Macadamia Lemon Snack Balls
Serves: 18 balls
Prep Time: 10 mins prep + 1hr refrigeration
Cook Time: N/A
1 cup raw macadamia nuts (150 g)
1 cup desiccated/fine coconut (75 g), plus 2 - 3 Tbsp extra for rolling
Zest from 1 lemon
1/4 cup lemon juice (60 ml)
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoon maple syrup or rice syrup (40 ml)
2 tablespoon coconut oil, melted (40 ml)
1/4 tsp sea salt
In a food processor, blitz macadamias to a rough puree. Add lemon zest and 1 cup coconut, and pulse to combine.
Add lemon juice, vanilla, syrup, coconut oil and salt to macadamia mixture. Pulse until well mixed, refrigerate 1 hour or until firm enough to roll.
Use a tablespoon measure to scoop balls, roll to smooth then toss in extra coconut. Store in refrigerator or freezer.
Tip: You can omit the coconut oil, or replace it with 2 tablespoons almond meal, for a softer ball.
Recipe by Nuts For Life
Australians are urged to go nuts and join the #nuts30days30ways challenge this September.
Now in its third year, the #nuts30days30ways challenge encourages Australians to snack on a handful of nuts each day, for a month, and by doing so, help them develop a tasty habit with big health benefits.
"Nuts are nutrient-dense powerhouses that can help you manage your weight, look after your heart, live longer and they are great brain food too," said Nuts for Life Dietitian Belinda Neville.
"The problem is Aussies aren't eating enough nuts to gain the many health benefits. On average we eat just 6g a day – well short of the recommended 30g handful.
"This challenge is all about reminding people that getting your serve of nuts a day is just as important as eating your fruit and veggies. And let's face it, nuts really do make healthy snacking easy."
Run by Nuts for Life, Australia's leading nut nutrition body, the #nuts30days30ways challenge is open to everyone.
Leading the charge on this year's challenge will be ex-MasterChef alumni and model mum Sarah Todd (@sarahtodd) with her drool-worthy snack ideas; dietitians Rebecca Gawthorne (@nourish_naturally) and Rachel Scoular (@healthyhappyhabits) will share healthy nut tips; and Kimberley Welman (@staystrongmummy) and Amy Whiteford (@healthylittlefoodies) who have great nut snacks for the whole family that will help keep you motivated all month.
Watch the hashtag #nuts30days30ways on Instagram for all their nutty snacking ideas and share yours too.
You can join the #nuts30days30ways challenge in three easy steps, here's how…
1. Eat a handful of nuts every day during September.
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