Nut-Free Coconut Lemon Snowballs

Nut-Free Coconut Lemon Snowballs

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.

Nut-Free Coconut Lemon Snowballs

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.

Nut-Free Coconut Lemon Snowballs

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…

Nut-Free Coconut Lemon Snowballs

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.

Nut-Free Coconut Lemon Snowballs

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.

Nut-Free Coconut Lemon 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!

Nut-Free Coconut Lemon Snowballs

: 12 1" snowballs
: 10 min

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 …


Nut-Free Coconut Lemon Snowballs
    1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 2 tsp. extra virgin coconut oil
  • 3 tbs. unsweetened coconut milk or milk of choice
  • 3 tbs. raw honey or maple syrup
  • 1 tbs. lemon zest (optional)
  • 1 tbs. chia seeds (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp. ground turmeric (optional)
  • 1/8 tsp. sea salt

Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and stir to combine until the oats and coconut flakes are coated with the oil, coconut milk, and honey. Cool in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

Once cooled, dollop a heaping tablespoon of the mixture onto your palm then roll into a ball. If the dough begins to stick your hands, dab your palms lightly with water to facilitate the rolling. Since the dough will warm up from being rolled in your hands, return to the fridge and let cool until serving.

If you choose to add garnishes, simply add coconut flakes, cocoa powder or melted chocolate to a bowl, then roll the snowballs around until fully coated.

Store in the fridge for one week in an airtight container or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Nut-Free Coconut Lemon Snowballs

26 thoughts on “Nut-Free Coconut Lemon Snowballs”

  • Adriana 6 years ago

    These look amazing!! I love the idea of a simple yet amazingly yummy snack and dessert idea. Especially with the holidays coming up – quick and easy is a must! I’ll definitely be trying these out, I LOVE coconut so much! -Jennifer

  • I love anything coconut and these look absolutely delicious! I will surely try and make this one of these days. Thanks for sharing!

  • Danielle Wilson 6 years ago

    So glad you introduced me to these, as I have crohn’s disease. I never would have thought to include tumeric in this but it’s so beneficial to help with the inflammation of this auto immune disease

    • I add turmeric to every single recipe I can! Smoothies, cookies, breads. A little goes a long way! I love the flavour but it can be overpowering. It works wonders for the body though! Have you made the recipe?! Would love to know what you think of them!

  • Krystal 6 years ago

    I fit the criteria because I love coconut and yes I have a sweet tooth. I love this recipe because I will be satisfying my cravings but also boosting my energy levels. Your pictures are mouth watering.

  • Well, I definitely love coconut, so these are right up my alley! Love the different “toppings” or “coats” on each of these…yummy. And who doesn’t love a classic snowball cookie, right?

  • I definitely need to add some energy foods to my diet. I am zapped. These look delicious enough to eat the entire batch in one sitting. Yes, I know that’s a no-no.

  • Jennifer 6 years ago

    Yummmm! These look so delicious! I love how simple this recipe is too! I can’t wait to try these out with the family soon! I know they’ll be a hit!

  • Kristy 6 years ago

    These snowballs look absolutely delicious! We have a lot of food allergies in our family, so these are the perfect treat for us. I have a feeling these will become a favorite afternoon snack, and dessert and everything in between!

    • Living with food allergies is so difficult, especially when it comes to finding recipes that everyone enjoys AND ones that everyone can actually eat!

  • Madi Vachon 6 years ago

    Those sound like such incredible little bite-sized snacks! I have been on a coconut kick the past few weeks so I am definitely going to have to give these a go! And on top of how tasty they looks, it is so simple to make them!

  • Theresa 6 years ago

    That’s great that these are nut free and only take such a short time to prep. I can tell this will be something my 5 year old would love. She’s a dessert person. Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing this!

  • I love anything coconut! AND these look absolutely delicious. I will give them a try for sure. Thank you for sharing!

  • Oh, my! These look absolutely delicious! I’m about 2 months into Tracy Anderson’s Metamorphosis program and I’ve really had to clean up my eating, which has me missing sweets, but I think even Tracy would approve of these. Thanks for a great and healthy recipe!

    • I’ve never heard of the program…I would think these would work for you. They have rich, decadent ingredients, but they’re healthy and you only need one or two to satisfy your sweet tooth!

  • Krystal 6 years ago

    I love to see desserts that are easy to make and saves time. With me busy a mom of a toddler and work it is hard to find any time.. This dessert is perfect for my family because it is healthy and will my satisfy my families need for a perfect dessert.

  • Saranghae Korea 6 years ago

    You know what? I can do this for a business. This is good because kids will not only love this, this is also beneficial to their health. Instead of buying chips for snacks, I can sell this to them. But of course, I will try if I can do this first. Thanks for sharing the recipe though.

  • Cassie 6 years ago

    I always love recipes that don’t take that much time to prepare. I just don’t have enough hours in the day, you know? The health benefits of the coconut oil and milk are just a bonus.

  • Marissa 6 years ago

    I was expecting a cookie recipe, but these are even better. I love that they have health benefits and only take a short amount of time to make. I’m a big fan of coconut and sweetness, so I’ll have to try them!

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