Zesty Lemon Coconut bites

The Keto diet. It seems everyone these days is trying, even if only to try and jump start a weight loss plan. I am trying to lose a few (cough cough) pounds to squeeze into a dress by Goat I am coveting for my daughter’s upcoming wedding next July. I have found that with a mix of clean eating and working out using interval training, I am able to jump start my metabolism and the pounds come off a little faster than usual. Giving up alcohol helps as well. Insert tears emoji.

Bright lemon balls are a perfect afternoon treat when you are trying to stick to a Keto diet

While looking for a simple way to stay on my Keto diet throughout the day, I found this recipe for Keto coconut lemon balls on the internet last year. I have tweaked the recipe to add more zing to the taste and changed the sweetener to Splenda Naturals with Stevia. You may prefer straight up Splenda that dissolves, but I like the texture of the crunchy bits of sweetener. I also prefer full fat Greek yogurt to sour cream- some recipes call for sour cream but I pretty much always substitute Greek Yogurt for sour cream these days. The brighter flavor and health benefits make Greek yogurt an easy swap. A bite of these at work in the afternoon satisfies your sweet tooth without blowing your Keto diet . Let me know how you like this recipe in my comment section.

These Lemon bites are pretty enough for tea time

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup cream cheese, softened

  • 1 TBS full fat Greek yogurt

  • 3 tsp fresh lemon juice

  • zest of one lemon

  • 1/2 cup almond flour

  • 1/4 tsp vanilla or almond extract

  • 2 tsp of Splenda Naturals- Stevia- or more to taste

  • pinch of sea salt

  • 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

  • 1 tbs Stevia

Directions

  • In a bowl combine cream cheese, yogurt, lemon juice, zest, almond flour, vanilla, sea salt and Stevia- test a sample bite for sweetness- Adjust sweetness if desired. A thick dough should form.
  • Freeze dough for 5 minutes.
  • While dough is firming, mix coconut flakes and extra Stevia on a plate for coating for bites.
  • Once dough is chilled, roll into small balls. Then roll balls in coconut mixture to coat.
  • Freeze for an additional 30 minutes to 1 hour . You can enjoy immediately . Store lemon bites in an airtight container in the fridge.

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