Key Lime Pie – a Perfect Summer Treat!

Tangy & Tart. Creamy & Rich.

Key Lime Pie. I love you.

With that slightly crunchy buttery crust and smooth velvety filling. I can’t imagine a summer without you. But alas, I am no longer an eater of  gluten or sugar.


And the limes on our lime tree are starting to ripen.


And they are gorgeous and are just begging me to use them for Key Lime Pie.


Can you just hear them? Pick me! Pick me! I was made for Key Lime Pie! You won’t be sorry!


Yes, fragrant little lime, you are indeed destined for a pie. And no, I won’t be sorry because this won’t be just any pie. No, this Key Lime Pie is very special. It is gluten, sugar and guilt free.

Insert Hallelujah Chorus here.


As in no worry over calories, carbs, blood sugar spikes, tummy bulges or the need to spend 45 minutes on a treadmill just for a little indulgence.

No guilt. Zero.

But wait, it gets better.

There is no compromise here either. No rub. No sacrifice. Because this Key Lime Pie is delicious!


As good as any I have ever had and that is saying something because I used to always make Barefoot Contessa’s Key Lime Pie, which is fantastic but sadly, not guilt-free or on plan for a gluten-free/sugar-free lifestyle.

No need for despair, there is hope!

Aand there will be Key Lime Pie thanks to Lauren at Healthy Indulgences.

I love Lauren and she doesn’t even know it. Her blog has been a lifesaver as I learn to use new ingredients and concepts in the effort to become good at this whole gluten-free/sugar-free baking thing. She has really mastered the craft and has created some very special recipes. I am looking forward to the day when I can venture out confidently on my own but for now I’ll stick to her stuff and will share her Key Lime Pie recipe with you.

She calls it Scrumptious Sugar-Free Key Lime Pie … and she’s not exaggerating.


It is indeed scrumptious (and no, it is not green). I have made it twice now and it has been a huge hit with everyone who has tried it, including my husband who is still a bit of a gluten-free/sugar-free skeptic. I’m starting to win him over though and this pie certainly didn’t hurt.

It does require a few ingredients that you may not have heard of or have on hand but I promise, it is worth heading to the health food store or Whole Foods to pick up what you’ll need to give this a try. I know you’re curious. Don’t be afraid, give it a shot!

If you’ve been a “Trim Healthy Mama” for a while,  you’ll most likely already have everything you need.


Next week, I will talk a bit more about “Trim Healthy Mama” (THM) and the changes that have occurred in my pantry but for now I’ll let you know that Xylitol has become my favorite sugar substitute. Lauren uses erythritol in her recipe and either one is fine. A note about xylitol, while it is healthy and fine for humans, it is very bad for dogs so make sure too keep it away from your furry babies.

The recipe calls for NuNaturals NuStevia pure stevia extract which is not easy to find. I had to order it online. It is a highly concentrated sweetener. You can find a similar version at Trader Joes but it is not quite as good (a little bitter). If you don’t have it, you can use 8 packets of an easily found stevia product such as Truvia. The combination of sweeteners results in a better flavor.

I did make one other change to the original recipe and added a whole lot more lime zest. Lauren’s recipe calls for 1/4 tsp. and I add 1 heaping tsp. because I LOVE the tart flavor the zest.


The crust is so delicious and so much more nutritious with a blend of almond and pecan meal. Almond meal or flour is easy to find. As for the pecan meal, I just grind up pecans in my mini-food processor until they are a fine texture. Don’t go too far or you’ll end up with pecan butter.

One final note. The pie tastes best at room temperature but slices easiest right out of the fridge. When you go to serve it, slice it right away and then let it sit at room temperature for about 15-20 minutes – if you can wait that long.


Now go grab yourself some limes and get baking!

Even if you are not normally a gluten-free/sugar-free kind of gal (or guy), I urge you to give this a try. The only thing you have to lose is dessert guilt!


I photographed this gorgeous piece of pie this morning.

And then I ate it for breakfast. Guilt-free!


This Trim Healthy Mama approved recipe is happily linked with other Trim Healthy Tuesday recipes at Stacy Makes Cents and Gwen’ Nest.

27 thoughts on “Key Lime Pie – a Perfect Summer Treat!

  1. apuginthekitchen

    Hallelujah is right, this sounds amazing!! I am going to try it! I have done the crust before with nuts and it’s great. But key lime filling that’s creamy and guilt free, I say yes!!!

    1. Welcome Company with Danielle Post author

      I do! I am originally from the Pacific Northwestern United States. No lime trees there so having citrus trees was pretty exotic and exciting for me too when we moved here. Now, tomatoes are another story. I can’t get them to do well here for the life of me!

    1. Welcome Company with Danielle Post author

      Pretty darn cool. 😉 What would you say if I told you I have 2 lime trees, a Meyer lemon tree, a Eureka lemon tree, an orange tree, a mandarin orange tree, a grapefruit tree, a peach tree and a fig tree. Some of them are still pretty small but I LOVE them! We decided that if we are going to water trees in the desert, we want them to produce something. I’m very lucky.

  2. gotasté

    lime pie is definitely not common over here.and the fact that this recipe does not use sugar will certainly be a hit if i make it…or maybe sell it? haha just joking! I love your lime tree. If you are my neighbor, i will always ask for some and make lots of thai food with it 🙂 lovely post Dani!

    1. Welcome Company with Danielle Post author

      I would love for you to be my neighbor and you could have as many limes as you want as long as you brought back some of those Thai dishes! 🙂 Xylitol is an easy product to order on-line and is a great sugar substitute and is a 1:1 replacement! You could sell Key Lime Pies if you wanted to, I won’t tell!

    1. Welcome Company with Danielle Post author

      Thank you!! It really has a beautiful creamy texture (almost cheesecake like with the cream cheese but lighter). Those perfect limes are one of my favorite things about summer. I think I just might make some limeade today, YUM!

    1. Welcome Company with Danielle Post author

      Thanks for stopping by, Stacy and thanks for all you do in the Trim Healthy Mama world. This key lime pie is incredible. Healthy Indulgences is such a great blog. See you next Tuesday and thanks for answering all my questions on FB this week!

    1. Welcome Company with Danielle Post author

      It is such a blessing to have such beautiful citrus trees here in Arizona. The pie is really wonderful and I love the firm but light cheesecake texture the cream cheese gives it. Plus eating dessert guilt free doesn’t hurt either!


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