Healthy Key Lime Pie?
There are few things in life as dreamy as homemade key lime pie. But what isn’t so dreamy is all the white refined sugar and carbohydrates that each beautiful little slice contains. This week I decided to restructure the classic Floridian key lime pie recipe and give it a new, even greener, taste and appearance.
For a healthy key lime pie crust I used raw, unsalted macadamia nuts and cashew nuts instead of graham crackers. You see, ground graham crackers are basically sugary sugar dust. Yes, raw macadamia nuts are high in fat. But the monounsaturated fat, (the good-for-your-heart kind of fat). It helps lower your cholesterol and decreases your risk of heart disease and stroke. In addition, macadamia nuts are also one of the only food sources that contain palmitoleic acid. It’s a type of fatty acid that may speed up fat metabolism, thus reducing the body’s ability to store fat.
Crust gets a makeover
I substituted white refined sugar and butter with dates and coconut flakes. There are literally no health benefits from white sugar. Whereas dates aid in colon and heart health. They also lower blood pressure and are anti-inflammatory. In addition, they help your brain function. Coconut flakes have been credited to supporting weight loss, diabetes, digestive problems and libido. But I think pie just might help libido in general though.
For the filling I substituted the traditional key lime pie ingredients of eggs and condensed milk with avocado and coconut oil. We already know that coconuts rule but avocados are among the most powerful super-foods on earth. They’re rich in healthy fats and antioxidant. And they’re among the bet anti-aging foods to prevent wrinkles and help add elasticity to your skin. Because of their creamy texture they are a perfect dairy substitute in sweet and savory recipes.
All about agave
I used agave sweetener instead of sugar. People are forever arguing about sugar alternatives but I happen to prefer agave or honey. Agave has a desirable low-glycemic index. This means that when consumed, it won’t cause a sharp rise or fall in blood sugar. Agave also contains saponins and fructans, which are found on quinoa and many plant roots, including ginseng. They have anti-inflammatory and immune system-boosting properties, including antimicrobial capability. In fact, the Aztecs used agave syrup to treat wounds because of its antibacterial properties.
And the taste?
But although all of that is fantastic for your body, what really matters when you set out to make dessert is flavor. And this healthy key lime pie delivers!
Dairy-Free Key Lime Pie with a Crunchy Nut Crust
For the crust:
- 1 cup raw unsalted macadamia nuts
- 1/4 cup raw and unsalted cashew nuts
- 1/3 cup coconut flakes
- 6 dates
- dash of rock salt
For the filling:
- 1 large avocado
- juice from 3 key limes
- 3 tbsp organic agave or honey
- pinch of rock salt
- 3 tbsp melted coconut oil
- sliced lime wedges for garnish
- Crush the crust ingredients in a food processor until the "dough" sticks together well. Press the dough evenly into a standard, 9-inch pie plate, to create a crust.
- Using a a blender, blend filling ingredients until completely smooth, adjusting sweetness to your liking.
- Pour the filling into the prepared crust, spreading evenly. Chill in the refrigerator for a minimum of three hours, or overnight, until firm.
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