Lemon Coconut Poppy Seed Balls

These no-bake Lemon Coconut Poppy Seed Balls are bursting with fresh lemon flavour and are made with healthy, simple ingredients. A delicious, nourishing snack that’s great to have stocked in the fridge!

wooden bowl filled with lemon coconut poppy seed balls.

These bliss balls are one of my favourite treats or snacks to make around this time of year to celebrate spring. I’ve been making them for years and every time I make them I’m reminded of why I love them so much!

They have a really bright, refreshing flavour and a soft, almost melt in your mouth, texture. They’re made with healthy ingredients and are gluten-free, dairy-free and low in sugar.  

Ingredients you’ll need

  • Cashews: make sure you’re using raw and unsalted. I wouldn’t suggest substituting other nuts here since cashews have a more subtle taste and allows the lemon flavour to really come through. 
  • Shredded coconut: choose unsweetened to keep these balls low in sugar. I love rolling them in additional coconut ones they’re shaped, but this is completely optional. 
  • Coconut flour: this helps to give the bliss balls their soft chewy texture. 
  • Honey: I prefer to use unpasteurized (raw) honey. It hasn’t been heated so retains its natural enzymes and antioxidants. Maple syrup also works great.
  • Coconut oil: if your coconut oil is soft, there’s no need to melt it for this recipe. However if it’s really hard, try slightly melting it first. 
  • Lemon: using the zest and juice gives the balls a refreshing and bright flavour. 
  • Sea salt: a pinch of salt helps to enhance all the flavours.
  • Poppy seeds: I really love the addition of poppy seeds here, but you can definitely omit them if you’d prefer. 

4 simple steps to make these energy balls

With the help of a food processor, these energy balls couldn’t be easier to make!
 1. Blend: throw everything but the poppy seeds in your food processor and blitz until you have a dough. Add the poppy seeds and pulse just to combine. 
2. Roll into balls: use about 1 tbsp per ball and roll away.
3. Roll in extra coconut: this is totally optional, but is a tasty addition!
4. Serve: enjoy right away (they will have a soft, almost melt in your mouth consistency) or refrigerate in a sealed container until ready to eat. 

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Lemon Coconut Poppy Seed Balls

Recipe by Emily MaudeCourse: Dessert, Snacks


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These no-bake Lemon Coconut Poppy Seed Balls are bursting with fresh lemon flavour and are made with healthy, simple ingredients. A delicious and nourishing snack that's great to have stocked in the fridge!


  • 1 cup raw, unsalted cashews

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, plus more for rolling

  • 1/4 cup coconut flour

  • 3 tbsp unpasteurized honey

  • zest of one lemon

  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, softened

  • pinch sea salt

  • 2 tsp poppy seeds


  • Add all the ingredients except for the poppy seeds to a food processor and process until a dough forms.
  • Pulse in the poppy seeds.
  • Roll the dough into balls (~1 tbsp each) and roll in additional shredded coconut if desired.
  • Place in the fridge until ready to eat.


  • If you find that your dough is too soft to roll into balls, place in the freezer for 10 minutes first.
  • Store Lemon Coconut Poppy Seed Balls in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days. You can also freeze them for up to 3 months.

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