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Hello Nutritarian Oil Free Vegan Lemon Energy Bites Recipe No Bake Dr Fuhrman Dessert

These Oil-Free Vegan Lemon Energy Bites are nutritarian, SOS free, fruit-sweetened and lower in fat than most comparable energy ball recipes!  They are the perfect sweet, zesty and decadent-tasting dessert that you can absolutely feel good about enjoying.

Perfect for meal prepping, I love keeping a batch of these lemon energy bites in the freezer for those moments when I crave something more for dessert (other than my typical fresh fruit).  These also work wonderfully for a quick, on-the-go breakfast option in lieu of oatmeal.

What sets this recipe apart is the reduced fat content.  Most energy bites or balls use more nuts overall but here I’ve replaced some of the nuts with oats.  The result is a lighter energy bite that’s still packed with amazing flavor and leaves you feeling satisfied!

Hello Nutritarian Oil Free Vegan lemon Energy Bites Ingredients

What ingredients are in these lemon energy bites?

  1. rolled oats
  2. unsweetened coconut flakes
  3. yellow raisins
  4. cashew butter
  5. lemon zest
  6. lemon juice
  7. maple syrup or date syrup

Most whole food vegan lemon energy bites call for dates as the sweetener.  I happen to think that yellow raisins complement the lemon flavor better resulting in a zestier and brighter taste!

The yellow raisins also help to keep the color of the energy bites on the lighter side.

For a more intense yellow color you can also add a bit of turmeric.  I tested it at 1/8 tsp. turmeric and it didn’t disturb the flavor.

Refrigerator filled with lemons Fridge Love cookbook

Why did I develop this lemon energy bite recipe?

If you’ve followed me on Instagram for any length of time you’ll know that I have a lemon tree in my backyard and every year I share pictures from my harvests.  I like to do different creative setups each year and I love finding new ways to enjoy my lemons.

In 2021, in the midst of the pandemic and writing my book Fridge Love, my mother-in-law Soo and I decided to make this lemon-filled fridge!

We juiced and zested a lot of lemons!  And because I had already developed three “fridge” bite recipes for the cookbook (Chocolate Brownie, Carrot Cake and Peanut Butter & Jelly) I knew I had to create a lemon energy bite recipe for the site!

Ho to make oil free vegan lemon energy bites by hello nutritarian

Are these lemon energy bites easy to make?


All you need is a food processor and a cookie scoop.  These lemon energy bites come together in under 20 minutes (and that includes rolling time).

Personally, I’m all about no-bake and no-cook desserts!

These are especially perfect to make in the warmer months where the thought of turning on your oven for absolutely anything makes you want to run screaming for the hills.

TIP: Make sure to layer the ingredients in your food processor bowl.  You want to really pay attention to spreading the ingredients out evenly around the bowl.  Especially the cashew butter and syrup because they can form a big ball if concentrated in one area.

Then you process for 12 to 15 seconds, scrape down the bowl and pulse 2 to 3 more times.

Now the mix is ready to be scooped and rolled into balls!

Why are energy bites so popular?

Energy bites are popular because they are a quick, healthy and convenient homemade snack or dessert that doesn’t require any cooking.  Most sweets sold on grocery store shelves are loaded with seed oils and sugars.  Healthier snacks with better ingredients are hard to find and often expensive.  Energy bites are easy to make and use whole food ingredients that leave you feeling more satisfied and full after eating them.

How many of these lemon energy bites can I eat when following the nutritarian lifestyle?

It’s important to note that one of Dr. Fuhrman’s core nutrtitarian tenants is to not snack between meals.  So, I like to look at these lemon energy bites as a breakfast or dessert option.

I recommend a two-energy-bite portion if you’re in maintenance and one-energy-bite portion if you’re currently following the Aggressive Weight Loss protocol.

I great way to enjoy these when you’re looking to lose weight as a nutritarian is to have your big, main course salad with an oil-free dressing and then enjoy one of these energy bites after as a healthy-fat dessert!

How do you store these lemon energy bites?

Keep them in a glass food storage container with a tight-fitting lid or a glass Mason jar for 2 to 3 weeks in the fridge.  I used 2-cup Pyrex Snaplock containers in the pictures here.

If you use the extra lemon zest as a garnish the shelf life is reduced to 5 to 6 days stored in your fridge.

Freeze for up to 3 months.  To thaw you can set them out at room temperature for 10 to 15 minutes before eating or heat them in the microwave for 20-second intervals until your desired temperature.

Can you make substitutions to this recipe?


If you have a nut allergy you can substitute the raw cashew butter with raw sunflower seed butter.

If you can’t find raw sunbutter you can use the roasted variety. Note that the flavor will be more nutty and you will have to reduce the processing time down a bit to 12 seconds with a 3 second pulse at the end. 

You can use dates in place of the yellow raisins as the dried fruit sweetener, although I have not personally tried this substitution.  The color will be substantially altered.  The taste will likely not be as bright and zesty as with the raisins.

I have only included the substitutions that I’ve personally tried in the actual recipe notes.

Oil-Free Vegan Lemon Energy Bites

Make these lemon energy bites in less than 20 minutes as a delicious grab-and-go breakfast or healthy whole foods dessert!

Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword no cook, nutritarian, oil free, refined sugar free, whole food plant based
Prep Time 17 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Servings 14 servings
Calories 97.1 kcal
Author Kristen Hong


  • 3/4 cup rolled oats (77 grams)
  • 1/2 cup yellow raisins (35 grams)
  • 1/2 cup raw cashew butter (125 grams)
  • 1 Tbsp. maple or date syrup (20 grams)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (28 grams)
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice (10 grams)
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon zest (6 grams)


  1. Combine all ingredients in the order listed to your food processor bowl. Make sure to evenly distribute each ingredient around the whole bowl.

  2. Process for 15 seconds, then scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula. Pulse 3 to 5 times until the mixture is crumbly and the coconut and raisins are well broken up.

  3. Use a 2-tablespoon cookie scoop to form the dough into 13 to 14 portions, rolling each in your hand to tighten into balls.

Recipe Notes

  • Store in a glass food container with tight-fitting snap lid or Mason jar for 2 to 3 weeks in the fridge.
  • Freeze for up to 3 months.  To thaw, allow bites to come to room temperature for 10 to 15 minutes.  Or heat in microwave in 20-second increments until your desired temp.  
  • For a nut-free version swap the raw cashew butter with raw sunflower seed butter.
  • Roasted sunflower seed butter also works but the taste is more nutty.  If using a roasted nut or seed butter as a substitution reduce the processing time to 12 seconds with a 3 second pulse at the end.  
Optional Add-ins: 
  • For a brighter yellow color you can add 1/8 tsp. turmeric.
  • For a more intense lemon flavor you can top the balls with more lemon zest or add 2 to 3 drops of edible-grade lemon essential oil to the mix.  
Nutrition Facts
Oil-Free Vegan Lemon Energy Bites
Serving Size
1 energy bite
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

I’d love to know what you think if you give this recipe a try.  Please leave a comment or recipe rating or, better yet, BOTH!

xo, Kristen
Kristen Hong of Hello Nutritarian

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