Lemon Coconut Balls

Lemon Coconut Balls


When life gives you lemons, what do you make? For me, it’s ALWAYS lemon bars. I’m talking about 30 batches of lemon bars in a year. I love the sweetness and sourness that’s combined in one bite. 

In Southern Arizona, we have a huge citrus growing season. Yes, we have lemons and oranges here too…it’s not just California. My neighbors have giant trees and they’re always putting boxes of citrus out in their yard, free for the taking. I take advantage of this act of kindness. 

This year, I told myself I was going to branch out and make something other than lemon bars. It was a sad transition at the beginning, but I’m glad I did it. I found so many lemon desserts that I liked – from lemon pound cake, to lemon curd, to lemon cheesecake. And then I decided to come up with a ‘healthy’ recipe. 

There may be some ingredients in this recipe that you don’t have in your pantry, like almond flour and coconut flakes. It might be an excellent investment to make because I’m a believer it will help keep your dysphagia diet versatile. That way you won’t get bored with always eating the same things. 

This recipe is EXTREMELY easy. You’ll need a food processor, but I bet you could make it in a ninja if you have one. Just add the coconut flakes and blend them until they’re a fine powder. Then add all the other ingredients and blend until you have a smooth paste. You’ll need to taste and adjust for more acidity and/or sweetness as needed! 

Shape them into 1.5 cm balls, roll them in powdered sugar and coconut flakes and Voila, you’re done! Just be sure to do the fork test to ensure it’s the correct consistency.

My lemon balls are a bit larger than they should be for the sake of a photograph. Please make sure yours are small, bite-sized pieces. Or, if you or your loved one can be trusted to eat bigger balls in multiple bites, go ahead and do it. 🙂

Leave a comment below and let us know if you like this recipe! We hope it satisfies your sweet tooth in a dysphagia friendly way. 

Lemon Coconut Bars

Lemon Coconut Balls

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Soft & Bite-Sized
Servings: 4


  • food processor


  • blended coconut flakes
  • 1 ¾ c almond flour
  • c lemon juice
  • c + 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • Scant ¼ c coconut oil
  • 1 pinch flaky salt
  • ¼ c powdered sugar
  • Additional coconut flakes for rolling


  • Blend coconut flakes in a food processor until fine powder.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth.
  • Mix powdered sugar and additional coconut flakes together in a bowl.
  • Roll almond flour mixture into small, bite-sized balls.
  • Then roll all balls into powdered sugar and coconut flakes mixture.

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