Need a healthy on the go snack? Lemon protein balls are the perfect, refreshing snack for kids and adults. Made with lemon zest, chia seeds, a blend of coconut flour and oat flour, these lemon coconut protein balls are satisfying and energizing.
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I don’t know about you, but I love oatmeal protein bites. They provide all the macros in a small, portable size, and can be catered to your taste and flavor preference.
They make for great snacks for on the go, snacks for athletes, and they are even kid friendly and toddler friendly.
Lemon zest is so refreshing. Like these lemon blueberry overnight oats, I just can’t get enough. They smell lovely, too!
They certainly make the list for our favorite kid-friendly snacks. We always make them as easy no bake recipes for kids.
They’re great for lunches or quick healthy homemade snacks for kids, like when we’re heading to the library or out to the park.
They also have a “cleanse the palate” flavor so I love them as breastfeeding snacks at night, too!
Ingredients for Lemon Protein Balls
These lemon energy balls also make great road trip snacks! My favorite way to pass the time with kids – pack lots of snacks.
Making protein balls with lemon is so easy, requires one bowl and only 5-10 minutes of time.
- oat flour – you can use regular whole oats too, I just prefer the texture with oat flour
- coconut flour
- honey – sub maple syrup or agave nectar to keep it vegan!
- coconut oil
- chia seeds
- lemon juice
- lemon zest
- coconut flakes, optional
- vanilla protein powder, optional
How To Make Lemon Bliss Balls
This lemon protein ball recipe couldn’t be easier. There are lots of variations on lemon bliss balls, but these are by far, my favorite.
And lemon balls can be sweet, like a dessert, or even more sour, to cleanse your palate.
First, ground your oats into flour, or for the quick route, just buy pre-ground oat flour.
Then, mix all of the ingredients in a bowl and roll into 1-inch balls.
I love to taste this lemon balls recipe as I go, they are pretty addictive!
You can add more lemon zest as needed, and increase or decrease the honey depending on your taste preferences.
Of course, add coconut as you see fit, or omit it completely. Lemon and coconut make a great pair, but I know that coconut is not for everyone!
These no bake lemon coconut protein balls are so easy, but I came across some helpful tips when testing these.
- Oat Flour vs. Rolled Oats – If you don’t have pre-ground oat flour, I would recommend a food processor or high speed blender (I love this one) to grind the oats into a flour. You don’t have to use oat flour – you can use whole oats – but I find the texture is much finer and more enjoyable when you use oat flour.
- Protein powder may result in a drier product – When making these delicious lemon balls with protein powder, you may want to adjust the honey as needed. Depending on the type of protein powder you use, it may end up more dry, so you can add more honey or a bit of water/lemon juice, as needed.
- Coconut flakes – If you want the coconut flakes to stay on more securely, add a bit more honey. I just like to dip them but you may prefer more coconut flakes in your lemon coconut protein balls by coating them in coconut flakes.
The lemon balls with protein powder may taste a bit more dry. If this is the case for you, just add more honey, or water, as needed to receive desired texture.
You can definitely make this lemon balls recipe vegan – just sub maple syrup or agave nectar for the honey.
You don’t have to, but it will definitely help firm them up and keep them together better. Mine are much more flimsy when I don’t do it.
You may enjoy some of these other recipes!
- Sweet potato energy balls
- Chocolate pomegranate energy balls
- No bake vegan protein bites
- No bake cookie dough bites
- Chocolate peanut butter coconut balls
- Carrot cake balls
- Grind oats in food processor or blender to make oat flour.
- Mix ingredients together in a bowl.
- Set mixture in fridge for 30 minutes to harden, and then roll into 1 inch balls.
If the mixture seems too dry with protein powder, you can add more honey.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 121Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 4g