While doing some research for this recipe, I learned so much about key lime pie a la the one and only Martha Stewart. For instance, I discovered where key lime pies originated, what true key limes look and taste like, how sailors used to suck on limes to fend off scurvy, and how to store key limes for year-round use.
Oh, Martha? Is there anything you DON’T know? #teachmeyourways
Origins of Key Lime Pie
The exact origin of key lime pie and how it should be made are hotly debated topics. And we don’t claim to be experts. But from what we’ve read, there are several theories on its origin:
- Key West, Florida
- The Borden Milk company in New York
- Aunt Sally who cooked for a Florida millionaire
- Fishermen in the Florida Keys
The following recipe is our inspired, plant-based version of this creamy, tart pie.
Vegan Lime Pies
The thing is, I couldn’t find key limes anywhere in Kansas City! (BOOOO). So I subbed regular limes and you can, too. The only remaining ingredients are:
- agave nectar
- coconut milk + oil
- graham crackers
- vegan butter
That’s it! This is 7-ingredient vegan dessert perfection. And to keep it gluten free, simply sub gluten free cookies OR use a walnut-date crust, such as the one I used for my Simple Vegan Cheesecakes. Next time, I think I’ll go that route to mix things up (plus, it really can’t be beat).
The only real pre-prep you have to do is soak cashews for 4 hours or overnight. The rest takes place in the food processor and blender, starting with the crust.
The crust is simply 1 sleeve of graham crackers and 1/4 cup melted vegan butter (I use Earth Balance).
Simply pulse the two together in a food processor and then press into muffin liners (or make a large pie and use a glass pie dish). Then use a small glass or the back of a spoon to press down and get a uniform top. Lastly, bake for 10 minutes to brown.
Once you blend your filling until creamy and smooth it’s onto the crust and then into freezer. These don’t take but a couple hours to set up so the wrappers peel away easily for serving.
Oh man, these turned out so good and have me aching for spring. They’re:
Slightly crisp from the graham cracker crust
& A perfect light dessert
You can either eat these straight from the freezer, or let them set out for 10-15 minutes to soften, which I preferred. Then they taste like true key lime pie! You’d never guess they were dairy- and egg-free. Enjoy!
7-Ingredient Vegan Key Lime Pies
- 1 1/4 cups vegan graham cracker crumbs (about 1 sleeve graham crackers as original recipe is written / GF for gluten-free eaters)*
- 1/4 cup (4 Tbsp) vegan butter (melted // such as Earth Balance)
- 1 cup raw cashews (soaked for 4-6 hours or overnight, then drained)
- 3/4 cup light or full-fat coconut milk (well shaken)
- 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
- 3-4 large limes* juiced (3-4 limes yield ~1/2 cup juice)
- 1 Tbsp lime zest
- 1/3 – 1/2 cup agave nectar (depending on preferred sweetness)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 C) and line a standard muffin tin with 12 paper liners (as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size).
- Add graham crackers to a food processor and process until you achieve a fine meal. Then add melted butter and pulse to combine.
- Distribute evenly among muffin tins and press down with a glass or spoon to flatten. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove and set aside to cool.
- Add all filling ingredients to a blender and blend on high (or liquefy) until creamy and smooth. Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more lime zest/juice for more tart, or more agave for added sweetness.
- Pour filling into muffin tins and tap on counter to release air bubbles. Top with a bit more lime zest and loosely cover.
- Freeze for 2-4 hours or until firm. Remove from the freezer for 10-15 minutes to thaw before serving. Will keep covered in the freezer for up to 2 weeks, though best when fresh.
*Loosely adapted from Martha Stewart
*To keep this recipe gluten-free/grain-free, simply sub gluten-free cookies in place of the graham crackers OR use a walnut-date crust.
*Prep/cook time doesn’t include freezing.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.