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Lemon Larabar Bites are the perfect treat for lunchboxes! Made with half the sugar! |

Lemon Larabar Bites (with less sugar and more protein!)

  • Author: Caitlin Self, MS, CNS, LDN
  • Total Time: 12 mins
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


These delightful lemon bites pack over 3 grams of protein each, with just under 6 grams of sugar - making them perfect for both busy adults and high-energy children! These lower-sugar, higher-protein bites are a well-balanced sweet treat with plenty of healthy fats - delicious enough for dessert, balanced enough for anytime!


  • 1/2 cup dates (pits removed)
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt


  1. Add all ingredients to food processor and blend until desired consistency is reached, stopping to scrape down sides as needed. I like mine more textured, so I blend and scrape until the dough sticks together, but while there are still chunks of nuts!
    1. To make these without a food processor: soak the dates for 1 minute. Mash with a fork or chop on cutting board. Carefully cut nuts with a sturdy knife. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Scoop into approximately 1 Tablespoon-sized chunks. Roll between your two palms until balls are formed and store in refrigerator or freezer. Optionally: you can top each with lemon zest or roll the balls in more hemp seeds.


These are a great way to start adding nuts to your toddler's diet!

I usually store these babies in the freezer since they don't freeze solid so I can pop one out and eat it anytime, but they usually end up in my bento boxes for lunch!
Feel free to experiment with different nuts and flavors. Tag me on instagram @frugalnutrition or hashtag #frugalnutrition if you try a different combination - I'd love to see it! :)

Nutrition is for 12 bites. Each bite (0.8 oz) is equivalent to 1/2 a store-bought Larabar (1.60 oz). (affiliate)

  • Prep Time: 12 mins
  • Category: Snack, Dessert
  • Method: no cook
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: energy balls, date bites, power balls, energy bites, larabar, lemon larabar

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