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Coconut Lime Energy Bites (Paleo, Vegan)

Coconut Lime Energy Bites – These nut-free lime energy bites are perfect for meal prep, healthy snacking, or packing in lunches. (Gluten free, vegan, and paleo approved!)

Front view of a plate of coconut lime energy bites. Some of them dipped in coconut.

We are a month into school already (can you believe it!?) since we start so early, and we’re already trying to get creative with lunches. Our lunch box formula is pretty simple. We try to choose a few colors of the rainbow and include some healthy fats and protein with each lunch. But even then, it’s not all that boring:

Sophie isn’t into (read: will not eat) sandwiches or very many forms of protein, so we’ve had to get a little more creative with her lunches this year. Often, that means including things like grain free mini muffins, or trail mix, or energy bites.

These coconut lime energy bites are one of my FAVORITE combinations. They’re sweet and delicious like a treat, but made from a really healthy ingredient list (that also helps me give Sophie a dose of healthy fats while we’re at it). The other big bonus? These are completely nut free!

I love that I can make a batch and snack on them throughout the week or pack them in lunches with no extra effort. Basically: make a batch of coconut lime energy bites. You’ll never run out of occasions to eat them!

Overhead view of coconut lime energy bites on parchment paper

What’s in Coconut Lime Energy Bites?

  • Medjool Dates. I use medjool dates in most of my energy bite recipes–they’ve got a great flavor and their texture helps the bites stick together well.
  • Pumpkin Seeds (Or Cashews). I developed these coconut lime energy bites to be nut-free, using pumpkin seeds. I love these sprouted ones (certified nut-free!), but if nuts aren’t an issue for you, you can also make these using raw cashews.
  • Unsweetened Coconut. Next, comes our unsweetened coconut. The coconut helps bind the lime energy bites together and gives a subtle coconut flavor that’s really gorgeous with the lime.
  • Lime Zest. To really make the lime flavor shine, I love using lime zest. Lime oil is found in the zest, so you get the brightest, freshest lime flavor by using the zest. (A microplane zester makes this really easy!)
  • Vanilla. To balance the flavor, I love adding a little vanilla. If it’s not your jam, feel free to skip it!
  • Lime Juice. Then, to round out the flavor and help the energy bites come together, you’ll add fresh lime juice (PLEASE use fresh!) a little at a time while you blend.
Overhead view of a bowl of coconut lime energy bites. Some of them dipped in coconut.
Front view of a bowl of coconut lime energy bites. Some of them dipped in coconut.

HOW TO MAKE COCONUT LIME ENERGY BITES, STEP-BY-STEP:

Making energy bites is as simple as add + blend + roll! Here’s the whole process, step by step:

  1. Add dates, pumpkin seeds, coconut, lime zest, and vanilla to the bowl of a food processor.
  2. Pulse or blend adding lime juice 1 tsp. at a time, until the mixture comes together and no large pieces remain. (It should stick together easily when you pinch the mixture between your fingers.)
  3. Scoop! Use a small cookie scoop or a scant tablespoon to scoop the coconut lime energy bite mixture into even amounts, then roll the balls between your hands until smooth.
  4. Decorate. If desired, add a little extra shredded coconut to a small bowl and dip or roll the energy bites in coconut for decoration.
  5. Store. Add rounded energy bites to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator up to 1 week.
Overhead view of a plate of coconut lime energy bites. Some of them dipped in coconut.
Close up front view of a coconut lime energy bite with a bite taken out of it.

FAQ + TIPS AND TRICKS FOR THE BEST COCONUT LIME ENERGY BITES:

WHAT FOOD PROCESSOR DO YOU LIKE? My mom never owned a food processor when I was growing up, so I totally thought they were a fluffy extra kitchen appliance. I WAS WRONG. I literally use this or my blender almost every single day. I’ve had great luck with Cuisinart brand. (I just replaced mine after 9 years!)

HOW LONG TO ENERGY BITES STAY FRESH? Energy bites will stay fresh about one week in the refrigerator. I store mine in an airtight container in the fridge and they keep really well! Or, you can even freeze them for about a month.

HELP! MY MIXTURE ISN’T COMING TOGETHER! Dates have different levels of dryness. Some dates are still quite soft inside, and others are a little more dried out. All you need to do is add a *TINY* bit of liquid. In this case, I recommend lime juice. I usually only need 1-3 tsp of liquid if my mixture isn’t coming together, but go 1 tsp. at a time until the mixture can easily stick together when pinched between your fingers. (See the video for a visual!)

WAIT! I THOUGHT THESE WERE NUT-FREE! I’ll clarify that they *do* contain coconut, but many people with nut allergies tolerate coconut just fine. (See this article from the American College of Allergy, Athsma & Immunology). Then, you’ll use nut-free pumpkin seeds (look for that certification, since sometimes brands use the same equipment to process nuts.)

Overhead view of a bowl of coconut lime energy bites. Some of them dipped in coconut.

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Overhead view of a bowl of coconut lime energy bites. Some of them dipped in coconut.

Coconut Lime Energy Bites (Nut-Free Friendly!)


  • Author: One Lovely Life
  • Total Time: About 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2025 energy bites 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Coconut Lime Energy Bites – These nut-free lime energy bites are perfect for meal prep, healthy snacking, or packing in lunches. (Gluten free, vegan, and paleo approved!)


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 cups Medjool dates, pits removed (about 16 medjool dates)
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut (shredded or flakes)
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin seeds (I like sprouted pumpkin seeds) or raw cashews
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • About 1 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract*
  • Optional: additional coconut for decoration

Instructions

  1. Place dates, coconut, pumpkin seeds, lime zest, and vanilla in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal S blade.
  2. Pulse or mix until the mixture has no large chunks and sticks together when pinched, adding lime juice 1 tsp. at a time until the mixture starts to come together. If your mixture is a little dry, add 1 tsp of lime juice at a time as needed to help everything come together.
  3. Roll into small bite-sized balls. Dip in additional dried coconut if desired. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 1 week.

Notes

If you’re doing a Whole30, you may choose to omit the vanilla extract. You can substitute a small amount of vanilla powder or vanilla bean if desired, but they’ll still taste delicious without it!

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Food Processor
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: coconut lime energy bites, coconut lime energy balls, lime energy bites, lime energy balls

17 Comments

  1. I made these this evening and they are super yummy! I was worried they would be really sweet, but the lime and coconut really shine through! Thanks!

    1. April – I don’t have nutrition facts on my site yet (hopefully soon!), but you can plug it into any free online calculator. My Fitness Pal is my favorite!

    1. I hear you! I don’t know if you saw where I talked about that in the blog post, but The American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology says “People with tree nut allergies often wonder if they must also avoid coconut and nutmeg.

      Coconut is not a botanical nut; it is classified as a fruit, even though the Food and Drug Administration recognizes coconut as a tree nut. While allergic reactions to coconut have been documented, most people who are allergic to tree nuts can safely eat coconut.” http://acaai.org/allergies/types/food-allergies/types-food-allergy/tree-nut-allergy

  2. Love these! These are easily my favorite energy bites that I’ve made. I used deglet noor dates (the kind from the Costco tub), and I approximated my vanilla and had to add some lime juice because my dates were a little dry. Will be making these again.

  3. These are delicious! I added double the lime zest and lime juice because I love lime. My kids really enjoyed them and I’ll be making these as a school/camp snack for sure. Thanks for the recipe!

  4. I made these for a road trip I was taking, they have a nice lime flavor and are very filling. I had to use sweetened coconut as I was out of unsweetened. I just used less, because the dates are very sweet. They came out yummy!

  5. I love all of your energy bite recipes! Wondering if honey or maple syrup could be substituted for the dates? I know that would change the consistency…

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