tangy & refreshing lemon macro balls
I didn’t know what to call these. Fat bombs? Energy balls? I figured since there’s a hefty amount of protein, carbs and fats in them that the most adequate name would be macro balls. I mean, technically they’re all your macros in one, right? Right. If you know me, you know I have a serious infatuation for snack bars. It’s my vice. My weak point. I could honestly eat one for breakfast, lunch and dinner and be just fine. The issue here is that they’re 1. expensive 2. pretty high in carbs/sugars 3. make me want 12235785 more. It’s probably pretty close to an addiction at this point. And the point here is that I needed to make something that’d curb that craving, would nourish and sustain my energy and wouldn’t cost me an arm and a leg. Thus, these delectable little lemon macro balls were born. Scroll down for the recipe.
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Back to these lemon macro balls. If you’re needing an on-the-go snack or something slightly sweet, but totally healthy for Valentine’s Day, these lemon macro balls are your answer.
Side note – I’ve been finding some sensitives to honey and almonds, so this recipe was developed around those. I did add substitutions for you – so not to worry!
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Lemon Macro Balls
- 1 1/2 cup raw cashew butter
- 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 cup raw organic sunflower seeds
- 3 1/2 pitted dates*
- 4 scoops collagen peptides
- 1/2 tbs maca powder
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 tbs coconut sugar
- 2 tbs cassava
- 1 tbs chia seeds
- zest for 1/2 lemon
- In a food processor, combine raw organic sunflower seeds and pulse until fine.
- Add dates to food processor and pulse until mixture becomes creamy.
- Place sunflower seed date mixture, cashew butter, lemon juice and zest in a large mixing bowl. Mix well.
- Add collagen peptides, maca powder, cassava, chia seeds, salt and vanilla. Mix well.
- Making sure all ingredients are combined, let dough sit for 5 minutes.
- Grease hands with coconut oil and form 2 tbs of dough into a rolled ball. Set aside.
- Once all the dough has been rolled into balls, place on baking sheet and freeze for 2 hours.
- Store in the freezer in an air tight container, eat and enjoy!
- *To make dates easier to blend, soak in 1 cup hot water for 5 minutes.
- If you don't have a food processor, a high-end blender will work, too!
- - almond flour for cassava flour
- - almond butter for cashew butter
- - honey for coconut sugar (made need an additional 1 tbs of flour if using honey)
- - protein powder for collagen peptides (unsweetened if possible. If sweetened, do not add the additional coconut sugar/honey to this recipe - it'll come out way too sweet :) ).