Lemon and coconut treats

Seems to be everywhere I look someone is talking about reducing carbs, or increasing protein, or coconut being the answer to all of life's ills. Then there are the people who are avoiding gluten, soy and animal products. And then there are those who are proponents of the raw food movement. These little snacks tick nearly all of those boxes, and if you use honey, maple or agave as the sweetener, they even tick the last one. So what's the down side? Each tiny little ball contains over 400 kilojoules, with nearly 9 grams of fat each. That's fine if you're particularly active, but if you're sitting at a desk most days, then enjoy responsibly.* 

Lemon and coconut balls

1 1/2 cups almond meal
1 1/2 cups shredded coconut
1/3 cup coconut flour
2 tbsp glucose syrup 
4 tbsp lemon juice
zest of 1 lemon
2 tsp vanilla bean paste
1/4 cup coconut oil

Method

  1. Mix together the dry ingredients.
  2. Combine the glucose, lemon juice, lemon zest and vanilla bean paste. Add to almond mix and stir well.
  3. Melt the coconut oil and drizzle in to the almond mix. Mix until a ball forms.
  4. Roll the mixture into balls and refrigerate until firm. 
Makes around 20 balls. If glucose syrup is not available, replace with honey or you sweet liquid of choice.

*Of course, there are also plenty of people who say that you won't get fat from eating fat, but I don't want to risk it.

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