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

This gluten-free Key Lime Pie is a show stopper-- Luscious, creamy and perfectly sweet & tart.

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June 2021 New! I added a graham cracker crust alternative with less sugar and butter! So you have 2 choices – both are delicious!

And I added a cooking video to this page so you could see just how quick and easy it is to make this gluten-free Key Lime Pie!

If you’re new to this website, at the bottom of every recipe page is a printable recipe with exact measurements and directions.

Hope you love it!

Easy Best Gluten-Free Key Lime PIe

Original post…

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!

Best Key Lime Pie Gluten-Free

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.

Best Key Lime Pie Gluten-Free

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

gluten-free graham crackers




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.

The original recipe 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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New! I added an alternate graham cracker crust option that uses less sugar, less butter.

Both are delicious, the new one is a little less sweet.

With either ingredient list, 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.

Best Key Lime Pie Gluten-Free

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!

Best Key Lime Pie Gluten-Free

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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Key Lime Pie

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. NEW: I added a graham cracker crust alternative with less sugar and less butter. Both are delicious -- the second one a little less sweet. You choose!
Remember there is a cooking video on this page if you have any questions.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Dessert, Summer, Spring
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Nut-Free
Keyword: easy gluten-free pie, easy gluten-free baking recipe, gluten-free dessert recipe, key lime pie, gluten-free key lime pie, key lime pie recipe
Servings: 8 slices
Author: Healthy Gluten-free Family


Graham Cracker Crust (original recipe)

  • 1 1/2 cups gluten free graham crackers crumbs (we used Schar Honeygrams ground finely in a food processor)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 5 tablespoons butter or dairy-free, melted original recipe calls for unsalted, I prefer salted, so your preference!

Graham Cracker Crust (lower sugar alternative)

  • 1 1/2 cup gluten-free graham cracker crumbs packed (We used Schar Honeygrams pulsed in a food processor to make the graham cracker crumbs)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter or dairy-free butter, melted
  • 1 large egg white


  • 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • Zest of 1 lime approximately 1 teaspoon, packed
  • 1/2 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


Graham Cracker Crust (same directions for both ingredient options):

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl, mix all the graham cracker crust ingredients with a mixer or by hand until well combined.
  • Press into a 9 inch pie plate using your finger to create an edge at the top if desired.
  • Bake for approximately 5 minutes until lightly browned. For Graham Cracker Crust option 2, bake 10 minutes. Pro tip: place pie pan on baking sheet if you want to make sure you don't touch the crust when removing from oven.
  • Cool and set aside.


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
  • Whisk together lime juice, zest, and yolks very well combined and light & fluffy, about 1 minute.
  • Whisk in condensed milk until well combined, about 1 minute - will be creamy and airy.
  • Pour into prepared and cooled crust.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes (Pro Tip: Place pie pan on a baking sheet to bake so that it is easy to remove from the oven)
  • Cool completely.
  • Chill in refrigerator until cold.

Whipped cream:

  • Beat all ingredients in a mixer with a whisk attachment until soft peaks form.
  • 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.
  • Can be made a day ahead.
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12 thoughts on “Key Lime Pie

  1. 5 stars
    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. 5 stars
    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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