01 August 2011

Key Lime Larabar Lara-Balls

Key Lime Pie Larabar Balls

If you've read this recipe post then you know I'm a little bit inappropriate when it comes to food in ball form.  I would apologize... but most of you have dirty, dirty minds.  So if you feel the need to make a few puns or toss a little "that's what she said" my way, feel free.

This is a safe environment.

Where we will be rolling fruit and nuts into balls.

I love key lime pie.  LOVE, love.  Which, for a dessert snob like me, is epic.  If you're one of the lucky few that has ever come across a Key Lime Pie Larabar, then you know how absolutely delicious they are.  But the problem is... most of us wouldn't be able to find one without doing a crazy health food store search within a 2 hour radius from our home.  In fact, I've done that crazy search and still couldn't find one. So I got my butt in the kitchen.

Key Lime Pie Larabar Balls
Key Lime Lara-Balls

ingredients:
[adapted from this recipe] Makes approx 6 snack-sized balls.
1/2 cup dates
1/4 cup raw, unsalted almonds
1-2 tablespoons raw, unsalted walnuts
1/4 cup fresh or store bought lime juice
2-3 tablespoons of sweetened shredded coconut

instructions:
Toss everything in your food processor and pulse.  You might need to push the mixture off the sides of the processor and  towards the blades once or twice.  No biggie!  Just pulse to your desired texture [I like them a little bit chunky] and roll into balls.  Place lara-balls on a plate, cover with saran wrap and give them about 10-20 minutes in the fridge and they're good to go!  Wrap them in saran wrap and snack on the go, or simply devour the entire batch in the name of food science and experimentation.  Guess which one I did ;)

Store saran wrapped in your fridge for up to 3-4 days.  Though I haven't been able to get them to last more than 12 hours. Enjoy cold or allow them to reach room temperature before snacking, whichever floats your boat! <3

Play with your food!
To make them even prettier, you can roll the balls in a little extra coconut or sprinkle it on top.  Want a super intense lime taste?  Add a teeny bit of lime zest to the mix!  Don't like lime?  Go juice-less and add peanut butter + chocolate chips!

Give your balls a twist!
Well that didn't come out right! =) Turn these into Key Lime Granola Balls by rolling fruit/nut balls in your favorite granola crumbs. I used Love Grown's cinnamon-laced Cranberry Pecan granola for a few of the balls and was absolutely enamored.  So good! I loved the extra crunch and the leftover, broken pieces of granola that always chill out at the bottom of the bag are perfect for this.

key lime larabar ball recipe
So... How were they?
Though I've only been lucky enough to get my hands on one Key Lime Pie Larabar in the history of my life... this tasted JUST LIKE IT!  Dare I say even better?  I do -- they were better than the inspiration!  These balls are zesty and tart with subtle sweetness from the coconut and dates and a nice hearty texture from the walnuts and almonds.  Perfection!  Plus they are a perfect portion -- No more limiting yourself to 1/2 a bar and feeling jipped!  I might have to whip up a batch weekly because my key-lime loving husband is quite fond of my balls.

There's so much wrong with that statement.

Pin It!

62 comments:

  1. This is such a great idea! I'm obsessed with "mini" things so this is perfect for me!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Cheers, to inappropriate ball jokes!! A girl after my own heart not to mention we share the same taste buds : ) I heart this recipe.

    ReplyDelete
  3. These look delicious.  I would love for you to stop by DIY Home Sweet Home today and link up your balls  and any other projects you would like to share. Happy Monday!!

    http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  4. Those look awesome!  I LOVE LOVE LOVE Key Lime Pie :)

    ReplyDelete
  5. Yay someone is about to give Larabar a run for their money :)- I love the apple pie and cashew cookie flavours!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Yum! These look great. :)

    ReplyDelete
  7. This looks delish!

    "I wanna dip my baaallls in it!"

    ReplyDelete
  8. Looks delicious! 
    I just made Key Lime Frozen Yogurt last night! Key Lime is one my absolutely favorite flavors. Next time you should try using Key Lime juice (sold in a bottle, as well - Nellie and Joe's brand) - it really stands out and is super-flavorful! :) ~ 

    ReplyDelete
  9. These look amazing! :) I don't think I've had actual Key Lime Pie since I was last in America years ago, but I'm so making me some of these balls soon! Thanks :)

    ReplyDelete
  10. You my friend, are a genius!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Love these! And how funny to read this not even 5 minutes after I finished making cherry/coconut/choc. chip balls :)

    ReplyDelete
  12. YUM! I love larabars, and these look amazing!

    ReplyDelete
  13. youre genuis I tell you, pure genuis! now we just need an almond joy ball.

    ReplyDelete
  14. you know me and I am no chef BUT key lime pie happens to be my favorite desert ever. 

    Oh and you had me at rolling nuts into balls... hehehe because I'm 12

    CarissaExplainsItAll

    ReplyDelete
  15. I love my cookie dough larabar recipe!!!! ahhhh so good <3 I am not a HUUUGE fan of key lime but maybe this will change my mind! ;)

    ReplyDelete
  16. Wow! I love the key Lime Lara bar...you are just too amazing! I am making these STAT :)

    ReplyDelete
  17. girl, our minds are totally on the same wavelength today. i'm sitting here like a little school girl giggling (but also drooling as those look YUM). must try!!

    ReplyDelete
  18. Amazing! I haven't tried the Key Lime Lara Bars yet, haven't seem them anywhere! But these balls...will be made!
    :)

    ReplyDelete
  19. I've never tried the key lime Larabar, but I'm loooooving the sound of it! I've got to start playing around with my little cookie dough balls... so far the only flavor I've tried is chocolate chip, which I'm kind of addicted to, hence not trying anything new ;)

    ReplyDelete
  20. Yummmm. I've never had a key lime pie larabar. Actually, I've never had key lime pie period. So what should I do first, make these, or make key lime pie? 

    ReplyDelete
  21. I have had one key lime larabar and I LOVED it!!! The only prob is that I can't remember where I bought it and I have yet to find it again! I look everytime I am in the grocery store because it's my all-time fave larabar! So happy you posted this girl!!

    ReplyDelete
  22. BOTH! <3 Have a Key lime week this summer! <3 Make lime margaritas too and I may show up at your doorstep

    ReplyDelete
  23. They are so notoriously rare its ridiculous! This will save some money and fix the craving =)

    ReplyDelete
  24. sara @ the foodie diariesMonday, August 01, 2011

    I looove apples. Apple pie, apple slices, every + anything that has apples in it! 

    ReplyDelete
  25. Yay! If you love lime you'll love em! <3

    ReplyDelete
  26. Lindsey @ Happy or HungryMonday, August 01, 2011

    Those balls look AMAZING! I love Key Lime Pie Larabar and I have a feeling I would die for these.
    My fave is the PB&J Larabars :)

    ReplyDelete
  27. Jenn, these look INCREDIBLE!  How do you store them/how well do they keep?  I think I might make some to take to the hotel with me for wedding week as a good snack.  

    ReplyDelete
  28. I think 3-4 days in the fridge in saran wrap should store them safely.  The recipe makes about 6 or so balls depending on what size you roll em to. I really need to update this page! Good questions love! Thanks for that!

    ReplyDelete
  29. If you don't have a mini fridge in the hotel room you can pack a little insulated lunch box with an ice pack and it should keep them safe and yum for ya! <3 lol

    ReplyDelete
  30. These look delicious. I love the granola version. So want to try that :D

    ReplyDelete
  31. I love myself a good balls joke. Seriously. I'm worse than a preteen boy.

    ReplyDelete
  32. Yum, yum, yum! I want some :)

    ReplyDelete
  33. YUM this looks awesome!! If only they were carb free! Ever heard of any yummy recipes w/no carbs?! I'm convinced they don't exist... 

    ReplyDelete
  34. Those look delicious! I love the key lime lara bar, but like you have only had it on a rare occasion. Will have to try these for sure!

    ReplyDelete
  35. Oh now I will be at the grocery getting the ingredients for these like tomorrow!! These look just awesome!!

    ReplyDelete
  36. I'm definitely going to be trying these out - I'm all about key lime anything.  My favorite Lara bar is the blueberry.  And I realllly like them microwaved for a few secs.

    ReplyDelete
  37. Oh yes, I am absolutely totally positively going to try these! I looove me some key lime pie! I've never seen Key Lime Larabars, but that doesn't matter anymore because I have a super awesome recipe in front of my eyes. :)

    Favorite fruit-nut combo: Anything with coconut makes me happy (what is a coconut anyways? Not a fruit because there's no seed, right? Or is the coconut the seed? Hahaa food for thought!)

    ReplyDelete
  38. Great recipe, they look and sound delicious!

    ReplyDelete
  39. WHY have I never tried microwaving a Larabar?! Genius!!

    ReplyDelete
  40. Ohhhh, I LOVE the key lime flavor! But I think if I had to choose a favorite, I'd have to go with the coconut cream bar...or the chocolate coconut...what can I say, I'm a coconut whore! And yes, I would definitely be rolling my balls all over some coconut flakes...ok, that sounds weird! Haha!

    Loving these pics girlie, especially that last shot!!

    ReplyDelete
  41. Lindsay @ The Lean Green BeanTuesday, August 02, 2011

    nice! i was planning to try to replicate the pb&j one today!!! can't wait.

    ReplyDelete
  42. Oh my YUM!  Those look incredible!  I'm a sucker for peanuts and chocolate when I make these bars but I am TOTALLY going to try these :)

    ReplyDelete
  43. Yum!!!  I think you should add chocolate chips ... of course, I could add chocolate chips to pretty much anything.  ;)

    ReplyDelete
  44. Loving the balls..... :)

    ReplyDelete
  45. I might make them just because they have my name in the title ... and because I love Key Lime Pie! Yum!!

    ReplyDelete
  46. I still think the Saturday Night Live Christmas "Balls" skit is the funniest thing ever!  And Key Lime anything is delicious!

    ReplyDelete
  47. These sounds awesome!  I can't wait to give them a try!  :o) 

    ReplyDelete
  48. Sounds like two amaze-balls reasons to make them! =) Then you can tell all your friend that lara-balls are the bomb like you! MWAH!

    ReplyDelete
  49. Yes- I love balls! Haha :) These look delicious!

    ReplyDelete
  50. TANGY BALLS! Oh yum! These look so good and I haven't even had Key Lime Pie Larabars.

    ReplyDelete
  51. Beautiful!  I'll definitely be making some of these!

    ReplyDelete
  52. Can i just say, I'm SHOCKED its that hard for you to find Larabars! Is it like that will all health food stores and/or Larabars? 

    I'm with you on key lime anything. Or lime anything. They look great!!!

    ReplyDelete
  53. These look so yummy! But...I have NEVER had dates before! Can you believe it!?! I was all excited when I was reading the recipe, because I've been eyein' up that pic in your sidebar FOR-EV-ER. I HAVE everything on that ingredient list in my house right now, but whawhawha...not the darn dates. Apparently I had a BF (brain fart) from the beginning (since the ARE the first ingredient listed) to the end of the recipe. Anyhow...I will be buying date son my next trip to town.

    ReplyDelete
  54. So I made these today with 1 minor adjustment - I used mulberries instead of dates.  Nice amount of sweet, tart and crunch.  Thank you!!!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  55. So glad you liked them Roxanne!!!! I will totally be on the lookout for mulberries now ;)

    ReplyDelete