Gluten Free Key Lime Pie Recipe

by Pam on February 28, 2014

gluten free key lime pie

This pie is a little runny but it is oh, so good.

My daughter has had her share of complaints since being diagnosed with Celiac. She can’t go to restaurants with her friends like she used too because so many of them do not have any gluten free items, she can’t have her favorite snacks, and she couldn’t have some of our favorite desserts because of the graham cracker crusts. I knew I could substitute gluten free baking mix for flour, but had no idea what to do for graham crackers.  We accidentally stumbled onto the idea to use Almond Meal instead of graham crackers and we were in business. Now she can enjoy traditional cheesecakes and pies instead of only eating the filling, which I would scoop out for her before putting in  pie crust for everyone else.  If you are watching calories, substitute artificial sweetener and low fat sweetened condensed milk.
For those of us who are not able to find Key Limes this time of year or don’t want to have to pay a premium price, just use regular limes. No one will know if you don’t tell.  The recipe also calls for raw egg yolks. I pick up some pasteurized eggs, but completely understand if you don’t want to use them and recommend using egg substitute. I’ve added the equivalent amount of egg substitute needed into the recipe. My mom made this when I was growing up and often substituted lemon juice when she was out of limes, which was almost every time. Be sure to make the sweetened whipped cream to put on top of this, because it is amazing. Life is too short not to have a pie with premium toppings.

Gluten Free Key Lime Pie Recipe
Recipe type: dessert
Prep time: 
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Serves: 8
 

A gluten free adaption of a classic favorite pie.
Ingredients
  • To make the crust:
  • 1½ cups (12 ounces) Almond Meal
  • 1/.2 cup (4 ounces)sugar or sugar substitute
  • 6 tablespoons (or ¾ stick of melted butter)
  • To make the filling:
  • 6 egg yolks or 18 tablespoons egg substitute
  • ¼ cup (2 ounces) sugar or sugar substitute
  • 1 fourteen ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • ¾ cup lime juice (can use freshly squeezed or bottled) –Substitute lemon for lime for a change of pace or use half lime juice and half lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons grated lime zest
  • To make the topping:
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) heavy cream
  • ¼ cup ( 2 ounces) sugar or artificial sweetener
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions
  1. For crust: Mix almond meal, sugar and butter until blended. Place in an eight inch round pie dish, making sure to push crust onto bottom and up the sides of the pan. Bake 10 minutes. While crust is baking, mix sweetened condensed milk, sugar, and egg yolk until blended. Add lime juice and lime zest, stir. Pour batter into prepared pie pan.
  2. Place pie in freezer for two hours or until firm. Remove pie from freezer, whip cream until soft peaks form. Add sugar and vanilla and mix until completely blended, Spread across top of pie.

Bobs Red Mill
 Bob’s Red Mill sent us a selection of gluten free products including Almond meal, Coconut flour, Xanthum Gum and Brown Rice Flour. They have been producing gluten free products for over 30 years and now have over fifty items available.  Through dedication, research and specialized machinery,  they have made sure their products are truly gluten free with no cross contamination.  Be sure to check out their video showing their story and their recipes. Humorously, my son told me he loved the crust in our pie. “It tastes like cookies,” he said.  ”You realize this is gluten free?” I asked.  ”Yep, tastes better than the normal graham cracker ones.” Woot! Score one for gluten free!

What is your favorite gluten free food?

{ 57 comments… read them below or add one }

Jen V February 28, 2014 at 9:01 am

It looks yummy! I am going grain free this year and it has been so hard giving up some of my favorite desserts. I bet this pie is delicious.

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Rebekah February 28, 2014 at 9:01 am

I’ve heard great things about Bobs Red Mill. I have some of their hazelnut amd almond flours sitting in my pantry that I need to figure out what to bake with. Thanks for the pie crust idea!

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mer February 28, 2014 at 9:14 am

oooh that does look yummy! gotta love a good gluten-free recipe!

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Lisa Jones February 28, 2014 at 9:41 am

Looks Like A Deicious Recipe I Will Be Making!!! Thanks

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Terin Garrett February 28, 2014 at 9:41 am

Oh my gosh, that looks delicious!

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Christine Luken February 28, 2014 at 9:41 am

Thanks for the recipe! My step mother has celiacs disease, so I’m always trying to find gluten free recipes for our monthly family dinners.

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Ellen Christian February 28, 2014 at 9:44 am

It is so hard to find good gluten free desserts. This sounds delicious!

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Jennifer Soltys February 28, 2014 at 9:44 am

Nice! Love to have a gluten-free options. Sounds delicious!!

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Ashley B. February 28, 2014 at 9:52 am

I’m seeing key lime recipes everywhere! I love that this pie is Gluten Free. I bet it tastes heavenly!

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Anita L February 28, 2014 at 9:54 am

I have been thinking of Key Lime Pie lately, so what a surprise to stumble onto your recipe!! I’ll need to pick up some ingredients this weekend and then surprise hubby! Thank you for sharing :)

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Terry February 28, 2014 at 10:19 am

That pie looks really good. I love key lime pie, but never make it for myself. I might have to try to make this recipe work for me.

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Robin (Masshole Mommy) February 28, 2014 at 10:30 am

Key lime pie is my favorite pie of all time! This recipe sounds awesome. I have never made it myself, but I should because most restaurants around here don’t have it.

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Trisha February 28, 2014 at 11:02 am

This looks amazing! I have a friend who avoids foods with gluten so I’m sure she’s going to appreciate this recipe!

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Jennifer @TheRebelChick February 28, 2014 at 11:37 am

Key lime pie is actually one of my favorite kinds of desserts! We are going to Key West in two weeks and I can’t wait to stuff myself with them all weekend! LOL!

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Tammi @ My Organized Chaos February 28, 2014 at 12:29 pm

Thanks! I’m always collecting gluten free recipes for a friend of mine, sending this to her now!

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Susan February 28, 2014 at 12:54 pm

this looks yummy, I would love to make this for my family. we love lime!

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Amber Edwards February 28, 2014 at 1:09 pm

I absolutely LOVE keylime pie! But never thought to try a gluten free version. this sounds amazing!

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Lexie Lane February 28, 2014 at 2:50 pm

I really love key lime! So glad for this gluten free alternative!

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Beth February 28, 2014 at 2:58 pm

We are not gluten-free, so I can’t comment on my favorite gluten-free food. I do think it’s great that there are so many options available now for going gluten-free, though.

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Kristen from The Road to Domestication February 28, 2014 at 3:36 pm

Key Lime Pie is my hubby’s favorite, but he’s familiar with my recipe already – I don’t know if I could sneak this one by him or not!

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Barb W. February 28, 2014 at 3:48 pm

That sounds ridiculously good! I’m so in the mood for pie now!

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K Squared Glamour February 28, 2014 at 4:06 pm

It is great to see more and more gluten-free recipes. This one sounds delicious!

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Nikki February 28, 2014 at 4:10 pm

The pie looks delicious! Runny just means more yumminess to soak up into the crust!

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Triplezmom February 28, 2014 at 4:46 pm

So glad you were able to find something to make pie for her! I tried going gluten free years ago (to combat IBD, didn’t work) and it was so hard. Good for you guys!

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Nancy Lustri (StyleDecor) February 28, 2014 at 4:53 pm

This key lime pie looks so yummy! I like it a little runny. It tastes better that way (imo). Thanks for sharing! :)

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Danielle February 28, 2014 at 7:39 pm

This looks absolutely mouth watering, and I can’t wait to make it! Thank you for posting :)

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Mama to 5 Blessings February 28, 2014 at 7:51 pm

This looks delicious! I like that it’s gluten free!

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Aisha Kristine Chong February 28, 2014 at 7:56 pm

Oh my – totally looks yummy. Mouthwatering indeed – can’t wait to give this a try!

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Shauna February 28, 2014 at 8:12 pm

oooh, this looks awesome… my whole family would totally eat this up in a second.

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Dede February 28, 2014 at 8:38 pm

Key Lime Pie is one of my favorites. I’m so glad you were able to alter this to make it something your daughter can enjoy. Have you seen the bottled Key Lime juice — they sell it at our local grocery store in the baking section.

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Claudia Krusch February 28, 2014 at 9:09 pm

It looks great! My goal is to cut our gluten to minimum! Looking good bread recipes, do you have?

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Theresa February 28, 2014 at 9:45 pm

You know, I love Key Lime Pie yogurt, but I have never had the actual pie. I think this would be a great recipe to start with!

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Jennifer Williams February 28, 2014 at 9:50 pm

I use Red Mill to bake all the time, love their products just wish I did not have to order them over the internet and could get them at the store. I try to make everything GF that I can per doctors orders, your pie does not look bad and I would love to try to make it.

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Dawn February 28, 2014 at 10:30 pm

I have been wanting some key lime pie recently. This sounds delicious!

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Janeane Davis February 28, 2014 at 10:51 pm

I really like key lime pie. I don’t have gluten issues, but, I would like to try. this recipe

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Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell February 28, 2014 at 11:16 pm

I was just thinking about key lime pie the other day and jonesing for a slice. Now I am even more!

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Melissa February 28, 2014 at 11:32 pm

I love key lime pie!

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Aly Mashrah March 1, 2014 at 12:36 am

I love Bob’s Red Mill products, and that pie looks delicious.

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Lois Alter Mark March 1, 2014 at 12:51 am

It’s amazing what you can make gluten-free! Am sending this to my friend, who will be so happy that she can eat key lime pie!

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Wendy | Around My Family Table March 1, 2014 at 12:53 am

I just adore Bob’s Red Mill! The pie sounds great.

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Annemarie March 1, 2014 at 1:19 am

My sister has just started a gluten free diet and is always looking for recipes. Thanks for sharing this.

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Greta March 1, 2014 at 1:37 am

Key Lime Pie is one of my favorites. It’s great that you were able to make it gluten free.

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Melanie March 1, 2014 at 1:54 am

Oh this looks super duper good! I would love to make this in a few weeks when the weather starts getting warm. It would be the perfect treat

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Sandra March 1, 2014 at 2:30 am

one of my husbands favorites!

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Fabulous Perks March 1, 2014 at 8:07 am

This looks so yummy! I definitely want to try making this.

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Wendy @ ABCs and Garden Peas March 1, 2014 at 9:41 am

We’ve been big fans of Bob’s Red Mill forever! I love their products and their commitment to quality.

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Amber Nelson March 1, 2014 at 9:47 am

This looks really good, even though I am not a key lime pie fan.

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Tammilee March 1, 2014 at 10:21 am

Yum! This is great. I am so excited for the Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Flours

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Tough Cookie Mommy March 1, 2014 at 11:13 am

This pie looks delicious. My nephew was just diagnosed with some food allergies so he will be eating a gluten-free diet. I will be passing all of these recipes to my brother and his wife.

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Danielle @ We Have It All March 1, 2014 at 5:24 pm

Yum, looks so good! We use this brand too – it’s easy to find.

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Mama to 5 BLessings March 1, 2014 at 10:55 pm

i like this brand, it’s really nice, your recipe looks good!

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Robin Wilson March 1, 2014 at 11:03 pm

My son has a very bad case of Chron’s and seems to do so much better when he sticks to a gluten free”ish” diet. I cannot wait to surprise him with this! Thank you and I hope your daughter does well in the future, it is so hard to not be able to “indulge” in the things your friends are, my son has had his fair share of that as well.

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Mina Slater March 2, 2014 at 12:25 pm

I don’t know much about gluten free food but my cousin has to eat gluten free so I’m sending her to this post! I love pie & this seems like it is delicious!

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Debbie Denny March 2, 2014 at 12:29 pm

That looks and sounds devine. Love Key Lime

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Debi March 2, 2014 at 8:33 pm

It looks fantastic. I love key lime pie.

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Stefani March 3, 2014 at 10:36 am

I love key lime pie. I have never tried to make it though.

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Nicole Brady March 3, 2014 at 6:03 pm

I didn’t realize Red Mill sold Xanthum Gum. My husband recently started using it in recipes but he had to order it from a specialty shop. I’ll have to check Red Mill when we’re ready for a refill!

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