Lime Coconut Snack Balls

by Kelli H. on January 30, 2015

keylime6Winter is the perfect time to make these tasty little coconut lime balls. Citrus season is fully upon us and it’s time you take advantage of citrus season. This recipe calls for 3 limes, zested and juiced, so find someone who has a lime tree and get to making these babies.

keylime1Lucky for me, my mom and dad have a lime tree and my nanny has a lemon tree (which I’ve posted tons of lemon recipes thanks to her tree). I love free food, especially when it’s homegrown. I realize that the limes in the above photo look like small lemons, but my mom’s limes were just very ripe, making them a yellow color. They still taste and smell like limes. They were just extra juicy! They would have been perfect for magaritas or a gin fizz, but I went with a healthy alternative.

keylime2These ingredients are so simple and as a result I usually always have them on hand. Just place everything in your beloved food processor (though I hate cleaning that thing every week) and pulse away. Let it go until it comes together to form somewhat of a ball, like above. The mixture is pretty sticky but it’s not too bad to work with.

keylime3I always use a 1 tablespoon measuring spoon to scoop out equal sized balls. Then I roll each tablespoon blob into a ball and place it on a wax paper lined baking sheet. After that all you need to do is roll them in some shredded coconut, place back on the cookie sheet, and freeze for a few hours. I then remove them from the baking sheet and place them in a plastic baggy for the week.

keylime5These make such a delicious mid-morning snack. I usually eat 2 around 10-10:30 and David eats 3 for his snack. They don’t last long in our house at all. If you like lime flavored sweets then you’re going to love these. They remind me of warm summer months and make me look forward to the future and to my mid-morning snack.

I hope you enjoy these tasty sweet but tart healthy delicious treats!

Coconut Lime Snack Balls
A sweet and tangy snack ball. Perfect for mid-morning to get you through till lunch. Makes 12-15 balls depending on your desired size.
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Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup almonds
  2. 1/4 cup cashews
  3. 1 1/4 cup dates, pitted
  4. 3 limes, zested and juiced
  5. pinch of salt
  6. 1/3 cup coconut shreds
Instructions
  1. In a food processor; pulse almonds and cashews until ground into small pieces.
  2. Add in dates, lime zest, juice, and salt. Process until all ingredients come together and form a ball. Measure out 1 tablespoon balls onto a wax paper lined baking sheet.
  3. In a small bowl; dump in coconut shreds. Roll each lime ball into the coconut until fully covered. Line back on the baking sheet and freeze for a few hours. Remove balls from freezer before eating.
Adapted from Paleogrubs
Adapted from Paleogrubs
Made In Sonoma http://www.madeinsonoma.com/

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Trish @ Well Worn Fork January 30, 2015 at 11:31 am

I love when sweet, delicious foods are healthy too – these look awesome!

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Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health January 31, 2015 at 5:11 pm

I don’t think I’ve ever seen limes that ripe that they were yellow! That’s so cool. And how nice that you’re mom and grandma have trees for you to pick from.

These sound so good! Although I know I would end-up singing the “lime in da coconut” song while eating them. It doesn’t take much for that to pop in my head!

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Diane @ Life of Di. February 1, 2015 at 1:08 am

These look really good. I would love to have lemon/lime trees to pick from ๐Ÿ™‚ When we were visiting Sonoma over our honeymoon – Marty went out and picked a lemon for our salmon. I know it’s silly but it was so cool to have it at our disposal. Oh the little things…

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Jane February 1, 2015 at 10:47 am

Bookmarked. Definitely need to try these guys!

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Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} February 12, 2015 at 11:42 am

I have everything to make these! I bought a giant bag of limes last time I was at Costco and desperately need to use them up, so this is perfect! Excited to make these. ๐Ÿ™‚

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