Coconut Lemon Energy Bites (10 Minutes, Vegan)

By Jessica Hylton - - Updated

These No Bake Coconut Lemon Energy Bites are made with only 6 ingredients, vegan and gluten-free and are a perfect quick healthy breakfast or snack!

No bake coconut lemon energy bites in a bowl.

This post was originally published in May 2018 and has since been slightly updated and re-published in July 2020.

These Coconut Lemon Energy Bites are fruity, the perfect mix of spring and summery flavours. They’re rolled in delightful coconut flakes, which immediately makes it delicious and gives it amazing texture.

Top down view of coconut lemon energy bites in a white bowl.

What are energy bites?

If you’re new to energy bites, let me explain them a bit. They’re little bliss balls packed with ingredients that give you great energy, are healthy and they taste amazing. They tend to be “raw”, made of up nuts, oats chocolate chips, dried fruit…basically almost like trail mix in a bite. They’re chewy, delicious, and you can make them any flavour that you desire! I’ve made carrot cake energy bites, brownie energy bites and even chocolate peanut butter energy bites.

When I say these bites are good, I mean gooood. They taste like little bites of lemon cakes rolled in coconut heaven. I love that they’re made with totally whole food ingredients and filled with tons of energy, using simple ingredients such as lemon juice, coconut flakes, nuts and dates. That’s all that makes these amazing coconut lemon energy bites. The main sweetener here are dates, which are naturally sweet, chewy and loaded with fibre.

Coconut lemon energy bites on a glass plate.

Tips for Making The Best Energy Bites

  • Ensure your dates are properly soaked and pitted. This helps to ensure the proper stickiness needed for the dates. 
  • While you shouldn’t, if you’re having issues with sticking, add another date or a splash more of lemon juice. 
  • Don’t add everything in at once, follow the order outlined. You need the nuts to be ground first before you add the other ingredients. That way it’ll be the right consistency. 

So, bullet points for these Coconut Lemon Energy Bites?

  • No bake
  • High energy
  • Helps with sugar cravings. One bite (like, an actual lemon energy bite, and your sweet tooth is curbed.)
  • Tastes amazing
  • Healthy!

These energy bites last a good week in your fridge, although you’ll probably finish them all before that. If you travel a lot like me, make them your perfect travel snack! Enjoy, friends!

Coconut energy bites on a white plate.
Montage of coconut lemon energy bites with title text.
No bake coconut lemon energy bites in a bowl.

Coconut Lemon Energy Bites (10 Minutes, Vegan)

These No Bake Coconut Lemon Energy Bites are made with only 6 ingredients, vegan and gluten-free and are a perfect quick healthy breakfast or snack!
by: Jessica in the Kitchen
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 16 servings
Course Snacks
Cuisine American, Universal
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1 cup raw walnuts
  • 1 cup pitted dates soaked for at least 10 minutes, and then chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ cup shredded coconut flakes unsweetened
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt


  • Grind the walnuts and almonds in a food processor, until a dough starts to form. Add the dates, lemon juice, ¼ cup shredded coconut flakes and salt and process until incorporated and the mixture begins to turn into a dough.
  • Roll the mixture into round balls using the help of saran wrap (wrap it around the bites to form a circle), until all the mixture is finished.
  • Roll the balls in the last ¼ cup shredded coconut flakes.
  • Place in the fridge for at least an hour, then enjoy!
This recipe is raw, gluten free and vegan.
You can store these energy bites in the fridge in a zipped bag or air tight tupperware container for at least 3 weeks if the dates are fresh.


Calories: 143kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 38mg | Potassium: 170mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg

Disclaimer: Although attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, kindly note that these are only estimates. Nutritional information may be affected based on the product type, the brand that was purchased, and in other unforeseeable ways. will not be held liable for any loss or damage resulting for your reliance on nutritional information. If you need to follow a specific caloric regimen, please consult your doctor first.

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  1. Kim Cooper says:

    Thanks Jessica! I so plan on making these! My mouth is watering.

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Thank you so much Kim! We hope you enjoy!

  2. Lisa says:

    Hi Jessica, I was wondering what type of food processor you use for things like this? I have an actual “dedicated” food processor (as well as a Vitamix blender) and all too often, unless a recipe uses a LARGE batch of ingredients, most of the material stays under the blades and doesn’t get processed without a LOT of stopping and hand mixing, then starting again. Maybe I need a different food processor than the Braun that I have…?

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Lisa,

      I use a Hamilton Beach food processor which is about 3 years old. It works really well with my energy bites, and a blender would mush this up too much into a paste. I’ve never had to stop to blend it. I hope that helps!!

  3. Mary says:

    Easy recipe which is incredibly flavorful and filling.

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Thanks so much for your kind words Mary, and thank you for reading!

  4. Jennifer Hall says:

    Ummmm….So I made these the same day I saw the recipe pop into my email, and boy am I glad I did! They were so delicious and absolutely jam packed with flavor! My son is 14 months old and I am very very picky about what I give him…no added sugars, mostly whole foods, mostly homemade stuff, etc. He LOVED these and I felt just fine giving them to him. No added sugars, super healthy and delicious! Couldn’t ask for anything more for a baby led weaning recipe! The batch was gone in one day between me, my husband, and the lil guy. New staple in my home for baby snacks and a pick me up for mom and dad 🙂 Thank You Jessica for yet another brilliant recipe!

  5. Julie says:

    5 stars
    These are so good! I am not a fan of dates but the other flavors are such a great balance that they are perfect. I used a melon scooper instead of Saran Wrap to make the balls (because I’m lazy) but that is my only deviation. Thank you for posting this recipe. I’ll try out the other Energy Bite Recipes…as soon as I get more nuts. 🙂

  6. MONIQUE E ABEAR says:

    Soooo yummy. I make all of these delicious smart energy balls. By far the lemon is my favorite.

  7. Sue Hoare says:

    This may be a silly question but what do you soak the dates in? Is it just hot water? And if so how much?
    I can’t see where this is clarified In the recipe?
    Looking forward to making them, looks great.

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Hi Sue no silly questions around here, thanks so much for reading. Jessica soaks her dates in hot water, the amount is arbitrary as long as the dates are covered you’ll be fine. I hope this helps!

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