An addicting healthy, no-bake, lemon coconut energy bites recipe made with cashews, buckwheat groats, oats, dates, lemon and coconut!
Place cashews, buckwheat groats and oats in food processor and blend until a medium to fine grind (doesn’t have to be perfect). The buckwheat may stay a bit chunky so if you’re looking for a smooth center use all oats.
Add the coconut, lemon zest + juice, and dates, blend, stopping once or twice to scrape down the sides, until you have a doughy consistency. If you find your dough is a bit too dry try adding more fresh squeezed lemon juice, 1 tablespoon at a time.
Chill dough for about 20 – 30 minutes (this will help stiffen the paste for rolling). Roll into 1 inch balls, then roll in coconut flakes.
Makes approx. 14 – 18 balls
Store: Keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1 – 2 weeks. For longer storage, freeze for up to 2 – 3 months.
Date substitute. If you rather not use dates or don’t have them on hand, you can sub with pure maple syrup using 1/4 – 1/3 cup pure maple syrup, starting with the smaller amount.
If you don’t have buckwheat groats, replace with oats or more cashews. I love to include buckwheat wherever I can since it is a ‘superfood’ and packs a lot of protein and fiber per serving, they also have a nice nutty flavor. Per 1/4 cup serving you are getting 6 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber, more so than oats per serving, 1/2 cup yields 5 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber.
Keep your hands clean. When rolling, if the dough starts to stick to the palm of your hands after rolling 2 or 3 balls, wash them in between every few balls for ease.
Recommended Ingredients: If you can’t find cashews and buckwheat groats in your area, you can find them online with these brands I use and trust (affiliate links):