Lemon Poppy Seed Energy Bites

Lemon Poppy Seed Date BallsMy husband loves all things lemon poppy seed. Cake, muffins, cookies. You name it, he loves it. So I just had to try this flavor combo in date ball form. I keep some variation of these in our fridge pretty much at all times. We love to eat them as a quick breakfast before an early morning workout, or just as a snack or dessert mid-afternoon.

Lemon Poppy Seed Date Balls
Lemon Poppy Seed Date Balls
Lemon Poppy Seed Date BallsI love making raw snack balls because you can be so creative with the flavors. I have done everything from chocolate, to carrot cake, all the way to cashew lime. So this lemon flavor did NOT disappoint. They are sweet, citrus-y, and full of healthy fats to keep your energy levels up.

Lemon Poppy Seed Date BallsI think my favorite part about any flavor of date balls is the short ingredient list. Today, all we need is almonds, dates, lemon zest, and poppy seeds. That’s all, friends.

Lemon Poppyseed Energy Bites

Yield: Makes about 18 balls


  • 2 cups medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 1/2 cups raw almonds
  • zest of 1 large lemon
  • 1/3 cup poppy seeds


  1. First, soak the pitted dates in warm water for 5-10 minutes to soften, then drain in a fine mesh strainer.
  2. Add the almonds to a food processor and pulse a few times to grind them up until they are in very small pieces (almost like almond flour). Add the lemon zest and dates, and turn the food processor back on.
  3. Pulse the mixture until all of the ingredients come together and form a consistent "dough". You should be able to pinch the mixture and it stick together.
  4. Use your hand to scoop out 1 tablespoon of the mixture, and roll between the palm of your hands to form a ball. Repeat with the rest of the mixture.
  5. Pour the poppy seeds into a bowl, and roll each of the balls around in the seeds to cover. Shake off the excess, and repeat until you have covered all of the balls with the seeds.
  6. Store in an airtight container in the fridge, and enjoy!

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