These key lime energy balls are made with almonds, cashews, coconut, lime juice and dates. They’re a breeze to whip up and a great snack to meal prep for the week.
I don’t know about you, but energy balls are one of my favorite snacks to meal prep for the week. They’re easy to make, the prep doesn’t take very long and they taste good… which means I actually look forward to having them as a snack! Added bonus: they’re made with whole, real foods so I can feel good about having them for snack.
These little zesty energy balls are a remake of my homemade key lime Larabars, but in ball form. They’re packed with limey coconut flavor and kind of remind me of key lime pie or my lime tart recipe. Except they’re exponentially easier to make! They’re sweet, zesty and surprisingly refreshing for an energy ball.
Types of Energy Balls
As you may have guessed, there are so many different types of energy balls and they go by a variety of names too. Some names I’ve heard: energy bites, energy balls, bliss bites, oat balls and fat bombs. In my mind, there is one thing they all have in common: they’re no bake and rolled into balls. Here are some ways they can be different:
Protein – Some energy balls will have added protein powder to obviously amp up the protein, but also round out the snack and make it more filling and satisfying. I personally love making these protein balls.
Date-based – Some energy balls are made with a base of dates and nuts (like these). They are usually grain-free and have no sugar added because the dates add a good amount of sweetness and help hold the balls together. For the date based balls, you usually need a food processor or blender to pulse the nuts and dates together.
Oat-based – Many energy ball recipes have a base of oats. They are packed with fiber and healthy fats and the perfect on-the-go snack. My peanut butter no bake energy balls are oat-based and so yummy.
Ingredients in Key Lime Energy Balls
These key lime energy balls are the same base recipe as my homemade key lime pie Larabars, but you just roll the mixture into balls instead of pressing it into bars. Here’s what you need to make them:
almonds – raw or roasted, but look for almonds without salt added.
cashews – raw or roasted, but look for cashews without salt added.
Medjool dates – You can buy medjool dates that are already pitted or pit them yourself (it’s super easy). Two brands that I like are Natural Delights and Joolies. You can find Natural Delights in the produce section of most grocery stores (near the bananas) and Joolies are offered on Amazon and Thrive Market.
unsweetened shredded coconut flakes – be sure to get unsweetened shredded coconut, not the sweetened stuff.
fresh lime juice
How to Make Lime Energy Balls
Start by adding the almonds, cashews and coconut into your food processor fitted with the S-blade and pulse until everything is chopped into small pieces. Place the nut mixture in a bowl and set aside.
Add your dates into the empty processor and pulse until a paste forms. The dates will probably mix into a sticky ball. If they do, break a part the ball a bit with your hands.
Add the nuts and coconut mixture back into the processor with the dates and pulse until well combined. Add the coconut oil, lime juice, lime zest and salt and pulse a few more times until just incorporated.
Once the mixture is combined, use your hands to form the dough into balls using about 1 tablespoon of dough for each ball. Enjoy right away or store for later!
How to Store These Energy Balls
You can store your energy balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer. They’ll last up to 1-2 weeks in the fridge and up to 3 months in the freezer. I like using glass storage containers or Stasher bags for storing energy balls.