Zingy, citrusy, energy packed, sugar-free fat balls that bridge the gap between meals and give you that energy kick without the sugar slump. Don't let the name freak you out, fat balls are like energy balls that are usually made with dates, but these are rather made with a base of seeds, nuts, and coconut. Embrace the fat!
Turmeric (and the curcumin within it!) is an excellent anti-inflammatory agent and powerful antioxidant! If you’re looking for ways to naturally boost your immune system in the cooler months I highly recommend incorporating this spice into warm drinks, soups, and primarily these snacks!! Our bodies are better able to absorb turmeric with the presence of fat and black pepper. So although there is no black pepper in these balls - an added pinch to your recipes/concoctions will do the trick!
If you find that nuts/seeds irritate your digestion, I recommend Soaking & Dehydrating your nuts and seeds before using them in this recipe.
If you want a slightly sweetened fat ball, add the dates! I wasn’t craving the sweetness so I chose to make these without them!
Golden Fat Balls with Lemon
Makes 15-20 (depending on size) // Paleo, Raw, Whole30, Keto, No Sugar Added, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free
zest of 1-2 lemons
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (you can find sulphite free coconut at Bulk Barn by the way!)
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup pepitas
1/2 cup cashews (sub with more seeds if you want nut free)
1/2 cup almonds (sub with more seeds if you want nut free)
1/3 cup almond milk (or other milk)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp turmeric or Golden Mylk Powder from Botanica Health
2 pitted medjool dates (optional, but I didn't add them)
juice of 1-2 lemons (depending on taste)
Place everything, but only the juice of 1 lemon, into food processor and blend until dough is achieved. It's okay if there's small chunks of nuts, but you want it fairly smooth so the balls stay together.
Add more lemon juice starting with 1/2 of the second lemon, process to combine, & taste. The taste will be less pronounced when they are cold, so add more juice if it is only just right.
Roll into bite sized balls then lay flat on a tray and place in freezer. Remove the tray after 5-10 minutes and then place balls into an air-tight container and freeze.
When ready to eat, remove however many balls you want from the freezer and let thaw 5 minutes before eating for pure tastiness!
*Note: Part of what makes these fun is that they are totally customizable! Add vanilla extract, some cocoa, leave out the lemon, etc. if you want to experiment! You can use raw or roasted nuts/seeds - whichever you prefer!
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* Recipe inspired from Lee from America's Coconut Fat Balls