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

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

Lemon Energy Balls


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

Description

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


Ingredients

  • 1 cup almonds, raw or roasted (no salt added)
  • 1 cup (10-12) pitted Medjool dates*
  • juice from 1 lemon, about 23 tablespoons
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. Form balls: Once mixture is combined, use your hands to form the dough into balls, using about 1 Tablespoon of dough for each ball.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 ball
  • Calories: 93
  • Sugar: 11g
  • Sodium: 79mg
  • Fat: 4g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 3g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 14g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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    45 comments
    1. Denise DeCesare
      September 20, 2020 AT 11:31 am

      My good friend shared w me a sampling of energy balls she had made, and eating is believing! I was instantly hooked, having been looking for a quick but healthy snack to have on hand and grab on the go. I made the lemon and blueberry balls this weekend, and they are stored in my freezer … I love the taste, and they seem to have digestive benefits too! So easy to make and the burst of lemon is a winner!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 23, 2020 AT 1:55 am

        Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Denise. I’m so glad you loved these lemon balls! Thanks so much for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I really appreciate it. <3

    2. Claire
      September 5, 2020 AT 7:30 am

      Hi we have to live in a nut free house because of allergies, what alternatives to nuts could be used in this and other recipes please, I’m eager to make some of your recipes as they look delicious, thanks x

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 6, 2020 AT 8:45 pm

        Hey Claire – You could try swapping the nuts for seeds like pumpkin or sunflower seeds. I also have these samoa energy balls that are nut-free and these sunbutter energy balls you can try. Also, for any of my energy balls you can try swapping in seeds for the nuts or seed butter for the nut butter.

    3. Katie
      September 2, 2020 AT 6:35 am

      I don’t have have almonds, can I use walnuts instead? These look delicious! Thanks!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 3, 2020 AT 1:55 am

        Hey Katie! Yes, you can use walnuts instead of almonds. Can’t wait to hear what you think of them!

    4. Della Lin
      September 1, 2020 AT 4:34 pm

      I just made these today and they were absolutely delicious. They make such perfect snack for when I’m hungry. I love the sweet and sour flavor of the energy balls!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 1, 2020 AT 9:26 pm

        Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Della! I’m so pumped you’re loving these lemon balls. Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. <3

    5. Kelly
      September 1, 2020 AT 4:31 pm

      Could these be made with protein? How would you adjust to make them a protein energy ball?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 1, 2020 AT 9:34 pm

        Hey Kelly – I would use this protein ball recipe as a base. You could swap the rice cereal for oats if you prefer and for a lemon variation I would swap the chocolate chips for coconut flakes, the peppermint extract and water with lemon juice and zest. And I would probably do a vanilla protein powder instead of chocolate. Let me know if you try it!

    6. Christine Long
      August 17, 2020 AT 8:57 am

      These Lemon Energy Balls are so lemony and sweet. It’s nice to have these on hand when I’m needing a snack. My husband, who is difficult to impress, loved these.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 17, 2020 AT 3:08 pm

        So glad these lemon energy balls were a hit, Christine! 🙂

    7. Sarah D
      July 20, 2020 AT 5:40 pm

      Delicious! I have made almost all of your other balls. Don’t know why I waited so long to try this one. Perfect cool treat for a hot summer day.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 20, 2020 AT 11:21 pm

        Ahh yay! So glad you enjoyed these, Sarah! Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    8. Lara Ruben
      January 21, 2020 AT 10:54 pm

      Been making your pumpkin and gingerbread balls for several months, made these lemon balls tonight and OMG. They are to die for. Thank you!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 22, 2020 AT 3:09 pm

        Ahh yay!! That makes me so happy to hear, Lara! Thanks for trying this recipe and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. It means the world to me. 🙂

    9. Amelia Abbott
      August 4, 2016 AT 3:09 pm

      Finally made these and they are delicious!!! So excited to keep them in the frig and eat them in place of the expensive Larabars.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 5, 2016 AT 3:50 pm

        Woot woot! So glad you were able to make them recently. Enjoy!! 🙂

    10. Kris
      June 15, 2016 AT 8:43 am

      Just made these and although it took longer than 10 minutes, they turned out superb. Look just like the photo too! Hard to stop at just one.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 15, 2016 AT 8:56 am

        Hooray! So glad that you they turned out, Kris!! Enjoy.

    11. Dot
      June 4, 2016 AT 7:29 pm

      Going to try these tonight. I was thinking of a lemon raspberry and almond larabar?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 5, 2016 AT 12:53 pm

        Oh, I love that idea. With dried raspberries? Let me know how they turn out. 🙂

    12. Kori
      June 3, 2016 AT 10:45 am

      I think my love of lemon anything comes from my grandfather who always enjoyed a lemon meringue pie, baked by my mom, on his birthday. 🙂 Every one of these recipes looks in-credible! I will have to set aside time to make each one for me and my fiance. We love Larabars, but I keep wanting to make our own. Thanks!

    13. cris carmi
      June 2, 2016 AT 12:41 pm

      I’m looking forward to making these! Just wondering why you call them Larabar? Thank you 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 2, 2016 AT 10:23 pm

        Hi Cris. Larabar is a brand that makes popular snack bars (http://www.larabar.com/). This recipe is very similar to their Lemon Bar, but in ball form. 🙂

    14. Renee
      June 2, 2016 AT 9:01 am

      Can you use almond flour/almond meal as a substitute for raw almonds if you do not yet have a food processor?
      Thanks!
      Also, what brand food processor do you recommend for a reasonable price?

      1. Joan
        June 3, 2016 AT 11:11 pm

        I always use my blender, but wonder what the difference is…

    15. Sylvie
      June 2, 2016 AT 2:22 am

      These are right up my alley, I love everything tart and lemony!

    16. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
      June 1, 2016 AT 10:04 pm

      I don’t think there can ever be enough ball recipes out there, love the lemon tartness of these!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 2, 2016 AT 10:23 pm

        Thanks Gina! I agree, the more balls the better. 🙂

    17. Briana
      June 1, 2016 AT 1:09 pm

      Yum, love me a homemade larabar (laraball?) I just recently tried a mint brownie larabar and am now addicted. I’d love an at home recipe that tastes just as good!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 1, 2016 AT 1:53 pm

        Oh! I love the mint brownie Larabar idea!! I love all things mint chocolate. I’ll add that to my recreation list. 🙂

    18. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment
      June 1, 2016 AT 10:53 am

      I have always been a fan of Larabars! These are great recipes and lemon coconut is my fav!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 1, 2016 AT 1:53 pm

        Me too! Thanks Lauren. <3

    19. shashi at runninsrilankan
      June 1, 2016 AT 9:40 am

      Happy 1 year Home Anniversary! And, I sure am happy to see these lemon balls – so simple and summery!

    20. Christianne
      June 1, 2016 AT 6:05 am

      I love Larabars, but I am a poor (and married) college student. Making my own has been the way to go for a while. God bless the medjool date. Always love getting new flavors, can you try the pb&j bar next? They are my fave, and I’m no good at making up recipes 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 1, 2016 AT 8:32 am

        Oh yesss! I can totally do the PB&J bar next!! 🙂

    21. Jill @eatcleancrush.com
      May 31, 2016 AT 9:16 pm

      These look great. I love lemon treats and the fact that there is no added sugar!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 31, 2016 AT 9:24 pm

        Thank Jill. I hope you get a chance to try them. 🙂

    22. Susan Wilson
      May 31, 2016 AT 4:19 pm

      I love lemon treats! I definitely want to try these…but I don’t have a food processor!! Do you have one you recommend? Also, what size (capacity) would you recommend?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 31, 2016 AT 11:18 pm

        Hi Susan. I have a 9 cup Cuisinart food processor. I love it and use it all the time — much more than I thought I would! I think they’ve discontinued my model (seen here: http://amzn.to/1r2ma66), but overall I like the Cuisinart brand and would definitely recommend it.

    23. Roxana
      May 31, 2016 AT 12:40 pm

      These look great!

    24. Elizabeth Dillman
      May 31, 2016 AT 12:16 pm

      Just made these and they are fantastic!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 31, 2016 AT 2:14 pm

        You are fast!! So glad that you like them. 🙂

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