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.