4-Ingredient Coconut Lime Energy Bites

Recipe posted in: Breakfasts, Flex Meals & Snacks, Snacks, Snacks, Desserts
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Take a trip to the tropics with just one single bite… one single energy bite that is! Your summer menu is crying for healthy snacks that feature the flavors of the season. We’re putting the lime in the coconut with these no-bake energy bites that contain just four simple ingredients. Stay out of the heat while whipping up a sweet summertime treat!

Coconut and lime are two very distinct flavors that stand out in any recipe they are featured in. Even better, they are both Nutrisystem-approved ingredients that you can incorporate into your favorite diet meals and snacks. Lime juice is considered a Free Food on Nutrisystem, while unsweetened coconut falls into the Extra category. When you put the two together, you can easily create tasty tropical treats that fit perfectly into your weight loss meal plan.

This recipe starts the same way most energy bites begin—in the food processor! Place one cup of pitted dates into your food processor and process until they are broken down. Add in half of a cup of cashews, two tablespoons of unsweetened shredded coconut and the zest and juice of one lime. Continue to process until the mixture reaches your desired texture. Once blended, use a tablespoon to scoop out the mixture. Roll it into 12 equal-sized balls. Roll the bites in the remaining one tablespoon of shredded coconut and store them in the fridge. Package up three of these Coconut Lime Energy Bites for a healthy Flex snack to-go!

Healthy Hacks: The best part about energy bites is that they are extremely versatile. Not a fan of cashews? Swap in almonds or pecans! Don’t like lime? Try out lemon, orange or even grapefruit juice! You could also add some nutritious additions like chia seeds, dried fruit or protein powder. Dried pineapple or mango would pair exceptionally well with the tropical flavors of this recipe. If you decide to add anything else to this snack, just make sure to refer to the Nutrisystem Grocery Guide so you know how to count it on your meal plan.

This recipe makes 12 energy bites, with three bites counting as one serving. One serving contains 246 calories. You can count this healthy snack as one PowerFuel, one SmartCarb and one Extra on your Nutrisystem meal plan. Click here to quickly log this recipe in the NuMi app. >

Energy bites are a quick and easy way to fill up on protein, fiber and healthy fats. Not only are they healthy but they are also a sweet snack that doubles as dessert! If you love whipping up these popular, poppable treats that are both nutritious and delicious, you’ve come to the right place. The Leaf Weight Loss Blog contains many of these round recipes for your weight loss menu. From energy bites and protein bombs to cake pops and energy balls, we offer plenty of variety to satisfy your sweet tooth. Check out this comprehensive list of diet-friendly ideas:

Of course, if you don’t feel like getting in your protein with spherical bites packed with flavor, we have plenty of other protein-rich recipes that are sweet, unique and super tasty. Try out our Monster Protein Cookie Dough that features a can of chickpeas and Nutrisystem Protein and Probiotic Shake Mix! Grab your favorite mug and whip up this fast and easy Cinnamon Protein Mug Cake. We even have recipes for Raspberry Lime Protein Popsicles, Strawberry Chocolate Protein Popcorn and Gluten Free Protein Brownies. And there’s even more where that came from! Explore our Recipe section and fall in love with the endless options.

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Servings: 4 (recipe makes 12 bites, 1 serving = 3 bites)

Calories per Serving: 246

On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 SmartCarb, 1 PowerFuel and 1 Extra

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup cashews
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 3 Tbsp. unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 lime, juiced and zested

Directions:

  1. Place the dates into a food processor and process until broken down.
  2. Add in the cashews, 2 tablespoons of coconut, lime zest and juice. Continue to process until the mixture reaches your desired texture.
  3. Once blended, use a tablespoon to scoop out the mixture. Roll it into 12 equal-sized balls. 
  4. Roll the bites in the remaining shredded coconut.
  5. Store in the fridge.