Creating these was so much fun! I love being able to play around in the kitchen with different kinds of flavors. For this part of the Date Ball Series, I was inspired by a childhood favorite of mine: Key Lime Pie. When I was younger, we used to travel to Florida for vacation to visit my grandparents. One time we went to the Keys where apparently they’re known for Key Lime Pie. We saw a sign for them on the side of the road, so we stopped and picked one up. Forget the fact that it might sound a little seedy… it was amazing!
Thinking back on that, I really wanted to capture the creaminess of the pie so I decided to incorporate soaked cashews into this recipe. They don’t have much flavor because they’re just raw, but they add an extra element to make the balls a lot smoother.
The added water content does make them more dough-y so there’s more oats in this recipe and it does make a few more than the other recipes do. If you find that the mixture is too watery, don’t hesitate to add more oats until you reach a consistency that you like!
Key Lime Pie Date Balls
A variation of my Chewy Chocolate Date Balls, these sweet treats are a perfect snack to curb your cravings! The creamy texture of these goodies brings me back to one of my favorite childhood desserts.
***The added moisture from the cashew mixture makes them more gooey, so feel free to incorporate more oats to make them firmer.
- 1/3 cup raw unsalted cashews
- 1 lime zested
- 1 1/2 lime juice (2 limes needed)
- 2 tsp almond milk
- 1 cup pitted dates (about 8-10 dates depending on their size)**
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cup oats (best with Bob’s Red Mill Rolled Oats but completely fine with any other kind of oats like Quaker’s One Minute)
- Soak the cashews in warm water for at least 3 hours to soften them up.
- After soaking the cashews, combine in a blender (or I used a NutriBullet) with the zest of one lime, the juice of a lime and a half, and almond milk.
- Use a food processor to blend the dates until it creates a paste-like texture. There should be no bits left.
- Add in the cashew mixture, vanilla extract, and oats.
- Turn on the food processor and mix the ingredients. Keep the processor going until the ingredients fully combine to form a ball on their own. **If after waiting 5 minutes of processing and the ingredients don’t form a ball, add one date at a time until it does. Wait at least a minute in between adding dates to make sure you don’t add too many.***
- Roll the mixture into balls and they’re ready to go! You can roll the balls as little or as big as you’d like. This recipe will make around 20 balls each about 1 inch in diameter.
If you like this recipe, check out the previous part of the Date Ball Series: Cherry Pistachio! Up next is my personal favorite, Chocolate Chunk Dirty Chai :)
– Corinne xx