Slightly tangy but sweet, these coconut lime energy bites are a perfect light dessert or healthy on-the-go snack option!
My blog turns 2 today, and I’m celebrating with a healthy little sweet treat: coconut key lime energy bites! If you’ve been reading Audrey’s Apron from the beginning, you know this blog idea had been a long-time dream of mine since college and I finally put it into motion 2 years ago today. A lot has changed in the 2 years that I’ve been blogging. I’m thrilled that so many of you follow this little cooking journey of mine. And it really does make my day when you comment that you made a recipe and loved it!
The biggest change on the blog this year? Probably my photography skills! It’s still a work in progress, for sure, but at least I’m not taking pictures with my phone camera anymore! OH the horrors! My ever-supportive husband got me a real, legit DSLR camera for my birthday this year and it has been so fun using it!
So, I just want to say THANK YOU for following, reading, commenting, tweeting, etc. I love sharing our culinary successes together!
Back to this yummy recipe. I found these to be a perfectly delicious paleo substitute for key lime pie. They’re much healthier, and bite-sized, so that’s a win!
The coconut is totally optional, by the way.
I just love how it makes them look sort of like little snowballs.
So for all you coconut-averse readers, just know it’s more for aesthetics and you can definitely leave it off.
A word of wisdom: make sure that your dates are in fact pitted before you throw them in your food processor and turn it on.
Otherwise it will begin to jump wildly all over the counter while making an AWFUL noise.
Don’t ask me how I know, just promise me you’ll double check, ok? Ok.
P.S. The dates I bought from Costco most definitely did have pits in them. #IwishIwouldhavedoublechecked.
So the great thing about this recipe is that the food processor does all the work for you! Throw in some cashews, almonds, dates (pitted!), lime zest & juice, and turn it on! Then all you have to do is form the mixture into little balls and roll them into coconut if you so choose.
Pack them in your lunch, serve them as dessert, or keep a few in your purse for emergencies–these chewy energy bites are perfect for whenever you need a quick boost!
Coconut Key Lime Energy Bites
- 1/2 cup cashews
- 1/2 cup almonds
- 1 1/2 cups medjool dates, pitted
- Zest and juice from 2 limes
- 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut for rolling, optional
1). In a food processor, add the cashews and almonds. Pulse until the nuts are finely chopped.
2). Add the dates and lime zest and juice. Pulse until the dates are finely chopped and the mixture begins to clump together.
3). Scoop about a tablespoon of the mixture out and roll it into a ball. Roll in shredded coconut if desired, then repeat with remaining mixture. Store in an airtight container on the counter for up to 4 days, or in the fridge. Enjoy!
Servings: about 15. Approximate Nutritional Information per Serving: Calories: 74 Carbs: 9g Fat: 4g Protein: 2g Fiber: 1g Points+: 2 Recipe adapted from here. Adapted recipe courtesy of Audrey’s Apron.