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.
- 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
- 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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