Recipe: Lemon & Coconut Bliss Balls

lemon and coconut balls

These lemon and coconut balls are OMG delicious. The piquant taste of lemon combined with the sweetness of dates and nuttiness of almonds, pumpkin seeds and coconut. Mmmmmm.

Because they don’t contain refined sugar they won’t spike your blood sugar which can be one of the reasons for midlife weight gain. The inclusion of the protein powder adds a little bit of filling sustenance.

With that said, it doesn’t mean it would be a good idea to sit down and polish off the lot in one sitting but by all means enjoy!



lemon and coconut balls

Serves 6-12

  • 1 lemon – juiced
  • 1 cup dates
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/3 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 scoop protein powder of your choice or swap out 1/3-1/2 cup fine almond flour


Prep time: 7 minutes

  1. Pop everything into a food processor and whizz together
  2. If you’ve swapped the protein powder for flour and the mixture seems a bit dry add a drop of water to it.
  3. Roll into balls with your hands.
  4. Spread some coconut on a sheet of baking paper or a tray and roll the balls in the coconut to coat them.

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At this juncture, a woman might experience an increase in the signs of reduced estrogen but she should have a decrease of perimenopause symptoms. That said, some women will experience symptoms like hot flushes for years or even the rest of their lives.


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Most females begin to experience the symptoms of perimenopause in their mid-forties. Your progesterone levels decline from your mid-30s but it’s generally from around 40 that the rest of your sex hormones begin to follow suit. 

Perimenopause is a different experience for every woman and some women may barely notice it. The first indicators are usually changes to the monthly cycle. This means that for some ladies, this can be accompanied by things like sore breasts, mood swings, weight gain around the belly, and fatigue as time goes on.

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