A Cookie You Can Feel Good About: No Bake Lemon Ball

February 21, 2016   12 Comments

This isn’t really a cookie, but it is pretty close.

Almond Date Lemon Balls

I created this recipe back in 2012 and I liked it so much that I included it in my book. My book has all the nutritional information you need to calculate SmartPoints if you are going that direction.

What I have found is that I make these balls over and over again to bring to meetings or for a snack and everyone loves them and asks for the recipe (which allows me to say – “I wrote this book with the recipe in it.”.)

This is lemony without being too lemony and sweet without any added sugar. The dates provide all the sugar that you need to make these rock.

Give these a try and tell me what you think of them.

No Bake Lemon Balls Recipe

1.8 from 25 reviews

reprinted with permission from Snack Girl to the Rescue! by Lisa Cain

Makes 20 balls, 1 (1/2-ounce) ball per serving

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1 cup roasted almonds
1 cup pitted dates
2 lemons
½ cup shredded coconut, preferably unsweetened


Coarsely chop almonds in food processor. Juice the 2 lemons and add lemon juice and dates into the machine. Blend until a soft “dough” forms.

Put coconut into a small bowl. Using your hands, form little balls and roll them in the coconut. Eat now or refrigerate for later consumption.

Nutrition Facts

One ball is 53 calories, 3.3 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 4.9 g carbohydrates, 3.4 g sugar, 1.1 g protein, 5 mg sodium, 1.0 g fiber, 2 Freestyle SmartPts

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only. See all Snack Girl Recipes

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This recipe doesn't include sodium content.

Why would you write "reprinted with permission"? Isn't it just permission from yourself?

@Harriet - I will add it. thank you!

@sallyjrw - Yes! but I am attempting to stop someone from taking the recipe without my permission by adding that line. Perhaps it doesn't make sense. Thank you for your comment!

I have just recently began receiving your emails - i LOVE them! I am really considering buy your book, most likely at Barnes & Noble. Just wondering if it will be on the store shelf in the store - thanks - Have a nice day!

Holy cow....I just made these and they are DELICIOUS!!! They are the perfect treat when my sweet tooth acts up!!! I'm thinking I might also try making with orange juice instead of lemon juice next time for something different!

I will try these, I'm thinking the sugar content is from the dates which is a natural sweetener and I can eat a few being I am diabetic, which I just found out not to long ago so I'm still in the dark about certain things.

These sounds very easy and very tasty! Will have to give them try!! Thanks for the recipe.

What could I roll them in other than coconut and could I use other nuts instead of almonds?? I know this changes the recipe but both almonds and coconut play havoc with dentures!!!

Tasty, easy, and quick! Used walnuts and orange juice. All I had.

Tasty, healthy, easy to make! It's a win all the way around. The whole family liked them. I wanted a really lemony flavor so I added some my huge lemons. I may have overdone it, and it was wonderful! I love tart, but the dates really made a good balance. Thanks!

I love these and the brownie balls. I made your brownie balls and added the juice of one orange. The orange taste was very suttle. These no bake recipes are a treat staple in my house. Sometimes I pop them for energy during a long run.

I just made these and they are a very tasty treat. I think a plate of these on the Easter dessert table will be a hit (if I don't eat them all beforehand). I only used one lemon because it was quite big and the consistency of the "dough" seemed right. Otherwise I followed the recipe exactly. Thank you snack girl!

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