If you have our Clean Cuisine book, you may happen to recall just how serious our family is about a good Key Lime Pie Recipe. So serious in fact, that my husband and I actually served Key Lime Pie right alongside the cake as our wedding dessert!
Key Lime Pie is the official state pie of Florida, which is where my husband and I were both born, raised and still live today. We grew up in the late 70’s, where Key Lime Pie was one of those staple desserts that seemed to be served at every BBQ, restaurant, outdoor summer event, etc. It’s just one of those desserts that can bring you back to your childhood with a single bite. In other words, it’s not such a good idea to tinker with it!
Sadly though, the conventional Key Lime Pie recipe of our youth is not exactly made up of clean food ingredients. The standard pie typically contains a graham cracker crumb crust with lots of butter and sugar, sweetened condensed milk, eggs and real Key Lime Juice. Believe it or not, that’s really just about all there is to it. The real Key Lime Pie recipe is actually a very simplistic one. It’s just not the least bit “clean”!
For any fellow die-hard Key Lime pie lovers it might be inconceivable that a smoothie recipe made from ingredients like banana, coconut milk and dates could come even remotely close to tasting anything at all like the authentic pie. But trust me, it does. Even without refined sugar or dairy, the Smoothie Key Lime Pie Recipe below still hits the spot if you are craving the tart and tangy real deal. The only thing missing is the graham cracker crust.
REAL Key Limes are Key to a Good Key Lime Pie Recipe
Whether it’s a smoothie, custard, ice cream, cookie or whatnot, any recipe that is a takeoff of Key Lime Pie absolutely has to be made with the real deal Key Lime Juice.
If you can’t get fresh key limes, the next best thing is Nellie & Joe’s Famous Key Lime Juice. Born in Key West, Florida, a bottle of Nellie & Joe’s is pretty much a staple ingredient in any real Floridian’s fridge as it can be used for so many different recipes (Baked Key Lime Chicken is particularly delicious!)
Note: The original version of the Key Lime Pie Smoothie recipe first appeared in our digital Clean Cuisine Superfood Cookbook (see photo left). The original recipe replaces the coconut milk with avocados and cashews for creaminess.Print
- 3/4 cup coconut “cream”, skimmed from the top of a can of coconut milk (see notes below)
- 1/2 frozen banana, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon fresh key lime juice (OR Nellie & Joe’s Famous Key West Lime Juice)
- 5 pitted dates
- 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 3 pinches unrefined sea salt
- 1/2 cup very cold water
- 1 1/4 cups ice cubes
- Place all ingredients, except for the ice, in a high-speed blender (such as a Vitamix) and process until smooth and creamy. Add the ice and process again. Drink chilled.
Coconut “Cream” is the thick, rich and non-watery part of canned coconut milk. To get the “cream” you need to refrigerate your coconut milk for 5 or 6 hours or pop it in the freezer for at least an hour. Once the coconut milk is cold, carefully remove the top with a can opener and use a spoon to scoop out the hardened coconut “cream” off the top. The “cream” is what you will be using for the Key Lime Pie Smoothie Recipe. You can reserve the liquid water for other smoothies.