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.

Key lime energy balls in a bowl garnished with lime zest. On the table is almonds, cashews, lime slices and a striped dish cloth.

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 for Key Lime Pie Larabars on a white, wooden board.

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.
  • coconut oil
  • fresh lime juice
  • lime zest
  • sea salt

Ingredients for key lime pie Larabars in a food processor.

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!

Key lime energy balls in a bowl garnished with lime zest.

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.

More Energy Ball Recipes You Might Like

If you make these key lime energy balls, be sure to leave a comment and star rating below letting me know how they turned out. Your feedback is super helpful for the EBF team and other EBF readers!

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Key lime energy balls in a bowl garnished with lime zest.

Key Lime Energy Balls


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 15
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

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.


Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup almonds
  • 1/4 cup cashews
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 cup (about 10) medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • zest from one lime
  • 2 Tablespoons lime juice
  • pinch of sea salt

Instructions

  1. Process nuts: Place almonds, cashews and coconut into food processor fitted with the S-blade and pulse until everything is chopped into small pieces. Place nut mixture in a bowl and set aside.
  2. Process dates: Put dates into the food processor and pulse until a paste forms. The dates will probably form into a sticky ball. If they do, break about the ball a bit with your hands.
  3. Add nuts and coconut back into the processor with the dates and pulse until well combined.
  4. Add coconut oil, lime juice, lime zest and salt. Pulse a few more times, until they’re just incorporated.
  5. Form balls: Once 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.
  6. To store: Store any leftovers in the fridge with parchment paper between them for 1-2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

  • Category: Snack
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 ball
  • Calories: 96
  • Sugar: 11g
  • Sodium: 11mg
  • Fat: 5g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 14g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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    14 comments
    1. Katie
      September 10, 2020 AT 7:39 pm

      Oh wow, these are so so good! Thanks for the recipe!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 11, 2020 AT 1:01 pm

        So glad you loved these, Katie!! Thanks for making them.

    2. Susan
      September 8, 2020 AT 3:20 pm

      Thank you so much, Brittany. These we so delicious. I took them to a picnic one day and brunch the next. Everyone (9 people) enjoyed them. Simple and fresh flavoured. So good! Now I’m deciding on which the next recipe will be. LOL. Pumpkin Spice, or peanut butter + chocolate OR OR OR the tahini ones!!

    3. Jessica
      September 2, 2020 AT 5:59 pm

      Looks so good! Wondering what nut you think I should use instead of cashews? I want to make but dont have any cashews. I have walnuts, pecans, brazil nuts, pistachios… Thanks!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 3, 2020 AT 1:59 am

        Hey Jessica! Any of those options will work just fine in pace of the cashews. 🙂

    4. Mady
      September 2, 2020 AT 11:13 am

      Hi! This recipe is amazing. Thank you so much for sharing. I made a mistake and used 1/3 Cup of both the almonds and the cashews, worried that the recipe would become too dry due the additional cashews, I didn’t measure the lime juice and just juiced two limes. Well, they came out sticky haha. So I rolled the energy balls in shredded coconut so they wouldn’t be so sticky. Thank you so much again! I refer to your website every week for my meal planning.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 3, 2020 AT 11:28 pm

        Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Mady!! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the recipes and glad you were able to make these key lime balls work. 🙂

    5. Claire
      September 1, 2020 AT 9:06 pm

      These are amazing!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 1, 2020 AT 9:23 pm

        So glad you’re loving these, Claire!! Thanks for trying them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I appreciate it. 🙂

    6. Rita hayek
      September 1, 2020 AT 2:22 pm

      This recipe is super easy and very filling!!! Thank you

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 1, 2020 AT 9:38 pm

        You’re so welcome, Rita! I’m so glad you enjoyed these energy balls. 🙂

    7. Cyndy
      September 1, 2020 AT 9:13 am

      I wonder if you could leave the coconut oil out? Then it would be Whole Food Plant Based No Oil. Maybe there would be a substitution for the oil.

      Because… they look and sound delicious!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 1, 2020 AT 9:46 pm

        Hey Cyndy – You can leave the coconut oil out. 🙂 Let me know if you try these and how they turn out.

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