Lemon & cashew energy balls

If you’ve been following me on social media you’ll know that I’m not entirely a fan of snacking.
The latest research is pointing to eating 3 or fewer, well balanced, meals a day and no snacks.
Having said that, every now and then you just need something sweet, and for those times it’s nice to have something that’s sweet, satisfying and totally guilt-free.
These lemon and cashew energy balls fit that bill so well. They are sweet, are made with only natural ingredients and the lemon adds nice acidity that provides a contrasting flavour.

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300g of cashews
10 medjool dates
zest and juice of a lemon
40g of desiccated coconut plus extra for dusting (try and look for an unsweetened and preservative free variety, I used Crazy Jacks Organic, available from most supermarkets)

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C and roast the cashews for 10-15 minutes until lightly browned.
Transfer the cashews to a blender, add a pinch of sea salt and pulse until it turns into cashew butter.
Add the dates, lemon juice and zest and pulse until well combined.
Remove the mixture from the blender, mix in the coconut (kneading works best to do this). Take a teaspoon of the mixture and roll it into a ball.
Roll into more coconut and set aside.
Store in the fridge. It’ll keep for over a week.