Energy balls are the perfect portable snack-healthy, easy and quick to make, and just as decadent as traditional desserts. They are almost impossible to mess up, require limited effort and time to prepare (literally less than 10 minutes), and they’re small enough that you can indulge without feeling guilty.
Before you precipitously assume that these snowballs should only be reserved as a quick snack idea, let me assure you that you’re wrong! They make a great after dinner dessert, especially for those who feel compelled to forgo heavy desserts due to dietary restrictions.
What makes these nut-free coconut lemon snowballs an ideal snack or after dinner treat is that they’re gluten and dairy-free, and lend well to a clean eating lifestyle, since they’re made with wholesome, raw ingredients. They’re light and healthy, yet still satisfying.
There are two things you must be aware of before preparing this recipe…you have to love coconut (obviously), and secondly, you have to have a sweet tooth-the kind that can handle a punch of sweetness.
Believe it or not these little two-bite treats pack a punch of flavour. In fact, two bites is all you need to satisfy your sweet tooth.
On a side note, if your sweet tooth is as voracious as mine, then chances are that one or two of these decadent morsels will not suffice to satisfy it (and before you know it, you’ll have eaten the entire batch!) But that’s another story…
There are a few optional ingredients in this recipe, such as turmeric and chia seeds which can be omitted however, they add delicious flavour, and not to mention amazing health benefits. Turmeric (and cinnamon) are known for having powerful anti-inflammatory effects and chia seeds are packed with hearth-healthy omega 3’s.
On that note, you can feel good about eating these, as well as serving them to the kids. They make a great snack option for packed lunches since they are nut-free.
These are delicious as is but taste even better when garnished with additional ingredients. I prepare a batch and then vary the garnishes by simply rolling each individual snowball in cocoa powder, additional coconut flakes, or dipped into melted dark chocolate.
If these are already sweet enough for you, my suggestion is to roll the snowballs in the dark cocoa powder or melted chocolate as opposed to the coconut flakes since the bitterness of the chocolate balances out the sweetness of the snowballs.
If you try this recipe (and love it!) be sure to snap a pic and tag me on Instagram with #bitesforfoodies so I can see your creation!