This healthy plant-based Gluten-Free Vegan No-Bake Cranberry Lemon Bliss Ball Truffles recipe is so easy to make with only 8 clean, real food ingredients, it's ready to enjoy in less than 20 minutes and is Medical Medium compliant.
A cranberry + lemon flavor combination is loved by many for it's sweet and tangy taste and these healthy balls are the perfect treat to enjoy the summertime flavors.
The BEST Cranberry Lemon Balls Truffles
My ORIGINAL plant-based Gluten-Free Vegan No-Bake Cranberry Lemon Energy Balls are an upgrade from the Raw Vegan Lemon Meltaway Balls recipe on my website.
It's been a reader favorite here at The Healthy Family and Home for a long time.
It's been almost 5 years to the day that the original lemon meltaway balls recipe appeared on my website (5-9-13) if you can believe that!
Since Spring is here, I decided to make a "deluxe" upgraded version of that vegan lemon recipe for you and what pairs best with lemons?
So I added organic dried cranberries to the original recipe to give the classic balls a tangy and colorful twist.
If you haven't already made the Raw Vegan Lemon Meltaway Balls recipe (do so right away!), it's really simple to make.
It's the same exact recipe as this one, except without the added cranberries.
And if you don't care for cranberries...no worries!
Just follow the original lemon meltaway balls recipe.
How To Make Healthy Cranberry Lemon Balls Truffles | Step-By-Step Instructions
These plant-based cranberry lemon balls are so easy to make and the only equipment you need is a food processor.
Step 1: Add all the ingredients to a food processor
In this step, you'll measure all your ingredients then add them to a food processor. You'll want to process the mixture until it has a smooth but thick consistency - thick enough to be able to roll them into a ball shape.
Step 2: Add the cranberries
Before adding the dried cranberries into the mixture, you'll want to take just a few minutes to chop them into small pieces. You don't have to do this step, but they roll together better in smaller pieces than whole pieces.
Once you've chopped the dried cranberries, remove the blade to your food processor and add in the dried cranberries, then stir in by hand until they are evenly distributed.
Step 3: Roll Into balls
Take out a spoonful at a time (about 1 tablespoon), squeeze the mixture tightly in your fist, then gently roll them into a ball shape.
Place them on a plate covered in parchment paper and transfer them to the refrigerator to firm for about 15 minutes and you're ready to go!
How Do I Store My Gluten-Free Vegan Cranberry Lemon Balls?
You'll want to make sure you store these in an air-tight BPA-free container in the refrigerator.
They're perfect to make ahead for a quick breakfast treat or an afternoon snack.
Tips + Ingredient Substitutions for Making Cranberry Lemon Bliss Balls Recipe:
Coconut Oil. If you don't like the smell or taste of coconut oil, you can use "refined" organic coconut oil, which has no coconut smell or taste.
Maple Syrup. Feel free to use the liquid sweetener of your choice.
Lemon Zest. You can use either lemon zest or Organic Lemon Essential Oil. My preference is to use Organic Lemon Essential Oil, not only for the intense lemon flavor but because I can't be 100% sure what's on the skins of the lemons (waxes, pesticides, bacteria, etc.) even if the lemons are organic. Even some organic produce has a food-grade wax on the exterior. And, just a few drops of Organic Lemon Essential Oil will give it such an intense lemon flavor without the mess of grating a lemon.
Vanilla Extract. Make sure you use 100% pure organic vanilla extract.
- Medical Medium - Make sure you use an alcohol-free vanilla extract.
- Lectin-Free - Substitute the maple syrup with organic date nectar.
- Vegan + Gluten-Free - This recipe is 100% vegan + gluten-free.
Want More Healthy Plant-Based No-Bake Ball Recipes?
Check out these:
- Gluten-Free Vegan Dried Blueberry Protein Energy Balls
- Vanilla Peanut Butter Protein Balls
- Crunchy Raw Protein Balls
- or my CLEAN DESSERTS Cookbook with 72 plant-based no-bake vegan + gluten-free dessert recipes just like this one that you will love!
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Hi, I'm Karielyn! I'm the published cookbook author of CLEAN DESSERTS and content creator of The Healthy Family and Home website since 2012. I specialize in creating easy, healthy plant-based recipes that are gluten-free + vegan and made with clean, real food ingredients that you can feel good about eating.