Cocoa Lime Energy Balls

* This recipe was originally posted in March 2015. The page was updated in October 2019.

Have you ever tried making your own energy balls? It’s so easy! You simply throw all the ingredients in a food processor, whizz for a few seconds then shape the mixture into balls. It couldn’t easier! 

What I especially love about these balls is that they taste decadent, yet they’re packed full of nutrient-rich ingredients that are not only going to increase our energy levels, but also boost our health in general. Each ball is filled with protein, heart-healthy fats, complex carbs, fibre, plus a whole host of minerals and antioxidant compounds. It’s amazing just how much goodness you can fit into one little ball!

And not only does it work out much cheaper to make your own rather than buying the branded versions, but it also means that you get to flavour them however you wish! In today’s recipe, I’m using one of my favourite flavour combinations – cocoa and lime. I love anything chocolatey, but especially when it’s combined with a citrus flavour like lime. It help cuts through the richness of the chocolate, and adds a delicious fresh, zesty taste to every bite.

Since I originally posted this recipe back in 2015, I’ve made literally hundreds of these balls to share with friends, family and vegan festival goers, and they’ve proven to be a big hit with everyone that’s tried them. Even little kids have given them a thumbs up, which has made me super happy! These balls make a great after-school snack and (provided you carefully supervise the food processor part) children could easily help you make them. They could even experiment with their own flavour combinations!

Cocoa Lime Energy Balls

These Cocoa Lime Energy Balls are chocolatey but not too rich, fresh and zesty thanks to the lime, and lighter than the classic energy ball as I've reduced the nuts and used oats instead. Delicious, nutrient-rich and energy boosting, these balls make the perfect snack. Their handy size makes them easy to transport and stash in your bag for snacking 'on the go'.
Hands-on Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Snack
Servings 12


  • 22 g / ¼ cup desiccated coconut
  • 1 TBSP coconut sugar
  • 50 g / ½ cup rolled oats (quick oats, not jumbo)
  • 43 g / ¼ cup cashews
  • 35 g / ¼ cup walnuts
  • 2 TBSP cacao or cocoa powder
  • 120 g / ½ cup soft sticky dates, pitted
  • ½ – 1 tsp zest from an unwaxed/organic lime
  • 2 TBSP freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 TBSP cacao nibs, optional


  • Mix together the desiccated coconut and sugar in a shallow container.
  • Place the oats, cashews and walnuts in a food processor and whizz into crumbs. Add the cacao/cocoa powder, dates, lime zest, lime juice, maple syrup and salt. Process until the dates are broken down. Add the cacao nibs, and continue processing until the mixture comes together in a ball. Taste test and add a touch more cacao/cocoa, lime zest or sweetener, if desired.
  • Scoop level tablespoons of the mixture. Roll into balls, then roll in the coconut sugar mixture. Repeat until all the dough is used. Chill in the fridge (ss they chill, they will firm up).
  • Stored in an airtight container, these energy balls will keep for a week in the fridge, or for weeks in the freezer.
Keyword Healthy Snacking, Plant-Based, Vegan Snacks

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7 thoughts on “Cocoa Lime Energy Balls

  1. Thanks for the tip about Good Food. I’ve got a garden full of wild garlic at the moment and haven’t done a thing with it (apart from dig some up for my monk friend 😉 If you’re ever passing by, feel free to come and pick some!

  2. Oh wow… no sugar at all! Does that include fruits? Gosh I think I’d struggle to manage 24 hours lol! I’d love to hear how you get on and how the elimination made you feel. You’ll definitely have to share a blog post on it 🙂 xx

  3. I get away with calling them bliss balls at my buddhist class, but it’s a definite no no at home 😉 The lime flavour works so well with the cocoa. You’ll have to try it! I definitely recommend the cacao nibs if you can get them in Oz. The hemp seeds can be left out… I just use them for an omega 3 boost xx

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