These are so frickin’ good, I can’t even. They’re so good I didn’t want to eat them so that I didn’t run out too fast. The combination of the roasted cashews, the lemon zest and the coconut is like a match made in heaven. The snack balls are perfect for a post-workout protein boost, or even for packing in your carry-on for air travel!
On top of their magnificent flavor, they are super easy and quick to make. Simply combine all the ingredients together in a food processor, roll on more coconut, and ta da!
Lemon Chia Chewy Snack Balls Recipe (Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan)
Adapted from Clean Food Dirty City
1/2 cup roasted salted cashews
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup gluten free old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup (unsweetened) coconut flakes, plus more for garnish
3 dates, pitted
2 tablespoons hot water
2 tablespoons chia seeds
Zest of 1 lemon
Pinch of sea salt
Combine the cashews, sunflower seeds, oats, coconut flakes, and salt in a food processor (I use this one). Pulse until a fine meal forms. Add the pitted dates, water, chia seeds, and lemon zest. Pulse again until the mixture becomes a dough like consistency.
Remove the dough and place it in a small bowl. Roll into small round balls.
Then, on a piece of parchment paper or on a plate, roll into more coconut flakes as a topping. Once rolled in coconut, roll them again with your hands so the coconut sticks to the dough. Eat right away or place in refrigerator to set. These can also be kept in the freezer.
Notes: You could replace the sunflower seeds for the same amount of cashews. You can also roll them in more chia seeds as a second topping.