Iced Lemon Cookie Energy Balls


Next time you have a Girl Scout Cookie craving, try these healthier no-bake cookies instead. Their bright and lemony flavor is balanced by sweetness from Medjool dates, and they're held together with millet and almond meal. Keeping the dough chilled and dusting your hands with confectioners' sugar will keep them from sticking to your hands while you shape them.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 40 mins
16 balls


  • 1 cup cooked millet

  • 1 cup pitted Medjool dates

  • ¼ cup almond meal

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest, divided

  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice, divided

  • ¼ cup confectioners' sugar, plus more for dusting


  1. Process millet, dates, almond meal, salt, 1 tablespoon lemon zest and 2 tablespoons lemon juice in a food processor until the mixture is fully combined and the dates are very finely chopped, 1 to 2 minutes. Refrigerate the mixture until firm enough to roll into balls, about 1 hour.

  2. Lightly dust hands with confectioners' sugar; roll the mixture into balls, using a heaping tablespoon of dough for each.

  3. Place confectioners' sugar in a small bowl. Whisk in the remaining 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 teaspoon at a time, until the icing is smooth and reaches the desired consistency. Dip each ball into the icing; sprinkle with the remaining lemon zest.

  4. Refrigerate the balls for 30 minutes before serving.


To make ahead: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

129 Calories
2g Fat
28g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size 2 balls
Calories 129
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 20g
Protein 2g 4%
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Vitamin A 38IU 1%
Vitamin C 4mg 5%
Folate 9mcg 2%
Sodium 148mg 6%
Calcium 26mg 2%
Iron 1mg 3%
Magnesium 33mg 8%
Potassium 189mg 4%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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