Key Lime Coconut Energy Bites

Key Lime Coconut Energy Bites ~ quick, no bake treats that are vegan and paleo friendly!

I often get an afternoon sweets craving. It usually hits me by two o’clock in the afternoon, a few hours after lunch and long before dinner. Sometimes I just grab a handful of granola trail mix, some strawberries or even just a piece of dark chocolate. Especially during my busy time at work, I keep a box of snack bars in my desk to grab before I head out the door for a meeting. These quick, no bake key lime coconut energy bites are the perfect snack to grab when the sweet craving hits.

I used to be obsessed with Larabars. The chocolate chip cookie dough and peanut butter chocolate chip were my favorite. I would eat one to satisfy my sweet craving. They were my sweet treat of choice for so long that I honestly just got sick of them. It’s been a few years since I’ve actually eaten a Larabar.  But I really love the taste of date bars so I decided to make my own. I picked about a half of a dozen key limes off of our tree this year so I had just enough to make a few batches of these energy bites. These bars are big enough to satisfy my craving for something sweet but small enough to eat as a quick snack. And I love that you can change some of the ingredients to make your favorite flavor.

Key Lime Coconut Energy Bites ~ quick, no bake treats that are vegan and paleo friendly! Key Lime Coconut Energy Bites ~ quick, no bake treats that are vegan and paleo friendly! Key Lime Coconut Energy Bites ~ quick, no bake treats that are vegan and paleo friendly!

Key Lime Coconut Energy Bites ~ quick, no bake treats that are vegan and paleo friendly! Key Lime Coconut Energy Bites ~ quick, no bake treats that are vegan and paleo friendly!

Key Lime Coconut Energy Bites

Key Lime Coconut Energy Bites


  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1 1/2 cups Medjool dates*, pitted
  • zest and juice from 3 key limes
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut


  1. Add the almonds and cashews to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until nuts are finely chopped (but do not pulse too long, you do not want the nuts to turn into a paste). Add the dates, lime juice and zest. Pulse until the dates are finely chopped and the mixture starts to clump. Shape the mixture into 1 1/2 inch balls. Roll in coconut to coat outside of the balls. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.


If Medjool dates are not available, any other pitted date will work.

Source: Spoonful of Flavor

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122 Responses to Key Lime Coconut Energy Bites

  1. Love the coconut-lime combo! These would make a wonderful afternoon pick-me-up! ;–)

  2. I’m so glad I got to try these. They are amazing!


  3. I have yet to jump on the date bar bandwagon. These might be the push I need! They look amazing! Plus I looooooove coconut

  4. julia says:

    Love these energy bites! The addition of coconut is great!

  5. Mmm. Coconut and lime. That sounds like a punch of energy to me! Pinning.

  6. marcie says:

    You’ve got two of my favorite flavors together here, Ashley — coconut and key lime! These look and sound delicious, perfect for an afternoon or post workout snack. Pinning!

    • Ashley says:

      Thanks for pinning, Marcie! I love the combination of coconut and key lime too. It makes me think that I should be lounging on the beach!

  7. Love the coconut and lime combination! I would love to have these on hand to get me through long afternoons!

  8. I just made my own Lara bars for the first time last night…peanut butter chocolate chip flavor and loved how they turned out! I’m SO trying this key lime version once mine are gone!

    • Ashley says:

      Peanut butter chocolate chip is one of my favorite flavors of Lara bars. I think that you will really love the key lime!

  9. Kelly says:

    Yum, I love coconut treats and these sound fantastic with the key limes! These would make such a great afternoon snack for that extra boost of energy :)

  10. Coconut and Lime is a wonderful combination!! These look amazing :)

  11. Love the key lime + coconut combo! I’ve been looking for some healthier snacks for my afternoon munching….these are perfect!

  12. Love the flavors! And I totally need these for those afternoon (or mid-morning, or nighttime) sweets cravings. :)

  13. Meg says:

    I love anything Key lime, and these look delicious! I get an afternoon sweets craving, too . . . and, well, a night sweets craving, and sometimes a morning sweet craving . . .

  14. Coconut and lime combined into a delicious treat…yum! These look delicious. I love the close up so you can see the texture. Very nice :D Pinning!

  15. The flavors of this sound amazing! What a delicious but healthy little snack.

  16. These look delicious! I have been searching for more great recipes to make for healthy snacks and this one is perfection :-).

  17. Key Lime and Coconut, yes please!

  18. Lime!! Adore it just as much as lemon. I’ve never seen anything like this before! Love how it seems like it would cure a sweet tooth while being guilt free.

  19. These sound so great Ashley! What a fun and unique idea and beautiful photos!!

  20. I’m sure I would love these! I really want to start making my own energy bars/ bites. The packaged ones tend to upset my stomach.

  21. Ashley these look awesome! I’m a hardcore coconut lover so these are right up my alley! So glad you commented on my blog because now I’ve found yours :)

  22. This recipe is so simple yet so amazing! I know dates have tons of protein and give lots of energy. Can’t wait to try this recipe !

  23. Tonia says:

    Energy bites? Yes! I need some of these right now because I feel like taking a nap! LOL!

  24. dina says:

    they look like yummy treats!

  25. I LOVE larabars too! But they are wayyy too overpriced in my opinion. I think I’m going to enjoy your version much more ;). Love the combination of key limes and coconut. And to think I used to avoid coconut like the plague! Gasp. And yes, I can def relate to your 2 o’clock sweet craving. Hope you’re having a wonderful week, Ashley!

  26. Joanne says:

    I went through a larabar phase also! And I still love them, I just don’t feel compelled to eat them as much. But maybe if I mixed up the flavors by making them myself…hmm. I love the citrus in these key lime bites!!

  27. oh these look good. pretty photos!

  28. Jenna says:

    these sounds really good, and healthy!

  29. Sami says:

    Looks great! I can’t wait to try this recipe. Pinning!

  30. Beautiful photos, Ashely! These treats look delicious! I need something like this to snack on while at work. Pinned and sharing on social media. Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Mondays!

  31. Love energy bars, lime is a great twist! Sounds like a great afternoon snack. I’m also loving your little green ramekin :)

  32. These are gorgeous, Ashley! I pinned them to my breakfast board because I would love to start my day with these little treats. Beautiful job!

  33. C Bell says:

    I cannot wait to try these. They look so yummy!

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  35. I am SUCH a fan of key lime…..thanks SO MUCH for sharing these at Saturday Night Fever! I am PINNING!! :)

  36. Angie says:

    Would using almond meal work in place of processing whole almonds? I’ll probably give it a try anyway, just to see. These sound delicious and I can’t wait to give them a try!

    • Ashley says:

      Hi Angie, the almond meal would probably work. I’ve never tried it with this recipe because I like small chunks of almonds in my bites. Enjoy!

  37. Jessi says:

    Would it be okay to use a whole cup of almonds instead of half cashews? Or do you have any other suggestions? I’m allergic to cashews but would love to try this recipe!

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  40. nicole says:

    Just made these and they are fantastic! I’m curious to know the serving size and calories?

  41. Wendy says:

    These are so delicious. We used one regular lime. Since we aren’t vegan, I’m going to dip half the cookie in dark chocolate and pass these off for holiday treats :) the rest of the time , we will keep them a healthy treat

  42. jessi pereira says:

    how many balls does one recipe make?

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  47. Melissa says:

    If this recipe make a dozen What is the calories for each ball?

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  49. annie says:

    silly question is it coconut powder that you coat them with? they look delish btw! :)

  50. Valerie says:

    How long would these stay fresh in the refridgerator?

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  56. Christina Vickers says:

    Oh. My. Word! I’m totally in love with these! They are fabulous, and I can’t wait to make them again! Thank you!

  57. Jamie says:

    These were so fresh tasting! I didn’t have quite enough dates, so I added some dried plums and juiced another lime. My family ate them in one sitting, so I guess I will need to double or triple the recipe!

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  60. Linda Bibb says:

    These sound amazing enough to eat the entire batch. Do you have any idea on the calorie count per bite?

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  62. jenny says:

    I made these last night with pecans (because I didn’t have cashews on hand) and there are only 2 left. . I can’t wait to make them next time with cashews. Thanks for sharing!

  63. Leela says:

    These look great! I’m recently low-fodmap and can’t do dates or dried fruits.. any ideas for a substitution?

    • Ashley says:

      Hi Leela! The dried fruit is what makes these bites unique. I’m not sure what else you could use for a substitution.

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  71. Kim says:

    Made these last night as a little dessert for a dinner party where one of the girls eats gluten free and they were a hit with everyone and they were healthy so a win-win!!!

  72. Jessica says:

    Did you use salted or unsalted nuts? I can’t wait to make them!

  73. Louise says:

    These taste amazing!! Thank you! I will be making them often. I added a little fig to mine too and they were delicious.

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  76. Ankeeta says:

    These look great! How many bites does this recipe make?

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  81. Michelle - from Australia says:

    These are the first protein balls I have made. They are so delicious, its very hard to stop at one. I added Lucama Powder to it for extra protein etc wow. Great start to my new way of eating. Thank you from down OZ.

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  83. Judy Shkolny says:

    I made these and I got about 2 dozen 1inch balls. I would use 4 key limes instead of 3, these are addictive and yummy,very sticky to make.

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  89. Jenni says:

    Hi there, anyone know if these freeze ok if made a few days in advance? I want them fresh for a road trip :)

  90. Linda says:

    Salted or unsalted? Or lightly salted ? Can’t wait to make these today!!

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