Lemon Drop Energy Balls

/Lemon Drop Energy Balls
Image courtesy of Vanessa Berenstein

Lemon Drop Energy Balls

Rich in good fats and protein, this snack will keep you energized and satisfied with just 1 or 2 bites! It’s also slightly tart and tangy, which reminds some people of lemon squares or desserts with lemon curd.

I like adding maca root powder to my energy balls because it’s great for regulating hormones (for men and women) and has been found to act as an adaptogen, helping the body adapt to stress (1). Research shows it may have neuro-protective effects, meaning it can help prevent brain damage and degeneration (2). I usually recommend this herb to women who are struggling with fatigue, PMS, hormonal imbalances or men with reduced libido or testosterone. It has a malt like flavor and can make smoothies and energy balls creamier and slightly sweeter. I also used hemp seeds in this recipe, since they are particularly high in fiber, protein and gamma-linoleic acid (GLA), one of the building blocks of hormone like chemicals called prostaglandins that regulate inflammation and hormonal balance (3). Walnuts are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are great for brain health and reducing inflammation (4). Walnuts also contain polyphenols, which are plant chemicals that help reduce oxidation, inflammation, increase production of new neurons and strengthen communication between neurons (5).

– Vanessa Berenstein, MA, RD

Prep time: 7 min
Cook time: 0 min
Total time: 7 min

Makes 16-17 servings


  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup hemp seeds
  • ½ cup coconut flakes, unsweetened
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tsp maca powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • Zest of 1 organic, unblemished lemon
  • ¼ cup coconut flakes, unsweetened (for coating)


1. Blend all ingredients (except coconut flakes for coating) in a food processor.
2. On a baking sheet, form into 1-2” balls.
3. On a plate, add held aside coconut flakes and gently roll balls in it, coating evenly on all sides.
4. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving

– For those with Candida overgrowth, skip the honey and just add licorice root powder or cinnamon to sweeten the recipe.
– Enjoy as an on-the-go breakfast or as a snack between meals.
– Switch up the nuts, seeds and flavorings to vary your energy balls. You can try ingredients such as cacao, cinnamon, cardamom, hemp, tahini and pumpkin seeds – substituting to your taste!

Recipe courtesy of Vanessa Berenstein, MA, RD



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