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No Bake Key Lime Pie is the perfect make-ahead dessert! It’s creamy, tangy, and has a delicious nutty gluten free crust.

Want an easy no-oven, no bake dessert that you can prep ahead and not worry about? A dessert that’s a crowd amongst the ladies, men, and children alike? I have it for you.

This is one of those pies that everyone wants a second slice. My kid told me the only problem with this pie is it’s too good

Ingredients and substitutions

  • Pecans: I use raw unsalted pecans. If you want to sub in another nut, I think hazelnuts would be amazing!
  • Blanched almond flour: I always use blanched almond flour because it’s a lighter, pastry color and much finer than an almond meal.
  • Unsalted butter: Cold butter works great. Cut it into cubes and you are set! If you don’t want to use butter, refined coconut oil or your favorite vegan butter would work great!
  • Agave nectar: this is my preferred sticky sweetener, but if you want to use honey or maple syrup, that works too!
  • Cream cheese: Just regular ol’ plain cream cheese. If you have a favorite dairy free cream cheese you can definitely sub that in.
  • Heavy cream: This is is going to smooth out the filling and add a lot of creaminess to it!
  • Limes: I love using fresh limes to get all that zest and fresh juice!

What kind of pie pan should I use?

I use a 9 inch pie pan. The kind that has the removable bottom is my favorite for this recipe because it makes it easier to remove the pie and cut perfect slices.

If you have an 11 inch pie pan, that works too, it will just be a thinner pie so you may want to consider doubling the filling.

If you have smaller 4 inch tart pans, it could be really fun and adorable to make small, individual key lime pies for each person!

Don’t have a pie tin? No problem! This recipe works with a wide variety of pans. The most important thing is you have a removable bottom and you grease it beforehand.

How to make this no bake key lime pie

Make the crust. Place the pecans and almond flour in a food processor and process until the pecans are chopped up and combined with the almond flour. Add the butter cubes and agave nectar. Pulse until the butter is combined

Press the crust. Use your hands to press the crust into an even layer across the bottom and up the sides. Set aside. 

Make the filling. Add the room temperature cream cheese to a large bowl. You really want it to be room temperature so you don’t have any clumps in your filling. Use an electric handheld mixture to cream the cream cheese and smooth it out. Add the cream, juice, agave, and zest to the bowl and mix again until combined and smooth. 

Assemble the pie. Pour the filling into the crust and smooth it out in an even layer. 

Chill. Chill in the fridge for 2+ hours. This is a great dessert to make ahead!

Garnish. When ready to serve, top with little dollops of whipped cream and some lime zest. 

This is an overhead image of a slice of key lime pie on a small plate. The slice has a fork taking off a bite and leaning against the side of the plate. More pie slices are at the top right of the images and lime halves are to the top left.

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No Bake Key Lime Pie

  • Author: Lindsay Grimes Freedman
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 2 hours chill time
  • Total Time: 2 hours + 15 min
  • Yield: serves 8 1x
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: no bake
  • Cuisine: pie
  • Diet: Gluten Free
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Description

No Bake Key Lime Pie is the perfect make-ahead dessert! It’s creamy, tangy, and has a delicious nutty gluten free crust.


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Ingredients

Crust

  • 2 cups raw pecans
  • 2 cups blanched almond flour
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut in cubes (ghee or softened refined coconut oil would also work)
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar (honey or maple syrup also work)

Filling

  • 8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar (honey or maple syrup also work)
  • zest of 2 limes

Topping

  • whipped cream
  • lime zest

Instructions

  1. Place the pecans and almond flour in a food processor and process until the pecans are chopped up and combined with the almond flour. 
  2. Add the butter cubes and agave nectar. Pulse until the butter is combined
  3. Transfer the pie to a greased 9 inch pie pan. I like using the kind that has the removable bottom because it makes it easier to remove the pie and cut perfect slices. If you have an 11 inch pie pan, that works too, it will just be a thinner pie. Or, if you have smaller 4 inch tart pans, you could make small, individual key lime pies which could be cute!
  4. Use your hands to press the crust into an even layer across the bottom and up the sides. Set aside. 
  5. Add the room temperature cream cheese to a large bowl. You really want it to be room temperature so you don’t have any clumps in your filling. 
  6. Use an electric handheld mixture to cream the cream cheese and smooth it out. 
  7. Add the cream, juice, agave, and zest to the bowl and mix again until combined and smooth. 
  8. Pour the filling into the crust and smooth it out in an even layer. 
  9. Chill in the fridge for 2+ hours. 
  10. When ready to serve, top with little dollops of whipped cream and some lime zest. 

Notes

  • Don’t have a pie tin? No problem! This recipe works with a wide variety of pans. The most important thing is you have a removable bottom and you grease it beforehand.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 467
  • Sugar: 8.4g
  • Sodium: 130mg
  • Fat: 42g
  • Saturated Fat: 12.9g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 17.5g
  • Fiber: 3.3g
  • Protein: 6.3g
  • Cholesterol: 53mg

Keywords: no bake key lime pie

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