This is one of my favourite desserts! It tastes so creamy and delicious but it’s full of healthy ingredients!  The base is made from a mixture of almonds and hazelnuts which are held together with dates and sweetened with an excellent refined sugar alternative; xylitol from Total Sweet which works just like granulated refined white sugar but without the sky-high blood sugar rush!  It tastes great in sweet dessert recipes.  Make the creamy filling with blended avocado and zesty lime juice and you have a great dessert recipe in your repertoire!

I’ll be making this a lot this Summer, it’s great for dessert but also for any time of the day!

Vegan Key Lime Pie with a crunchy, sweet nut base

The Balanced Kitchen
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, English



  • 100 g almonds
  • 100 g hazelnuts
  • 100 g soft dates
  • 1 tbsp granulated xylitol I used Total Sweet


  • 2 large ripe avocados skin and stone removed
  • 2 limes juice of
  • 1 lime zest of
  • 2 tbsp granulated xylitol I used Total Sweet
  • 2 tbsp cashew butter



  • Place all the base ingredients into a pan and cover with boiled water.  Leave to soak for at least 20 mins.  This will soften the dates and activate the nuts, releasing enzyme inhibitors allowing for easier digestion.
  • After soaking, pour the pan contents over a sieve, rinse with cold water.
  • Preheat the oven to 160 degrees C.
  • Place the ingredients into a food processor and blitz for about 30 seconds until you reach a coarse, grainy consistency.
  • Pour the mixture into a loose bottomed 23cm tart tin and use the back of a spoon to press down the mixture until spread evenly across the bottom and sides of the tin.
  • Place the tart tin in the oven and bake for 15 -20 mins until it starts to go golden on the edges.
  • Remove the tart from the oven, turn off the heat. Carefully remove the tart from the tin (you can leave it on the bottom section.  Return it to the oven with the oven still turned off and leave the door open slightly.  This will allow the sides to crisp.
  • After about 20 mins, remove the tart base from the oven and allow to cool completely before adding the filling.


  • Place the avocado, lime juice and zest, Total Sweet Xylitol and cashew butter to a jug and use a stick blender to blitz until completely smooth. 
  • Pour the filling on top of the base, use a spoon to create an even spread.
  • Serve immediately as it is or top with some of the suggestions below.


Use slices of lime, quinoa pops, raw buckwheat, chia seeds and mint leaves to decorate!
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