dough.
STEP 6: Scoop a small amount of the mixture into clean hands, then roll into a ball.
STEP 7: Roll the ball into a plate or bowl of desiccated coconut, to coat (if desired).
STEP 8: Place ball on a lined baking sheet and repeat until all the mixture is used up. This recipe makes approximately 12 balls. Place in the freezer for an hour to allow things to harden slightly – that’s it!
My go-to food processor
This is my go-to large food processor from Cuisinart, and the one I used to make these lemon balls. It’s a super quick and powerful tool to create energy balls and other foods like dips, sauces, shredded cheese, veggies, and more!
Nutrition benefits of this healthy snack
- Lemons are a good source of fiber, antioxidants, and vitamin C.
- Almond flour is made from ground almonds and is therefore a source of heart-healthy unsaturated fats, plant-based protein, dietary fiber, and micronutrients like vitamin E, magnesium, copper, and phosphorus. Compared to regular flour, almond flour is lower in refined carbohydrates.
- Coconut is also a source of fiber, satiating fats, and minerals like magnesium, selenium, potassium, iron, and zinc.
Plus, I’ve tried my best to keep these healthy treats as low in sugar as possible! For 12 balls, the only source of added sugar is 2 tablespoons of maple syrup. Per ball, that comes to only 1/2 a teaspoon of maple syrup or 2.5 grams of added sugar.
More energy ball recipes
- Honey Tahini Energy Balls
- Chocolate Cherry Energy Bites
- Coconut Matcha Energy Balls
- Chocolate Hazelnut Bliss Balls
- Carrot Cake Energy Bites
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Get the Recipe: Lemon Balls With Coconut & Ginger
- PREP: Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper. Wash and zest the peel of your lemon. Slice lemon in half, then juice. Measure out 1 Tbsp of zest and 3 Tbsp of juice and set aside. Melt coconut oil in a small ramekin in the microwave.
- Add all ingredients to a large food processor. Pulse until a mixture forms – it should resemble the consistency of cookie dough.
- Scoop a small amount of the mixture into your hands and roll into balls.
- If you'd like to coat the balls with coconut, place more desiccated coconut in a small plate. Roll each ball until covered in coconut.
- Place balls onto lined baking sheet and repeat until all mixture is used up. Depending on the size, this recipe as written will make about 12 balls.
- Place balls in the freezer for about 1 hour to firm up. See notes for additional storage tips!
- If you find the mixture too wet or soft that they don’t hold together, you can add a touch more almond flour
- If it’s too crumbly, add a touch more maple syrup or melted coconut oil
- If you think you’ll eat these lemon balls within a week, you can keep them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 7 days.
- If you’d like to keep these energy balls for longer than a week, you can store them in a freezer-safe container in the freezer. Simply thaw the balls for a few minutes before you enjoy them (or else they will be too hard to bite into)!
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