easy paleo recipe for lemon protein balls

Lemon-Coconut Paleo Protein Balls

Let the good times roll with this easy paleo recipe for lemon-coconut balls packed with your favorite protein powder.

This is a tangy little variation on another bite-sized, gluten-free treat I posted earlier this summer, my 10-minute chocolate-cranberry energy balls.

My Hubs, a die-hard chocolate guy, actually likes these little balls of goodness even more – go figure!

Well if you love your sweet stuff with a tart lemony taste, you’re gonna like this super-easy recipe too.

These are naturally sweetened with dates. You get a little extra crunch from the chopped pecans inside. And that lemon zinger comes from a fresh-squeezed lemon along with a bit of lemon zest sprinkled in just to amp up the tartness even more.

There’s nothing to cook with these of course. Just some simple ingredients you blend together and then mix with shredded coconut, pecans and your favorite protein powder. I used three scoops of Primal Kitchen’s Primal Fuel Vanilla Coconut – really good stuff!

Just roll them up into little balls, glide them over some loose shredded coconut to coat, and these are ready to enjoy.

Just one tip: If your final mix seems a little too wet to form into balls, just add a bit more shredded coconut to firm them up. Or if the mixture turns out a little on the dry side, a tiny bit of coconut oil should solve that problem.

Have fun with this easy paleo recipe, and as always, let me know what you think!

easy paleo recipe for paleo protein lemon balls treat

Quick and Easy Lemon-Coconut Paleo Protein Balls Recipe

September 22, 2017

easy paleo recipe for paleo protein lemon balls treat


1/2 cup almond butter

1/2 cup dates, pitted

2 tbsp fresh-squeezed lemon juice (save the rind for the zest)

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

3 tbsp protein powder (I used Primal Kitchen's vanilla coconut protein powder)

1/3 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened

1/3 cup pecans, chopped

1-2 tsp lemon zest

2-3 tbsp extra shredded coconut to roll the balls in for a nice finishing touch


1Add the almond butter, pitted dates, lemon juice, and vanilla extract to a blender and purée

2Scrape mixture from blender into a medium mixing bowl. Mix in your protein powder, shredded coconut, chopped pecans, and lemon zest

3Roll mixture into small balls, then lightly roll each over some additional shredded coconut to coat

4Keep sealed and refrigerated (up to 2 weeks) until ready to serve

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