Dairy Free Key Lime Pie

Summertime is here, and who doesn’t love a good ‘ol key lime pie for dessert as the days swelter? Surprise your dairy free friends with this delightfully creamy {Dairy Free} Key Lime Pie! It’s so good that folks who aren’t dairy free enjoy it, too!

{Dairy Free} Key Lime Pie | Summertime is here, and who doesn't love a good 'ol key lime pie for dessert as the days swelter? Surprise your dairy free friends with this delightfully creamy {Dairy Free} Key Lime Pie! It's so good that folks who aren't dairy free enjoy it, too! @speckledpalate for @mycookingspot

When I was a kid, my dad, sister and I wanted to surprise my mom for Mother’s Day with a homemade Key Lime Pie.


I remember slaving away in the kitchen. We juiced tons of key limes. We prepared the Graham cracker crust. We even made whipped cream.

And when that pie came out of the oven, it looked gorgeous.

{Dairy Free} Key Lime Pie | Summertime is here, and who doesn't love a good 'ol key lime pie for dessert as the days swelter? Surprise your dairy free friends with this delightfully creamy {Dairy Free} Key Lime Pie! It's so good that folks who aren't dairy free enjoy it, too! @speckledpalate for @mycookingspot

In fact, everything about the pie was gorgeous… except the taste.

Turns out, we forgot to add sugar to the mix.

Oops.

The pie was so incredibly sour that we couldn’t eat it at all after the first unfortunate bite was taken. And I didn’t eat a slice of Key Lime Pie for about twenty years because I was scarred by that ultra tart pie.

I was inspired to give it another go a few years back, and I’m glad I did. Because Key Lime Pie is wonderful… if it’s made right!

{Dairy Free} Key Lime Pie | Summertime is here, and who doesn't love a good 'ol key lime pie for dessert as the days swelter? Surprise your dairy free friends with this delightfully creamy {Dairy Free} Key Lime Pie! It's so good that folks who aren't dairy free enjoy it, too! @speckledpalate for @mycookingspot

I’m glad I gave Key Lime Pie another shot. However, I’m a (little bit) lactose intolerant. Most Key Lime Pies are chock full of dairy… from the crust to the filling to the topping, and that doesn’t work well for me or other folks who choose to avoid dairy products.

So I decided to make a dairy free Key Lime Pie.

And y’all? It’s darn good.

Here’s how you do it:

Dairy Free Key Lime Pie

Ingredients

    Cashew Cream
  • 1 cup raw unsalted cashews, soaked for 2+ hours in water (and the water discarded)
  • 1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Graham Cracker Crust
  • 9 sheets Graham crackers, crumbled (about 1 1/3 cups)
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • Key Lime Filling
  • 1/2 cup key lime juice
  • 1 1/2 cups cashew cream
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest
  • Coconut Whipped Cream
  • 14 oz. can coconut cream, chilled
  • 1/2 tablespoon lime juice
  • 4 tablespoons powdered sugar

Instructions

    Make the Cashew Cream
  1. In a blender, combine the soaked cashews, lime juice, maple syrup and water. Blend until smooth.
  2. Make the Graham Cracker Crust
  3. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a pie dish, and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, mix together the Graham cracker crumbs and sugar. Stir in the melted coconut oil.
  5. Press the mixture into the prepared pie dish, and press firmly to form a crust.
  6. When the crust is evenly distributed, pop into the oven and bake for 20 minutes, or until the crust has firmed and set.
  7. Let cool, and set aside.
  8. Make the Coconut Whipped Cream
  9. In a cold glass bowl, whip together the coconut cream, lime juice and powdered sugar with a hand mixer or a stand mixer.
  10. Beat until soft peaks form, then cover with plastic wrap, and chill until ready to use.
  11. Make the filling
  12. In a large bowl, whisk together the lime juice, cashew cream and granulated sugar. Add the egg yolks and the lime zest, mixing until combined.
  13. Pour the filling into the pre-baked pie crust, then transfer into the preheated oven, baking for 60 minutes, or until the filling is firm.
  14. Cool the pie to room temperature, then cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours.
  15. Enjoy the pie cold with Coconut Whipped Cream!
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{Dairy Free} Key Lime Pie | Summertime is here, and who doesn't love a good 'ol key lime pie for dessert as the days swelter? Surprise your dairy free friends with this delightfully creamy {Dairy Free} Key Lime Pie! It's so good that folks who aren't dairy free enjoy it, too! @speckledpalate for @mycookingspot

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Erin is a professional photographer and social media manager who has a penchant for baking and cooking. She discovered her love of all things in the kitchen during her collegiate years when she missed being able to cook her own meals, and as soon as she moved off campus, she began playing with her food... and has been doing so ever since. On her blog, The Speckled Palate, she shares tried and true favorite recipes from her kitchen, as well as new faves, as she creates new dishes and tinkers her way through some well-loved cookbooks.

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