Key Lime Pie ~ either a traditional slice, topped with meringue or one of the many variations. Grandma Bunni used to make an easy, no-bake version, that was made with a pre-made graham cracker crust & Cool Whip. I've tweaked her original pie recipe to make a lower fat version, that has a fat-free filling made with fat-free sweetened condensed milk & fat-free Cool Whip. I'm calling my version ~ Key Lime Cream Pie.
I've found an easy recipe for a quick, no-bake graham cracker crust, over at the blog ~ Chocolate Covered Katie. For my crust, I very slightly adapted her recipe ~ I used cinnamon grahams, since that is what I had handy. I found that I like the subtle, little extra hit of flavor the cinnamon gives it. Regular or Low-Fat grahams will work. This crust is so easy to make & I think you could use just about any type of cookie crumbs that you'd like. Or, use a store bought graham cracker pie crust ~ but I think once you try this simple version, you'll never need/want to buy another one again! Thank you for the recipe, Katie!!
For the pie filling, use fresh key limes if you've got 'em ~ or use regular limes, of you don't. Hope you like this ~ pleasingly sweet but slightly tart, smooth & creamy, low-fat, no-bake spin on the classic Key Lime Pie.
Easy Low-Fat Key Lime Cream Pie with No-Bake Homemade Graham Cracker Pie Crust
makes one pie
- 1/2 cup fresh squeezed Key Lime juice (or regular lime juice)
- 1 tub Fat-Free Cool Whip, thawed
- 1 14 oz. can fat-free sweetened condensed milk
- 2 drops yellow food color, 1 drop green food color (optional)
- 10 sheets graham crackers (plain or cinnamon, low-fat or regular)
- 3 Tbsp milk (whatever kind you like)
- Pam cooking spray
- limes slices & extra Cool Whip for garnish (optional)
Directions for graham cracker crust
Blend graham crackers in food processor until they turn into a fine crumb. Add in the milk & mix until fully incorporated. Spray pie pan with Pam, pat the moistened crumbs into the pie pan & set aside ~ then proceed with the pie filling. No baking required! Easy-peasy!
Directions for pie filling
Whip fat-free sweetened condensed milk, in a large bowl, until airy. Gently fold in the thawed Fat-Free Cool Whip until well blended.
Add the fresh squeezed key lime juice & 3 drops of food coloring (if using) & mix well. The mixture will begin to set up quickly.
Pour mixture into the prepared graham cracker pie crust, smooth the top & chill several hours.
Serve garnished with extra Cool Whip & lime slices, if you're so included.