Lemon Coconut Energy Bars

I love energy bars!  I can’t even begin to sum up the amount of money I’ve spent during my search for the perfect energy bar (and how much I’ve been spending since finding them!).  Since I’ve come to the realization that my energy bar addiction has me spending a small fortune, I’ve decided (I don’t know what took me so long) to make my own!

I went on a serious energy bar kick a few weeks ago and came up with some really delicious flavour combinations!  These bars are a tasty snack that the entirely family can enjoy.  They are sweet, chewy, crunchy, and just taste so much healthier than store-bought ones.


So, here’s the plan: I’m posting a new energy bar recipe each Sunday for you to try.  The idea is to get you stocked up with a healthy, go-to snack for the week (depending on how many you make and how much everyone in the family loves these!!).

*On a side note, be sure to have your pantry well-stocked with the ingredients below as well as a few extras such as agave or honey, other nuts such as almonds and cashews, chocolate or carob chips, and dried fruit.

(Yields about 6 2 x 3 inch bars)
1 (packed) cup dried Medjool dates (about 8-10 VERY large dates)
1/2 cup walnuts, toasted
3 tbsp. almond butter
1 tbs. extra-virgin coconut oil, unmelted
1 tbs. agave nectar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
zest of 1 lemon
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut flakes
1 tbs. ground flax seed
1/8 tsp. salt


Place all the ingredients in a large blender.  Pulse until well combined.  Be sure to spoon through the mixture to make sure that the dates are fully ground.  (The fresher the dates the softer they are and the easier it will be to grind them!)


My sous-chef needs to assess the consistency before I continue!


I got the “thumbs up!” The mixture should be crumbly yet it should stick when pressed together.  If you find it’s too sticky simply add a few more nuts and if it’s too crumbly just add more almond butter or agave.

The nice thing about this “recipe” is that you can adjust the ingredients to suit your own taste…some people like crunchier bars and others prefer chewier bars.


Place the mixture in a pan lined with parchment paper and flatten down with your fingers so the mixture is smooth and even.  You can use any kind of pan you want, it all depends on how thick or thin you want the bars. (I used a small biscotti pan.)


Place the bars in the fridge and let sit for at least 2-3 hours until firm.  Once firm, simply lift the parchment paper from the pan, peel off and discard then cut the bars into desired shapes.


If you make these soft enough they are a perfect treat for older toddlers or you could break up some small pieces and give them to younger ones (as I did with my son!).


Grab a bar for yourself as you’re running out the door to start your busy day or enjoy a piece in the comfort of your own home with coffee or tea.


  • http://www.facebook.com/katty723 Katie Hart

    are walnuts safe for a 20 month old to eat? i bet my son would love these- and so would I! thank you for posting!

  • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.corda.37 Lisa Corda

    I’m pretty sure the recommendation is after 1 year. Having said that, some doctors are now saying to introduce common allergens earlier rather than later! You hear something different all the time…I would speak to your doctor and go with you instincts as well. If you choose not to use walnuts you could try substituting with sunflower seeds or another seed. You might not get the same consistency and have to alter the quantity but it’s worth a try!

    • http://www.facebook.com/katty723 Katie Hart

      thank you, i think he should be ok, no allergies and he eats almonds fine. cant wait to make these and the others to come

      • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.corda.37 Lisa Corda

        That’s great! He’s be happy that you’re making them for him ;-)

  • Sdoughtry

    I made these yesterday! My only mishap is that I processes the ingredients too long (I was going for a smoother texture) and the cuisines got warm, which then made the coconut oil runny! Forming the bars was a little messy, but the taste is fantastic! I also added more lemon zest, and chia seeds. Great recipe!!

    • Gionmeri

      Wow, I just saw this message today! If you’re still around (I mean, checking out the Blog) thanks for the feedback and I love the idea about adding the chia seeds ;-)

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies

      I just saw this post today! If you still check out the Blog thanks for the feedback ;-)

  • http://bestproteinbarsreport.com/ Vincent Protein

    Wow you have my mouth watering right now. THe recipe sounds great. I am going to try it tonight. I do have a question: Would you allow me to post this recipe over at my site http://bestproteinbarsreport.com? It be great if I could share this with my readers. Thanks.

    • Gionmeri

      Thanks Vincent! I am a chocoholic but this one is definitely my favourite…I just love the combo of the lemon and coconut. Of course you can post this on your site, if you could just share a link or refer back to my site that would be great! Hope you check out some of the other energy bar recipes!

      • http://bestproteinbarsreport.com/ Vincent Protein

        Thanks. And of course I would give you a link (a good one too. One that matters…I am a bit of SEO enthusiast.)

      • http://bestproteinbarsreport.com/ Vincent Protein

        Thanks for letting me post your recipe. I will definitely check out your others recipes. But for now you can go to my site and your recipe if you wish…and yes there is a link right back you guys. Thanks for sharing. You rock.

        • Lisa @bitesforbabies

          Awesome, thanks!

  • Jen

    I just made these, and oh my goodness are they good. My batch tasted like lemon pound cake. Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies

      Glad you loved them! And thanks for the feedback-it’s always nice to hear ;-)