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Raw Lemon Treats

by jenny sansouci on May 26, 2011

These little zingy lemon desserts were an experiment for me – I’d never tried to make them before, but I was inspired to try something new. I love finding healthy dessert recipes (especially raw desserts)! This one was adapted from one I found on the Whole Foods recipes app on my iPhone (pretty much my all-time favorite app). I used my Vitamix to make them (my favorite piece of equipment, ever), but you could use a regular blender or food processor.

I was a little skeptical of these treats at first because of the addition of sesame seeds. I admit, the crunchiness of the sesame seeds is a little unexpected when you first bite into it, but the texture and flavors actually do work really well together. A nutty, tangy raw treat! They look just like Dunkin Donuts munchkins, but without the flour, sugar, and whatever else might be lurking in those things. 🙂



  • 1 cup chopped dates (pits removed)
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened dried coconut flakes
  • a little coconut sugar to dust them with

Put all ingredients except coconut flakes into food processor or blender. Blend until mixed well.

With dampened hands, roll into balls. Roll each ball in the dried coconut!

Chill in freezer until ready to serve.

If you want a little hint of extra sweetness, dust them with a little coconut palm sugar. 🙂

Yum! Enjoy these little munchkins of sweet, lemony love.



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Kate May 27, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Is there an alternative to the banana? I love them but they are high on the glycemic index


jenny sansouci May 27, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Kate – The original recipe actually didn’t call for banana, I added it in myself…so feel free to omit it and let me know how they turn out!


Alyssa Weldon May 30, 2011 at 6:02 pm

Wow this is the first recipe I’ve seen where I basically have all the ingredients in my apartment already! I will definitely try these this week! Thanks Jenny


Katy June 5, 2011 at 7:45 pm

Any suggestions for a nut-free version?


Cheryl Ramsey March 24, 2013 at 7:06 pm

I made these without the banana and they are amazing.. HMMMM!!
Thank you for sharing


Michelle July 27, 2013 at 10:16 pm

Just made these and they are yummy. Just a hint of banana and lemon. Delicious.


Michelle July 27, 2013 at 10:17 pm

Hi, how long do you think they would last in the fridge?


Stacey November 12, 2013 at 4:58 pm

I just made these and they are awesome! I thought they would be a pain to make but they were pretty easy and rolled nicely. 🙂


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