These healthy no-bake Key Lime Pie Energy Bites are the perfect tropical treat!
Would you believe me if I told you that it wasn’t until I was well into my twenties when I tried my first slice of key lime pie?
There was no lack of key lime piedom in my life, of course, being raised in South Florida and all. It was my dessert snobbery kept me from branching out from the usual suspects: brownies, chocolate chip cookies, and the always glorious carrot cake. If at least one of those three desserts was an option, there was no other option.
Team picky eater for life!
Paul, on the other hand, was raised on key lime pie. He had the honor of persuading me into my first bite and is pretty much responsible for all subsequent key lime pie face-stuffage.
“I’m in love! I’m in love! And I don’t care who knows it!”
This brings me to my next love affair: Key Lime Pie Larabars. If you’re one of the lucky few that has ever come across one then you know how absolutely delicious they are. Of course the problem is… most of us wouldn’t be able to find one without doing a crazy health food store search within a 2-4 hour radius from our home. In fact, I’ve done that crazy search and still couldn’t find one. So I got my butt in the kitchen.
Key Lime Pie Energy Bites
A few years have gone by since I first started making these (back in 2011, holy cow!) and I’m beyond excited to share the recipe with you today!
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Key Lime Pie Energy Bites
Yield 10-12 servings
- 1/2 cup raw unsalted almonds
- 1 cup unsweetened dates, pitted
- 1/4 cup baking walnuts or pecans
- 1/3 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- extra shredded coconut for topping
- zest of 1 lime
- juice of 2 limes (aim for 1/4-1/3 cup juice)
- teeny pinch of salt
1-2 TBSP honey or maple syrup to sweeten, if desired
extra lime zest, to taste
- First add your almonds to a food processor
- Pulse a few times until roughly chopped.
- Add the remaining ingredients and blend/pulse to form a cookie dough-like consistency. You may need to push the mixture off the sides of the processor and towards the blades once or twice depending on your processor.
- Blend to desired texture [I like them a little bit chunky] and move mixture to a cutting board. If it's too sticky to handle, feel free rub a little coconut oil on yours hands while you roll your energy bites.
- Roll into bite-sized balls, then roll in shredded coconut for a burst of tropical goodness!
Since key limes aren't super easy to find everywhere, I made these bad boys with freshly squeezed lime juice. The flavor is spot on! If you're lucky enough to have access to tart and tasty key limes or have a good quality key lime juice you'd like to use, go for it! My family is obsessed with Nelly's Key West Lime Juice for making pies, cocktails, and energy bites galore!I'm not 100% sure how many balls this recipe makes, as I keep eating half the "batter" before I've realized what I'm doing. I usually end up with 8 energy bites, though I'd venture to say you could end up with 10-12 if you don't immediately start eating it straight out of the food processor. Whoops!STORAGE SUGGESTIONS: may be stored in an airtight container for up to 4 days, though I haven't been able to get them to last more than 12 hours. Enjoy cold or allow them to reach room temperature before snacking, whichever floats your boat! You can even freeze them! Whoohoo!
Dare I say they were better than the original? (spoiler alert: they SO are) This Larabar copycat delivers! Much like my favorite pie, I like them deliciously tart with just a kiss of sweetness, so feel free to add an extra date or two or a little raw honey if you’d like a wee bit more sweetness. Coconut and lime is a perfect pairing for the naturally sweet dates and buttery almond-walnut combo.
It’s no wonder they don’t last more than 24 hours in this house!
My husband and I are straight-up crazy for this recipe. They’re great as a sweet treat at the end of a delicious meal and fantastic as mid day snack to help you power through the 2pm slump. I can’t wait for you to try them!