Sesame Lemon Drop Balls

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There are a lot of cookie balls and protein balls floating around the blogosphere these days. Before I left for Vegas, I decided I would take another crack at it.  In the past, I had made protein balls to no avail.  I either used too much cocoa powder, protein powder or burnt the coconut!  My poor coworkers, friends, and husband (a.k.a the Bear) were the taste testers.  But they were all troopers!

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I wanted to tackle a new type of protein ball. One without any protein powder.  I have said this before and I will say this again; the Bear simply does not like protein powder. I needed another ingredient…that’s when it clicked!  Almond meal has protein! It has 7 grams per 1/4 cup to be exact. And the Bear likes almonds!  It was perfect.

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Lemon desserts are some of my favorites. I absolutely love lemon coconut bars, so I decided to roll with the lemon/coconut flavor for these protein balls.

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Sesame Lemon Drop Balls
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Serves: 4
 

Ingredients
  • ¼ cup almond meal
  • ¼ cup shredded coconut
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 8 pitted dates
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • juice from ½ lemon
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds

Instructions
  1. In a food processor combine almond meal, shredded coconut, honey, dates, and lemon juice and zest.
  2. Pulse ingredients until it has a sticky crumb texture.
  3. Use a tablespoon to scoop out 8 balls.
  4. Roll in both hands to make the perfect ball shape.
  5. On a small plate or cutting board, roll each ball into the sesame seeds.

I thought these little balls needed something extra so I rolled them in sesame seeds. The seeds added a bit of a crunch and even more protein.

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Turns out the Bear likes almond meal!  I mean, he really likes it. I will make a double batch next time I make this recipe.

6 thoughts on “Sesame Lemon Drop Balls

  1. Yum these look great I’ve missed all these good recipes lately, I’m unable to rate them though? I’m sure I’d give it 5 stars!

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