Lemon sherbet bites

Do you want a dessert (or healthy snack) that takes less time to make than it does to eat (and you can eat it in one bite)?! Well, I’ve got just the thing for you – which contains fruit, nuts and you could even argue vegetable if you read the parts of the internet which suggest ginger can be classed as one!

So to clear up any confusion (or skepticism) on your part, dear reader, this dessert is ridiculously quick to make and unfortunately also  exceedingly easy to eat. Recently I made some lovely raw carrot cake energy balls – I’ve lost the recipe but if I find it again I’ll post it here. This was my second go at making some energy balls (or ‘bites’) – which are the simplest things to make as long as you have some dates, and any combination or nuts and fruit. Some sort of sweetener such as honey wouldn’t go amiss but can get by without. You also need a blender and you’ll soon end up with some sweet bite-sized snacks that are great for literally any time of day – breakfast (even pre-breakfast!) pre- or post-workout, snack, dessert … if you woke up hungry in the middle of the night they’d probably be just what you need!

I found an initial recipe for this on everylastbite.net but I adapted it to fit with my ingredients and because I really have no idea how much a cup is. The great thing about this recipe is you can tweak it to include what you like – and you can of course make each portion as big or little as you like. Technically, they don’t even have to be round, you could make them biscuit shaped or even square!

I’ve called these lemon sherbet bites because that’s exactly what they tasted like to me – despite not actually having any lemon in!

Ingredients (makes 5 small balls):

  • 5 medjool dates
  • 2 tbsp walnuts
  • 1.5 tbsp dessicated coconut
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1.5 tbsp ginger, grated
  • zest and juice of 1 lime

What to do:

  1. Blend all of the above together in a blender, leaving out a tbsp of the coconut. Whizz until they form a paste, then shape into balls (or desired shape) with your hands.
  2. Roll the balls in the remaining coconut to coat them

Hints and tips to make them even more amazing:

  • If you’re feeling daring, you could try a spice such as cinnamon or allspice, depending on the direction you want your dessert to go.
  • They keep firmest if you keep them in the fridge – or freezer as long as you take them out a few minutes before eating them

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