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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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  • 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!

  • Reply
    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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    June 29, 2020 at 8:12 am

    Hi 🙋‍♀️
    Can you use prunes instead of dates?

    • Reply
      Davida Lederle
      June 29, 2020 at 5:43 pm

      Should be fine to use prunes though I haven’t tried it myself!

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