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 (lowest setting) for about an hour 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 raw, flourless, grain-free and gluten-free too!
Homemade and store-bought Lemon Bar desserts contain unhealthy S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) ingredients like the ones below:
S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) Betty Crocker Lemon Sunkist Bars
Ingredients: Sugar, Flour Bleached Enriched (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Vitamin B3, Iron, Thiamine, Mononitrate Vitamix 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, Natural & Artificial Colors Added, BHT to Preserve Freshness
S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) 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 white, refined sugar
The store-bought version contains refined, processed sugar and GMO’s (soybeans oil, corn starch, corn starch modified, corn solids dried), dairy and preservatives (BHT). Typical ingredients for a homemade version contain 2 cups of white flour, 2 sticks of butter and 2 1/2 cups of refined sugar! And they are not even raw, vegan or gluten-free.
This healthier and clean version is raw, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, no-bake, flourless, paleo and has no refined sugar.
Want more clean eating balls and truffles recipes? Check out my Pistachio and Sesame Truffles, Cacao Nib Superfood Truffles, Crunchy Raw Protein Balls or my Clean Eating Cookbook with an entire chapter of 20 truffles and balls recipe you will love!
5 Fast Facts About Lemons:*
- extremely alkaline to the body
- 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 Himalayan Pink 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
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Tip #1: 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.
Raw Vegan Lemon Meltaway Balls
Yield 18 - 20 small balls
Raw / Vegan / Gluten-Free / Dairy-Free / Egg-Free / No-Cook / Paleo-Friendly / No Refined Sugar
- 1 1/2 cups almond flour
- 1/4 cup organic lemon juice
- 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon organic coconut oil (melted/liquid)
- 1/3 cup organic coconut flour
- 6 tablespoons organic liquid sweetener (maple syrup, coconut nectar, etc)
- 1 tablespoon organic lemon zest or 4 drops of Lemon Essential Oil
- 2 teaspoons organic pure vanilla extract
- 1-2 pinches Himalayan pink salt
- Add all ingredients to a food processor and process until everything is well combined and the mixture has a smooth, thick consistency.
- Test the mixture by taking out a spoonful to see if it's firm enough to roll into a ball shape. Depending on the type of sweetener you use, you may need to add a little extra coconut flour to firm the mixture up. Add 1 teaspoon of coconut flour at a time until they are firm enough to form a ball shape. Only use enough to firm them up because they will be too dry if you add too much.
- Take a spoonful at a time and roll them into the palms of your hands into a ball shape. If they start to stick to the palms of your hands, just rub a tiny amount of coconut oil on your palms and continue.
- Leave them plain, or roll the balls in organic shredded coconut flakes, organic raw cane sugar or organic powdered sugar (not raw or lectin-free).
- Put them in the refrigerator for about 15-30 minutes to firm.
- Store in an air-tight BPA-free container in the refrigerator until ready to serve because they will get soft and lose their shape if left out at room temperature.
Recipe source: https://www.addictedtoveggies.com/2011/10/coconut-lemon-meltaways.html (inactive link)
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