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No-bake Key Lime Pie

No-bake Key Lime Pie

Serves: 12

Category: Desserts
Author: Deana Ferreri

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Tart and creamy key lime pie originated in Key West, Florida. In this more healthful version, we substitute avocado for sweetened condensed milk.

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2/3 cup raw walnuts
2/3 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
2/3 cup old fashioned rolled oats
20 medjool dates, divided (4 for crust, 16 for filling)
3 avocados
3/4 cup fresh key lime juice (approximately 1.5 lbs. key limes - see note)
1/4 cup raw cashew butter or raw coconut butter


To make the crust: Grind the walnuts, coconut, and oats in a food processor using the S-blade. Add 4 of the dates and continue to process until the mixture starts to hold together. Press into a 9-inch pie plate.

To make the filling: Combine the remaining dates with the avocados, lime juice and cashew butter in a high powered blender and blend until smooth. Pour into crust and refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.

Note: Regular fresh lime juice may be substituted if key limes are not available.

Calories 295; Protein 4 g; Carbohydrates 41 g; Total Fat 15.8 g; Saturated Fat 4.6 g; Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 6 mg; Fiber 6.9 g; Beta-Carotene 62 ug; Vitamin C 8 mg; Calcium 42 mg; Iron 2.3 mg; Folate 48 ug; Magnesium 61 mg; Zinc 1 mg; Selenium 2 ug

Comments (15):



04/22/2012 06:22 AM

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excellent dessert... at first i was dubious but it was a really refreshing taste. all sad eaters enjoyed too. thanks


08/13/2012 08:14 PM

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Thanks for the vote of confidence, bee. I'm dubious, too! :-) If I make it, I'll post back here with the verdict.


08/13/2012 11:59 PM

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Thanks for the vote of confidence, bee. I'm dubious, too! :-) If I make it, I'll post back here with the verdict.


08/14/2012 01:40 PM

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Being deathly allergic to walnuts, I am wondering if there is an alternative for the crust. Some other nut? Something else?


08/20/2012 09:24 AM

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One of my avacados was bad, so I had to sub a bananna. It was great, but I can't wait to try it again without it. Also, I forgot to add the baking powder. I didn;t miss it. It was so thick, I can't imagine it would rise much anyway. I froze them individually and took them out as I wanted them, as they were so good, I could easily eat a couple a day if they were handy.


08/20/2012 09:29 AM

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oops, that last part was about black bean brownies. I made them too. As you can see, I messed up both recipes and they were still delicious. This diet is so foreign to me. I was on Atkins for 8 yrs. But I actually look different (not weight, I not trying to loose any weight).


08/28/2012 09:19 PM

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This was fantastic!! My husband loves key lime pie and misses it very much. I had warned him that this wouldn't really taste the same, but he thought it was wonderful. I had to up the dates in both the crust and the filling because my dates weren't very plump, and I had to sub almonds for the walnuts and almond butter for the cashew butter - worked great. I was a little skeptical about it being 12 servings, since I usually cut pie into 8 servings, but I was very satisfied with a thin slice because of how rich and filling it was. Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe!


09/13/2012 09:00 PM

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This is so good I can't make it too often. It's very hard to resist!


09/26/2012 01:52 AM

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I made this for a Beach Party and took it in a cooler. Everyone raved about it and ate every morsel. I used 23 dates instead of 20--for my taste it needed 7 dates in the crust. I also used regular (but very strong) limes not Key Limes.


06/05/2013 05:49 AM

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This is chilling in my fridge right this very moment! I made a few small changes that worked best for me. I used pecans for the crust instead of walnuts as I like the taste of them with key lime pie. I also only had 18 dates, so four went into the crust and fourteen into the filling. My crust needed about a tablespoon of water to really come together, perhaps because of the change in the nuts I used. Also, being that you can't get key limes in Scotland, I used Nellie and Joe's Key Lime Juice and homemade cashew butter. I had to actually dunk my Vitamix jug into the sink to stop myself from eating the filling all by itself once it was made. I'm a serious key lime lover and this is definitely going to do the trick for me!
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07/22/2013 03:08 PM

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Delicious!! We will definately add this to our list of favorite desserts!


07/23/2013 03:34 PM

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Just finished it and put in fridge....licked the spoon and boy is this TASTY......and very heavy. Now I need to invite the neighbors over to help us eat it!


08/27/2013 02:25 PM

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At first I didn't like the results of this recipe. I let it sit in the fridge a few days and I tried it again and I surprised myself and really liked it. It satisfied an after dinner craving I was having.
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01/06/2014 06:20 PM

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5 star for me. Others in the family are not so keen on it, but it strikes all the right chords for me. I like the sour and sweet. It is very rich. I have made it several times so far and have enjoyed everyone! definitely a keeper for me.


08/12/2014 09:43 AM

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I made this for relatives visiting this past weekend. Everyone loved it. This will definitely become a standard dessert for us. My husband loves key lime pie and now we have a healthy version. It tasted a little too sweet before refrigerated but after it got cold it was very tart. I was shocked at how the tartness came out after being chilled. Thanks