Lemon Energy Balls

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Snack healthy with these lemon energy balls! Made with almonds, dates, lemon and coconut, these little bites are tasty, portable and take only 10 minutes to make!

I have to be honest with you… I’ve never really been a huge fan of lemon-flavored baked goods or treats. I’m more of a chocolate and peanut butter lady, but lemony flavored desserts are growing on me. Hello, lemon poppyseed muffins.

When you combine lemon with sweet ingredients (like dates!) the tangy lemon flavor adds a pop of brightness without being too sour. The end result is quite refreshing!

So basically, whether you’re a lemon-lover or just on the fence, I think you’ll adore these balls! They take about 10 minutes to whip up and are perfect for snacking on throughout the week. I love having a couple before or after a workout or as a mid-afternoon pick-me-up.

6 lemon energy balls coated in coconut on a wood white table top.

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. 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 are the perfect on-the-go snack. My peanut butter no bake energy balls are oat-based and so yummy.

Ingredients to make lemon energy balls on a table: bowls of dates, vanilla, cashews, almonds, coconut, lemon and sea salt.

Ingredients in Lemon Energy Balls

These lemon energy balls are date-based and have a flavor similar to lemon Larabars. Here’s what you need to make them:

  • almonds – raw or roasted, but look for almonds 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 lemon juice
  • lemon zest
  • vanilla extract
  • sea salt

Food processor with dates, almonds, salt and lemon.

How to Make Lemon Energy Balls

It doesn’t get much simpler than this recipe! Add the almonds, dates, lemon juice, lemon zest, vanilla and sea salt into a food processor. Pulse until the almonds are chopped and a soft dough-like consistency forms. You may need to stop and scrape the sides of the processor a few times.

Put the shredded coconut into a small bowl. Use your hands to roll the nut mixture dough into balls and then roll each ball in the coconut until evenly coated.

Bowl full of lemon energy balls rolled in coconut flakes. Slice of lemon is in the bowl.

How to Store 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.

Lemon energy balls rolled in coconut flakes on a white wood table surrounded by lemon slices and almonds.

More Energy Ball Recipes

If you make these lemon energy balls please be sure to leave a comment and star rating below. Your feedback is super helpful for the EBF team and other readers who are thinking about making the recipe. 

Lemon Energy Balls

4 from 20 votes
Made with almonds, dates and lemon, these lemon energy balls are tasty, portable and take only 10 minutes to make!
Bowl full of lemon energy balls rolled in coconut flakes. Slice of lemon is in the bowl.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 15 balls

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almonds, raw or roasted (no salt added)
  • 1 cup 10-12 pitted Medjool dates*
  • juice from 1 lemon, about 2-3 tablespoons
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Instructions
 

  • Process: Add almonds, dates, lemon juice, zest, vanilla and sea salt into the bowl of a food processor fitted with the S-shaped blade. Pulse until almonds are chopped and a soft “dough” forms, you may need to scrape the sides of the processor a couple times between pulses.
  • Form balls: Once mixture is combined, use your hands to form the dough into balls, using about 1 Tablespoon of dough for each ball.
  • Roll in coconut: Put shredded coconut into a small bowl and roll each ball into the coconut until evenly coated. Enjoy right away or store for later.
  • To store: Place balls into a sealed storage container and store in the fridge for 1-2 weeks or the freezer for up to 3 months.

Notes

  • Hard/dry dates: If your dates are hard and dry, you can soak them in warm water for 10-15 minutes to soften. Just drain them well before using.
  • Crumbly dough: If your dough seems too crumbly to stick together after processing even when squeezing it together with your hands, you can try adding a couple more dates or adding 1 teaspoon of water at a time until the mixture starts to hold together well enough to form into balls. See note above.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ball Calories: 93kcal Carbohydrates: 14g Protein: 2g Fat: 4g Saturated Fat: 1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g Sodium: 79mg Fiber: 2g Sugar: 11g
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lemon energy balls

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    54 comments
    1. Susannah
      August 25, 2021 AT 4:27 pm

      5 stars
      Delicious! I actually think they got even better over time. In my haste to make these, I added the coconut with the rest of the ingredients. As they were still a bit sticky after I had rolled them into balls, i was able to roll them in a bit more coconut. So all worked out well!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 26, 2021 AT 11:40 am

        Yay! So glad these lemon energy balls turned out great for you, Susannah! Thanks for the review and star rating. I so appreciate it!

    2. Emily
      August 15, 2021 AT 1:30 pm

      5 stars
      Love these lemon energy balls! I made them today and they remind me of lemon bars made with wholesome ingredients! I rolled my energy balls in toasted coconut

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 16, 2021 AT 10:40 am

        Yay!! So happy to hear these energy balls were a hit, Emily! Thanks so much for trying them out and coming back to leave a review. It means the world to me!

    3. Mel
      July 6, 2021 AT 1:06 pm

      First let me say the dough tastes delicious! My food processor had a really hard time chopping up the whole almonds. I switched to my dry Vitamix. It took a while to blend. Once finished the dough was sticky and hard to form into balls. I tried rolling them in poppy seeds and protein powder, so they would be less sticky. Not sure where this simple recipe went wrong for me?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 7, 2021 AT 9:37 pm

        Hey Mel – So sorry to hear you had troubles with this recipe! These energy balls are definitely harder to make in a blender. What food processor do you have? Did you change anything about the recipe? They definitely shouldn’t have been too sticky where you couldn’t form them into balls. You definitely want the dough sticky so it’s easier to form into balls vs dry and crumbly.

    4. Diane Mongognia
      May 17, 2021 AT 10:11 pm

      5 stars
      I doubled the lemon juice and used 6 dates. I only had sweetened coconut as well. Came out great!!!

    5. Diane Mongognia
      May 17, 2021 AT 10:09 pm

      5 stars
      I love lemon!! I doubled the lemon juice and had 6 dates but followed the recipe other than that. I love them!!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 18, 2021 AT 3:10 pm

        Yay! So glad you enjoyed these lemon balls, Diane! Thanks for the review. I so appreciate it!

Parchment paper lined with protein balls.

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