Call them nut balls, energy bites, or no-bake cookies. No matter what you call them, I love ’em! First of all because I LOVE the flavor, but also because they are a totally guilt-free treat!
Let’s just list all the things these have going for them:
- Quick and easy to make; no bake.
- Raw, vegan, gluten-free.
- Acceptable as an occasional paleo-friendly treat.
They are very dominantly lime-flavored. I LOVE LIME! If you don’t love lime or you’re a wimp when it comes to sour things, you might want to make mix it up it as-is, then taste before you start rolling the dough into balls. You can add a few extra dates, a little extra maple syrup, and/or a splash of vanilla to sweeten it up a bit, if needed.
Try them! YUM!
(Here’s the original recipe, from peasandcrayons: Key Lime Larabars.)
And here are my tweaks:
Key Lime Energy Bites
1/2 cup chopped dates (pre-chopped; coated w/ dextrose)
1/4 cup raw, unsalted almonds
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (+ extra for coating)
1-2 Tablespoons raw, unsalted walnuts
2-3 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon real maple syrup
1 splash vanilla extract
Combine in food processor till it starts sticking together. You may need to stop a scrape things down a couple times. Taste and add more dates and/or syrup as needed.
Put mixture in a small bowl and chill in the fridge for about five minutes. Remove, roll into balls, and roll the balls in shredded coconut. Place in a closed or plastic-wrapped container and store in the fridge.