Key Lime Pie… with a twist

My take on key lime pie is a delicious, zesty, creamy dessert that can satisfy my sweet tooth as well as providing a healthy pudding for my toddler. This is because of a couple of secret ingredients.

I’m a real puddings girl. It’s the best part of the meal and no matter how much I’ve eaten, I can always manage a dessert.

I always try to offer T a pudding because he’s on the small side and I want to make sure he’s getting enough nutrition. But I also want to encourage him to eat as healthily as possible.

One Meal for All Vegetarian, Low FODMAP, BLW-friendly recipesMy recipe for this week is key lime pie with a secret ingredient of… avocado. It’s great for all of us because it is incredibly rich and creamy, but it also counts as one of your five a day and is full of vitamins A, B6 and C, magnesium and potassium. It’s got chia seeds in too, which are a bit of a superfood, full of protein, fibre and omega-3.

It tastes best the day it’s made; not a recipe to be made in advance, I’m afraid.

✓ Vegetarian
✓ BLW-friendly

Serves: 4
Prep time: 45 minutes

Key Lime Pie with a twist


50g walnuts
100g pitted dates (soaked in warm water for 10 minutes then drained)
2 avocados
juice and zest of 3 limes
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp milled chia seeds
100ml double cream


  1. Put the walnuts in a food processor and blend into a meal. Remove from food processor.
  2. Blend the dates in the food processor. Add the walnuts again and blend together.
  3. Press the walnut and date mixture into a serving dish.
  4. Next blend the avocados into a puree before adding the lime juice and zest (reserving 1 tsp of zest), vanilla extract, maple syrup and chia seeds.
  5. Spread the avocado mixture on top of the walnut base then put it in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  6. Whip the cream until it forms soft peaks.
  7. Spread the cream over the avocado mixture then sprinkle with the remaining lime zest.


16 thoughts on “Key Lime Pie… with a twist

    • Helen Post author

      I’d never thought of it until a few weeks ago when I tried a chocolate avocado pudding. Now I’m hooked! The avocado makes the dessert really creamy and gives just a hint of nuttiness, but the pie tasted mainly like lime- you would never know it had avocado in it.

    • Helen Post author

      My husband doesn’t like avocados either but I didn’t tell him what was in it, hehe! You really can’t taste them though, it just gives it a creamy texture and a slight nuttiness x

    • Helen Post author

      It’s a really awesome dessert for getting calories and fat into children while still being fairly healthy and not full of sugar. You could always serve the cream on the side? My husband doesn’t like cream so scraped his off and just ate the base and the filling 🙂

  1. Kate +

    Key lime pie is one of my absolute favourite desserts and I love the idea of making it with a healthy twist. I’ve seen a few sweet recipes using avocado recently and I’m intrigued…


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