Lemon Lime Bars with Pistachio Crust [Sponsored Post]

by Irvin on February 20, 2017 · 9 comments

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These easy-to-make sweet and tart lemon lime bars have crushed pistachios in the crust and will give you a huge smile when you bite into them

Lemon Lime Bars with Pistachio Crust. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

This post was sponsored by Bisquick. I’m teaming up with Bisquick to bring you fun and innovative recipes using Bisquick. I was compensated for this post and for developing the recipe. However all opinions below are completely my own and not endorsed by Bisquick.

California has been in a drought for what seems like forever but with all the rain that we’ve been undergoing, I think we might finally be coming out of it. It’s been raining now stop here in San Francisco for what feels like months. And that means I usually hunker down in the kitchen and cook and bake. And though winter feels like a time for heavy chocolate desserts, when I want something bright, I reach for the citrus. Which is how I ended up making these bright and tart lemon lime bars with pistachio crust. (Jump directly to the recipe.)

Lemon Lime Bars with Pistachio Crust. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Despite the poor weather, I realize that I am particularly lucky living in San Francisco. Not only is it a beautiful gorgeous city but my local grocery store (BiRite Market) always has an annual winter explosion of citrus. Though I grew up with the basic navel oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruit, but all of sudden I have a dizzying array of citrus, from Cara Cara oranges to Meyer lemons to Finger limes to Buddha’s Hand. These are fruits that I never even knew existed growing up in the Midwest. But now I almost take them for granted. Almost.

Lemon Lime Bars with Pistachio Crust. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

In the end, I reached for the classic everyday lemon and limes (Eureka lemons and Persian limes if you want to know the specific names for them). These are the citrus fruits that you can get at every grocery store. But if you’re lucky enough to have a high end grocery store or farmers market that offers a larger selection of citrus, try to substitute out Meyer lemons or Bergamot oranges for the lemon and Key limes for the lime. Meyer lemons will give you a sweeter bar, while Bergamot oranges will give you a heady perfumed scented sourness while Key limes will give you an intense lime flavor that cuts through the grayest of bad weathers. But know that even if you can’t get ahold of those specialized citrus, the lemons and limes you have access to will still create a wonderfully bright baked good.

Lemon Lime Bars with Pistachio Crust. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.


Easy-to-Make Lemon Lime Bars with Pistachio Crust. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.
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heather (delicious not gorgeous) February 20, 2017 at 8:03 pm

i’m seeing green hills in california and i can’t stop staring. everything looks so lush and amazing, and not like the usual brown, lol. i like it. i don’t like having my umbrella snap at 24 mph winds though (friday was a doozy in southern california).

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Marisa Franca @ All Our Way February 21, 2017 at 4:26 am

I would say that most cupboards have a box of Bisquick in them. I do and I haven’t thought about using it to make a dessert. Great inspiration. I may just try it with Meyer lemons. Have a great day — hope you’re staying dry.

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Elsie February 21, 2017 at 9:08 pm

For those with nut and peanut allergies, what would you suggest as a pistachio substitute?

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Irvin February 23, 2017 at 1:37 am

Hi Elsie! You can totally leave out the nuts if you want, or you can try substituting them with the same amount of sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds if you want for a similar nutty texture!

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Katie February 24, 2017 at 7:06 am

I love lemon cakes, so this is a must try 🙂

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2pots2cook March 2, 2017 at 12:31 am

I’m in. Thank you so much !

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street view March 2, 2017 at 10:23 pm

Look fantastic! I’m gonna try to make one !!

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Gloria Collins March 10, 2017 at 9:46 am

Such a yummy recipe! My kids love to take bars to school so I’m always trying different recipes. This one is just incredibly delicious!!

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