so, my brother just had a birthday and being the sweet sister than i am, i wanted to make him his favorite desert in honor of his big day. his request? key lime pie.
hmmm, i would just need to veganize it and we’d be all set. there were quite a few recipes swirling around the internet. in the end, i took inspiration from them all and tried to make it the way i thought my bro would like it best. i think we have a winner.
key lime pie.
1 cup almonds(roasted & salted)
1 cup pistachios(raw)
1 1/2 cup dates(plus more if you need)
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1Tbsp coconut oil, melted
juice from 4-5 limes (i used 5 because 2 of my limes were on their last leg and weren’t uber juicy)
1/3 coconut sugar
3Tbsp coconut nectar
1 1/2tsp lucuma powder
1 tsp vanilla
2-4Tbsp tapioca starch (or arrowroot)
pinch sea salt
2 cans coconut milk(full fat)
first, make the crust. blend the nuts, dates and coconut in a food processor until mixed. add melted coconut oil while blending. press the filling into a pie dish (or whatever dish that suits you.) i used a pyrex 4 cup rectangle dish as i don’t have a pie dish. i also used some individual sized ramekins. crust can be made a day in advance. just store in fridge until ready to use.
for the coconut whip, you’ll want to place the cans of coconut milk in the freezer a couple hours before you plan on making this. also freeze the metal mixing blades. after a few hours, take out the cans and individually, take the top and bottom off the can. press out the lump of coconut milk into bowl. it will have separated, one part being some cloudy looking water and the other part,pure unadulterated coconut goodness. pour the cloudy water in a glass jar and save for later use (maybe an add-in for smoothies? shakes?). with just the creamy white goodness in the bowl, let it thaw out in the fridge if it needs, otherwise you’re ready to mix. mix with hand held mixer on high for a couple of minutes in bowl with arrowroot powder, vanilla and 2 Tbsp coconut nectar. resist the urge to eat it all, with your finger. will power will be tested.
blend the avocados, lime juice, coconut sugar,1 Tbsp coconut nectar, lucuma powder and sea salt in blender or food processor. whip until creamy and smooth. pour into bowl.
gently fold coconut whip into avocado mixture.
pour mixture onto prepared crust. let the pie chill in the freezer until it firms up a bit.
enjoy. one delicious bite at a time.
this was my first attempt at making the coconut whip. holy fricken moly. it is all sorts of bliss. i can already tell this is going to be something that i will be making often. coconut, how i love thee.
i’ve never had key lime pie before but this is what i imagine it tastes like. Or what I hope it tastes like.
birthday boy approved!