This homemade Key Lime Pie is such a perfect dessert for the spring and summer. With a gluten-free oat graham crust filled with a tart and sweet filling, this pie will surely please everyone.
This post is sponsored in conjunction with #SpringSweetsWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to help in the creation of the #SpringSweetsWeek recipes. As always, all opinions are mine alone.
Key Lime Pie is an American classic dessert and I always wonder why I don’t make it more often! It’s just so good. The perfect combination of tart and sweet. It is the perfect recipe to begin #SpringSweetsWeek on the blog.
I’m making these delicious recipes this week!
Key Lime Pie (that’s this recipe!)
Strawberry White Chocolate Bark (Tuesday)
Soft Batch Sprinkle Cookies (Wednesday)
Easy Mini Mango Tarts (Thursday)
Cinnamon Butterscotch Pear Chips (Friday)
Welcome to #SpringSweetsWeek 2022 hosted by Heather from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks! Flowers are starting to bloom, the weather is getting warmer, and we’re celebrating with delicious spring sweets and a fun giveaway! This year 22 food bloggers from around the country are sharing over 75 sweet recipes that are perfect for spring. So, say bye-bye to the snow and cold weather and get ready to enjoy amazing spring treats like cupcakes, cookies, pies, dessert boards, and even a few beverages!
Our amazing #SpringSweetsWeek sponsors are helping us give away some fabulous prizes. Thank you to Dixie Crystals, Melissa’s Produce, Anolon, Sweets & Treats, Taylor and Colledge, and Nairn’s for your generosity. We have an incredible giveaway with six amazing prizes.
Be sure to read about the sponsors and the prizes below today’s recipes and, of course, enter that great giveaway. Also, don’t forget to check out all of the recipes posted today. The links are below as well. Right now, let me show you how to make this delicious homemade key lime pie recipe.
What is the difference between Key Limes and Regular Limes?
Key limes are smaller and when sliced in half, you will notice that key limes have a thinner skin and more seeds. An average lime can weigh about 3 ounces while a key lime comes in around 1 ounce. You will use more key limes in a recipe calling for lime juice or zest than with regular limes. With a key lime you will also find that the juice is a bit more tart and notes of floral but not as acidic as regular limes.
Homemade Key Lime Pie
This recipe has a few steps to it but it’s so worth it. The hardest part is zesting and juicing all of the key limes. Since key limes are smaller than regular limes, so it will take more of them to get the amount of zest and juice needed. For this recipe, I used about 15 key limes and the zest from 5 of those. You can use regular limes (4 – 6 limes for the juice and zest from 2). While you can use bottled lime juice, using fresh key limes is best.
The filling is made with sweetened condensed milk, sour cream, lime juice, and lime zest. The homemade graham cracker crust is made from Nairn’s gluten-free Oat Grahams, Dixie Crystals white granulated sugar, and melted unsalted butter. I just love Nairn’s oat graham crackers, they’re made from gluten-free whole grain oats. Their goal is to “make tasty, wholesome food that is as simple and natural as possible using the best ingredients” they can find.
Dixie Crystals sugar products are the best – quality sugar from a quality company. The cane sugar used in their products is 100% natural, non-GMO, OU Kosher certified and gluten-free. With 160 years of experience, they know their business!
This easy homemade Key Lime pie recipe is your dessert go-to for dessert any night of the week, Easter desserts, or your next spring or summer potluck. It’s sure to become a family favorite!
- Nairn’s Gluten-Free Oat Grahams
- Dixie Crystals white sugar
- sweetened condensed milk
- sour cream
- key lime juice
- key lime zest
- whipped cream or Cool Whip (optional)
- 9 inch springform pan or 9 inch pie pan
How to Make this Homemade Key Lime Pie
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Have a 9 inch springform pan ready. Using a blender or food processor, blend the oat grahams until they are a crumb consistency. Place the graham crumbs in a large bowl. Add the sugar and melted butter. Mix together until everything is incorporated. Regular graham crackers can also be used. But, trust me when I tell you the Nairn’s can’t be beat!
Pour into springform pan and evenly press crumb mixture firmly on the bottom of pan up the sides about an inch. Bake for 7 minutes and then remove from oven. Allow to cool for 30 minutes.
While the crust is cooling, using a zester or grater, zest the key limes to get about one tablespoon of zest. Juice the limes to get just a bit more than 3/4 cup of lime juice. Set aside.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. I like to wrap the bottom of the springform pan with aluminum foil, just in case any filling seeps through. I also place springform pan on baking sheet.
To make the key lime filling, whisk together, in a large mixing bowl, the sweetened condensed milk, sour cream, lime juice, and zest.
Pour into prepared graham cracker crust and bake for 10 minutes.
Let pie cool slightly before chilling. Chill for at least 3 hours. Add whipped cream and lime slices to top of pie, if desired.
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Key Lime Pie
For the crust
- 1 3/4 cups Nairn's Oat Graham crumbs (about 1 1/2 boxes of Nairn's oat grahams)
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
For the filling
- 2 cans (14 ounces each) unsweetened condensed milk
- 1/2 cup light or reduced fat sour cream
- 3/4 cup fresh key lime juice (about 15 key limes)
- zest from about 4 key limes
- whipped topping and limes slices, optional for garnish
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Have a 9 inch springform pan ready. Using a blender or food processor, blend the oat grahams until they are a crumb consistency. Place the graham crumbs in a large bowl. Add the sugar and melted butter. Mix together until everything is incorporated.
- Pour into springform pan and evenly press crumb mixture firmly on the bottom of pan up the sides about an inch. Bake for 7 minutes and then remove from oven. Allow to cool for 30 minutes.
- While the crust is cooling, zest the key limes to get about one tablespoon of zest. Juice the limes to get just a bit more than 3/4 cup of lime juice. Set aside.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. I like to wrap the bottom of the springform pan with aluminum foil, just in case any filling seeps through. I also place springform pan on baking sheet.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the sweetened condensed milk, sour cream, lime juice, and zest.
- Pour into prepared graham cracker crust and bake for 10 minutes.
- Let pie cool slightly before chilling. Chill for at least 3 hours. Top with whipped cream and lime slices, if desired.
Monday #SpringSweetsWeek Recipes
- Blood Orange Shortbread Cookies from Jolene’s Recipe Journal
- Carrot Bundt Cake from Kathryn’s Kitchen Blog
- Carrot Halwa Ice Cream from Magical Ingredients
- Coconut Pudding with Dragon Fruit from Shockingly Delicious
- Crystalized Ginger Scones with Sake Poached Asian Pears from The Spiffy Cookie
- Easter Candy Crack Bars from Cookaholic Wife
- Easter Charcuterie Board from Devour Dinner
- Frozen Lemonade Pie from Cheese Curd In Paradise
- Hummingbird Cupcakes from Red Cottage Chronicles
- Instant Pot Key Lime Cheesecake from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Key Lime Bundt Cake from Jen Around the World
- Key Lime Pie from Blogghetti
- Key Lime Sugar Cookies from Daily Dish Recipes
- Lemon Blueberry Jelly Roll from That Recipe
- Lemon Crinkle Cookies from Eat Move Make
- Lemon Posset Tart from Art of Natural Living
- Lemon Scones with Lavender Glaze. from Family Around the Table
- Mocha Cream Puffs from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Orange Unicorn Doughnuts from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Strawberry Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake from Palatable Pastime
- Strawberry Lavender Muffins from Sweet Beginnings
- Strawberry Lemonade Mascarpone Cheesecakes from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
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This is my husband’s favorite pie and I’ve never made it for him at home, must change that!
I don’t know why I don’t make it more often!
I love all of that gorgeous green lime zest! I’m sure it was totally worth it! Beautiful pie.
Thank you Karen!
Dorothy Reinhold says
Who can resist the perfect balance of sweet and tart? Not me! I’m going to need this cheesecake ASAP!
I can’t resist that’s for sure
Your pie is gorgeous. I love the sweet and tart combination, perfection!
Sweet and tart desserts are the best!
LeAnn Harbert says
Looks delicious, this is my sons favorite pie. I’ll have to try this recipe.
It’s my favorite, too!
Jeanna Massman says
Love this recipe! The Key Lime pie looks delicious!
Amber Terry says
This recipe looks delicious and this giveaway is amazing 🙂
(Thanks for the chance to win!)
Thank you Amber, and good luck!
What a gorgeous key lime pie!
Thank you Cindy
Cookaholic Wife says
It’s so gorgeous! I really need to make this,
Thank you! Yes, you need to make it, it’s so good!
I love key lime pie and yours looks perfect! The oat graham crust sounds amazing!
Karen D says
Key lime pie is such a special treat! Thanks for the lovely recipe!
Susan Broughton says
Looks SO delicious!
My recipe doesn’t use sour cream but yours looks creamier. What a great excuse to bake again this weekend!
Melissa Storms says
All of the recipes sound delicious. I have never made a homemade key lime pie before but I definitely need to try this.
The lime zest is what really makes the key lime pie! one of my favorite desserts.
Holly Thomas says
Key Lime is my all time favorite pie!
I’m licking my lips just reading your post. Can’t wait to give it a try
Gorgeous pie! Love the sweet tart filling on a graham cracker crust!