Saturday, January 22, 2011

Key Lime Pie - Sugar-Free, Raw!

Do you ever look at key lime pie and think "Oh, if only it didn't have gluten/dairy/eggs/sugar/etc., I would totally eat this?" Yeah, I know how you feel. I think I'd had key lime pie maybe twice in my life, and loved its tangy goodness, but I honestly can't remember the last time I ate it. It was always this mysterious green (or yellow) temptation that I avoided because I just couldn't be sure of what the ingredients were.

Well, no more!

I am SO proud of this pie. I took it to Thanksgiving at a omnivorous friend's house, and everyone gobbled it up!

I think of that all the raw "baking" I've done, this takes the cake. Or rather, pie! It was rich, thick, and delicate all at the same time. Once it was chilled, it stood up to being cut just like a traditional pie! I'm super pleased with the crust, too, because the coconut flour mimics crushed graham crackers so well in terms of texture and consistency. I could seriously eat this whole pie in a sitting - with a tall glass of hemp or almond milk, of course! ;) All in all, I'd say my best raw vegan recipe yet!

Raw Key Lime Pie

5 small avocadoes
7 Tbsp. coconut oil, room temperature (scant 1/2 cup)
Two limes, juice and zest
1/3 cup xylitol
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract (I used alcohol-free)
Pinch of Himalayan salt

1 1/2 cups coconut flour
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
5 Tbsp. coconut oil
1 Tbsp. almond butter
2 Tbsp. xylitol
1/4 tsp. Himalayan salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

In your food processor, add all crust ingredients and pulse until it's of uniform consistency. It should be crumbly. Transfer your crust to a pie pan, and press it firmly and evenly to line the pan. Set aside.

Wipe out the food processor. Next, add and blend all filling ingredients until smooth, making sure to scrape down the sides if there are lumps. Then, with a spatula, pour the filling mixture onto the crust and spread it evenly throughout the pan.

Garnish with about 1/4 tsp. of lime zest, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Cut, and serve! :)


yazzy said...

I think I died just reading this!! Droool!

I wuv yer fud!

ta! ((hugz))

Jeni Treehugger said...

That looks AMAZING! Has me drooling over the keyboard.

Toni said...

I am consistently amazed at the recipes you come up with. Well done.

Lyra said...

Thanks Toni, Jeni, and Yazzy! It was so easy and fun to make, too! :D

Fayinagirl (means Free One) said...

You should be proud of that pie, it looks fantastic! Now I'm craving it...good thing tomorrow is shopping day! ;)

Lyra said...

YAY!! Thanks, Fayina! It's so good!

Anonymous said...

I went dairy-free years ago, so I almost NEVER get to have key lime pie. Thanks so much for this! Yum!

Danielle M said...

I love reading your blog, and I love seeing how creative you are. :) You're awesome!

Aura said...

Looks so good. Can't wait to try it out!

Lyra said...

Thanks, Danielle and Aura! It's far too good for just me to make it. ;)

Mermaidlaughing said...

Hows the xylitol though...honestly? Confess I cant stand has the same aftertaste to me as the artificial sweeteners. The kids hate it too. Is the xylitol different? Ive been afraid to try it.

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Oh boy, Lyra! This sounds completely divine! I cannot wait to make it! Key lime pie is one of my favorites, and even though I can eat the other version, I am always looking for some fresh and delicious new take on an old favorite.

Lyra said...

Mermie, xylitol is awesome. I can't detect any aftertaste at all, and it works in almost all dishes exactly like sugar. I think the only way it doesn't is harden for candies. It's nothing like stevia - I can't stand it, either! The aftertaste is way too much for me..

Jenn, Thank you!! This is something I will be making many many more times in the years to come. :)

dreaminitvegan said...

I've seen raw key lime made with avocados before but have never tried it. Yours looks so good!

anna said...

I just made it! Thanks for the recipe :) I used honey instead of xylitol and cashew butter instead of almond butter just because that's what i had.. and it was awesome.. i'll post it on my blog soon!

Brett Borders said...

I was just searching on the web for alternative key lime pie recipes and I discovered this. It's a small world. Hope you are well!

Julia said...

Wow! Looks great!

stefanie said...

I'm so glad I found your blog! I, too, am going through an anti-candida diet and can hardly stand it. In addition to that, I have other food allergies that make things worse all while trying to be vegetarian. But I'm with you, I think I need to start listening to my body more and be an omnivore if need be. Keep on with the good work!

Eco-Vegan Gal said...

Great recipe! I featured it on my post about GF SF vegan recipes:

TheIronYou said...

Great recipe! The benefits of avocado are often overshadowed by its high calories content but I believe it's a mistake:

Keep up the great work!

Mike @TheIronYou

grand marie said...

I made it and it was absolutely delicious-will make it again and again---BUT how do you keep the top from browning--I want it to stay green !