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Raw Key Lime Pistachio Bites

March 11, 2014

I figured after yesterday’s not-so-green recipe, I would give you a double whammy today. Key limes and pistachios, boom boom POW. Sorry, I just pounded two cups of coffee before I started writing this #5recipesin5daysmaykillme.

raw key lime pistachio bitesCan we talk about key limes for a minute? They are officially the most adorable piece of fruit I have ever seen. My 5 year old self probably would have made one my newest inanimate friend. My 24-year old self felt bad making friends with them knowing that I would be sacrificing their peels and juices to the food processor. It hurt more than touching my eye with lime juice covered hands. Karma is a B. Don’t mess with miniature fruit.

raw key lime pistachio bites 2Other thoughts that occurred while making this recipe:

1. Shelled pistachios are worth the money. Ain’t nobody got time for pistachio shelling.

2. Are they balls, or are they bites? Actually, I ask myself this everyday.

3. Why does St. Patrick’s Day require green food? Don’t answer this otherwise you’ll undermine the whole purpose of the link-up…

4. It is impossible to eat just one of these. I dare you to try.

Raw Key Lime Pistachio Bites

by The Healthy Maven

Prep Time: 15 mins

Keywords: no-bake blender snack dessert dairy-free gluten-free vegan pistachio key lime ball

Ingredients (18 bites)

  • 2 cups shelled pistachios (reserve 1/2 cup for chopping)
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 6 key limes, zest and juice of each


1. Add 1 1/2 cups of pistachios and dates to a food processor high-speed blender. Process until all comes together in a ball (about 3 minutes)

2. Break up ball and add zest and juice of all key limes. Process until well combined.

3. Meanwhile, chop up remaining 1/2 cup of pistachios into tiny pieces to be used at coating.

4. Roll pistachio-date mixture into 18 balls and then roll in chopped pistachios.

5. Store in refrigerator for up to 1 month or longer in freezer.

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Diamond of California sent me a free bag of pistachios to sample, however all opinions expressed (aka I’m obsessed with pistachios) in this post were entirely my own.

One VERY important question today, are they balls or are they bites?

*Don’t forget you have up till Friday to post your GREEN recipe to be included in The Great St. Patrick’s Day Green Link-Up!


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  • Reply
    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    March 11, 2014 at 5:24 am

    Are bites Maven for balls? 😉

    Pretty sure these are Persian for balls. You were paleo yesterday, raw foodie today, tomorrow you’ll be vegan. Stop being a food label whore.

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    March 11, 2014 at 5:29 am

    I have one thing to say: hell, freaking, yes.

    That is all 🙂

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    meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles
    March 11, 2014 at 6:24 am

    How about bite-sized balls?

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    Kim @ BusyBod
    March 11, 2014 at 6:52 am

    These are so adorable! Sorry you fell victim to the mini fruit karma. Balls or bites, I mean, technically they are both I suppose. Personally, I have the sense of humor of a pre-teen boy so I giggle and get slightly awkward over anything balls, so my vote is for bites. 🙂

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    erin @ The Almond Eater
    March 11, 2014 at 7:05 am

    Love me some bites/balls/whatever you wanna call them! You’re creative with your green food…..I think I’ll be back at blogging this week so just WAIT and see what I’ve come up with……#creative #notreally #hashtagsarekewl

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    Krista @ Tiny n Fit
    March 11, 2014 at 7:09 am

    BALLS BALLS BALLS! Much more fun to say 🙂 These look amazing!!

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    alex @ therunwithin
    March 11, 2014 at 7:18 am

    OH MY my favorite nut is the pistachio and these are just flooring me, plus they are so easy to make. this is the kind of recipe I love!

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    Becky @ Olives n Wine
    March 11, 2014 at 8:19 am

    This is by far the best green recipe you’ve ever posted, Davida! I am a new fan to key lime and pistachio are pretty much my heart’s desire. Oh and let’s call them balls rather than bites because the word always makes me giggle 😉 #somature

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    kaitlin @4loveofcarrots
    March 11, 2014 at 8:23 am

    BALLS, obviously. because I am soo mature!

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    Sarah Pie
    March 11, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Obviously these are balls… is there really another option?

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    Nicole @ FruitnFitness
    March 11, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Whatever you want to call them, these sound amazing! I love pistachios but don’t buy them too often since they are usually so expensive. I really want to make your pistachio butter so I’ll have to make these too when I finally get the pistachios.

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    Shashi @
    March 11, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Dates and limes and pistachios – girrrl – these “bite-sized balls” (Meredith’s term) sound fabulous!

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    Ang @ Nutty for Life
    March 11, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Ball bites. That sounds like some creepy piercing. Ick. Let’s just stick with one at a time, but usually balls because it’s more fun to say you’re eating those. I need to get on the pistachio game, I sometimes forget they’re out there. I thought that limes and key limes were the same… are they not?

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    Katie @ 24 Carrot Life
    March 11, 2014 at 10:05 am

    The word balls makes me uncomfortable when referring to my food so I call them bites. These are too cute. Serious respect to you for doing 5 recipes in 5 days. I would definitely have a meltdown. Prepping two green recipes for the link-up though!

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    Alysia @ Slim Sanity
    March 11, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Umm…. these look AMAZEBALLS!

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    Amy @ Long Drive Journey
    March 11, 2014 at 10:40 am

    I have an even more important question to ask – who gets to eat all of this food?

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    Alex @ Kenzie Life
    March 11, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Balls hehe 😉

    But these look so refreshing! I think key limes are adorable too! I had these key lime wedge erasers when I was little and I think they’re the best things ever. Next to my Hershey bar scented pencils of course!

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    Em @ Love A Latte
    March 11, 2014 at 11:16 am

    These look wonderful! I love eating pistachios so much (too much!).

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    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    March 11, 2014 at 11:21 am

    My inner twelve year old insists that they’re balls. 😛 And I don’t think I’m a big fan of key lime 🙁 I’ve only had key lime pie once and it was just meh to me…but it was also like grocery-store pie, so maybe I just need to try a real bakery or homemade one? Or you know…just make these balls :-p

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    Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat
    March 11, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    hehe…I always say bites. Somehow it sounds less offensive!

    These look amazing and your pictures are terrific!

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    March 11, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    I’ll go with bites! These look so yum and very green! Key limes are awesome!! Key lime margarita? Don’t mind if I do!

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    March 11, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    3 ingredients!! Ok, these sound just perfect. Pistachios are kind of my favorite first off. Second limes limes limes. mmmmm. Dates to bring them all together. VOILA. Great recipe. I should try this! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves
    March 11, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    Ooooo these look fancayyyy! But I love how simple they are, and I love that there are pistachios.
    I’d say bites for public reference, but we all know they’re really balls.

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    Alexis @ Hummusapien
    March 11, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    UmmmMmmMmm those key limes are totes adorbz and I’m totes making these once your protein bars are gone, all whilst pounding 2 cups of coffee.

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    Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    March 11, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    I love pistachios and haven’t had them in awhile, so thanks for reminding me to eat them ASAP!

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    March 11, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Would you believe I was seriously thinking of key lime energy bites yesterday? And I bought the limes?? Mine are a little different though… but we are seriously too alike in our thinking. 🙂

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    March 11, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Balls fo sho. I’d also call them scrumptious.

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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food
    March 11, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    I’ve been grappling with the balls/bites dilemma for a while now. After making my first batch of them, I have to say it’s way more fun to call them balls, then giggle about it. I also love pistachios, but for some weird reason I actually enjoy shelling them.

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    Mireya @myhealthyeatinghabits
    March 11, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    OMG! My mouth started watering just from reading the title of the post, then when I saw the pictures it was like someone had turned a water faucet on in my mouth. Great post!

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    GiGi Eats Celebrities
    March 12, 2014 at 12:39 am


    in my mouth.

    Scrumptious 😉

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    Mary Frances
    March 12, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Haha! You have the best sense of humor, Davida! I am such a sucker for all things mini energy balls – I can’t get over the cirtrus punch in these! Delicious!

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    Kristina @ Damn Ten Pounds
    March 12, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    They’re balls because duh. Unless you put two of them together. Then they’re boobies 🙂

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    Lauren @ Sweat The Sweet Stuff
    March 12, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Um yes please!

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    Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner
    March 13, 2014 at 10:43 am

    I love pistachios so these look amazingly delicious. I bet the key limes gives it a lovely refreshing bite! I always struggle with naming these kinds of creations… balls…yeah, don’t go there. 😉 They are bite sized so I think you named them perfectly. 🙂

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    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs
    March 13, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Balls all the way!
    These look plain adorable and oh so tasty too!

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    Gabby @ the veggie nook
    March 13, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    AMEN to the shelled pistachios girl! I needed them a couple weeks ago and all I could find was pistachios in the shell- kill me.

    And balls, always balls. So much more hilarious to say that way.

    Also- these look gorgeous and while I have never tried the combination of pistachios and key limes, I can only imagine it’s awesome!

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    Luv What You Do
    March 15, 2014 at 12:21 am

    My boyfriend would love these!
    Pistachio +Key Lime = Awesome!

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    March 15, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    They’re balls. Enough said.

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    March 15, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    Key limes and pistachios, that sound gorgeous together, Davida and yes these limes are so cute! Hehe, two cups of coffee!? Please make me some iced coffee! Beautiful raw bites, I need this to go! I would rather call them bites…I don’t know about balls, eh!

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    March 16, 2014 at 8:14 am

    these sound and look amazing!! do you care if i share them tomorrow with my round up? Linking back of course! and then please come make them and feed me, k?

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      Davida Kugelmass
      March 16, 2014 at 8:18 am

      You’re awesome! Of course you can share them! Speaking of sharing, my bf seemed to have some issues sharing these and polished off the whole batch in 2 days. So yes, I would love to make you some but you may have to fight to the death with the bf!

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    Zsu Dever
    March 23, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Key limes and pistachios are officially my favorite fruit and nut. And you’ve put them together! Nice!

    Zsu @ Zsu’s Vegan Pantry

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    Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli
    March 25, 2014 at 5:37 am

    Ahhh, bites or balls…the never-ending internal battle! Haha! Right now, I say who the hell cares because these babies are freaking GORGEOUS!! Omg, girl, I seriously canNOT quit looking at these pics! Love!!

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    August 15, 2014 at 11:51 am

    These look delicious!

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    August 17, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    It’s hard to find shelled pistachios that are not salted. The recipe doesn’t specify — do you mean salted or unsalted? Thanks

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      August 18, 2015 at 7:58 am

      I buy mine at a bulk store. Salted is fine but if you can find unsalted, that’s ideal!

  • Reply
    Lee Hawn
    March 9, 2018 at 11:22 am

    What is the serving size and how may calories are there per serving?

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    April 25, 2019 at 8:47 am

    Is it necessary to process/blend this in two parts? It seems as if I could just put everything at the same time into my supe-powerful blender and get the same result… but am I missing something here?

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    August 16, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    How many of these ball bites constitutes a single serving?

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