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No Bake Coconut Lemon Chia Balls

Yesterday, I discovered picnik. Yesterday, I spent an hour playing with pretty fonts in picnik. Yesterday, I realized picnik is being shut down in 3 weeks.

That was pretty much like giving a kid a brand new toy and then ripping it from his hands saying you changed your mind, he can’t have it. I kind of wish I could throw a tantrum like that (imaginary) kid probably would.

Not cool Flickr.

Anyway, enjoy the short lived pretty fonts. Hopefully they’ll distract you from the fact that I completely forgot to take a picture of lunch. It was fabulous. A salmon burger, spinach, arugula, (<—see! lots of green finally) tomatoes, red cabbage, hummus and sriracha wrapped up in a whole wheat tortilla the size of my head. Apples and pb on the side.

No bake coconut lemon chia balls

Backing up to breakfast…look familiar? It’s been done before. I really wanted hot oatmeal actually but considering I overslept by about 30 minutes thanks to the 5th smoke detector battery in our house that has decided to crap out on us at 3am in the morning, I needed something quick that didn’t require standing over the stove for 10 minutes. Can I just take a sentence to say how much I love Van’s waffles? They’re relatively cheap and they stay crisp unlike some other ones I recently bought on sale (looking at YOU Kashi), a very important factor to be considered when constructing the waffle stack breakfast.

Here’s a lunch visual:

Atlantic salmon. Salmo salar.        +      tortilla


coconut lemon chia balls

Now, these were yummy. That was sarcasm up above, this is not in case you didn’t catch that (I frequently find myself in situations with the whole sarcasm thing not coming across in written form). When in doubt people, I’m being sarcastic. It’s pretty much my truest personality characteristic.

Katie posted these lemon poppy seed no bake cookies yesterday morning and they immediately caught my attention.

1. No bake

2. I had most things on had

3. It’s impossible for me to go a week without a ball snack of some sort

4. As much as I love chocolate, I have just as big a weak spot for lemon poppy seed muffins. I really don’t discriminate when it comes to sweets. It’s one of my better qualities.

coconut lemon chia balls

These are awesome. I ended up subbing chia seeds for poppy seeds because I didn’t have any and since I don’t have unflavored protein powder I used 2 tablespoons coconut flour and 2 tablespoons vanilla protein powder instead. I also added a few tablespoons of coconut milk to get the dough to the consistency it needed to be to roll into balls.

They still have that amazing lemon poppy seed muffin flavor and they’re full of protein.

(posting the recipe here since Katie’s site is no longer live)

coconut lemon chia balls

No Bake Coconut Lemon Chia Balls

Yield: 9 sevings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

These no bake coconut lemon chia balls make an excellent protein packed snack.


  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • Juice from 1/4 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 drops liquid stevia
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 2-3 tablespoons coconut milk


  1. Add dry ingredients (flours, protein powder, chia seeds, salt) into a bowl and mix to combine.
  2. Melt coconut oil and coconut milk in a microwave or oven and add in lemon juice, zest, and vanilla.
  3. Pour coconut oil mixture into the dry ingredients and stir very well until a dough is made.
  4. Roll into balls or flatten into cookies and place on a cookie sheet or plate and put into the freezer for 10 minutes or so.
  5. Keep cold and enjoy!


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coconut lemon chia balls

Look! Natural light in a dinner picture! It actually takes me longer to edit pictures on my iphone, email them to myself, upload to Flickr and then download into the blog than it does to take a regular picture with my camera so I’m kind of overly happy about this 7pm sunset time.

I was alone for dinner last night, so I experimented. The picture says it all, literally…ha. A roasted, stuffed portobello with a side of hard apple cider. Not a bad dinner and some green to end the month of green for what I ate Wednesday.

I’ll be skipping next week’s WIAW for a fun little surprise in the works with some other ladies. Stay tuned!

Jamie Eason's Livefit Trainer program

Tuesday 15th of July 2014

[…] Katie is on point this week with the snacks. First the coconut lemon balls and now this. One of the best chocolate shakes I’ve ever had and it’s high in […]


Monday 14th of April 2014

PRETTY PRETTY PLEASE POST THE ACTUAL RECIPE!!!! I can't find it anywhere!!! Once you read about a recipe and you can't get to it after it has enticed you... it's the worst lol


Sunday 22nd of September 2013

This might be a shot in the dark, but do you happen to have recipe for the coconut lemon poppyseed no bake cookies? The link to the original recipe leads to a dead website. :(

What I Ate Wednesday |

Wednesday 4th of April 2012

[...] was a couple lemon chia balls via Gina via Katie.  Mine turned out a little dry.  That didn’t stop me from eating them [...]

lauren @ the talking kitchen

Friday 30th of March 2012

do i live in a hole?!?! what on earth is picnik and did you say cool fonts? i'm always so late and out of the loop. boo. i was 15 minutes late to buy a lottery ticket too. grr.

thanks for making things better with your throw together dinner and katie's recreation, I was thinking of making them already and now i'm sold!

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