These little lemon poppy seed coconut balls are almost too poppable. Like, if we have them on the counter or in the fridge Jason and I can't walk by without sneaking one or two. The good news? They are pretty darn wholesome so the only real problem is that they disappear too fast! More good news: they are super easy to make.
I've mentioned before that, despite all the comfort food and baked goodies I post, my husband and I eat a relatively lower carb diet most of the time. Why? Because it just makes us both feel better. That's not to say we don't eat the other stuff, but we really strive for balance. I firmly believe we can all eat anything we want as long as we are eating a balanced, nutritious diet most of the time. I don’t believe we should punish ourselves or associate guilt with food ever. Eating a balanced diet, paying attention to how food makes us feel, moving our bodies, and educating ourselves on nutrition: These are all so important to a happy, healthy way of life.
I love keeping wholesome snacks on hand that are filled with healthy fats and good sources of protein. These lemon poppy seed coconut balls fit that bill and my husband LOVES them. I added the poppy seed because, well, polka dots are pretty! And to me, lemon and poppy seed just belong together.
This post is sponsored by Great Lakes Gelatin, a brand whose products I use nearly every single day. I stir their Collagen Hydrolysate Protein and MCT powder into my morning coffee and I see and feel a difference in my energy, hair, complexion, and my tummy health. All thoughts and opinions are my own and as I’ve shared before – I only share and promote brands that I use and love in my own home. When I get lucky enough to work with a brand that I’ve been using for years? Well, that’s just the best!
A few notes on these Lemon Poppy Seed Coconut Balls
I use both of the Great Lakes Gelatin products I mentioned above in these little energy balls because I always have them, but if you wanted to make these vegan you could leave out the collagen protein and just use the MCT powder and maybe a bit more almond flour. Or you can use any protein powder - even a vanilla one would be really nice in these. Just be careful if you are using a sweetened one and leave out the sweetener in the recipe.
Yes, these are Keto and Paleo friendly. But even if you don't care about that, these are still a really tasty, wholesome snack to have around. My husband loves popping a few before he goes to work out for a little pre-workout energy boost. He loves anything lemon (and I love him!) so these are definitely a recipe I created with him in mind.
A word on sweeteners
Feel free to use honey, maple syrup, date syrup, agave, or any natural sweetener you prefer. I try to avoid artificial in all of my recipes, but I think it is especially important when creating a healthy, energy-boosting snack that is meant to fuel your body and brain. Having said that, if you have a favorite sweetener I have not mentioned here, go ahead and use it.
I hope you’ll give these lemon poppy seed coconut balls a try and also give Great Lakes Gelatin products a try! I know this is a bit of a different recipe than I usually share, but I love showing you all the whole picture and really inviting you in to get to know me, my family, and our way of life. Thank you for supporting my blog and the brands that I love. xo - AnitaPrint