Attention all dessert lovers and vegans alike! Are you tired of missing out on that classic Key Lime Pie flavor? Look no further! I am excited to present to you my truly kick-butt vegan Key Lime Pie recipe.
This delicious and addicting easy bake vegan dessert is perfect for any occasion. It’s the perfect balance of tangy lime juice and a sweet graham cracker pie crust. Plus, it only requires a handful of ingredients making it easy to whip up in a pinch.
You may be wondering how we achieve that perfect texture without using eggs or cream cheese? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered with one secret ingredient – Mori-Nu Extra Firm Lite Tofu. This ingredient combined with lemon and vanilla pudding mix makes for a silky smooth pie filling that will have you coming back for seconds.
Not only is this recipe dairy-free and plant-based, but it’s also gluten-free. So go ahead and indulge without the guilt. Trust me, once you try this kick-butt vegan Key Lime Pie recipe, it’ll be hard to resist making it a part of your regular rotation of delicious desserts.
So what are you waiting for? Let’s get baking!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
I know that many of you are skeptical about veganism, but believe me, this Vegan Key Lime Pie recipe is going to blow your taste buds away. This is a pie recipe that will not only satisfy your cravings but also convert you into a butt-kicking vegan.
Let me tell you why this Kick-Butt (Vegan!) Key Lime Pie Recipe is one-of-a-kind. It’s dairy-free, gluten-free and cruelty-free yet doesn’t compromise on taste. The combination of tangy key lime juice and the sweetness of lemon and vanilla pudding mix creates an absolutely delicious addicting filling. Oh! And did I mention that it’s also easy to bake?
Now let’s talk about the crust. Instead of using traditional graham crackers that contain butter or honey, this recipe calls for a gluten-free graham cracker pie crust that is both tasty and healthy. What’s not to love?
And lastly, what really sets this pie apart from any other is the use of Mori-Nu Extra Firm Lite Tofu instead of cream cheese or sour cream. You might be thinking “tofu in a dessert?” But trust me on this because the tofu makes this lime pie smooth and creamy without adding any excess calories.
So why will you love this recipe? Because it’s healthy, easy to make, cruelty-free, gluten-free, and most importantly it tastes amazing – even better than any non-vegan key lime pie out there.
Now that we’ve covered what makes this vegan key lime pie recipe kick-butt, let’s dive into the ingredients that you’ll need to recreate it in your own kitchen. Here’s what you’ll need:
Graham cracker pie crust:
– 1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs
– ⅓ cup sugar
– 6 tbsp melted butter or dairy-free butter substitute
– 1 package Mori-Nu extra firm lite tofu (8 ounces)
– 1 package lemon pudding mix
– 1 package vanilla pudding mix
– 2/3 cup key lime juice (or regular lime juice)
– zest of 2 limes
– 1 can coconut milk (regular or light)
– 2 tbsp sugar (optional, for added sweetness)
Note: If you are looking to make this recipe gluten-free, make sure to use gluten-free graham cracker crumbs and check that the pudding mixes are also labeled gluten-free.
As a disclaimer, remember to always double-check the label of each ingredient you purchase.
The Recipe How-To
Now comes the time for the most electrifying part of this vegan key lime pie recipe article! In this section, I will share the step-by-step instructions on how to make this kick-butt vegan key lime pie recipe. Let’s get our aprons on and our baking gear ready!
Here are the ingredients you will need to bake your very own vegan key lime pie:
– 1 package Mori-Nu extra firm lite tofu, drained
– 1 1/2 cups of graham cracker pie crust
– 1 small box of lemon pudding mix, gluten-free if necessary
– 1 small box of vanilla pudding mix, gluten-free if necessary
– 3/4 cup of fresh-squeezed key lime juice
– 1 tablespoon of freshly grated lime rind
Now that we have all of the ingredients together, let’s start baking:
Step One: Prepare the Pie Crust
Press the graham cracker pie crust into a 9-inch pie dish evenly. Smooth out the surface of the crust with a spatula.
Step Two: Bake the Crust
Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Place your prepared crust in the oven and bake it for about seven minutes or until you see it lightly browned.
Step Three: Prepare the Pie Filling
To prepare your filling, add both the lemon and vanilla puddings to a large bowl. Mix them well. Then, include all other ingredients – including the Mori-Nu tofu, key lime juice, and lime rind – into that same large bowl. Use a hand mixer and mix until everything is well-blended.
Step Four: Bake Your Vegan Key Lime Pie
Pour your vegan key lime mixture into your pre-baked crust. Smooth it out with a knife or spatula.
Bake your vegan key lime pie in your preheated oven for approximately twenty-five minutes or when you see it’s lightly browned on top. After baking, remove from the oven, and let it cool completely to room temperature.
Step Five: Chill and Serve
After cooling down to room temperature, put your vegan key lime pie in the fridge to chill for two or more hours before slicing to demonstrate its delicious addicting easy bake.
Bravo! Congratulations for making this fabulous creation!
Substitutions and Variations
Looking to add your own unique twist to this already delicious Kick-Butt (vegan!) Key Lime Pie Recipe? Well, fear not, as there are many ways to switch things up without sacrificing flavor or texture.
Firstly, if you’re not a fan of graham cracker pie crusts or have dietary restrictions that prevent you from using them, don’t worry! You can use any type of pie crust that suits your fancy, whether it’s gluten-free or made from scratch. In fact, I personally love mixing things up by using a sweet potato, apple pie, or coconut crust for an extra burst of flavor and texture.
For the filling itself, there is no shortage of variations. If you’re looking to make this recipe even easier, you can skip on making your own lime pudding mix altogether and opt for a pre-made mix instead. I recommend trying out some lemon or vanilla pudding mixes as well for an extra citrusy kick.
It’s worth noting that the tofu in this recipe provides the filling with a silky smooth texture and plays a large part in making this recipe vegan. However, if you or someone eating this dish has a soy allergy or simply dislikes tofu, you can substitute it with vegan cream cheese or coconut cream.
Lastly, adding toppings is a fun way to jazz up any dessert. Fresh fruit like blueberries or strawberries pairs well with the tangy key lime taste. A dollop of whipped cream (vegan or non-vegan) also adds a nice touch.
Remember, when baking vegan key lime pie recipes, there’s no wrong way to do it! Get creative and make it your own – the possibilities are endless.
Serving and Pairing
Now that you’ve baked this deliciously addicting easy bake vegan key lime pie recipe, it’s time to serve and pair! This pie is perfect for a wide range of occasions, be it a summer party or simply a sweet snack craving.
One of the best things about this pie is how versatile it is when it comes to pairings. For something light and refreshing, pair it with a pan of fresh fruit or a smoothie bowl, specifically a bowl with key lime as the dominant flavor. If you’re looking for something richer, try it with a scoop of vegan ice cream, perhaps a popular apple pie-flavored one or an ice cream made with sweet potato.
For those who enjoy a bit of spice in their desserts, a great pairing option is chai tea or even an iced chai latte. The kick-butt vegan key lime pie pairs especially well with the richness of chai spices like cinnamon and nutmeg.
For wine lovers, there’s no better pairing than a crisp white wine when serving this pie. A sauvignon blanc or chenin blanc would capture the tanginess and zesty flavors that come from the key lime juice. However, keep in mind that not all wines are vegan- be sure to read the labels carefully!
This pie can also stand alone as its own showstopper dessert at any gathering. Once sliced into portions, it can bring forth bright and inviting colors that make for irresistible Instagram-worthy photos.
In conclusion, the serving and pairing options for this vegan key lime pie are almost endless! Whether you decide to add toppings, serve sides or indulge solely in the deliciousness of this pie, expect to impress anyone who takes a bite.
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
What’s the point of making a delicious, addicting, easy-bake vegan key lime pie recipe if you can’t enjoy it for more than one day? Fortunately, this Kick-Butt (Vegan!) Key Lime Pie is not only delicious fresh out of the oven, but it also stores well and makes-ahead perfectly.
To make-ahead, after baking the pie, cover it with a cling wrap or foil and store in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. I recommend storing this dessert in the fridge for at least an hour before cutting and serving so that it sets further.
If you want to freeze your Kick-Butt (Vegan!) Key Lime Pie, I recommend that you do so before slicing it up. Use aluminum foil and saran wrap to create multiple layers around your pie dish then ensure that you eliminate as much air as possible. This will help prevent freezer burn and other nasty surprises once you’re ready to thaw your dessert. You can store your pie in the freezer for up to two months. Don’t forget to allow the pie to come back to room temperature by giving it enough time out of the freezer before serving.
If you’re reheating your pie in the oven, preheat your oven to 375 F or around 190 C. Reheat it for approximately 15-20 minutes until heated through. Any longer, and you risk drying it out making for a less desirable final product.
For those opting for microwave reheating, start at a lower temperature setting and work your way up. A similar process works with toaster ovens although I recommend wrapping your pie first with aluminum foil so that it retains moisture while being warmed through evenly.
Regardless of how you decide to make-ahead, store or reheat your Kick-Butt (Vegan!) Key Lime Pie be sure that each slice is equally smooth and refreshing like a cool smoothie bowl on a hot day or like sweet potato pie during Thanksgiving dinner with friends and loved ones.
Tips for Perfect Results
Now that you have all the ingredients and you’re ready to start baking this smoothie bowl-turned-pie recipe, let me share with you some tried and tested tips. These will help ensure that your Kick-Butt Vegan Key Lime Pie comes out perfect every time.
First, let’s go back to the crust. Make sure to press it firmly onto the bottom of the pie plate and up the sides evenly. This will prevent any gaps or cracks from forming, allowing for an even bake. And speaking of bake, remember to pre-bake the crust for a few minutes before adding in the filling. This helps to set it, so it won’t become soggy when you pour in the liquid mixture.
For a smoother, creamier filling, blend your tofu well before adding it in. You can also use a high-speed blender for a super silky texture. And since we’re talking about tofu – do not shy away from this ingredient! It’s one of the secrets to making this a vegan dream dessert without sacrificing texture or flavor.
Next, zest your lime or key lime rinds before juicing them. This makes it much easier to get more rind and less pith. I love using key limes for this recipe because they have an extra zesty punch that mellows out beautifully once baked into the pie.
If you want to make variations of this recipe or swap out ingredients based on personal preference, please note that some substitutions may alter the cooking time or consistency of the pie filling. So be mindful of any changes you make and adjust accordingly.
Finally, for an extra zesty kick, top off your pie with extra grated lime rind or serve with whipped coconut cream or vegan ice cream! This is not just any ordinary vegan key lime pie recipe – it’s addicting easy bake vegan Kick-Butt Vegan Key Lime Pie!
In conclusion, this Kick-Butt Vegan Key Lime Pie recipe is the perfect combination of sweet and tangy flavors that will leave your taste buds craving more. With a simple ingredient list, easy-to-follow instructions, and substitutions for various dietary needs, this pie is sure to impress both vegans and non-vegans alike.
Not only is this recipe delicious and addicting, but it’s also incredibly easy to make. Whether you’re a seasoned baker or a novice in the kitchen, you’ll have no trouble mastering this recipe and creating a pie that will have everyone asking for the recipe.
So why not give this Kick-Butt Vegan Key Lime Pie recipe a try? With its smooth texture and mouth-watering flavor, it’s sure to become a staple dessert in your recipe arsenal. You won’t regret trying this recipe out – it’s so good, you’ll be making it time and time again!
Kick-Butt (vegan!) Key Lime Pie Recipe
- 1 package Mori-Nu extra firm lite tofu
- 8 ounces soy cream cheese
- 1/2 cup key lime juice or 1/2 cup reg lime juice
- 2 teaspoons grate lime rind
- 1 package mori-nu mates vanilla pudding mix
- 1 package mori-nu mates lemon pudding mix
- 1 graham cracker pie crust (I make my own.)
- Drain excess water from tofu.
- Blend tofu with lime juice in food processor or blender until completely creamy and smooth.
- Add the rest of the ingredients; re-blend til smooth.
- Pour into pie shell and chill 2-3 hours.
- If I could just find some good vegan"whipped cream" that would make it total heaven.
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