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Healthy Lemon Coconut Energy Balls

Healthy Lemon Coconut Energy Balls – Packed with raw cashew nuts, unsweetened shredded coconut, dates, chia seeds, and lemon, they are the perfect no-bake snack or treat!

A white plate with a stack of lemon coconut energy balls

For a lot of people, the new year is the perfect chance to start fresh and begin incorporating some healthy habits into their lifestyle.

If this sounds like you, you’ve got to add these healthy lemon coconut energy balls to your recipe box; they’re the perfect snack, dessert, or even breakfast-on-the-go!

These little bites are packed with good-for-you ingredients that are slightly sweet and full of texture and flavor. They’re paleo, vegan, and gluten-free, so they fit into almost any healthy lifestyle. 

These energy bites are made with cashews and chia seeds for a boost of protein, healthy fats and fiber, giving this snack a satisfying crunch. They’re blended with dates for just a touch of chewy sweetness, then lemon and coconut add a bright, zesty flavor. Together, they make an irresistible treat that looks and tastes indulgent, but holds plenty of health benefits.

Ingredients used

One of the best parts about these no-bake energy balls is that they are super easy to make and can be prepared in minutes. Just blend all five ingredients together in a food processor, roll into balls, and coat with shredded coconut.

I’ve made lemon coconut energy balls more times than I can count, so I have a few tips I’d like to share with you!

I usually use raw, unsalted cashews, but you can actually use any kind of nuts you want, including pecans, peanuts, walnuts — or any combination you choose.

If Medjool dates are not available, any other date will work, just soak them in warm water for 30 minutes before putting them in the food processor. And when rolling the balls, work with slightly damp hands to prevent the mixture from sticking to your fingers!

A bowl with the mixture and a baking sheet with energy balls rolled in shredded coconut

These snacks can be stored in an airtight contain in the refrigerator for up to a week, but they also freeze well! Since they’re my favorite snack, I always keep a batch in my freezer and thaw them whenever I need some handy… which is all the time!

Whether you’re looking for an energizing pre- or post-workout snack, a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, or a satisfying dessert (that won’t ruin your diet!), Healthy Lemon Coconut Energy Balls will be your new favorite recipe! Or, if you struggle to find time eating breakfast in the morning — or making sure the family gets a healthy start to their day — everyone can grab a few of these bites as they head out the door.

Adults, kids, and health nuts alike will enjoy this recipe, so you’ll find yourself making batch after batch to share and enjoy, yourself. Let’s just say, it’s a good thing that they are so easy to make!

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Healthy Lemon Coconut Energy Balls

Healthy Lemon Coconut Energy Balls – Packed with raw cashew nuts, unsweetened shredded coconut, dates, chia seeds, and lemon, they are the perfect no bake snack or treat! 


  • 1 cup (150 g) raw cashew nuts
  • 1 cup (175 g) Medjool dates pitted (any other date will work too)
  • ¾ cup (45 g) unsweetened shredded coconut divided
  • ¼ cup (40 g) chia seeds
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • tablespoon lemon juice


  • Add the cashew nuts to a food processor and pulse a few times until chopped.
  • Add the dates, ½ cup (30 g) of shredded coconut, chia seeds and process until well combined.
  • Add the lemon zest + juice and mix until all the the ingredients come together to form a dough. 
  • With slightly damp hands, roll half tablespoon of the mixture into balls, then roll each ball in the remaining shredded coconut.
  • Store the energy bites in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.


If dates are dry, soak them in warm water for 30 minutes to soften and then drain.


Calories: 88 kcal, Carbohydrates: 10 g, Protein: 2 g, Fat: 5 g, Saturated Fat: 2 g, Sodium: 2 mg, Fiber: 3 g, Sugar: 6 g
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40 comments on “Healthy Lemon Coconut Energy Balls”

  1. Great recipe! The 3 things I look for in a recipe are that it’s easy, quick and healthy. This recipe is all 3 and I love that. I have a heap of lemons to use up and this was a delicious way to get rid of one! I had all the ingredients already which is always good. I was looking for a recipe without maple syrup like other recipes as I didn’t have any. This recipe turned out just as well as those with maple syrup as a sweetener. The dates make them a lovely texture too.5 stars

  2. Since being diagnosed with heart disease in September I have made a lot of changes. I have a huge sweet tooth, so we have made a bunch of various types of snack balls. This is so far theeee best. The smell and flavor are excellent. Thanks so much for the recipe. 5 stars

  3. Easy to make and absolutely delicious! I bought some similar ones this weekend and these are so much better! I will definitely be making these again.5 stars

  4. Elena, I just made these healthy lemon coconut balls!
    Oh my goodness, delectable!
    Only 1 will be hard to do though. I had to laugh, that they were freezable, as they will be gone!
    Thx for posting your recipe.
    Easy too! 5 stars

  5. This was a great save! Needed something for a bbq to bring.  I did change the recipe thou, I used walnut pulp because I made walnut milk,and I used toasted coconut.  And a 2 packets of Truvia tossed in with the coconut. And dip quick into cho I also used cacao nibs mixed into the walnut mix.  

  6. It took a lot of time to make them because my food processor isn’t that strong, but it was SO worth the time! I love them.5 stars

  7. Such a good recipe. Thank you. Great snack for my no-add sugar detox. Will definitely make this easy recipe again. 

  8. WOW. These are scrumptious! Thank you for the recipe.5 stars

  9. So good! Brought in for co-workers and even the picky ones loved them! Thank you for sharing the recipe!5 stars

  10. I made these today for the kids’ lunchboxes. They are amazing. Then I realised that I can’t send them with nuts. So I made another batch with rolled oats instead of cashews. I added a splash of maple syrup to glue it together. Delicious, thank you.5 stars

  11. These are honestly the BEST energy balls I have ever eaten/made!!!!  I make them a couple of times a week and they get eaten sooo quickly!!!  Thank you for posting such a delicious recipe!! X5 stars

  12. These are sooo easy to make and sooooooooo delicious!  I will be making these again and again!  Thank you for the awesome recipe!   Best energy balls I have ever had!!! X5 stars

  13. My son is the fitness manager at a gym where I work out. I make these to take there once a week. The personal trainers meet me at the door every week to get their share! They absolutely love them.5 stars

  14. I don’t have almonds or cashews. Would pecans or walnuts work?

  15. I have mixed soaked almonds and cashew nuts, added some ground flax seeds. Absolutely delicious!5 stars

  16. Made these yesterday and I absolutely loved them! Love the addition of lemon <35 stars

  17. Hi, do you think almonds will work too. My kids are allergic to nuts but can now tolerate almonds.

  18. Absolutely delicious!.. Almost reminds me of having a bite of key lime pie..5 stars

  19. How many bites is considered a serving? I made them and absolutely love ’em!!!5 stars