Raw lemon cashew balls with coconut

January 6, 2015

 

Ah... raw balls are my favorite! They are perfect as a snack when you are starting to hit an afternoon low, a quick and healthy dessert, and sometimes even sub for my breakfast on days I have to rush out of the door. 

I make them in all kinds of flavors and variations; some are more time consuming and some less. All you need is a powerful food processor to make the "dough" and you are good to go! 

I made these lemon ones for my mom on a hot summer day today, and she absolutely loved them. I hope you do, too! 

 

Preparation time: 15 minutes (depends how quickly you roll :-))

For about 40 balls: 

 

  • 1 ½ cups raw cashew nuts

  • 1 cup desiccated coconut 

  • ¼ cup raw honey (or other liquid sweetener of your choice)

  • zest of 2 lemons

  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice 

  • 2 Tbsp pure vanilla extract

  • extra desiccated coconut for rolling (about ¾ cups)

  1. First, process the cashew nuts in the food processor until ground into a flour. This can take anywhere from 10 - 30 seconds depending on how strong your food processor is. 

  2. Add the coconut, honey, lemon zest, juice, and vanilla extract and process until a sticky dough has formed. 

  3. One teaspoon at a time, roll the dough in your hands into a ball. Then roll the ball in the extra coconut and place on a plate or a storage container. Pop one in your mouth as you are rolling to make the time working in the kitchen even sweeter! 

 

These keep well in the fridge for 2 weeks - if you can resist them so long! 

 

Martina

 

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