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
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.