I recently discovered I could buy poppy seeds in bulk at Superstore and since I can’t resist a sale I had to buy them, of course (because what individual person doesn’t need a bulk bag of tiny little poppy seeds).
So, I sat down and thought about what I could possibly do with a bag of poppy seeds and DUH lemon poppy seed anything!!!! One of the best flavor combos of all time (in my personal opinion, at least) and I just so happened to have been craving it lately so it was perfect timing! Yay coincidences!
But now came the real challenge. I knew what flavor I wanted to make, but WHAT would I make? There’s the obvious lemon poppy seed muffins, I even thought of maybe a healthier lemon poppy seed scone, but I really didn’t feel like baking. With summer around the corner, I wanted something light, cool, and QUICK. More time outside, less time in the hot kitchen, know what I’m sayin? So that settled it: lemon poppy seed BALLS. Yuuuuuuuuup that’s a winner!
They’re light. They’re yummy. They take all of 5 minutes (if that) to make. They give you a great little boost of energy and protein. They’re the perfect grab ‘n’ go snack for the beach or a bike ride or any summer outside activity. ANDDDDDDDD. They’re good for you? Obviously! Would I get you guys hyped up about anything that wasn’t gonna be having your body singin’? HECK NO!
SO the health benefits:
Poppy seeds are actually more than just a pretty face. They’re surprisingly high in iron, calcium, and zinc! Sayy whatttttttt?! Plus add in the cell healing qualities of collagen peptides and energy boost from coconut oil (and so much more) and these are some miraculously healthy lil cuties.
So now I’m quite happy with my bulk poppy seed purchase because I’m gonna be making these balls all summer long baby! So time to go buy your own bulk purchase of poppy seeds and jump on the bandwagon. Enjoy!
Lemon Poppy Seed Collagen Energy Balls
- ½ cup oat flour (I just put rolled oats in my Vitamix and blend on high for about 10 seconds)
- 3 Tbsp coconut flour (I use Bob’s Red Mill)
- 2 Tbsp collagen peptides (I use Organika)
- 2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
- 8 pitted Medjool dates
- 2 Tbsp melted organic virgin coconut oil
- Juice of 1 lemon
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 1 Tbsp poppy seeds
- Optional unsweetened shredded coconut flakes to roll them in
- In a small bowl, combine your flours and collagen powder so they’re evenly mixed.
- In a high-powered blender or food processor, add the pitted dates and blend until they turn into more of a butter consistency (there may still be lumps, but that’s okay).
- Add the melted coconut oil, maple syrup, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Blend until everything is well combined.
- Add the flours and blend until you have a thick, dough-like consistency (scraping down the sides as necessary so everything is thoroughly combined).
- Finally, add in your poppy seeds and pulse until they’re evenly mixed in.
- Scoop out dough balls about the size of a heaping tablespoon and roll into a ball. Repeat until all the dough has been used.
- At this point, if you’re rolling your balls in coconut flakes, you can do that now. Then pop you naked or coconut-covered balls in the fridge for about 30 minutes to firm up and then enjoy!
* I store them in the fridge and they usually last for about 5-7 days