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Skinny Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Pie is my favorite pie. But I could do without all the extra calories in it. This recipe is lower in calories and fat but still tastes great. If you don’t care about your calories/fat use the regular versions of the ingredients. Key Lime Pie also should NOT be bright lime green in color! It should be an almost pale yellow to very faint green. All those other pies that glow in the dark have food coloring added. You don’t need it! Honest! This recipe is also very easy to make and takes more time to chill and set than it does to prepare and bake. If you are ever in Key West though, try their frozen chocolate covered key lime pie on a stick! OMG! Talk about sugar coma! But it is so incredibly delicious and  heavenly. The last time I had it I shared it with my husband and stepson and we had a hard time finishing it. So worth the extra calories and fat every so often!

INGREDIENTS:

2 large eggs

2 large egg whites

½ cup Key Lime juice (such as Nellie & Joe’s Famous Key West Lime Juice)

1 teaspoon lime zest (if you can find a key lime use that instead)

1 (14 ounce) can fat-free sweetened condensed milk

1 (6 ounce) reduced-fat graham cracker crust

1½ cups frozen reduced-calorie whipped topping, thawed

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 350º.

2. Beat eggs and egg whites at medium speed on an electric mixer until well-blended.

3. Gradually add the lime juice, zest and condensed milk into the egg mixture, beating until well-blended.

4. Spoon mixture into pie crust and bake at 350º for 20 minutes or until almost set. (The center will not be firm but will set up as it chills.)

5. Cool on a wire rack. Cover loosely and chill for at least 4 hours. Spread whipped topping evenly over filling. Serve!

Makes 8 servings


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Mini Upside-Down Key Lime Pies

Key Lime Pie is one of my all time favorite pies. If I splurge and get dessert when we’re out for dinner and Key Lime Pie is on the menu I can’t resist. (Unless there’s crème brûlée or tiramisu also!) But with the crust and sugar and rest of the high calorie ingredients I am always hesitant to order it. This recipe makes 5 little “pies” so it’s portion controlled and using lighter ingredients helps me stay in control. The recipe calls for sugar-free Jell-O, this can be an issue for me. Jell-O uses aspartame in their sugar-free product and I am allergic to it. I get intense migraines from even a little bit. So unless I find a sugar-free gelatin with sucralose in it I will probably use the full sugar version on the Jell-O.

For illustrative purposes only!

INGREDIENTS:

1 4-serving package (or half an 8-serving package) Jell-O Sugar-Free Lime Gelatin dessert mix

1 no-calorie sweetener packet (Splenda)

1½ tablespoons lemon juice

¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups Cool Whip Free, thawed

2 sheets (8 crackers) low-fat honey graham crackers, lightly crushed

DIRECTIONS:

1. In a medium bowl, combine 1 cup boiling water with gelatin mix and sweetener. Stir for at least 2 minutes, until completely dissolved.

2. Mix in lemon juice, vanilla extract, and ½ cup cold water. Refrigerate for about 45 minutes, until slightly thickened but still mixable.

3. Stir in the Cool Whip. Whisk until completely blended. Divide mixture among 5 small bowls. Refrigerate until firm, at least 3 hours.

4. Once ready to serve, evenly distribute crushed graham crackers over the pies.

Makes 5 servings

Per pie: 83 calories, 1g fat, 15g carbs, 5g sugar, 1g protein, <.5g fiber

Key Lime Pie Martini

Yes, we like martinis. You will be seeing many martini recipes in this blog. John is always looking for a new creation to try. This one is just so good you can’t drink just one! When we’ve made them in the past we didn’t rim the glasses with anything but you can definitely rim them with crushed graham cracker crumbs. These martinis go down so smoothly. Great for a warm humid day in the tropics. You can pretend! The recipe ingredients are listed in ‘parts’ so just make the ‘parts’ consistent. For example the recipe calls for 2 parts of one item and 1 part of another. You can make 1 part = 2 ounces, which is usually safest. A shot glass is usually 2 ounces. Just multiply the ingredients for how many drinks you’re making. So for one drink 2 parts = 4 ounces and 1 part = 2 ounces. We use those little Oxo measuring cups for our bar, they are the same as a shot glass but easier to pour and measure. So go check the liquor store for the key ingredient in this recipe and pretend you’re in Key West!

INGREDIENTS:

2 parts KeKe Beach Key Lime Cream Liqueur*

1 part vanilla vodka**

Splash of heavy cream***


DIRECTIONS:

1. Chill martini glasses in freezer or refrigerator beforehand. If you need to chill quickly or if no room in freezer or refrigerator just put some ice in the glasses and fill with water to chill. When ready to use wet glass edges with a lime and then rim glasses with graham cracker crumbs (if you want the crumbs.)

2. Fill a cocktail shaker about one-third with ice. Pour ingredients into shaker and shake vigorously so that a frothy white head forms when poured. Pour into prepared glasses and garnish with a lime!

3. Sit back and relax!!

*KeKe Beach Key Lime Cream Liqueur comes in a 750ml solid white bottle, usually found with the liqueurs.

**If you don’t have vanilla vodka use plain vodka, it comes out just as good.

***If you don’t have heavy cream you can use half-and-half. The cream is better though.

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