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lemon energy balls stacked on a plate

Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Balls


If you love the flavor of lemon poppy seed muffins, then you’ll adore these Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Balls! They’re a gluten-free healthy treat with real food ingredients.


  • 1 cup unsalted, raw cashews
  • 1/3 cup hemp seeds
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric (optional, for a natural food coloring)
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • zest of two medium lemons
  • 2 tablespoons freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons toasted, unsweetened dried coconut


  1. Combine the cashews, hemp seeds, poppy seeds, coconut oil, turmeric (optional), dates, lemon zest, and lemon juice in the base of a food processor. Process on high until ingredients are well combined, about 45 seconds to one minute.
  2. Transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl and use your hands to form the batter into energy bites. You should have enough to make about a dozen energy bites.
  3. The energy bites will be pretty sticky, so it’s nice to roll them in toasted coconut. To toast the coconut, place the dried coconut in a dry skillet over low heat. Let toast for 3-4 minutes or until lightly toasted. Then, just put the coconut on a plate and roll the bites over the mixture.
  4. Then, place the energy bites in a glass bowl with a lid and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.


  1. Store any leftovers in a tightly-sealed container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Food processor
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: lemon no-bake cookies, coconut date balls, lemon energy bites