When I set out to write my newly released book, Super Healthy Cookies, I never realized just how much I’d fall in love with transforming super healthy ingredients into sweet treats. Baking alone is an art that requires patience and practice, but throw in the curve ball of trying to make everything gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, and healthy and you’ve got quite the challenge on your hands.
I was up for it, ready and willing to do what I could to craft whole food ingredients into truly delectable treats. At first I thought, what on earth have you got yourself into?! I can’t count the number of cookie batches that ended up in the trash…or worse, not even making it into the oven in the first place. There were a lot of flops. But the successes made up for the failures tenfold.
There was a period of about a month this spring during the peak of recipe testing when my freezer almost busted at the seams with super healthy cookies—both baked and raw. Thankfully I have friends and family around who helped polish them off eventually. The one exception was the no-bake, raw (or almost raw) balls and bites. Those are some of my favorites and I’m happy to eat them all on my own.
I wanted 50 solid recipes in the book. I’m sure I tested 100+ batches (I really should have kept a log or something…), but eventually I had to narrow the treats down to 50 favorites. So inevitably, I’ve got a few rejects tucked away in my recipe archives.
These Lemon Poppy Seed Power Balls are one of them.
How’s that for setting up this recipe? Hey guys! Here’s a cookbook reject. Enjoy!
Honestly, though, there’s nothing wrong with these power balls! They taste amazing, look beautiful, and are packed with nutritious ingredients. The main reason they were rejected is because lemon poppy seed is not my favorite flavor combo. There’s another ball in the book that won me over and I just couldn’t leave it out. So these lemon poppy seed treats had to step aside, suck it up, and be content with their lot in life as a blog recipe instead of a book recipe.
Life is tough.
Even though lemon poppy seed is not on my list of favorite flavors (that list is mostly dominated by anything cinnamon and anything chocolate), I’m still a fan of these treats and will definitely make them again. The coconut gives them a raw macaroon texture while the poppy seeds lend their distinctive flavor and crunch.
A few other power balls and bars you might enjoy:
- Almond Butter Health Balls from Daily Bites
- Chocolate Espresso Power Bars from Elana’s Pantry
- Vegan Energy Bites from Cook IT Allergy Free
Lemon Poppy Seed Power Balls
Makes 12-15 balls
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 1/2 teaspoons (packed) finely grated lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/3 cup (packed) pitted Medjool dates
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
1 tablespoon unsweetened applesauce
In a food processor fitted with the steel blade, process the sunflower seeds, coconut, lemon zest, ginger, and salt for 30 seconds. Add the dates and process for 15 seconds. Add the poppy seeds and applesauce. Process just until the mixture forms a rough dough that holds together when pinched between your fingers.
Roll the dough into small (1- to 1 1/2-inch) balls. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Start baking super healthy today!
$18.99 | Paperback | 132 pages
Pure Living Press, 2012