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  • Makes 12 balls

These wholesome treats deliver a burst of bright Key lime pie flavor in bite-size packages. Hearty oats are toasted in the oven to mimic the mouthwatering crust of the full-size version and then mixed with sweet dates, juicy golden raisins, and creamy sunflower seed butter. Both Key lime zest and lime juice are stirred into the mix to pack a powerful citrus punch so each dessert ball satisfies your sweet tooth. Lightly dusted in powdered sugar, these handheld desserts are beautiful to display on a party platter when you host your next gathering. Don’t be surprised by how quickly they disappear!

Tip: To soak dates, place them in a bowl and add boiling water to cover. Let stand for 5 minutes and then drain.

For more quick vegan desserts, check out these tasty ideas:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup regular rolled oats
  • ¾ cup chopped Medjool dates, soaked
  • ¼ cup golden raisins
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower seed butter
  • 1 teaspoon Key lime zest or Persian lime zest
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons Key lime juice or Persian lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons powdered or finely granulated pure cane sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spread oats on a baking sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes until lightly toasted. In a food processor pulse oats until coarsely chopped.
  2. Add the next six ingredients (through salt) and 2 tablespoons of the lime juice. Pulse until mixture holds together. Add up to 1 tablespoon more lime juice, if necessary.
  3. Spoon 12 portions of mixture (4 teaspoons each) onto waxed paper. Moisten hands with water and roll portions into balls. Place in an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to serve. Place powdered sugar in a shallow bowl. Roll balls in sugar before serving.

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Leah Stolar1 month ago
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Worked perfectly! I couldn’t find sunflower seed butter so I used almond butter.

Summer2 months ago
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I made these bites today – took my dates from the freezer, measured a cup, zapped in the MW for 1 min in a bowl with water (barely covering the dates), ate 2, gave one to my dog and chopped the rest.
These little bites turned out delicious!

Cyndi2 months ago
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Does anybody know if the 3/4 cup of dates is measured before soaking or after?

Dale Anne Adame2 months ago
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I think measured before the soaking

Mary Martha2 months ago
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Can these be made ahead and possibly frozen?

WolfSong2 months ago
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Can these be frozen?

Tara (Davidsøn) Park2 months ago
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When you miss the bushes if the flavors of things you no longer consume, it turns those flavors into an heavenly delight to enjoy, instead of a guilty pleasure, because this is vegan. What a treat! The taste is amazing, also, and mouth feel is nice, and of course a great aftertaste and a filet filling than the original dairy version, but still light and airy with the flavors.

Tara (Davidsøn) Park2 months ago
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Correct edit:

When you’re missing the nuance of lightness and flavors of things you no longer consume, it turns those flavors into an heavenly delights to enjoy instead of a guilty pleasure, because this is vegan. What a treat!

The taste is amazing also, and mouth feel is nice, and of course a great aftertaste and a fuller filling than the original dairy version, but still light and airy with the flavors.

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Ellen Boeke has more than 25 years of experience as a recipe developer and food editor. She holds Bachelor’s of Science degrees in consumer food science and journalism from Iowa State University and attended Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France. Find her on LinkedIn.

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