Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Coconut Key Lime Pie


This was unbelievable. Delicious, luscious and smooth, tart yet sweet with a hint of coconut and a huge burst of lime, sitting on a wonderful raw almond and date crust. And I just devoured a plate of it for breakfast. Does that still count as eating my greens?? :)

My inspiration for this dish actually came to me while I was whipping up some of my Chocolate Nutty Brownies with Coconut Whip. While licking the whip off of the spatula, I was thinking how amazing it would taste with fresh lime. I think coconut and lime are a perfect little marriage! The nutty rich, sweet flavors of the coconut balance the tart sour and acidic flavors of the lime.

And ummmm...I do have a confession to make. I hid some powerhouse nutrition in there for you.
Yes, there is actually avocado in the filling. They lend a texture to the pie that makes it even more delicious and creamy! You have to trust me on this one!

Amazing!!! Enjoy everyone!!!!




Coconut Key Lime Pie
makes one 9 inch pie


What you Need:
9 inch springform pan (this is not a must, you can do it in a regular 9 inch pie pan if you don't have a springform pan. It just makes it really easy.)

3/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice (about 4 limes)
zest of 1 lime
2 ripe avocados, mashed
1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp. agave nectar
pinch sea salt
2 cans of regular full fat coconut milk, chilled well in the fridge
2/3 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 recipe for nutty almond crust (recipe below)

Nutty Almond Crust:
2 cups raw, unsalted almonds
1/8 tsp sea salt
zest of 1 lime
5 Medjool dates
2 Tbsp. agave nectar


To make the pie:
Start by making your crust. Pulse all crust ingredients in a food processor, and mix until mixture sticks together well when pressed between your fingers. Place the Almond crust into the spirngform pan or pie pan, and press firmly to make an even layer on the bottom and on the sides. Set this aside.

With a standing mixer, blender, or hand mixer, blend the smashed avocados, lime juice, lime zest agave nectar, and sea salt. Mix until whipped and blended very well without chunks. Set aside

Next make the Coconut whip. Using only the cream at the top of the coconut cans that have been chilled. Place the coconut cream, vanilla and powdered sugar in standing mixer or using a hand mixer, whip for 1 or 2 minutes.

Using a rubber spatula or large spoon, gently fold the coconut whip into the lime avocado mixture until well incorporated.

Chill the pie in the freezer until firmed up. Always keep it in the freezer. It will not stay firm enough in the fridge (aat least I dont think it will). Let chill overnight in the freezer, or for about 5 or 6 hours. Cut a slice and let it thaw just a little for best results, about 5 or 10 minutes on the countertop. Garnish with a slice of lime.



ENJOY!!

59 comments:

  1. This looks divine! I seriously want to make this tonight! I remember you telling me about it at the park the other day... I am so excited to try it!

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  2. Key Lime Pie is my fiance's favorite, and I've been trying to find a good recipe for it...found!! Although, do you think peanuts would be good in the crust? Peanuts are the only nut I'm not allergic to...or any other crust suggestions?? Looks amazing!

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  3. Yum!!! This looks soooo good! I LOVE Key lime pie!

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  4. This looks stunning! I love this kind of dessert recipes!

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  5. I can taste this in all of its fluffy limey coconutty glory now! Or rather, I wish I could. I have seen recipes that call for the cream at the top of a coconut milk can, but haven't tried this technique before. I always wondered what can be done with the rest of the can? Is it too thin to use without the cream?

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  6. OH MY... this looks delish. My husband is going to flip when he finds out about this recipe. Key Lime pie is his fav! I can't wait to try this. Thanks for the recipe!

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  7. Hi girls!
    Danielle- You can totally use peanuts. or you can make a vegan graham cracker crust which I think goes really good with key lime pie!

    Elise- you have to make this for your fam. It was so fresh tasting from the lime juice, and I know how you love tart desserts as much as I do!

    Thank you so much Mihl and Michelle!!

    Hey Sara! Girl, you have GOT to try the coconut cream whip. Its amazing! Even just on fresh berries. sooooo good! I think the milk left over in the can would be awesome in a coconut curry type of rice dish, or in a coconut based salad dressing. I have a dressing that uses coconut milk, and you could totoally use the leftovers from the can. Here is the link to my salad and dressing you could use this for...but you are such a great cook yourself, so Im sure you can think of something even more awesome to do with it!!

    http://littlehouseofveggies.blogspot.com/2010/06/rainbow-salad-with-crispy-tofu-and.html

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  8. Nice. Key Lime Pie always sounds so good to me. I sort of made one the other night by throwing some things together - but it had more of a pudding texture - not thick and delicious looking like this one.

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  9. Thanks so much for coming up with this. I love Key Lime Pie but the vegan recipes I've seen all call for agar agar and I don't feel comfortable working with that.

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  10. you have been (un)cookin' some crazy good stuff girl! this dessert looks amazing! i have been inspired by the coconutcream whip too- i have a can in my fridge at all times now! i am still working on recipes, and i think this is now on my list. good stuff!

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  11. Oh

    MY

    GAWD!

    You weren't KIDDING, girl!! This is amazing!!!! I was totally going ot make my blackberry into a key lime...adding lime and lime zest, but I wasn't sure how it would turn out....THIS looks UNREAL!!! I am def. making this in the very near future!!! Avocado??? Genius!!! You are amazing, seriously!!!!

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  12. This looks like the perfect summer dessert and so delicious!

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  13. Um, Morgan- you are officially my new bff for posting this one!!!! :P

    Key Lime is like my most fave pie!!! And avocados!!!! SQUEEE!!!!!

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  14. Seriously!?? Wow. Yet another I have to make. That looks delicious! I think even my vegan bashing father in law would love this. You're so cool Morgan ha ha :)

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  15. Mmm I love anything coconut and I love the crust you've used! Dates are such a great natural sweetener.

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  16. This looks amazing. I love "raw key lime pie" which uses avocados. I'm a little concerned with 2 cans of full fat coconut milk. Each piece must have an outrageous amount of calories. Any suggestion to make this lower fat?

    Thanks,
    Carolyn
    http://eatlivebewell.wordpress.com

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  17. This is a beautiful recipe! Love your photography! I hope you will submit this (and more) to http://www.FindingVegan.com

    ~Kathy

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  18. Hi everyone! Thanks for all of your commetns!

    Eatlivebewell- Hmmmmm...I will have to think on that for a bit. All of the fat in this dish is healthy fats, avocados, coconuts, almonds in the crust...so I dont worry about it at all when Im having a little dessert.BUt I will think about it for you and see if I can think of anything.

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  19. Looks absolutley amazing Morgan! You are my savour! I really was having trouble finding wholesome vegan recipes until I found your site. It really makes the transition much smoother. I hope one day to be half as creative as you are!

    Thx again for another fab recipe to make!

    Sarah

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  20. I need to stop looking at recipes like this. Key lime pie the sound of it makes me want to leave my work right now start whipping some coconut whip. I am in trouble.

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  21. I'm so excited to make this! Thank you for a wonderful recipe!

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  22. This looks wonderful. I'm really going to have to try it out. Thanks for sharing :)

    Carolyn

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  23. I have never liked the look of key lime pies as I've always thought the toppign looked rather gelatinous. Well this one just totally wins me over. And I note that you've hidden some avocado in it too. Cheeky, or should I say clever woman!

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  24. Igor and I just had two slices each of this incredible pie. Delicious!!! Who knew that dessert that looks and tastes that awesome can also be so good for you?! And I would never guess that there were avocados in this pie. Never! This is totally genius, Morgan!!!

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  25. Thank you all so much!
    Lana- Thanks so much for the feedback! I am so so so glad that you and Igor liked this!!!

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  26. I am so glad I stumbled upon your blog this weekend. I am a new Vegan and can't wait to try some of your recipes!
    Gina

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  27. Both your photo and the dessert itself are stunning!

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  28. I have to tell you Morgan, I was a bit skeptical of this one. But once again you are vegan genius. It was delicious and perfect.

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  29. That was amazing!!! It has to be one of the best things I've ever tasted!! WOW! I want to share it with everyone on facebook, but I want to bring this to parties and watch people experiencing it for the first time.

    Thankyou!

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  30. David- Awesome!! Glad you liked it as much as I did! You should make it for your friends and see the look on their faces when you tell them its full of avocado!!

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  31. Love this pie- whole family liked it too! I will definitely use this crust for other desserts too. I took mine out of the freezer though, and stored in the refrigerator and it stayed together fine. This recipe is really outstanding!

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  32. Cynthia- Thank you SO MUCH for your feedback! You know I always appreciate it! Im so glad you liked the recipe! Thats great to know that you can store it in the fridge after it sets up. I actually didn't try to do that. SO it would eliminate the step of letting it sit out for 10 min. if taken straight out of the freezer. Im glad youi liked the crust. SOOOOO much healthier than a regular pie crust. :) Thanks again girl, and keep on cookin'!!

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  33. Oh wow, this looks AMAZING! When I saw the photo I was sure there would be some silken tofu or tofutti cream cheese in there, but no...avocado and coconut! That sounds SO much yummier and way healthier, too. I can't wait to give this recipe a try!

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  34. Thanks Morgan for this recipe. I made this for a party with a bunch of friends (non vegans, and some lactards(lactoseintolerant) and well i didnt tell anyone that it was dairy free. Everyone seemed to have a piece anyways and Boy i have never seen my friends eyes lighten up so much... everyone was ranting and raving about it.. it was great. then after telling them there was no dairy of any kind people were shocked and was like no way whats in it.. so of course i had to tell. They were all shocked the secret ingredient was avocado! should have seen their faces was priceless. So after the party i had a few of my friends (the lactards :P) ask me for the recipe so i gladly passed on your website :)
    Thank you once again for a wonderful experience :)

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  36. Durell- That is so so AWESOME!!! SO glad you all loved it! Its stories like these that just make me have perma grin!!! :) Keep on cooking!

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  37. Morgan- I have been following your blog for a few months now and I have made a lot of your recipes. Every single one turned out amazing. I often entertain non-vegans, and I have to thank you for helping me prove to them that vegan food is delicious! Last night I made dinner for 20 people and I made your corn, avocado and black bean tacos, your refried beans and this key lime pie. I was skeptical about the pie but it was delicious and gone in seconds! I also made a vegan tortilla soup (http://allrecipes.com//Recipe/vegetarian-tortilla-soup/Detail.aspx) that I tweaked a little and used fresh, organic ingredients instead of the frozen/canned stuff and it was killer. They were begging for more. Last week I doubled your chocolate chip cookie recipe and they were gone hours after I brought them into work. And, there is only 7 people in my office. Keep posting those recipes! I am soo thankful for your blog!!

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  38. I just made this for my boyfriends birthday as his favourite dessert is my moms famous key lime pie. I wanted to make something that i could enjoy too so this was perfect! I just put it in the freezer to set and oh my gosh the filling is sooo amazing!!!! I can't stop licking the spatula! Whats really crazy is that it tastes exactly like my moms pie thats full of eggs and refined sugar. I will have to send her this recipe. Thanks again for another awesome recipe:)!!!

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  39. Do I have to use the cans? What if I have coconuts. Can I use the fat in them??
    Thanks for the wonderful recipe. This will be my Thanksgiving dessert!

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  40. Hi Wendi- I would use the cans. For consistency purposes. Because the cans are a mixture of the coconut cream and coconut milk. I developed the recipe using canned coconut milk. So i think that is your best bet to make sure the measurements are right. This is SO GOOD! Eveyone will love it for sure!!!

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  41. I made this tonight for Valentine's dessert, and it was amazing! Thank you for the wonderful recipe!!

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  42. Danyel and Jaime- So glad you liked it!!!!

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  43. Is that RAW? Awesome! Cafe Gratitude has an AWESOME key lime pie similar to this - I can't wait to try yours!

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  44. I just made this yesterday and it's awesome! To cut on calories I just made it smaller- I cut the recipe in half and used 10 regular-sized cupcake liners to make key lime cups. Each cup was filled to the top, so it's still a decent amount. Each one has 239 calories and about 19g fat, 17g carbs, and 3g protein.

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  45. Great recipe! The benefits of avocado are often overshadowed by its high calories content but I believe it's a mistake: http://www.theironyou.com/2011/07/one-avocado-day-keeps-doctor-away.html

    Keep up the great work!

    Peace
    Mike @TheIronYou

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  46. I know this is a summer dessert but I had a sudden craving for key lime! I made this a few days ago, followed your recipe exactly, and it turned out perfect. It was delicious, I especially loved the crust and the coconut cream was a great addition. I will definitely be making this again. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. So glad you liked it!! Thanks for the feedback!!

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  47. This is amazing this pie! I have bow made it several times! ...... How long would it last do you think, while being kept in the freezer of course ?

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    1. Hi! So glad you liked it! It would last a good amount of thime in the freezer, a would say a month or two...

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  48. This pie looks outstanding. I was wondering what I could substitute for the powdered sugar to make it healthier as all of my family have sugar sensitivity, would stevia powder work?

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    1. Hi! Im so so glad you enjoyed it! A good friend of mine makes hers with stevia added to it. Here is the link for her version of the coconut whip. Definitely give it a try and see how it works out for you! She follows this recipe but makes some changes for sugar replacements! Hoe that helps! http://www.thefitnessdish.com/?p=9293

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  49. I don't have agave nectar....what can i use instead? honey?

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  50. THIS IS NOT A PIE RECIPE.

    Tasted amazing before I put it in the freezer. The post-freeze texture and temperature pair horribly with the intense citrus flavor, which was already compromised, along with the creamy coconut flavor, in the freezing process. Freezing it truly ruined this dessert. I thought I was making a pie recipe, but this is really a recipe for a crunchy custard or ice cream. It's crunchy because of the partially thawed ice crystal in the post-freeze composition which are reminiscent of freezer burn. All that work for nothing. I'm sure it could work in the fridge. I just cbf to make it again.

    TASTES SO BAD ONCE YOU FREEZE IT. DO NT FREEZE.

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  51. 3 Researches SHOW Why Coconut Oil Kills Waist Fat.

    The meaning of this is that you actually burn fat by consuming Coconut Fats (including coconut milk, coconut cream and coconut oil).

    These 3 studies from large medicinal magazines are sure to turn the traditional nutrition world upside down!

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