Raw Cashew Lemon Drops + Cleansing

by Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit) on March 23, 2011

Spring has sprung! [says the girl with 6 inches of snow on her front lawn]

The birds are chirping, the cows are mooing, and our bodies are saying “please, please cleanse me!”

We’ve been hibernating in our houses, eating earthy vegetables, and surrounding our organs with extra TLC [it's perfectly normal and expected to gain a bit of weight in the winter!].

But with spring, comes the opportunity to awaken our body, mind and spirit and ground ourselves in this new season.

How do we do that?

Cleansing!

Sure there are loads of boxed cleansing programs out there, but thankfully Mother Nature has brilliantly provided everything we need to allow ourselves to transition to this season of renewal.

Personally, I like to begin April with a light cleanse that then transitions me to a lighter spring diet. I find it’s easier on my body [and digestion] than jumping into a completely new diet head first.

Don’t get me wrong though, I still enjoy my treats! And this year will be a lot easier since I’ve cut most sugars out of my life.

I sense some serious menu planning in my not so distant future.

yipee! :-)

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Raw Cashew Lemon Drops

Vegan, Gluten free, Dairy free, Sugar free, Yeast free

These fruit and nut balls make for a perfect [simple] sunny snack. The lemon adds detoxifying properties to help your body transition to a lighter, more cleansing diet, just in time for spring!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 10 medjool dates, pitted
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
  • zest of one lemon

Directions

  1. In a food processor, chop cashews until they’re the size of the eraser end of a pencil. Remove from food processor bowl and set aside.
  2. Place remaining ingredients in the food processor and combine until dates are fully mashed [you'll know when it's ready when the dates clump together in one large ball]
  3. Add cashews back in and pulse quickly, just until incorporated.
  4. Grab a scoop at a time [about a tablespoon size or a bit bigger] and roll into balls. Place completed balls on a freezer safe plate. Repeat with remaining dough.
  5. Place balls in the freezer for 5-10 minutes, remove and enjoy!

I like to keep them in the freezer for quick access. I prefer them cold but they’re just as tasty at room temperature and will hold their form well.

Makes 10 drops.

Nutrition stats [1 drop]: calories 160; fat 9g; carbohydrates 20g; dietary fiber 2g; sugars 15g; protein 3g

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I’ve already started adding lemon to my morning water [something I dreadfully missed throughout the winter] and have already used my juicer 3 times since Sunday. Heck ya.

But there’s still more I need to change in order to give my body a good ‘ol spring cleaning.

Once I’ve come up with the plan on how I’ll be shifting from my winter diet to a lighter cleansing diet, I’ll start sharing the following info with all y’all:

  • how to cleanse safely
  • meal planning on a cleanse
  • what natural foods are best for cleansing
  • how to maintain balance while on a cleanse
  • my personal spring transition progress

Have you ever done a cleanse or season transition?

Are you interested in doing a cleanse but not sure where to start?

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{ 47 comments… read them below or add one }

loftyappetite

What type of lens do you use for your food photos? I’m looking to get some additions to my standard lens and would appreciate any advice you can give because your photos are always stunning!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Thanks :) I use a 50mm canon f1.8

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Jaclyn and Jenn @ sketchfreevegan

ugh why are you so awesome it’s crazy!

I was wondering if you were interested in submitting your photos to my tastespotting-esque site: http://www.healthfreakfood.com

They are so pretty!

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Gina

I just did a fruit cleanse which I posted about and it wasn’t as hard as I thought! Though there were some cons to it, I’m feeling great afterwards.

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Glad to hear you’re feeling good after your cleanse! I love that clean and light feeling spring cleanses bring. I can’t wait to get started!

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Junia @ Mis Pensamientos

i’m doing a juice cleanse right now! i love it :)

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Sara

Yes and Yes!
It’s definitely time to treat my body to a nice cleanse. Can’t wait to read your tips!

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Kristina @ spabettie

oooh, these sound delightfully fresh and Springlike! I have all of the ingredients, I may make these today!!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

It’s about time Spring came! Although you’d never be able to tell it here. SO much snow. Let me know how you like them if you give it a try today.

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RavieNomNoms

Those are glorious! My favorite nut is the cashew!

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Stephanie

Beautiful! I’ll bet they taste a bit like lemon meringue pie. I’ll have to try them!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Doh! I should have called them lemon meringue drops! They totally taste like lemon meringue!

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Jennifer and Jaclyn @ sketch-free vegan

Nice! These look delish!

We just started a health food photo sharing site http://www.healthfoodfreak.com and would love it if you submitted some photos!

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nevernotdreaming

How do you cleanse without losing weight? (Just curious, not doing one myself).

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Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie)

These little balls look so decadent! I love adding lemon to my water too. Such a fresh taste :)

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Kankana

They are absolutely classy .. i love cashew and i am sure i will love these..

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Tracy @ Commit to Fit

You were reading my mind, I was just thinking I need to blog about cleansing :) Those are like homemade Lara Bar balls, I love them!

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Lindsey@Lindselicious

Ooooh definately want to hear more about the cleanse! Love these lara-balls!! Keep um coming!

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Joy

That looks great.

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Firefly

I need a good cleanse! Haven’t done one in a while. And the drops look so good and healthy. Can’t wait to try them!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

Oh, how I love balls. ;)

These are definitely coming with me on the wedding road-trip next weekend. Perfect springtime snack! I bet they would be good with lime too (esp. with the coconut flavor).

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Mmm yes, lime and coconut would be fantastic!

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Peggy

Yum! Those cashew and lemon drops sound absolutely delicious! What a treat!

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Medeja

I love cashews and such easy recipes. This recipe is definitely worth trying

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Steph@stephsbitebybite

I’ve always wanted to do a cleanse, so I’m super excited to read your posts!! I also wish I had a handful of these drops with me at work right now!

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chelsey @ clean eating chelsey

I don’t really do a “cleanse” but my diet does change in the spring/summer time!

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Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes

I just love this post – thank you so much for addressing the idea of cleansing, but doing so safely and healthfully. Fantastic ideas!!

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kate@ahealthypassion

Im cleansing right now and love it cant wait to see you tips, and those balls look DIVINE!

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Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]

delicious!

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Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)

NICE recipe!!!

I have a jillion locally grown lemons from friends’ trees in my fruit drawer. I need to put them to use with this recipe!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

omg I would kill for a jillion lemons in my fruit drawer. Yum!

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Tiffany

I made these except with almond meal instead and I can’t stop eating them. what a nice treat. reminds me of a LaraBar. thanks

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

I’m glad you liked them!

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sara

I drink half a lemon juiced into warm water first thing every morning, year round. What is the reason you stop adding lemon to your morning water in the winter?

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

There’s nothing wrong with lemon water in the morning. In the winter I have hot water, lemon, and chamomile tea before bed. In the warmer months I switch it out for lemon water in the morning to kick start my digestion. I just find that it works better for me, but to each their own!

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sara

Ah good! I was hoping there wasn’t a negative side to lemon water in the morning during the winter :)

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Anja @ AnjasFood4Thought

Spring has sprung…hahaha. Love that. Loving my lemons in spring too. These drops are just perfect. Got all ingredients at home and know what will be my sofa treat tonight :-)

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Sarah Jio

This is a great idea! Yum! I’m going to be sharing on my Glamour.com blog tomorrow. Hope it’s OK to use a photo. I’ll link back to you for the recipe. Should send lots of traffic your way! :)

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Thanks Sarah!

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Molly @ Toffee Bits and Chocolate Chips

Delicious! and perfect for the cleanse I’m starting next week!

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Betsy Padilla

I stumbled across your blog and fell in love. Recently, I made the Raw Cashew Lemon Drops and it was a big hit.

I plan to post the recipe and picture on my blog so that others can enjoy this delicious bite.

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Marla

Girl, these sound amazing! Thanks for sharing them with me today :)

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Joan

I’m going to try it with almonds or walnuts…..do you make a margarita ball?

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

I haven’t made a margarita flavored recipe, but I’ve done a mojito ball! http://www.healthfulpursuit.com/recipage/?recipe_id=6005635 enjoy ;)

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Little Sis

So delicious, and so healthful. I made something like this and the only problem I had with it was that I couldn’t stop eating it. Super yum.

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Jaime Robinson

These sounded so good and I have a couple sick kiddos, so a sweet lemony cleansing treat would hit the spot. They are awesome!!! Everyone in the house liked them, really liked them (that’s what they kept saying). Good job & thanks for sharing!!!

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Kim

Have you ever made these with nuts other than cashews? I SWORE I had cashews and didn’t get any today at the store, and of course I don’t have them. I have raw sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts, and pecans.

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