Summer isn’t complete without a key lime frozen treat, am I right? These key lime frozen bars are the perfect recipe for a hot summer day. They require no baking so you don’t have to sweat it out in the kitchen. For me, key lime is synonymous with summer and warm weather. Since a child, I remember always eating key lime pie when we traveled to Florida to visit my grandparents. And this treat might be even more satisfying than pie on a hot summer day.
These key lime frozen treats came out really well! I was crossing my fingers hoping all of the flavors would come together and they really did. Most recipes use condensed milk but I was trying to come up with a dairy free option and this is it! These are also gluten free and have no sugar added but you would never know! If you are familiar with my recipes then you know this is always a goal of mine. Tasty desserts without all the added junk. The natural key lime flavor is the perfect amount of tart and sweetness when mixed with the coconut milk and maple syrup. This dessert really is a beach vacation in a bite.
Key Lime Frozen treats Base
Typical key lime desserts have a graham cracker base so I also used this in my key lime frozen treat. But, you definitely don’t have to use graham crackers. You replace the graham cracker crumbs in this recipe with Chex cereal. I would suggest staying with the rice Chex cereal as the other flavors won’t blend as nicely with the key lime. You don’t want to try mixing too many flavors. If you like a shortbread crust, you can use the base of my Healthy Twix recipe. All would be complement the key lime nicely. Like I said, I chose the traditional graham cracker base and use Schar Gluten Free Honeygrams. Most grocery stores carry these or a similar brand in their gluten free aisle.
Whichever base you choose, you will pulse it in the food processor until it is sand like. This only take about a minute. Then you will add the Medjool dates and coconut oil and pulse. This should take the consistency to a crumb like dough. Using your fingers, you can press it down into a 8×8 pan that has been lined with parchment paper. Continue pushing down until you have formed a solid even crust for your key lime frozen treat. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes for the crust to firm up before putting the filling layer on.
Key Lime Frozen Treat Filling
So lets talk coconut. This step is really important that you do it correctly for the recipe to work. You should purchase a can of coconut milk that is full fat. I know- full fat can be scary but I promise you these are healthy fats and this recipe makes up to 15 bars so you are only eating a fraction of the fat. There is actually research that states consuming full fat coconut milk can help you lose weight and makes the heart healthier. The milk contains MCTs that decrease appetite and reduce caloric intake. Moral of the story don’t feel guilty by using full fat! Full fat is needed for this recipe. I use Native Forest and it can be found at most grocery stores. It is usually found in the food aisle that has Mexican, Thai, and Chinese cuisine ingredients.
Coconut Milk Prep
Once you have your can, you will need to put it in the fridge for up to 8 hours. I purchase a few cans of coconut milk each time I go to the grocery store and I place a few in my fridge in case I need them for recipes. It is important that you don’t shake up the can. You want the can to separate the solids and liquids so that after chilling it, you can scoop the coconut milk off the top to use in the recipe. After 8 hours, open the can and use a spoon to take off the top layer of coconut milk fat. Try your best not to get the liquid. If a little goes in that’s okay!
You will beat the coconut cream until whip like (3-5 minutes) then you will add your key lime juice, zest, and sweetener of choice. I use maple syrup but you can use any sweetener. Honey is another great option. So I cheated on the key lime juice and bought the 100% bottled lime juice. Limes are so challenging to squeeze and the pre-squeezed juice works just fine. Do make sure you use real lime zest, though. You’ll blend everything together and then put the mixture on top of your crust after it has had time to solidify.
Key Lime Frozen Treat Topping
The bars will need 2 hours in the freezer to set. Once frozen, I topped mine with some coconut whip cream. You can make it yourself by whipping extra coconut milk with a sweetener of choice or you can take the easier route and buy it. I love the So Delicious Coco Whip but haven’t been able to find it in every grocery store. The Coconut Reddi Whip is just as good and can be found pretty much everywhere now. To make these look pretty, I placed a quarter size amount of the whip on the key lime frozen bars and then placed a small fresh lime on top. And that’s it! They are the perfect treat by the pool or beach or the perfect treat to make you feel like you are at the pool or beach; )
Key Lime Frozen Treats
- Food Processor
- Hand Mixer
- 3 tbsp Coconut Oil melted at room temperature
- 6 Medjool Dates
- 2½ cups Gluten Free Graham Crackers crushed
- 1 can Full Fat Coconut Milk 14 ounce can refrigerated
- 4 tbsp 100% Lime Juice
- 1 Lime Zested
- 3 tbsp Maple Syrup or Sweetener of Choice
- Place your can of coconut milk in the fridge for 8 hours.
- Using your food processor, pulse your graham crackers until finely chopped.
- Add 3 tablespoons of coconut oil and blend. Add 6 Medjool dates and pulse until a crumb like dough is formed and the ingredients are well mixed.
- Using a 8×8 baking pan that is lined with parchment paper, press the crumb into the bottom to form an even crust.
- Place the crust in the freezer for 15 minutes.
- While the crust sets, open your can of coconut milk and scoop off the top layer of coconut fat.
- Once you have scooped out the top, whip the milk fat on high until it is the consistency of whip cream. Light and fluffy. (Usually 3-5 minutes)
- Measure your lime juice, sweetener, zest of one lime and add it to the cream. Blend.
- Take your crust out from the freezer and put your filling on top. Freeze for 2 hours or until firm.
- Top with whip cream, a lime, or both! Serve within 10 minutes of removing from freezer.