Oh do I have a surprise for all you lemon fans out there! I’ve got these cute little Raw Vegan Lemon Meltaway Balls for you full of all the tangy lemon tartness that you love.
And…they have options too!
You can eat them plain, roll them in shredded organic coconut, roll them in almond flour, powdered sugar (not raw) or even put them in the dehydrator and they will be slightly hard on the outside and soft on the inside and be more like a lemon cookie.
I’ve made them both ways and can’t decide which way I like best. Probably without using the dehydrator but only because I don’t have to wait to eat them.
You basically just put everything in the food processor, roll them into a ball shape and they are ready to eat in a matter of minutes.
These little guys are flourless, grain-free and gluten-free too!
Here is the ingredient list for a store-bought Lemon Bar dessert with 21 ingredients:
Betty Crocker Lemon Sunkist Bars
Ingredients: SUGAR, FLOUR BLEACHED ENRICHED (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN VITAMIN B3, IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE VITAMIN B1, RIBOFLAVIN VITAMIN B2, FOLIC ACID VITAMIN B9, SOYBEANS OIL PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED AND/OR COTTONSEED OIL, CORN STARCH, CORN STARCH MODIFIED, CORN SOLIDS DRIED, BAKING SODA, WHEY, FLAVORS NATURAL & ARTIFICIAL, COLORS ADDED, BHT, TO PRESERVE FRESHNESS (source)
FoodFacts.com Rating: “F”
It’s full of processed sugar and GMO’s.
The homemade versions aren’t any much better and are also full of processed sugar and dairy:
Traditional Homemade Lemon Bar Dessert
Ingredients: 2 STICKS OF BUTTER, 2 CUPS OF WHITE FLOUR, 1/2 CUP POWDERED SUGAR, 4 EGGS, AND 2 CUPS OF PROCESSED SUGAR.
That’s 2 sticks of butter and 2 1/2 cups of sugar! And they are not even vegan or gluten-free.
This healthier and clean version is raw, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo and has no refined sugar.
- extremely alkaline
- excellent blood purifier
- good for detoxification
- balances blood sugar levels
- contains powerful antibacterial properties
5 Fast Facts About Coconut Oil:
- super high in lauric acid
- rich in antioxidants
- contains natural microbial and antibacterial agents
- helps to improve metabolism and prevent fatigue
- can help to improve cholesterol
5 Fast Facts About Almonds (Almond Flour):
- regulates cholesterol and blood pressure
- energy booster
- loaded with protein, calcium and fiber
- high in antioxidants
- can help reduce the risk of heart disease
5 Fast Facts About Coconut Flour:
- highest dietary fiber found in any flour at 58% dv
- 14% coconut oil
- 19% vegan protein
- helps promote blood sugar health
5 Fast Facts About Pink Himalayan Salt:
- contains 84 minerals
- unrefined, unprocessed, raw
- promotes stable pH balance in cells
- controls water levels in the body
- aids digestion and facilitates better nutrient absorption
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Tip #1: If you want to make them more like a cookie in the dehydrator, press them flat in the palm of your hand after rolling them in the ball shape. Put in the dehydrator at the lowest setting for about an hour. Make sure you visit Sarafae over at AddictedToVeggies for the dehydrator version.
Tip #2: Important to know if you use powdered sugar: I hardly ever use powdered sugar and I didn’t know this until recently, but some powdered sugars may not be vegan and may contain animal bone char (bones from cows). The brand I use, 365 Organic Powdered Sugar does not contain animal bone char (I emailed Whole Foods to confirm this).
Another reason to make sure you use organic powdered sugar is because it normally contains some cornstarch which is very likely to be made from GMO corn unless it’s labeled organic.
There may also be a possibility that the granulated sugar you use could contain animal bone char as well. Whole Foods sells a “Vegan Cane Sugar” which does not contain animal bone char. I’ve also read that turbinado sugar is another safe choice.
If this is important to you, check out the brand that you are using to see if it does.
Tip #3: This recipe will make approximately 12 – 14 smaller-sized balls (like shown in the photo).
Tip #4: I actually started making them with organic vanilla bean powder, instead of the vanilla extract, which I prefer. Just keep in mind, the color of the balls will be slightly darker than shown in the photos if you use the vanilla bean powder instead of the vanilla extract and/or if you use a darker sweetener (like maple syrup).