Lemon Poppy-Seed Power Balls

September 20th, 2012 at 1:01 pm


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:

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.

Super Healthy Cookies: 50 Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Recipes for Delicious & Nutritious Treats is now available from Amazon.com and Hallie’s e-store.

Start baking super healthy today!

$18.99 | Paperback | 132 pages

Pure Living Press, 2012


  1. I LOVE how simple & nutritious these are Haillie~! Perfect for my kids.

  2. Lucky for me I DO love this combo! :) Will try! :)

  3. Hallie – These look and sound amazing. I can’t wait to try them. These flavors are most of my favorites. If these are your “rejects”, your cookbook pages must even be happy:D Thanks for sharing.

  4. I love healthy snack balls. And I do love lemon and poppyseed….I will definitely be trying these out.

  5. OH, I bet those are delish.
    Peace and Raw Health,

  6. These look great, but I have one question. I see quite a number if recipes that I would love to try but they have dates in them. Where in the world do you buy them? I only have a small time grocery near me and a larger chain 1/2 hour away but I have never seen any. Where are they typically in a store or is there good online resource? Thanks!

  7. Nicole: Medjool dates are usually found in the bulk bin section of the grocery store (if the store has bulk bins). There’s also a common variety of dates called Deglet Noor (sometimes just labeled “Dates”) that can be found in most grocery stores by the raisins, craisins, etc. They are not as moist or sticky as Medjools, but they will still work for many recipes. You may just need to add a few more in order for things to hold together. Hope that helps! :)

  8. Hallie, I am a big fan of your first cookbook (you gave me back chocolate cake!), so couldn’t wait to get my hands on Super Healthy Cookies. It arrived yesterday and I immediately sat down with my page markers – I tagged 27 recipes that I want to try right away! I tried two this morning: Cowgirl Cookies and Chocolate Raisin Brownie Drops. After sampling them both my husband (who, unlike me, can eat all the gluten and dairy he wants) said, “Where has this cookbook been all my life?” German Chocolate Cake Bars are next…

  9. Kathy: Thank you so much! I am so glad you’re enjoying the cookies. If you wouldn’t mind leaving a review (even just with your comment that you left here) on Amazon, I would be forever grateful! :)

  10. Happy to share the good news – I just did my review on Amazon. Good luck with the book!

  11. Oh poor little recipe that never made the cut…lucky for me tho, I love all of the ingredients. I will be making these soon!

    Pinned, shared on Facebook and adding to my MMM Must-Make-Monday series :)

  12. These look awesome! But is there anything that I can use instead of the sunflower seeds or coconut? Thanks :)

  13. Hi! I was wondering if I could sub Chia Seeds for the Poppy Seeds. I have a bag of Chia seeds that I need to use up.

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