NO BAKE KEY LIME PIE
One of my husband’s all time favorite desserts is key lime pie. He just absolutely adores it, especially during the summertime.
While I love a traditional key lime pie, I’ve found that sometimes they can be a bit too acidic for me (nothing a massive amount of whipped cream can’t help though…). I also love making no bake desserts during the summer. If I can avoid turning my oven on while it’s hot, I’m going to.
Enter my new favorite summer dessert: no bake key lime pie. I think the best way to describe this pie recipe is if a traditional key lime pie got together with a cheesecake to create a whole new dessert. This no bake key lime pie recipe is zesty, light, and creamy. I’ve also added sweetened shredded coconut to this pie for a little extra summery fun (cue ‘Put the Lime in the Coconut’).
If you’ve been looking for new and easy no bake desserts to make, or are in need of a new dessert for summer gatherings, this no bake key lime pie recipe is just what you need!
TELL ME ABOUT THIS EASY KEY LIME PIE RECIPE
Level of difficulty: Easy! Mix, stir, pour, chill, and slice.
Flavor: Lime, coconut, and graham cracker are the predominant flavors in this easy key lime pie recipe.
Texture: This no bake key lime pie is creamy and has a soft-set filling.
Time: While it will take you less than 10 minutes to prep your ingredients, this pie needs to chill for 3-4 hours in the fridge to set the filling.
KEY INGREDIENTS FOR NO BAKE KEY LIME PIE
Sweetened Condensed Milk: This adds the perfect amount of sweetness to your pie
Whipped Cream Cheese: While you can use regular cream cheese that is softened at room temperature, whipped cream cheese creates an extra silky and smooth filling.
Key Lime Juice: This is the star of the show! You can use either freshly squeezed key lime juice or bottled key lime juice. I generally use the bottled key lime juice to save time.
Sweetened Shredded Coconut: lime and coconut is a great flavor combination, and the shredded coconut adds a really fun element to this key lime pie recipe.
Pre-Made Graham Cracker Crust: using a store bought crust saves time and allows this to be a no bake pie recipe!
OVERVIEW: HOW TO MAKE THIS NO BAKE KEY LIME PIE RECIPE
Prepare your filling: In a large bowl, mix together the condensed milk, whipped cream cheese, lime juice, and vanilla until smooth using a hand mixer (this can also be done with a stand mixer). Gently stir in the shredded coconut until it evenly distributed throughout the filling mixture.
Fill the crust: Pour filling mixture into the pre-made graham cracker crust and spread to the edges to create an even layer.
Chill: Cover and chill pie in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours until the filling is set
Top with extra goodness: Option to top with whipped cream, lime zest, and/or lime slices prior to serving
Serve: enjoy every last bite!
Store leftovers: if any pie remains, cover and store in the refrigerator. This pie should stay for 1-2 days just fine (to be honest, we’ve never had it last this long…).
TIPS & TRICKS FOR MAKING THIS EASY KEY LIME PIE RECIPE
Should I use fresh key limes or bottled key lime juice in this recipe? Either is a great option for this easy key lime pie recipe! I personally used the bottled key lime juice (because I don’t want to take the time to squeeze all the cute little key limes).
Someone I’m sharing this pie with doesn’t like (or is allergic to) coconut. Can I omit this ingredient from this recipe? Yes! While the coconut is great in this pie recipe, if you are not a fan or cannot have coconut, you can simply leave this ingredient out.
Is there a reason you are using a pre-made graham cracker crust instead of a homemade one? In an effort to keep this a no bake recipe, a pre-made crust is suggested. Using a store bought crust also makes this an easy dessert recipe. However, if you have a favorite graham cracker crust recipe that you love, you can definitely use it for this key lime pie.
What kind of whipped cream should I use to top this pie? I personally like to make homemade whipped cream to pipe onto my pie because I can control the sweetness (I like a slightly less sweet whipped cream). In a pinch, I have also used squirt whipped cream to top this pie and it was great (plus, it’s fun to use!).