11/22/2012 12:33 EST | Updated 01/22/2013 05:12 EST

RECIPE: Quick and Easy Lemony Littles

zoe helene


I am always in search of new quick and easy snack ideas, small bites that can satisfy any sweet tooth in a flash, healthy nibbles to partner with my morning green juice for a super start to my day. So when I was craving something sweet, tart, chewy and tiny, there was nothing else to do but create. And I just so happened to have a pantry full of staples, a handful of fresh lemons in the fridge, and a few spare minutes in my day.

This simple recipe comes together in a snap, and fuels you with healthful carbs, protein, and fat. If you don't have the patience to roll the dough into small balls, you can always press the mixture into a pan, chill, and cut into bars as another easy option. Try it, your taste buds and tummy will thank you!

Lemony Littles

MAKES A TON! Freeze well!

3 C almonds

2 C dates

1 1/2 C coconut shredded

Zest of 2 lemons

Juice of 1 lemon

1/2 C coconut nectar, agave, or other liquid sweetener of choice

2 t vanilla

1. Process the almonds in a food processor until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. Remove meal to bowl and set aside.

2. Add dates to processor, and process until broken down, and gummy.

3. Return almonds to processor along with dates, and add coconut, lemon zest, juice, vanilla & coconut nectar (or other liquid sweetener) and pulse to combine.

4. Roll mixture into balls or press into a pan to create bars. Store snacks in the fridge or freezer.

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