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Lemon Poppy Seed Date Balls [Vegan/Gluten Free]

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on April 15, 2014, 4 comments

Last week I saw this recipe come through my feed: Coconut Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf by Davida over at The Healthy Maven (<awesome blog – check it out).  I was pretty certain I would make it, pronto, so I bought lemons and poppy seeds at the store that night.  Then the insane-insane-insane week hit, and I didn’t make it.  And come Saturday, I saw the poor lemons on the counter, and decided I was too lazy to mix up some gluten free flour blend.  But the ingredients just looked so lonely. Lemon Poppy Seed Date Balls [Vegan/Gluten Free]

So, instead of making bread, I decided to make Date Balls.

[Insert Obligatory That’s What She Said Joke(s) Here (twss)]

I’ve made many date balls [twss] before – usually containing nuts, dates and chocolate.  Sometimes dried fruit.  But never lemons.

The result?  Delicious tart, chewy balls [twss], with just a slight bit of crunch from the nuts.Lemon Poppy Seed Date Balls [Vegan/Gluten Free]

Rolled in poppy seeds?  Perfect addition.  Lemon Poppy Seed Date Balls [Vegan/Gluten Free]

These little balls keep best cold – as they’re rather sticky when warm [OH MY GOSH TWSS].

But, sticky or not – delicious.   Lemon Poppy Seed Date Balls [Vegan/Gluten Free]

Let’s make them…

Lemon Poppy Seed Date Balls [Vegan/Gluten Free]
Serves: 8 - 10 balls depending on size
  • ½ cup dates - soaked/drained if dry
  • 1 cup pecans (or walnuts or almonds)
  • Zest AND Juice of one medium sized lemon
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • Pinch of salt
  • Poppy seeds for rolling (optional)
  1. Place the dates and pecans in your food processor and process until sticky
  2. Add zest and juice of lemon, vanilla and salt, process until combined well
  3. Roll into small balls - will be very sticky
  4. Roll balls in poppy seeds to cover
  5. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving
  6. Store in air tight container in fridge


I shared this recipe on GFE’s gluten free Wednesday roundup! Click here for other awesome GF recipes!

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4 thoughts on “Lemon Poppy Seed Date Balls [Vegan/Gluten Free]

  1. Ooooh my word! These sound fantastic! I just wrote in my meal plan post on Sunday that since changing to Paleo, I really want to have desserts, but I’m a stuck because I don’t want to buy special flours. This recipe looks like it will fix my sweets craving without being either really expensive to make and without cheating in my paleo eats 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing this. I’m going to pick up some dates and give it a try 🙂

    Pinned it, too!

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