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lemon coconut chia energy balls

Posted on May 3, 2017 by in Recipe Box, Snacks

lemon coconut chia energy balls on plate

lemon coconut chia energy balls to go

lemon coconut chia energy balls on bunny standThese delicious little snacks are perfectly portable. I pack them as school snacks for my kiddos quite often. Of course, I have several variations of energy balls in my repertoire. In any case, I have even been known to throw them in the bento boxes on lazy school mornings as the main dish for the kid’s lunches. Honestly, I feel even better about sending them with these over a PBJ sandwich. High protein, healthy fats, vitamin C, and lower sugar. There have never been complaints filed. Although the complaint department shut down years ago anyway. That was liberating for the poor fool that had been stuck in that position for far too long.  As a matter of fact, I get requests for lemon coconut chia energy balls on the regular. It is my belief they think they are eating dessert. Works for me, I think the same thing whenever I chow down on one.

Pre-workout Post- workoutlemon coconut chia energy balls

These energy balls are awesome to eat on the way to the gym or on the way home. In my case as I head down to the playroom/ workout studio. Okay, really more of a playroom, but a Mom can dream. I stuff my face as I clear a path through the nerf bullets, swords, hot wheel cars and light sabers. They offer quick, sustainable energy for my super sweaty workouts. There’s no feeling full or bloated after snacking on these. They make great post-workout snacks too. The light flavor of lemon coconut chia energy balls makes them easy to swallow when you are completely spent after a tough sweat session. I love relying on real food to nourish my body and saving money making my own healthy snacks.

Easy real food snacks

ingredients in food processorThese are on my quick and easy to make snack list. I know that I can whip these healthy, homemade treats up in about 10 minutes total. That’s comparable to the time it takes to hand out pre-made bars, fumble with the wrappers and locate a trashcan to dispose of the wrappers in. Almost. But seriously, buying these ingredients in bulk and preparing a batch every now and again saves you so much in the long run. Chia bars in the store can run you about a buck a piece. Not to mention they are so tiny, I can’t help feeling like I fell for some sort of trick. In my opinion, when you begin making your own snacks at home, you start to eat better. It makes you more aware of ingredients and time management. When you start your day healthy, you typically end it healthier. Moreover, it teaches our little guys/gals that they don’t have to rely on boxed store bought snacks to fill their bellies. They can even handle making these themselves.

These delicious, light and refreshing energy balls are sure to satisfy any time of day.

Prep Time:5 min
Total Time:10 min
* 1 cup raw cashews or cashew pieces
* 1 cup dates without pits (roughly 10-12 depending on size)
* 1 teaspoon zest or the zest from a small lemon
* Juice from half a lemon
* 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
* 2 Tablespoons Chia seeds
* Sprinkle Sea Salt or Pink Himalayan (optional)
1. Place all ingredients into the bowl of a food processor and process until well combined and mixture begins to form a ball.

2. Shape into 1 1/2-2 inch balls and place on parchment paper

3. Place in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes to harden, then place in an airtight container

4. May store in the fridge for up to a month
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