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Blueberry Lemon Energy Bites

I’ve been on a big blueberry-lemon kick recently and these little energy bites are bursting with fresh flavors. They are the perfect mid-morning pick-me-up and even wonderful as dessert. They can be whipped up in less than 10 minutes and keep well in the fridge for up to a week (although they never last that long!)

If you are in need of a new snack I’ve got you covered. I hope you all enjoy these little delights as much as we do! Dig in.

Blueberry Lemon Energy Bites

Prep Time: 10 mins.    Cook Time: 0 mins.    Serves: 12 bites

  • 1 1/2 cups cashews
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut + additional for rolling
  • 1/2 cup dried blueberries
  • 3/4 cup medjool dates, pitted and roughly chopped
  • 1-2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest + additional for rolling
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of fine sea salt


  1. In a food processor blend cashews and shredded coconut until they become a coarse meal.
  2. Add blueberries, dates, lemon zest, lemon juice, vanilla extract and salt. Process until the mixture forms a rough dough that can easily hold together when pinched between your fingers.
  3. Taste test and add more lemon juice if necessary.
  4. Roll into small (1- 1 1/2 inch) balls. Roll the balls into additional coconut and lemon zest. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.


*Use this recipe as a guide *Adjust measurements and ingredients as necessary *Taste test as you go

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56 thoughts on “Blueberry Lemon Energy Bites

  1. What a fun idea using dried blueberries. I don’t see them used enough in raw energy balls. Can’t wait to try this one!

    1. Andrea says:

      let me know if you try them! We can’t get enough πŸ™‚

      1. I made these today in preparation for a road trip this weekend, and they are amazing! Love the lemon, coconut, and blueberry together. I roasted the cashews first to bring out a little more of the nuttiness as well. Thanks for another great recipe, Andrea!

      2. Katie says:

        Tried ’em and they were amazing! ended up throwing in some almonds because I ran out of cashews and used about half as much coconut (because I ran out of that as well hehe) I imagine they would be even better with all the ingredients!

        SO YUMMY.

      3. Dana Altschuler says:

        I used roasted almonds & walnuts instead (cause its all I had) and my food processor struggled to chop the dates….I assume my choice of nut was the cause

  2. I feel ya β€” whatever I’m currently eating is my absolute favorite. These might need to be added to the list.

    And I think I speak for all of your readers when I say I’m amazed by and grateful for the fact that you continue to share recipes day after day, even with the intense farm schedule you have going on right now. You’re an inspiration πŸ™‚

    1. Andrea says:

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment πŸ™‚

  3. Yum! I can’t wait to try these. I could use some energy lately. πŸ˜‰

    1. Andrea says:

      Let me know if you give ’em a whir!

  4. Jenn says:

    What would you suggest as a substitute for nuts? Thoughts on sunflower seeds ?

    1. Andrea says:

      I’m not sure, but I think sunflower seeds should work just fine. Let me know if you give it a whirl!

  5. These look like the perfect little bites- I love using cashews lately for everything!

    1. Andrea says:

      Aren’t cashews the best!!!

  6. These sound so good! Such a refreshing and seasonal take on the typical energy ball bites. Stumbled across your blog the other day and am in love with all you do! Have a friend moving to Portland and will tell her to think about joining next year’s CSA! xo Dianna

    1. Andrea says:

      Awesome! I hope your friend contacts us! I’m happy you found the blog πŸ™‚

  7. My Mum and I love dried blueberries and these would make perfect snacks to pack in our lunchboxes πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing!

    1. Andrea says:

      you’re welcome!

  8. Francesca says:

    What a life little Henry has! Portable snacks are the best. Wondering if you sneak a few to your tired-looking pup πŸ™‚

    1. Andrea says:

      He gets plenty of yummy snacks πŸ™‚

  9. Liz says:

    I’m allergic to cashews. Would almonds/almond meal or another nut work? Any suggestions on substitutions?

    1. Andrea says:

      Almonds or macadamia nuts would all be great substitutions.

      1. Liz says:

        Thank you! I’m making them right now with macadamia nuts.

        1. Liz says:

          They’re heavenly with macadamia nuts. Next time I’ll be using my chopper on the outer coconut and zest. Thank you!

  10. These sound fantastic!

  11. Oh yum, I looovve dried blueberries! How pretty is the colour here too – they look beautiful πŸ™‚

  12. Jeannie says:

    Can I email this recipe to my daughter some way? Looks amazing!

  13. Lisa says:

    I made these last weekend & they are so yummy! Even my ‘beige food only’ partner loved them and took them to work! Can’t wait to try more recipes thank you! X

    1. Andrea says:

      so happy you guys loved them! It’s always a plus when the dudes give the thumbs up! Thanks for the comment. Happy cooking!

  14. Nadia says:

    Is there any way to use fresh blueberries?

    1. Andrea says:

      Fresh blueberries will have more water content which will change the consistency of these. I’d recommend dried for this recipe. You can dehydrate fresh blueberries in your oven on the lowest temperature for multiple hours. I hope this was helpful!

  15. Kate says:

    Can you tell me what the nutritional facts are for these?

  16. Fiona says:

    These are zingy, delicious and I have to hide them from myself! Added bonus of being the best laxative too!

  17. Maureen says:

    These were absolutely amazing! Thank you for this recipe.

    1. Andrea says:

      so happy you loved them!

  18. Brenda E says:

    Hi, this sounds wonderful. I’m not a big fan of cashew so I’ll be doing walnuts or almonds….that should work?

    1. Andrea says:

      that should work just fine. I’d probably use almonds instead of walnuts with this particular flavor combination. Enjoy!

  19. David MURPHY says:

    Just wondering if I could substitute the cashews for flaxmeal? On a tight budget & alrwady had the flaxmeal. TIA

    1. Andrea says:

      Hi David,
      I have not tried this with flaxmeal in place of nuts so I can’t say for sure how they’d turn out. If I were going to make this without the cashews I’d probably add some oats with the flaxseeds to help bind everything together. Let me know. Thanks!

  20. Lynn says:

    I don’t like dates can I leave them out? My acupuncturist told me about energy balls….my first attempt.

  21. Joe says:

    Made them this morning for our Canada Day to take with us to the Harbor Front after our Bike ride as an Energy snack! Awesome !!looking forward to make other recipes! Thanks!!

  22. liz says:

    These are delicious, thanks for the recipe! Can’t find dried blueberries at my local supermarkets (I’m in NZ) so I’ve used cranberries – not sure if that makes them sweeter. I’m wondering if they’ll freeze ok? I am expecting baby #2 and these would be great little pick me ups for night time feeds – if only I could prepare them ahead of time.

  23. Pamela Milogradov says:

    Can you tell me about how many calories one would be?

  24. Isabelle says:

    Hi! Your recipe sounds fantastic and I would love to try it but don’t have access to any dates. Do you know of anything I could substitute them for? -Thanks!

  25. Christy says:

    LOVE THESE!! I am always looking for great vegan recipes without soy – this one is spectacular!! Truly – huge thanks!

  26. Jamie Murphy says:

    These are awesome. I had to improvise because I didn’t have dates or a food processor. I just used more blueberries and added some honey and more lemon juice so they would stick together. So good!

  27. Lauren says:

    Are dates a must? I’ve never really tried them but the looks of them remind me of prunes /: could I substitute with something else?

    1. Andrea says:

      The dates are critical in this recipe as they help bind the balls together and add sweetness. I wouldn’t substitute with prunes as the flavor will be different (and so will the texture)

  28. M Jay says:

    would orange juice and zest work as well

  29. Deirdre says:

    I’ve tried this with fresh blueberries but it made the mixture too soft/wet – any ideas to get the mixture back to kneading consistency?

  30. Renee says:

    This recipe was easy and amazing. We had a ballsy potluck at work and these were a big hit. Thanks for making me look so good!

    1. Andrea says:

      so happy to hear!

  31. Cindy says:

    Hi – what is the serving size and nutritional content? They are delish!

    1. Andrea says:

      these make 12 balls.I don’t calculate the nutritional value of my recipes but I’m assuming these would weigh in around the same nutritional value as a Lara Bar.I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

  32. PS says:

    I have made this a number of times for friends and coworkers, and now I get requests for them all the time! I love this recipe soooo much. The downside is I have to make a gazillion to share now lol πŸ™‚

  33. Sarah says:

    Substituted orange for the lemon and dried cherries for the blueberries. Delicious and so easy!

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