No Bake “Creamy” Key Lime Pie *

This “key lime” pie is easy to make and the perfect dessert for spring-summer. It is very rich and creamy, so a little slice goes a long way. Top this key lime pie with homemade whipped cream and/or strawberries. Or for a lovely treat, top with a fluffy meringue topping (see instructions below).

  • 1 baked and cooled Coconut Crust (recipe here)
  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup raw cream
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed key lime juice
    OR regular lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon stevia powder
    OR 1/3 cup honey (use only stevia if on a sugar-free diet)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Gelatin Powder
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
    OR 1/2 teaspoon Natural Lime Extract
  • Pinch (1/16 tsp.) Spirulina Powder, for natural light green color (optional)

Have ready 1 baked and cooled coconut crust, set this aside.

Pour 1/2 cup cream into a small saucepan. Sprinkle gelatin evenly over top of cream. Allow to “bloom” (absorb) for 5 minutes.

Heat over medium heat, stirring often until gelatin dissolves. Remove from heat and set aside.

Meanwhile, beat the cream cheese until creamy. Add in the stevia (or honey) and lime zest (or extract), beating until incorporated. With mixer running, slowly pour in the lime juice, beating until creamy.

Add the gelatin-cream mixture from the sauce pan and beat on high-speed until well mixed and fluffy (about 1 minute).

If using spirulina powder, gently sprinkle in with the machine running to avoid clumps. Process again to combine.

Pour filling into prepared pie crust and place in the refrigerator for several hours (or overnight) until well chilled and firm.

Serves up-to 16.

*Sugar-Free / Grain-Free (with the use of stevia)

Meringue Topping (not sugar-free)

  • 3 egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 Tablespoons rapadura or sucanat

In a clean mixing bowl – beat the egg whites, vanilla, and cream of tartar on medium speed until soft peaks form.

Beat in sugar 1 Tbsp. at a time on high speed, until stiff-glossy peaks form (about 4 minutes).

Cover chilled pie with meringue, being sure to seal all the way to the edge of the pie and over the crusts edge.

Bake at 325F until meringue is nice and browned, about 15 minutes. Chill pie for 30 minutes, or longer as needed or desired, and serve.

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Disclaimer: The information in this post is meant for educational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice. None of the opinions are meant to diagnose or treat any disease or illness. You should always consult your healthcare provider.


Comments

  1. I’m so sorry to hear that. It sounds like the gelatin didn’t properly do its job. I know it can vary from brand to brand. Maybe increasing the gelatin to 2 teaspoons would be enough to set it up.

  2. I made this last night and threw it out. Please help, it would not get thick. I was sooo sad.

    • I’m wondering if you made it with honey? Adding 1/3 cup liquid (honey) to a recipe would seem like it would alter it greatly (and is why I am hesitating on this recipe). Next time something like this happens I would suggest you freeze the pie & make it like an ice cream pie served cold! (I have had to do that before.)

      • Lisa, I have not made it with honey as of yet (something on my list). The filling is rather thick so I do not think the honey would alter the consistency too much. If you are concerned, up the gelatin by 1/4 of a teaspoon more gelatin. The idea of freezing the the pie and serving it cold is a really good one 🙂 I think I am going to have to try that!

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