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


  • 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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  1. Consuelo @ Honey & Figs

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

  2. Heather @ Sugar Dish Me

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

  3. julia

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

    • Ashley

      Thanks for pinning, Melanie!

  4. marcie

    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

      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!

  5. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction

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

  6. taylor @ greens & chocolate

    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

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

  7. Kelly

    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 :)

    • Ashley

      They really are the perfect afternoon snack!

  8. Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen

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

  9. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

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

  10. Meg

    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 . . .

  11. Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods

    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 😀 Pinning!

    • Ashley

      Thanks for pinning, Cindy!

  12. Rachel @the dessert chronicles

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

  13. Amy @ Homey Oh My!

    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.

  14. Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen

    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.

    • Ashley

      I agree about the packaged energy bars, Christin!. I can only eat certain brands which is why I love making my own!

  15. Christine @ Cooking with Cakes

    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 :)

    • Ashley

      Thanks for stopping by, Christine!

  16. Layla @ Brunch Time Baker

    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 !

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Layla! I hope that you enjoy them!

  17. Tonia

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

  18. dina

    they look like yummy treats!

  19. Min @ MJ and Hungryman

    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!

  20. Joanne

    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!!

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Kristina!

  21. Jenna

    these sounds really good, and healthy!

  22. Sami

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

    • Ashley

      Thanks for pinning, Sami!

  23. Julie @ This Gal Cooks

    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!

    • Ashley

      Thanks so much for sharing, Julie! These have been my go-to snack when working.

  24. Sherri @The Well Floured Kitchen

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

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Sherri!

  25. Andi @ The Weary Chef

    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!

  26. C Bell

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

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  28. Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling

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

    • Ashley

      Thanks for pinning, Cathy!

  29. Angie

    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

      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!

  30. Jessi

    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!

    • Ashley

      Hi Jessi! You can substitute the cashews for almonds, or probably even peanuts.

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  33. nicole

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

  34. Wendy

    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

    • Ashley

      So glad that you loved them, Wendy! And I always say yes to chocolate :)

  35. jessi pereira

    how many balls does one recipe make?

    • Ashley

      About one dozen, depending on size.

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  40. Melissa

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

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  42. annie

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

    • annie

      never mind i just saw a close up of the pictures. silly me

      • Ashley

        Hi Annie! The balls are coated in unsweetened coconut flakes.

  43. Valerie

    How long would these stay fresh in the refridgerator?

    • Ashley

      Hi Valerie! They should last for at least one week in the refrigerator. Mine are always eaten by that point :)

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  49. Christina Vickers

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

    • Ashley

      Hi Christina! I am so happy to hear that you loved them!

  50. Jamie

    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!

    • Ashley

      Hi Jamie! I am so glad that your family loved them!

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  53. Linda Bibb

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

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  55. jenny

    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!

    • Ashley

      Hi Jenny! I am so glad that you loved them!

  56. Leela

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

    • Ashley

      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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  64. Kim

    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!!!

    • Ashley

      Hi, Kim! I am so glad to hear that everyone loved them. They are still one of my favorite snacks!

  65. Jessica

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

    • Ashley

      Hi, Jessica! I use unsalted nuts. Enjoy!

  66. Louise

    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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  69. Ankeeta

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

    • Ashley

      About one dozen, depending on size.

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  74. Michelle - from Australia

    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.

    • Ashley

      Hi, Michelle! Thanks for stopping by. I am so glad to hear that you loved them!

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  76. Judy Shkolny

    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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  82. Jenni

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

    • Ashley

      Hi , Jenni! I have actually never frozen them. They stay fresh in the fridge for up to a week. Enjoy!

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  91. M

    Delicious, although my friend got citric acid in her eye.

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  103. Marisa Wagner

    Your Coconut Keylime Energy Balls are amazing! Can I get the nutritional information: calories, protein, fat, and carbs? Would like to share at my gym. Thanks!

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  107. Jacqueline

    These are amazing!!!! I just made some today and almost ate them all!! Thanks sooooo much!

    • Ashley

      Hi Jacqueline! I am so glad you loved them. They are one of my favorite snacks.

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  109. Linda

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

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