Key Lime Pie Energy Bites are a healthy, fueling treat that taste just like a slice of pie. Gluten free, vegan, and made in just 10 minutes, these key lime energy balls will become a snacking staple.
Energy bites are a mainstay at our house. I personally love them for bridging the gap between breakfast and lunch, or pulling me out of the 3PM slump.
Much like my Strawberries and Cream Energy Balls, these bites taste like your favorite dessert. However if Key Lime Pie isn't your jam, skip on over to these Cookie Dough Protein Balls, which are a universal favorite.
Beyond tasting like a slice of pie, these two-bite treats:
- Come together in just 10 minutes.
- Only require a food processor–no other tools needed!
- Offer more nutritional perks than most snacks on the market.
- Are freezer-friendly and perfect for meal prep.
Blitz up a batch and store them in the fridge, and you have healthy treats on deck any time hunger strikes.
How to Make Key Lime Energy Bites:
These no-bake bites make for an easy, portable snack and will be adored by kids and adults alike.
Bonus: they don't require actual key limes, which can be hard to find year-round unless you live in a warm, tropical place. Though trust me, you won't notice a difference!
- Cashews: Tree nuts such as cashews are a good course of protein, monounsaturated fats, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and vitamin E.
- Oats: Old-fashioned rolled oats are a great source of whole-grains and fiber. In a pinch, you can also use quick oats here.
- Coconut: Look for unsweetened shredded coconut, which adds a subtle hint of tropical flavor. I also like rolling the balls in extra coconut flakes once they're blended.
- Dates: A natural source of sweetness, dates also offer potassium, calcium, and phosphorus--all of which contribute to bone health. Dates also have a decent amount of fiber, which help mitigate their effect on blood sugar levels.
- Maple Syrup: Just 2 Tbsp. of maple syrup add enough sweetness to balance the acidity of the lime juice. Alternatively, you can use honey or brown rice syrup.
- Lime: You need the zest of 2 limes, plus 2 Tbsp. of fresh lime juice. If key limes are available in your area, use those, however Persian limes work just as well.
- Vanilla: A must for creating the real pie flavor experience.
- Hemp Seeds: A great source of plant-based protein and omega-3 fatty acids.
Step 1: Blend Cashews, Coconut, and Oats
In the bowl of a food processor, combine cashews, shredded coconut, and oats; blend until finely ground.
Step 2: Add Remaining Ingredients
Add dates, hemp seeds, maple syrup, lime zest and juice, vanilla, and salt; blend until the mixture comes together and forms a dough-like ball.
Step 3: Roll into Balls
Use a small cookie scoop or Tablespoon to measure out 12 portions and roll into balls. If desired, roll key lime energy bites in graham cracker crumbs or shredded coconut for extra decadence.
Store in the refrigerator.
How to Store Energy Balls:
Store these energy balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 10 days, or freezer up to 3 months. If you freeze them, let them thaw in the refrigerator to desired consistency.
How Long do Energy Balls Last?
Energy balls should remain refrigerated to prolong their storage life. If left at room temperature for too long, you may notice they start feeling “greasy.” This is just the release of natural oils from the nuts, however it can feel texturally unappealing.
Therefore, store in the refrigerator for up to 10 days, and try to minimize the time they’re left out at room temperature.
Recommended Tools for this Recipe:
- Food Processor: I love my 8-cup Cuisinart Food Processor, which is reasonably priced and dishwasher-safe.
- Cookie Scoop: The one tool you probably never knew you needed, yet will use constantly!
More Energy Ball Recipes to Try:
If you give these key lime energy balls a try, I’d love for you to leave a rating and review. Also, be sure snap a pic and tag #dishingouthealth so I can see your beautiful creations.
Key Lime Pie Energy Bites
- Food processor
- 1 cup raw cashews
- ½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 6 pitted Medjool dates
- ¼ cup hemp seeds
- 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
- Zest of 2 limes, plus 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp. sea salt
- Optional for coating: graham cracker crumbs or additional shredded coconut
- In the bowl of a food processor, combine cashews, oats, and shredded coconut; blend until finely ground.Add dates, hemp seeds, maple syrup, lime zest and juice, vanilla, and salt; blend until the mixture comes together and forms a dough-like ball.
- Use a small cookie scoop or Tablespoon to measure out 12 portions and roll into balls. If desired, roll balls in graham cracker crumbs or shredded coconut for extra decadence.