Key Lime Pie

This gorgeous and unbelievably delicious gluten-free dessert is a real show stopper! It's creamy, luscious and a perfect balance of sweet and tart. No one needs to know how EASY it is to make!

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Key Lime Pie

Simple, Perfectly Sweet & Tart and Delish!

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This is the most delicious Gluten-Free Key Lime Pie!

It’s creamy, luscious and the perfect balance of sweet and tart!

And… it’s beyond easy to make!

Back story….

Several years ago as we were planning our Easter menu we decided we wanted something special for dessert and had our heart set on a key lime pie.

The only thing was none of us (my mom, my sister in law, or myself) had ever made one.

So we turned to a friend of my sister-in-law, who also happens to be a personal chef and baker extraordinaire, and she made us this gorgeous and unbelievably delicious gluten-free key lime pie.

Each bite was pure heaven.

Creamy, luscious and the perfect balance of sweet & tart… a real treat!

Luckily for all of us, Nicki shared her recipe with us.

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Here’s what you’ll need, 10 real food ingredients….

gluten-free graham crackers

sugar

cinnamon

nutmeg

unsalted butter

sweetened condensed milk

limes for both juice and zest (ideally key limes but persian  limes work great! see below)

egg yolks

heavy whipping cream

and vanilla.

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A note about limes…

My family loves the flavor of limes but we are not an expert in limes.  So I did a little google research and am linking an article from Taste of Home magazine from June 2020.

This article provides all sorts of information about the different variety of limes, when and where they are grown and how they differ, all of which was quite fascinating to me!

But here’s my non-expert summary — Key Limes (not always from the Keys) are smaller and have a distinctive flavor compared to Persian Limes (the ones we usually see in the grocery store).

If you can’t taste the difference, on notable difference is that they will take longer to juice.

Best Key Lime Pie Gluten-Free www.healthygffamily.comOn the advice of Nikki ( the recipe creator here), we have used both types to make this pie and to our non-expert palate, they both work great in this pie!

That said, I would love to taste two pies — one made with Key limes and one with Persian limes, side by side and see if we can taste the difference!

So let’s make this Gluten-Free Key Lime Pie!

It is crazy easy to make!

Let’s start with the graham cracker crust.

It is made with:

graham cracker crumbs  (we used Schar graham crackers pulsed in a food processor to make them)

1/4 cup sugar

unsalted butter

plus a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg for some extra flavor– you can’t taste them per se, they give some depth to the graham cracker crust).

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You mix it all together and drop it into the pie pan, then press down to form the crust, using your hands to create a rim if desired.

Then bake for just 5 minutes to set and slightly brown.

Then let cool.

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While the crust bakes, start the filling.

The filling is:

sweetened condensed milk (I have used condensed coconut milk as well)

lime zest

lime juice

and 4 egg yolks (save the whites for an omelette!)

And again, if you can find them, key limes are great! But as they can be challenging to find and not always available, regular Persian limes work wonderfully!

You just whisk together the egg yolks, lime juice and zest.

Then whisk in the condensed milk.

Pour the filling into the cooled pie crust and bake for 15 minutes.

It really couldn’t be easier or quicker!

Pro tip… I always find it helpful to bake pies by putting the pie pan on a baking sheet. That way it is easier to remove from the oven without ruining the pie… who hear hasn’t stuck an oven mitt into the edge of a pie before?

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Let cool in the refrigerator. Even cool overnight.

Then whip up some whip cream and decorate however you like!

This whip cream is just heavy whipping cream, sugar and vanilla.

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There’s not much healthy about it, it is over the top yummy!

In fact, I am not usually the biggest whip cream fan, but I love this one!

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And have fun decorating the pie!

You can either cover the entire pie with whipped cream or fill a decorating bag (a disposable one works too!) with the whipped cream and then squeeze the whipped cream out of the bag into swirls as above or below.

And I don’t know about you, but one of the reasons I love baking, even if the ingredients aren’t the healthiest, is so we know what the ingredients are, can use organic ingredients where possible and so we know that the ingredients and baking process are really gluten-free.

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So whether you’re looking for a special treat for Easter, Mother’s Day or some other celebration, or  just want to try the Best Key Lime Pie, I hope you love it as much as we do!

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Recipe

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Key Lime Pie
 
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This gorgeous gluten-free Key Lime Pie is always a crowd-pleaser -- no one needs to know how easy it is to make! It is creamy and luscious, the perfect balance of sweet & tart and each bite is dreamy.
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Recipe type: Dessert, Spring, Summer
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Nut Free
Serves: 8 slices
Ingredients
Crust:
  • 1½ cups gluten free graham-style crackers, ground fine in a food processor (we used Schar)
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Filling:
  • 1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • Zest of 1 lime (approximately 1 teaspoon, packed)
  • ½ cup fresh lime juice (Note: we used Persian limes instead of the harder-to-find Key Limes and it works perfectly!)
  • 4 egg yolks
Whipped Cream
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
Crust:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix all crust ingredients
  3. Press into a 9 inch pie plate using your finger to create an edge at the top if desired.
  4. Bake for approximately 5 minutes until lightly browned
  5. Cool
Filling:
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
  2. Whisk together lime juice, zest, and yolks
  3. Whisk in condensed milk
  4. Pour into prepared and cooled crust
  5. Bake for 12-15 minutes (Tip: Place pie pan on a baking sheet to bake so that it is easy to remove from the oven)
  6. Cool completely
  7. Chill in refrigerator until cold
Whipped cream:
  1. Beat all ingredients in a mixer with a whisk attachment until soft peaks form
  2. Top chilled pie with whipped cream either entirely or use a decorating bag (a disposable one works too!) to squeeze out the whipped cream in swirls as above.
  3. Can be made a day ahead.

 

 
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8 thoughts on “Key Lime Pie

  1. THANK YOU, THANK YOU! We used to get this heavenly key lime pie from our local Co-op but then my daughter was diagnosed with Celiac and we haven’t had anything like it since. And this one? It’s even better!! Thank you!!!!

  2. We just finished making this. I’m sure it will taste great, because I love your recipes. They tend to be NO FAIL…except for today. Can I make a suggestion? Can you please make a note that the lime juice, lime zest, and sweetened condensed milk should be whipped for x minutes or until light and fluffy? In my afternoon tiredness, I didn’t think things through, took the instructions literally, and whisked only until combined since there was no other indication. This meant a pie that probably only fills about a cm of the pie crust. 🙁 Clearly it should have been whipped until fluffy and volume was obtained, I really do know this. Thanks for all your wonderful recipes!!!

      1. Ok. I didn’t think so, but thought I should ask. If anyone ever comes up with one and tries it I would love to know💕

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