I saw these babies 10 for $1.77 today and couldn’t resist!  

Visions of limeade and key lime pie have been dancing in my head all day.  As supper was cooking, I decided to concoct something special for dessert.  I searched the Internet for some inspiration but couldn’t find the perfect fit of a recipe based on my ingredients.  I knew I wanted something cool and creamy with a cookie type no-bake crust.  I had limes, cream cheese, homemade Greek yogurt…that had to be the beginnings of something yummy!  Here is what I came up with.  (And for those of you who like precise recipes to follow, you’re gonna hate this! 😛)

All the no-bake crusts I could find basically called for some type of cookie or cracker smashed up with sugar and melted butter.  I finally settled on this healthier one as my guide but cut back the size to about 3/4 of the original recipe.

Into my food processor went:

  • 3/4 Cup of pitted dates
  • 1 Cup of unsweetened, shredded coconut
  • Whatever almond flour I had left and a few whole almonds (I honestly didn’t measure this, but there was maybe somewhere between 1/4 – 1/2 Cup…see, I told you you’d hate this.)
  • a splash of my homemade vanilla extract (mmmmm, this stuff is good!)
  • zest and juice of one lime

When the crust was nice and sticky I pressed it into my pie plate and moved on to beating together some kind of filling.  For this, there was no guide.  Just let me say, there was a lot of finger licking taste testing going on.

First, I beat about half a container (maybe 150g or so) of cream cheese with my hand mixer until whipped and then added the following:

  • another splash of that vanilla extract
  • some honey to sweeten (I used one of those twirly whirly honey things so I have no idea how much I put in…maybe 3-4 Tbsp.)
  • zest of two limes 
  • juice of one lime 

I beat all those ingredients together again and then folded in what I had left of my homemade Greek yogurt.  Let me see, maybe a cup or so?  Mmmmm, it was just as I had imagined, and after spreading this creamy filling over my crust, there was a lot more than finger licking going on…I’m talking spoon, spatula, bowl…didn’t want to waste a bit of that stuff!

Then I had a thought.  This “pie” was reminding me of a fruit pizza my Mom and I used to make with a shortbread bottom and a cream cheese layer topped with sliced, fresh fruit.  I just happened to have some beautiful, Island grown strawberries in the fridge that I had picked up at a farm stand today so they became the finishing touch.  The sprinkling over the top is just what was left of the coconut base in the bottom of the food processor.  I scraped it out and sprinkled it on.   

 It was a hit with the kids, and it definitely hit the spot for my key lime craving!  I’ll be keeping this in mind next time I see limes for that price!  

2 thoughts on “Lime Pie (Without a Plan)

    1. Aw, thanks! I must be developing my mother’s knack for combining recipes on the fly. She’s the master of trying new twists. Unlike hers, however, mine don’t always turn out tasty! Today’s attempt did though!

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