Lemon Poppyseed Energy Bites (7 Ingredients!)

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Zesty, Creamy, and full of Flavor, these Lemon Poppyseed Energy Bites are made with only 7 healthy ingredients! A quick & easy on-the-go snack.

I’ve kind of been on a chocolate kick latelyWhich is not necessarily a bad thing, but sometimes it’s 2PM and you want a snack and, for some odd reason, you just aren’t feelin’ the rich and creamy Peanut Butter Brownie today.

Sometimes, (key word: sometimes) a lighter snack is in order 😉 and that’s when these Lemon Poppyseed Energy Bites were born!

white speckled bowl of lemon poppyseed energy bites with fresh lemon and blue background

Not only are these bites easy, quick, and delicious, but they’re made with only 7 healthy and plant-based ingredients!

ingredients for lemon poppyseed energy bites on round wood cutting board

I wanted these Lemon Poppyseed Energy Bites to be the perfect combination of creamy, chewy, and fluffy – kind of like a (slightly more dense) Donut Hole. Because of this, I opted to use a combination of Quick Oats (for the fluffy), Cashews & Cashew Butter (for the creamy), plus some Maple Syrup to keep things subtly sweet.

Obviously, we can’t forget about the Lemons and Poppyseeds either 😉 We’ll use both Lemon Juice AND Zest in this recipe to really amp up that Lemon flavor. I really love my citrus flavors, and it shows! These Energy Bites have a strong Lemon flavor, but it’s nicely rounded out thanks to some crunch from the Poppyseeds and sweet-smelling Vanilla Extract.

hand reaching for lemon poppyseed energy bite in white speckled bowl

The Assembly for these bites couldn’t be any easier either – simply pulse the Oats and Cashews, add in the liquid ingredients, and fold in the Poppyseeds at the end! I opted to make these Lemon Poppyseed Energy Bites in my blender because I prefer a smoother texture, but you can use a Food Processor if you want things to have more bite.

close up photo of lemon poppyseed energy bite with bite taken out of it

These Lemon Poppyseed Energy Bites are a perfect afternoon pick-me-up or on-the-go snack! Light and refreshing, they’re the perfect blend of zesty and sweet to give you that energy boost you need to power on through your day.

A Few Final Thoughts:

  • If you can, please use fresh Lemon Juice for this recipe – not the bottled stuff. Because it’s unpasteurized, the fresh stuff tastes so much better – it has a sweeter, almost more floral note. Bonus points if you can snag some Meyer Lemons for this recipe, which are particularly sweet and fragrant!
  • I use this handy Microplane to zest my Citrus; it definitely makes things easier, but you can also use the finest setting of a vegetable grater as well.
  • Not feeling the Lemon? Switch things up by replacing the Citrus! Lime, Orange, or even Grapefruit would be great here.

white bowl of lemon poppyseed energy bites on wood cutting board. bite is taken out of one ball

If you’re looking for more Energy Bite recipes, you’ll also love these Hazelnut Mocha Energy Bites, Cacao & Fig Bliss Balls, and these PB&J Energy Bites!

Finally, if you make this recipe and decide to share it on Facebook or Instagram, don’t forget to tag me @FromMyBowl + #FromMyBowl! I love seeing your delicious recreations 🙂


Lemon Poppyseed Energy Bites

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Zesty, Creamy, and full of Flavor, these Lemon Poppyseed Energy Bites are made with only 7 healthy ingredients! A quick & easy on-the-go snack.

  • Author: Caitlin Shoemaker
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 Minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 12 balls 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 ½ cup Quick-Cooking Oats
  • ½ cup Raw Cashews
  • 2 tbsp Cashew Butter 
  • ¼ cup Real Maple Syrup (see notes)
  • Juice + Zest of 1 Lemon
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tsp Poppy Seeds
  • Pinch of Salt


  1. First, add the Oats to your Blender or Food Processor and process until a fine flour forms. Toss in the Cashews and pulse until finely ground as well.
  2. Add all remaining ingredients except for the Poppy Seeds to the Blender and pulse/process until a thick, uniform dough forms. Pulse in the Poppyseeds until well combined, or transfer the mixture to a bowl and fold them in by hand.
  3. Use a 2 tbsp scoop to measure out each ball, and roll each ball in between your hands until it forms an even circle. Store these bites in the fridge for up to 10 days, or in the freezer for up to a month. If you opt for the freezer, let each ball thaw for 5-10 minutes before enjoying.


  • As these are intended to be a snack, these bites are subtly sweet. If you prefer them to be sweeter, add 1 additional tbsp of Maple Syrup to the mixture.
  • Cashew Butter can be replaced with another Nut or Seed Butter, but keep in mind that this will affect the final flavor! I have not tested this recipe with anything besides Cashew Nuts, but I imagine Almonds, Walnuts, or Pecans would work as well.
  • I would suggest using a high-speed Blender to make these balls, as they will be more light and fluffy. A Food Processor will work too, but they will have a little more bite!

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  1. I LOVE this recipe! If I’m feeling fancy I roll it around coconut shavings. It is totally worth buying a cookie dough scooper, it saves me time and the sizes are more consistent. I love that everything can go into the food processor.

  2. I did make this recipe and it would be more helpful if you had exactly how many tbsp. of lemon juice as I used a large lemon and the dough was way to liquidy, so I added 1/2 c of more blended oats and left some chunks of cashew in the dough. and it was still very gooey but was able to roll them out. Thank goodness for wearing gloves! The flavor is very good.