Avocado Key Lime Pie

>> Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Once in a while, I will come across recipes (either from cookbooks or other blogs) which make such big impressions on me that I wouldn't be able to stop thinking about them (not in an obsessive kind of way of course!)

That's when I add these recipes to my stickies labelled 'Must make soon' on my desktop. (Mac's stickies are great for my never-ending lists!) 

So the other day I came across such recipe when I was reading Deborah's Taste and Tell where she interviewed Jenny of Delightful Delicacies. Jenny shared that her favourite recipe on her blog is this...

Avocado Key Lime Pie.

Strange. Intrigued. Must try. Oh and love the green!

I couldn't wait to try it out because not only have I never had a key lime pie before but it has avocados in it which are in season right now. I know the normal key lime pies has a lot of eggs, condense milk and sometimes cream. This recipe has none of that stuff (though I still do want to make the original version one day). Just the simple avocado, lime, coconut oil and some honey/maple syrup. I was also so intrigued about the recipe because in her post, Jenny mentioned that you'd never know that the main ingredient is avocado! 

How cool is that? Using wholesome ingredients to achieve the same creaminess and yummy factor! Definitely the kind of recipe I like to experiment with!

I do avoid buying an ingredient for a recipe in which I know I will only ever use once (and after that, the said ingredient will live the rest of its life in my pantry until its end of life...or until I do a pantry spring clean). In this case, it's the coconut oil. I've hardly ever come across recipes which calls for coconut oil. So how do I justify myself in buying this especially the ones I could find in my area are super expensive. 

That's when I remembered watching a show ages ago about coconut boil being used as a beauty product! It is great for your skin and hair (or so says all the coconut oil makers...)

My hair is definitely dry and brittle these days from the crazy Melbourne weather...getting the coconut oil would help me in not just in the stomach compartment but also the hair as well! Perfect. (I'm not sure about smearing this on my face yet...let's just start with the hair first).

Oh and apparently coconut oil is great for treating head lice and hair loss as well...so if you have one or both of these problems, I'd recommend that you run to the shops to get this oil...and make this pie as well of course!

Ok the moment of truth - taste test. This avocado key lime pie most definitely does not taste like it has avocados in it! It is lime-y/tangy and deliciously creamy. It tastes like a tropical island...with a hint of coconut fragrance. I love how the hazelnut and pecan crust adds such a contrast to the smooth filling.

So go make it if you have those extra avocados lying around. You won't regret it!

Avocado Key Lime pie
from Delightful Delicacies
Serves 4 (I halved the recipe)
  • 4 1/2 ripe avocados
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • zest of 2 organic limes
  • 4 to 6 Tablespoons coconut oil, melted **
  • a few slabs of young coconut meat (optional)
  • large pinch of salt
  • healthy dash of vanilla
hazelnut and pecan pie crust
  • 1/2 cup of filberts (hazelnuts), finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup of pecans, finely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons agave nectar, honey or maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil, melted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • dash of vanilla
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
1. Combine chopped nuts, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a bowl. Whisk together melted coconut oil, agave and vanilla, add to nut mixture. Press into pie plate. Bake about 10 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (~176C). Allow to cool completely before adding pie filling.

2. Combine all ingredients in a good blender or food processor, blend until creamy and smooth. (I don't have a food processor so I used a potato masher :P

Avocados with lime zests

3. Pour into this pie crust, and serve immediately topped with a little bit of toasted coconut or rice whipped cream, yum!

Jenny's notes:

If you want it to firm up a bit before serving, let it sit in the refrigerator for a little while before serving. 

** If you are adding the coconut oil be sure it is melted, then as everything is blending pour it in a constant stream. Let the pie chill for a bit as the coconut oil will solidify and help the pie to be a little thicker. 


grub November 3, 2010 at 11:33 PM  

wow this looks really interesting and really healthy!

i actually don't like avacadoes though due to a bad experience. my friend told me to mash it and add milk to it which i thought it tasted horrible and reminded me of shrek the ogre. ><

melbourne's weather is always crazy!

LimeCake November 4, 2010 at 11:56 AM  

i absolutely adore the green-ness of the avocado and lime! this no-bake pie would be delicious for summer!

Joanne November 5, 2010 at 5:38 AM  

This is one of the most crazy unique recipes I've come across in a while and I love it! The avocado and coconut oil must really give it a tropical twist...which I could use in my life now that it's absolutely frigid here.

Deborah November 5, 2010 at 9:11 AM  

I've been wanting to make this! Yours look absolutely delicious!

Julie November 5, 2010 at 12:56 PM  

you are so experimental lately hehe. This recipe is rather interesting.

pigpigscorner November 6, 2010 at 1:02 AM  

Sounds really good actually. Reminds me of the avocado frosting I made!

Maria @ Scandi Foodie November 6, 2010 at 5:02 AM  

I love how versatile avocado is! This sounds right up my alley!

Viv November 6, 2010 at 7:16 PM  

grub: hehhe i had similar experiences with avocados growing up and didn't start eating them until i was older :P give it another chance...this time, add some honey instead of milk :P and hmm..shrek? lol

LimeCake: yes i love the green-ness too :P yea, perfect for the upcoming summer :)

Andhra: No worries, thanks for your comment!

Joanne: yes, it's definitely tropical on a plate hehe

Deborah: Thank you!! Hope u get to make it soon...it's great!

Julie: Yes I am. Melb is making me a bit crazy therefore I am eating/making crazy food ;)

pigpigcorner: Oh you know what, straight after making this I thought to myself I gotta use avocados as a frosting next time :P

Maria: I know how you love your avocados! I made the avocado spaghetti similar to the one you made last time too..yummm..

mr. pineapple man: yes it is :) fun!

Jessica November 7, 2010 at 9:29 AM  

This is so interesting! Would love to try it sometime.

Von November 7, 2010 at 9:02 PM  

Oooohhh....I love avocados!! But I think I'm the only one in the family who does- so everytime I buy avocados, it takes me forever to eat them all....haha =) I've never had key lime pie either but this looks really delicious!

Viv November 8, 2010 at 12:10 AM  

cordelia: Thanks!

Jessica: Haha yea it is a bit different eh? Hope you do get to try it!

Von: Me too - i love avocados too. Used to hate them tho! ;) I think key lime pie is not an aussie kinda pie?

Helen (Grab Your Fork) November 9, 2010 at 11:41 PM  

um this is like all kinds of awesome! can't wait to test this one out!

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