Spiriteds, you won’t believe it. Or maybe you will. The AC went out. Oh yes, we now have another broken house item to add to the ever-growing list. When houses go through growth spurts, nothing is sacred. Fortunately, it was a quick fix. Thank God because we still need to replace that dangly blind. 😂😂😂 I ran this latest breakage through my Laura Ingalls Wilder litmus test, and while I want to claim full-on pity party, it doesn’t make the cut. Laura’s equivalent of an AC unit was probably her running around on a windy day. If you’re wondering what all this Laura Ingalls Wilder stuff is about, Creamy Avocado Lime Spread will get you up to speed. So since we have no air (isn’t that a pop song?), today’s No-Bake Lemon Coconut Bites require zero ovens and are totally refreshing.
There is something about lemons and summer that make them perfect for each other, the citrus breaking the suffocating heat, which we’ve gotten a whiff of the last few days. And, I don’t know about you, but I completely support the lemon/summer relationship. #LemMer #SummOn #SumLem. So maybe they don’t have a particularly cute nickname. But, the final result of these two getting together is out-of-this-world good. No-Bake Lemon Coconut Bites are melt-in-your-mouth delicious, the absolutely perfect blend of sweet and sour. Summer never tasted so refreshing!
These delectable bites are perfect for parties or snack time or breakfast or because you want to eat a fruit. What? A lemon counts as a fruit. Use fresh lemon juice in this recipe, and you’re in business. I’m here any time you need my mad rationalization skillz. Also, are we modeling these babies in a soup bowl? And atop a Monet copy cutting board, affectionately referred to as my Fauxnét? I mean, maybe? Because lemons, like soup, are part of a well-balanced diet. Also, that Fauxnét Monet happens to be one of the prettiest wedding gifts I think we received. All the love for that beauty.
And if you’re eating vegan or paleo, and traditional lemon bars (a favorite of mine) are out, then No-Bake Lemon Coconut Bites are definitely in. Seriously. While they aren’t difficult to make, I discovered a few tips to make them even easier to enjoy:
- If after chilling in the fridge, they come out a little dry, wet your hands prior to rolling them into bites. Alternatively, add a little more sweetener or let them sit out for a few minutes to let the coconut oil soften slightly.
- For easier handling, buy finely-chopped coconut flakes or chop them in a small vegetable chopper.
- Add your favorite nuts and seeds for a little crunch.
- Put the shredded coconut in a chopper and chop into smaller pieces for easier rolling and blending (especially if adding nuts and seeds).
Let me also just add that if you have an oversized bowl, put the dry ingredients in that one. You’ll appreciate the extra space when you add the wet ingredients and coconut flakes would otherwise be flying all over your kitchen. Or so I’ve heard.
I did discover one drawback, though, and it has nothing to do with the bowl. Because these luscious little bites are so addicting, especially while preparing them, I originally had zero idea what the yield was. I ended up with about 16 bites, not including whatever batter I ate. If you are able to withstand the lemony, coconut-y allure, which I am not, you should have approximately 20 tasty bites. This is my best self, Spiriteds. Go with God.However, yield notwithstanding, No-Bake Lemon Coconut Bars are at your service, ready to wow your tastebuds. I think even Laura Ingalls Wilder would approve. 🍋 🍋 🍋
No-Bake Lemon Coconut Bites
- Prep Time: 20 mins
- Cook Time: 1 hour
- Total Time: 1 hour 20 mins
- Yield: 16 bites 1x
- 1 1/3 cups plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut flakes
- 1 1/4 cups almond flour
- 1/8 cup coconut flour
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/3 cup agave nectar (vegan) or 100% pure honey (paleo)
- 1/3 cup lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1/2 tablespoon nuts or seeds (I used 1/2 tablespoon chia seeds in these photos)
- Combine dry ingredients in one bowl and wet ingredients in another. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and whisk until blended. Add chopped nuts or seeds at this stage, if including.
- Refrigerate dough for one hour to chill.
- Roll into small bites, approximately 1/2 inch in diameter.