Tangy Lemon

Coconut Balls

This week the authors are sharing a recipe from the What The Fat? Sports Performance cutting room floor – Tangy Lemon Coconut Balls!

Watch the Video Recipe Here

A word from Chef Craig Rodger – These tangy lemon coconut balls are the perfect little treat to have stored in your fridge or freezer. Not only are they a favourite of an athlete in WTF? Sports Performance to have on the run as a portable snack option, they’re great as a lunchbox treat or party food idea for kids – and adults alike! Because they store well, make a batch ahead of time and use as needed.

A word from The Whole Food Dietitian, Caryn – These lemon balls are so delicious…that’s half the problem. While the carb content might be low, one ball provides a whopping 94 calories. Now that’s okay if you don’t have a weight goal, but if you do, save them for a treat occasion or just limit the number you eat. The upside is you’ll be feeling full as they’re packed with healthy fat.

A word from The Fat Professor, Grant – Lemon balls like these are a great way to take some LCHF with you out on a trail run, long bike ride, or just as a treat in the lunchbox.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: N/A

Carb count: 2.8g per ball

Makes: Approx. 20 – 25 balls, depending on how big you roll them! (we recommend teaspoon size)


IngredientsScreen Shot 2016-07-15 at 5.33.16 PM

  • 1 ½ cups (120g) Ground almonds
  • ½ cup (50g) Shredded coconut
  • ½ cup (125ml) Coconut oil
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 3 Lemons, juiced
  • 1 Lemon, zested
  • 3 tbsp (65ml) Honey

To coat:

  • Desiccated coconut or chopped pistachios


Combine all the ingredients either by hand in a bowl, or in a food processor – pulse until the mix comes together. If the mix seems a little too wet, add an extra sprinkling of coconut to stiffen – but remember that as the coconut oil sets, the balls will harden a lot more.

Scoop teaspoon amounts out and roll into balls. Coat the balls in the coconut or the pistachios and store in tubs with tight-fitting lids.

Keep in the fridge for 2 weeks or freeze for up to a month.

Join the discussion 6 Comments

  • Terri says:

    What is carb or cal count if you use xylitol instead of honey?

  • Mariska says:

    Do you have a suggestion of how much xylitol to substitute for the honey? Thanks

  • What The Fat? says:

    Very, very easy and a real success – I rolled these in coconut, made 25 small balls. Keen to share these around to friends and guests – well received – haven’t lasted long. Even a 14 month old grandson (who is ‘tasting’ everything) is a fan too. I’ll definitely be making these again. I loved the tangy/sharpness.

  • Judy says:

    Hi there, are the measurements for lemon juice and zest in Tablespoons? Cheers

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