These No-Bake Lemon-Blueberry Energy Balls Are The Best Way To Break Your Cookie Habit

They may taste like a treat, but they're totally healthy.

December 28, 2017
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It can be pretty jarring on your body to transition from all-cookie-everything to only raw salads and kale smoothies after the holidays. But we’re here to tell you that you don’t have to go the ultra strict route (which can often be counterproductive anyway). Turns out, you can recalibrate your body and your taste buds without deprivation—and yes, even with something that’s a little sweet. 

Related: 7 Healthy No-Bake Snack Balls You Can Eat On The Go

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Enter: These incredibly easy to make Lemon-Blueberry Energy Balls. Not only are they brimming with delicious flavor, they’re packed with nutrients your body needs to recover from eating all that holiday junk and adjust back to a more whole-foods-based way of eating—without tasting overtly “healthy.” 

Here's what we love about them: The anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids in cashews may reverse some of the damage caused by excess sugar and refined carbs. Blueberries, dates, and coconut contain fiber to improve digestion and feed healthy gut bacteria, while blueberries give your immunity a boost with vitamin C. Plus, these don’t taste overwhelmingly like dates (and aren't sickly sweet in general), unlike some energy ball recipes. What more could you want? (Check out the top 10 inflammation fighting foods to help get your eating habits back on track, too.)

To make them, watch the step-by-step video above and read the instructions below.

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lemon blueberry energy balls
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Lemon-Blueberry Energy Balls 

Makes 12 balls

1 1/2 cups cashews
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, plus 2-3 tablespoons additional for rolling
1/2 cup dried blueberries
3/4 cup pitted medjool dates, coarsely chopped
2 teaspoons fresh lemon zest
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
Pinch of salt

1. In a food processor, blend cashews and coconut until very finely chopped.

2. Add blueberries, dates, lemon zest, lemon juice, almond extract, and salt. Process until the mixture forms a rough dough that holds together when pinched.

3. Roll the dough into small (1–1 ½ inch) balls and roll them in the additional coconut. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.