Vegan Key Lime Pie (& a mini grocery haul!)

These healthy vegan key lime pie is light, citrusy, sweet, and creamy on top with a perfect graham crust! It is made with whole-food ingredients and is dairy free, gluten free, and totally plant-based

Vegan Key Lime Pie topped with whipped cream and key lime slices

This post has been made in partnership with iHerb

 

Delicious and Healthy Vegan Key Lime Pie

 

Spring and summer always shift me to light, fresh, and bright meals and treats (in contrast to delicious winter comfort food). This vegan key lime pie is bursting with flavour that’s light, bright, and perfect for any celebration that the spring (or summer) season brings. 

Whether you are craving a sweet treat, or want to wow a small crowd, this vegan key lime pie is a must try!

Vegan Key Lime Pie on a wood board topped with lime slices and whipped cram

Is Key Lime Pie Vegan?

 

Most often, no. 

Traditionally this tasty pie features a buttery graham crust with a key lime curd filling that’s made with condensed milk and baked in the oven to create a soft, velvety texture. The pie is then typically topped with whipping cream made from heavy cream and sugar. 

Vegan Key Lime Pie with a slice of pie being lifted out with a spatula

This classic pie contains a lot of dairy and therefore is not vegan or plant-based. But, like I’ll show you here, it’s super easy to make a healthier vegan alternative to this much loved classic. 

Ingredients for vegan key lime pie on a white marble board

Ingredients for Vegan Key Lime Pie

 

To make this tangy and sweet pie I partnered with iHerb, one of my favourite online natural health foods retailers to get the ingredients I needed. Many of these ingredients are pantry staples, and I offer some extra tips below on finding key limes! 

Here’s what you’ll need:

Crust:

ingredients for vegan key lime pie filling on a marble board

Key Lime Filling:

 

The graham crackers mixed with the vegan butter and coconut sugar makes a sweet and crumbly crust reminiscent of traditional graham crust, and the coconut cream blends perfectly with the cashews, key lime juice, and maple syrup to create a creamy and perfectly sweet key lime filling. 

side view of a slice of vegan key lime pie topped with limes and whipped cream

Can you substitute limes for key limes in key lime pie?

 

Key limes (also known as Mexican limes or West Indian Limes) are found more commonly in tropical areas of the world but can be sourced in North America at many grocery stores or specialty grocery stores. While they are a little harder to find in my city I actually found them at our local Italian market! 

If you are unable to hunt down key limes for this dessert you can definitely swap in regular limes and lime juice. Key limes have a slightly more floral and tart flavour, but regular limes will still create a delicious citrusy flavour in this pie. 

Vegan Key Lime Pie on a wood board with a slice taken out and the slice on a plate beside the pie

How To Make Vegan Key Lime Pie

 

Making this delicious pie is a relatively simple process. While the pie does need a few hours to set, the actual time to prepare the it is less than 30 minutes. 

Here’s what you’ll do:

 

1. Soak the cashews in hot water for 10 minutes and preheat the oven to 375F. 

2. Process the grahams, sugar, and melted vegan butter in a food processor until you get a crumbly mixture. 

3. Press the mixture into a pie pan firmly then bake in the oven for 7 minutes, then let cool. 

4. Make the key lime filling by adding the soaked cashews and remaining filling ingredients to a blender, and blend until smooth. 

5. Transfer the mixture to a saucepan, and heat over medium-high heat and stir continuously until the filling starts to thicken. 

6. Whisk until smooth and when the curd is thickened, pour into the baked graham crust and smooth the top with a spatula. 

7. Set the pie in the fridge for 3 hours then top with vegan whipped cream, cut into slices, and enjoy!

Vegan Key Lime Pie slice up close from the side with a bite taken out

Let’s Talk iHerb & A Mini Spring/Summer Grocery Haul: 

 

I’ve teamed up with iHerb many times and I love their fantastic selection and variety of products including tons of natural grocery items that are shipped from climate-controlled distribution centers to ensure the best quality. iHerb carries more than 30,000 natural products that ship to over 180 countries so there is literally something for everybody!

Basket on a kitchen counter filled with snacks

iHerb also provides very convenient ordering methods and their customer service is available 7 days a week (in 10 different languages). When I’m ordering to Canada it is fast and affordable, with several carrier options (DHL, UPS, and Landmark). 

 

For my mini grocery haul I picked a selection of healthy snacks that are great for a picnic, road trip, or beach day! 

snacks in a basket with beach hat and sunglasses

If you haven’t yet tried iHerb you definitely need to… and what’s more enticing than a discount! Click here to get a discount on your very own iHerb order and give this delicious Vegan Key Lime Pie (or any of the snacks in my mini grocery haul) a try!

 

 

Have you ever made key lime pie, traditional or vegan? Tell me about it in the comments and be sure to pin the photo below the recipe to save it for later!

 

Vegan Key Lime Pie on a wood board topped with lime slices and whipped cram

Vegan Key Lime Pie

Yield: 8-10
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Chill Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 17 minutes

This delicious vegan key lime pie is gluten free, dairy free, and made with a graham crust, cashews, and coconut cream.

Ingredients

Pie Crust:

Key Lime Filling:

Instructions

    1. In a small bowl add the cashews and cover with hot water, let soak for 5 minutes.
    2. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
    3. In a food processor add graham crackers, coconut sugar, and melted vegan butter.
    4. Process until you get crumbly, slightly sticky mixture.
    5. Press the mixture into a pie pan, and press to smooth.
    6. Bake for 7-8 minutes or until lightly browned on the edges, set aside to cool.
    7. Drain the cashews and add them along with all of the key lime filling ingredients to a high speed blender and blend until smooth.
    8. Transfer the filling mixture to a sauce pan and heat over medium to high heat.
    9. Stir regularly, with a whisk or silicone spatula until the curd starts to thicken, then reduce heat to low and stir continuously until a thick curd consistency is achieved.
    10. Remove from the heat and pour the filling over the graham crust in the pie pan.
    11. Refrigerate for 3 hours or until fully set.
    12. Top with slices of key lime and vegan whipped cream if desired, and cut into 8-10 slices.
    13. Enjoy!

Notes

*** You MUST use canned "coconut cream" not full fat coconut milk. You can find canned coconut cream in the same section as coconut milk in the grocery store but make sure it specifically says "coconut cream" on the can.

*You must also use cornstarch (do not sub for arrowroot or tapioca)

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Have a great weekend!

Christal // NITK

Author: Christal Sczebel

Christal is the creator of Nutrition in the Kitch. She's a Certified Nutritional Consultant, twice published author, gluten and dairy free recipe developer, food photographer, speaker, wife, and mama. Christal loves good food, all things wellness, and loves to travel. Her wellness philosophy is centred around balance and sustainable health, life's way too short for boring diets and restriction!

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  • This was the best Key Lime Pie I have ever eaten – Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! I made vegan butter instead of using store bought. The entire family devoured it.

    • Thank you so much for the comment and I am so glad you and your family loved it! 🙂