Lemon Poppy Seed Energy Bites
My 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.
I 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.
I 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.
- 2 cups medjool dates, pitted
- 1 1/2 cups raw almonds
- zest of 1 large lemon
- 1/3 cup poppy seeds
- First, soak the pitted dates in warm water for 5-10 minutes to soften, then drain in a fine mesh strainer.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge, and enjoy!